Oct 2013

Joana + Marcio

Love, Bikes & Paris

It’s not every day that you’ll se pictures of us here. Actually, I would like to let you in on a little secret: I don’t like to see me on pictures! However, there are exceptions. And the series of pictures you’ll get to see in a moment (more generally, the pictures you’ll see of me here, including the ones I posted this morning!) is one of them.

A few months ago, the very talented photographers of Be Light Photography out of Romania were spending a few days in Paris. At this occasion, they offered to “take a few pictures of us”. This actually turned into a 4 hour photo shoot, where the ideas were literally flowing! “Let’s go there! No, there! Oh, stop, I’ve seen something that could do a great shot!”. After 5 minutes, we were feeling at home with our best friends and then the rest of the time was just pure joy.

We received the photos yesterday, and as I was planning to show you the new version and already put the few pictures of us you saw this morning, I thought I’d just do a little post with those photos also! I hope you’ll like them; if you want to see more, you can still have a look at the photographers’ page.

What was the idea behind it? Well, I guess you already know! Marcio and I are bike addicts, not only do we travel by bike, but we use them whenever we need to go somewhere in Paris. Actually, those bikes are not ours (we have some not that photogenic hybrid bikes); they were kindly lent to us by Velo-Vintage, and if you want to see some really beautiful vintage bikes mended by people that are passionate about the subject, you should pay them a visit! Photography: Be Light Photography (thank you again!).



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May 2013

Sonia + Tony

Parisian Jazz Musician Wedding

If I say Paris, you’ll probably start telling me how beautiful the city is, you’re gonna mention one of those famous jazz clubs and the way all couples look so in love everywhere… But you know how it is when you actually live in such a place; you don’t really take the time to enjoy these little things that seem to make the city so special to everyone, and end up thinking all those stuff are for tourists. But when I was preparing this blog post it hit me again: Paris is fabulous! And if you like all the clichés about this city, you’re probably gonna enjoy this post.

Second, when you’re preparing your wedding and decide to go for a music themed wedding because, say, you’re both musicians, there are many options. One of them is to put miniature instruments on your tables, old vinyl records in a corner, and all kind of music-related details you can think of. Which is great. One other choice is to decide to live your theme and be the detail that will make your wedding so special: Sonia and Tony rented a houseboat to host their party, had a very intimate/ jazzy atmosphere, and during the night, started an ox with some musician friends of them! Now how does that second option sound? Photos: Photography by Winter.



Let me tell you a bit more about today’s couple, or even better, let the bride tell us a bit more about them.

We’re both jazz musicians and met at a concert organised by the Conservatoire. At the end of the repetition, we went to a restaurant and I found myself in front of Tony at the table. After 2 minutes, he said something really funny and quite unexpected. I looked up… a few weeks after we were inseparable, and here we are now beating all odds (we were both against marriage) a bit more than 5 years after that night, married! Never say never, as for me, I even had a veil.


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And here’s about all those “music-related” moments of the day.
In the end it was an artists’ wedding – we had MC friends rapping a very beautiful text at the city hall (they even managed to involve Tony and everyone ended up following their lead), and my friends from the batucada waited for us outside with their drums and literally set the court of the city hall on fire! On the houseboat later that night we played a few songs with our friends who brought their instruments, and our dear friend Chris—DJ and funk singer—made everyone dance like mad to songs inherited from the 60s… This is what I like to call a party.


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Name one thing you regret…

No regret! Everything was as we wanted it to be.



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

It was a wedding with a lot of friends and very few family members, which is what we wanted. Our families were the best: no pressure, no expectation, no one telling us what to do. We really appreciated that, even if this may be the result of long years of “we’ll never get married” speeches… But still, it was a quite unconventional wedding in the sense that we got rid of everything that didn’t make sense to us: no paper invitation but an email instead, no traditional sugar-almonds, no wedding cake, no church, no wedding list, no seated dinner, no table map, no folding paper crane workshop… The least possible stress for a maximum of pleasure, that was our idea. (But hey, I’m not saying we didn’t work on that wedding!)


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