Jul 2013

Bonnes Vacances !

Homemade Tour de France

Buf! It’s been some crazy months dealing with my day job, all the blogging related stuff, and of course my personal life… I’m the kind of person whose motivation can be stronger than her body begging to rest, and when I suddenly start wondering if I may have done a little bit too much these last months, it means I need to take a break. We’re finally taking a few days off, and I have to say I can’t wait!


Some friends are getting married on the 20th of July in the center of France and the initial idea was to leave a few days earlier to go by bike. But why stop there? We recently decided to extend this trip and actually try to join the South of France after the wedding, if our condition and the weather allow us to do so.


I hear you think out loud: who is this woman, who likes maths and thinks biking all day is a cool holiday? I happen to totally understand this opinion: Marcio had to “force” me to do this the first time (2009, we were planning our holidays in Croatia), and if I knew you back then, you’d have probably heard me whine about how much I hate biking. I won’t lie to you, it’s not always easy, but it’s definitely worth the pain and using the bike to travel is just a whole new experience. When is the last time you’ve been hungry, not its-time-to-eat hungry but my-body-will-stop-working-if-I-dont-eat hungry? And that sweet sensation of enjoying a quiet evening before going to sleep when you’re physically tired… A trip by bike is the best way to connect with your body again, with the world that surrounds you, and today I’d put the same energy trying to convince you to take the plunge than trying to get Marcio to desist back then.




After the first trip in Croatia, not only did I have to admit this was really cool, but I was the one insisting we’d do that again for our honey moon. And we did. We went to the North-East/ North of Brazil for nearly one month with our bikes.


Anyway, those trips left me with some of my best memories, and I can’t wait to leave again! The only thing is, I may be less active and reactive with the blog and emails (I’m planning weekly releases + emails will be answered when I’m back), but I’ll compensate with more pictures on Instagram, so come join me there!


Be sure I’ll be back more motivated than ever. I have some great news coming, maybe even surprises?… ;) In the meanwhile, I’d love to talk honeymoon! Those are a few pictures from ours, what was yours? What are you planning to do?



Jun 2013

Carol + Felipe

Super Fun Wedding by the Sea in Brazil

In countries where the weather is hot during almost the entire year, the tradition is to have a ceremony at the beginning of the night (and then the party afterwards). Besides the fact that we Europeans would die to have a nice weather for our wedding day (I guess we all want what we don’t have!), I see two main drawbacks. First, you’re loosing some precious hours not being at your wedding: take two weddings, one with a ceremony at 2 or 3pm, and the other one with a ceremony at 9pm; that’s a 6 or 7 hours difference because obviously you’ll go to bed at the same time anyway. And when I see that one of the top answers I get to the question “Name one thing you regret” is “That it went so quickly”, I think that tradition is once again worth being questioned. Second, no need to be photographer to know that natural light is better than flash light; by not having your whole wedding during the night, you’ll end up with MUCH better pictures and memories of the day. Fact.

Last—if the above arguments didn’t convince you—when you actually live in a country like Brazil, you can go for a wedding like Carol and Felipe’s – I actually happen to know Brazil and had the pleasure to spend a few days in Paraty; believe me, this place is a little piece of paradise and those two just took advantage of everything it has to offer! PS: their ceremony was at 11am. :-) Photography by Gustavo Marialva.



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Apr 2013

Thaminne + Renato

Amazing Brazilian DIY Wedding

I have to say I was impressed by this wedding and couple: when I first read the bride’s story and I saw the list of vendors, I discovered the wedding was a DIY, and it’s hard to tell from the photos! So, congrats to Thaminne and Renato for planning their wedding and doing it so well. And of course, congrats to Frankie e Marília for these excellent photos.



Thaminne and Renato’s wedding took place in Guararema, a city located in the state of São Paulo, Brazil. They had been dating for 9 years before they got married, which means they were high school lovers! They decided to see each other before the ceremony, which is something they would recommend to future brides and grooms:

We agreed we would meet in some place chosen by our photographers which happened to be the living room of the farm. It was one of the best moment of the whole preparation, away from the rush and the foolishness… it was like watching a movie of everything we already went through and it was awesome!


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Name one thing you regret…

I wish we had done the ceremony earlier, have lunch instead of dinner, something like that.


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… And one thing you’re really happy about / proud of.

Ah, we keep on talking about this: if there’s one think we’re really happy about, it’s our choice of photographers. I know we sound like creepers, but we were truly and sincerely happy both with the result and the persons we got to know. Another thing that makes us really happy is to have managed to gather our families and friends to set up the decor, buy the flowers, paint the vases – we all had a really good time!


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