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Classic chic wedding at Penha Longa Resort – Rebeca & Joao

João and Rebeca first met each other on July 1, 2013, on the first day of their orientation for residency at Montefiore Hospital in New York. João was starting his first year of internal medicine, and Rebeca was starting her general practice residency for dentistry. It took them about a month to talk to one another when Rebeca had to do rotations in the clinic. Soon after they became friends and found out they’d been neighbors without even noticing! 

A year passed, and their friendship eventually grew into something more, and by the end of the residency, they started dating. Shortly after, Rebeca moved back to her hometown in Miami, Florida and they pursued a long distance relationship.

João is Portuguese, and the first time he took Rebeca to see his country, back in 2014, they stayed at Penha Longa for a couple of days. They immediately fell in love with the place. Set in the downhills of Serra de Sintra, the luxury compound is surrounded by nature offering elegant intimacy in every indoor and outdoor space, from ancient to modern. Rebeca was so enchanted by it that she thought to herself this was the place that she would love to get married, even though they weren’t engaged at the time, she mentioned it to João. And eventually, her wish came true.

They ended their long-distance relationship when Rebeca decided to move back to New York City to be with João in 2015. Then he proposed in June  2017, and Rebeca immediately said she wanted to get married in Portugal. And so they did. 

Penha Longa Resort was the perfect fit as they’d envisioned years before. A beautiful luxury resort where they welcomed their family and friends, from Portugal and the United States, into a polished and refined celebration with a magical religious ceremony at Penha Longa’s 16th century chapel.

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Photographer: Maria Rão // Venue: Penha Longa Resort // Event Planner: La Key Events // Bride’s Dress: Pronovias // Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Makeup Artist: Joana Moreira // Hair Stylist: Raquel Raposo // Floral Designer: La Key Events // Groom’s Attire: Suit Supply // Groom’s Shoes: Carmina Shoemaker // Wedding Bands: Lauren B // Stationery: La Key Events // Catering: Penha Longa Resort // Cinematography: Love Clips // DJ: Juke Box

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