Photography: Muravnik Photography // Event Planning and Design: Dream Weddings Europe// Wedding Gown: Pronovias// Groom’s attire: Rui Martins // Stationery: In Love Unique Moments// Second Photographers: Dim Melnikov & Lisbon Wedding Photographers// Flowers: Decorelle// Venue: Penha Longa Resort, Sintra, Portugal // Rentals: A&C Luxury Rentals // Wedding cake: Edelweiss
From Anastasiia Dream Weddings Europe:
Kaysha is a famous kizomba singer, born in Congo and raised in Paris, he found his love in Portugal. Valeria is an Instagram influencer form Portugal, her father is from Guinee-Bissau and mother from Belorussia.
They are beautiful, not only outside, but inside. They are classy. They are trustful. We have created this story of prince and princess, having a vision of a French movie «la Belle et la Bête»: thousand of roses, golden details, a mix of modern vibes with vintage decor.
From the couple:
- How did you and Valeria meet?
We met 5 years ago in the birthday party of a mutual friend, Dandy Lisbon.We spoke briefly that night, but met again at the miss Guinea Bissau contest through another mutual friend. That night we spoke about modeling work for my clothing brand and the conversation led to friendship. About 3 weeks later we started dating.
- A story of your proposal or a romantic story of how your relationship evolved leading to the wedding day
This is the most natural story I ever had. Everything went smoothly and without really thinking about it. She moved in the first year without really talking about it. It just felt like she belonged here. So one day, I was travelling and I just gave her my keys and told her I’d be back in 24h. 2 years later, I knew she would be the mother of my children and my wife. I actually knew I would propose 2 years before when I wrote the song «Everlasting» about the day of the proposal. And the instrumental of the song I re-composed to become her bride entrance.
- What inspired your wedding style and how you envisioned your dream wedding, what was especially important to you?
Together with Anastasiia (the wedding planner), we imagined a fairy tale wedding, based upon beauty and the beast. A movie, both Valeria and Anastasiia loved. The goal was to use colors without being too heavy on the colors as Valeria is into colorful things but Edward likes all things white and immaculate. What was important to us was the flowers, our guest being happy and honoring our parents.
As Valeria’s mom is Belarussian, her dad is Guine-Bissau and my parents are Congolese and my mom half Portuguese. We also tried to respect all of their traditions and at the same time doing things our way.
- How did Valeria choose her wedding dress, what did she love about it? A few words about her and your wedding looks (yours was unforgettable as well, so it would be great to hear how you chose it)
Valeria being a famous influencer, there was no doubt that her dress should be different and amazing at the same time. She loved the fact that her dress was classic but modern at the same time. Queen stuff.
I called my stylist friend Rui Martins and we chose everything together, from the tissue, the textures, the colors and it was a complete bespoke experience. We really looked like royalty.
- Anything else you’d love to share :)
The crazy thing about getting married is that, you only do it once with that person. And a few months later, you realize all the things that could have been simpler, all the things you spent that you didn’t really need and all the un-necessary stress. But after the burst of emotions and the 3 days of emotional hangover, it feels like a beautiful dream.