We hired Sofia and her team at Sofia Nascimento Studios to help plan our destination wedding in Lisbon. We did a few Skype interviews with different companies from home in Toronto but I ultimately trusted my gut feeling and hired SN Studios.

This review is difficult to write because we aren’t talking about a haircut or a restaurant where you can just go somewhere different next time. They had one opportunity to get it right and did they ever nail it! SN Studios planned and coordinated a welcome dinner and as well as the wedding ceremony and reception on our behalf over the course of a year. They are a well-oiled and organized team with Sofia at the helm. They gave us options for vendors with different price points and arranged appointments for us to Skype with them. They were patient with us during the decision making process but were firm when needed to keep us on track. We inundated them with questions and would second guess them and ourselves yet they were always prompt and courteous in responding. Of course the planning process was stressful and we had disagreements (groomzilla in this case), but never once did we question our decision in hiring this team. 

Their presence on the day of the events was like something out of The Wedding Planner. We had planned a beautiful welcome dinner for our 80 guests that travelled overseas. Cocktails to be received by the guests as they entered the beautiful lush gardens of Quinta da Penalva in Sintra followed by a string and candle lit dinner outdoors. I had been dreaming of this night to kick off the festivities! My husband and I arrived about 45 minutes before our guest to a torrential downpour and a complete and utter disaster. Nowhere had rain been predicted in the area and everything had already been set up outside. Sofia, Tari, Carolina, João and the team were soaking wet transferring everything indoors. They honestly didn’t skip a beat and by the time our guests arrived everything has been rearranged to welcome them indoors (as the rest of the team set up the dinner tables in the main room, blow driers and all). My only regret (as Sofia predicted) was not hiring the photographer to capture the memories made at this epic event. 

Thankfully we didn’t have to contend with the weather on the wedding day. They provided a detailed itinerary with timeline. We didn’t have to worry about a thing and if there was a problem, we didn’t know about it. They ensured everything and everyone was where they needed to be and at the appropriate time (contending with stubborn groomsmen and all). It was a dream, every detail perfect. My favorite memory of the day was our exit from the church to the sound of the brass band Original Bandalheira (it was game changer). When I saw the setting of the 84 person table that took up the entire terrace of Palacio Marqueses de Fronteira my mouth nearly dropped. It, in my opinion, sums up everything you need to know about this team. 

I understand if you took the time to read this review, you are probably about to make a really big decision in regards to your wedding day. If you would like to speak with us further, please let the team at Sofia Nascimento Studios wedding know and they will put you in contact with us (but really, just hire them).

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If you are lucky enough to have the opportunity to experience the journey Sofia and her team will take you on, grab it as fast as you can.  It will absolutely be the best decision you make for one of the most important days of your life.  It certainly was for us, and we are thankful every day that we stumbled upon Sofia and her studio.

My husband and I were engaged a few years ago, and we knew immediately that Portugal was the perfect place. Portugal had become special to us as soon as we first visited several years prior, and we wanted nothing more than for our friends and family to experience the same beauty, hospitality, adventure, and love that we had experienced with every trip.  So, we began looking for ways to make it a reality. As we scoured the internet for inspirational photos that "felt like us" - searching for ideas around location, venue, look and feel, etc., we found a stunning photo with the credit to Sofia's studio below and immediately messaged her to see if we could work together. Thank goodness she said yes.

That is when the magical journey began - and I can tell you this:  many people continued to ask us if the "stress of planning a wedding" had gotten to us yet, and the answer was always no.  Sofia and her team ensured that it never happened - the process of going through video chats and creating a vision through sharing images, creating mood boards, and talking about what dreams we had for the big day was just that - a dream. It was truly so much fun - almost unbelievable that we were planning this trip, this day, in our favorite place in the world.  And importantly, no topic was off limits - whether it was budget or changes to earlier decisions, Sofia and her team went above and beyond to make sure that the event was tailored to our needs and reflected us as individuals and as a couple.

~100 of our closest family and friends traveled to Sintra, Portugal for this incredible once-in-a-lifetime experience, including my 84-year-old grandmother that had never traveled outside of the United States prior to this trip.  Obviously, it meant the world to us that so many of our loved ones would go to such lengths - and Sofia's team surprised us at every turn to not only make the trip special for my husband and I, but for all 100+ guests as well.  From special transportation for my grandmother, to thoughtful details like blankets when it was just a bit too chilly outside, no detail had gone unnoticed.  And although my husband and I had been so intimately involved in planning and design (or so we thought), we were blown away with every moment.  Sofia and her team created an experience beyond our wildest dreams - both for us and for our guests.  The week was everything you might hope for - incredibly exciting while somehow calm, adventurous without feeling overwhelming, grand and beautiful yet so intimate.

In the end, we were able to marry one another and celebrate our love in the most perfect way thanks to Sofia and her team.  I'm not sure who cried more - me, my husband, our family and friends, or Sofia.  We became great friends, and even a year after the event - we continue to stay in touch.  So, in the end - you are not hiring a wedding planner, you are signing on to the experience of a lifetime.  Don't pass it up.

With love,
Brandy & Mike Houston

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"I think it’s pretty obvious that Sofia Nascimento Studios is going to deliver a beautiful wedding (if you’ve looked at their Instagram you’ll know + I've included some photos), but it was all the things that happened behind the scenes that really make them standout as wedding planners. This is going to be long, but worth it. 

First off, anyone planning a wedding is always concerned with budget and as a professional producer I’m hyper aware of all things financial. SNS was always so considerate of budget without ever making me feel cheap or bad—they were always very transparent about where money would go the furthest and be most noticed by our guests. I even asked them what they would do with an extra $10,000 and they told me they didn’t think the wedding needed it (and it didn’t because our wedding was spectacular). They are 100 percent trustworthy. In addition, everything budget related was approved by me before the money was spent. 

We planned our Lisbon wedding from Los Angeles and the communication between me and SNS was always very clear. Sofia and Carolina may be the two most positive people I’ve ever met in my life. No news was ever bad news and when you are planning a destination wedding it’s incredibly reassuring. For example, I don’t think we would have been able to get our wedding venue if it hadn’t been for them—we were 12th on the waiting list (yes! 12th!!) and I’m 100% certain the only reason we were able to get the venue is because SNS encouraged me to move forward with what I really wanted (and I had to have that venue) and after a few days of checking with all the other people on the waiting list, we got it! 

All the vendors they recommended were top-notch and if they weren’t the perfect match, they always went back to the drawing board and presented us with new options that were more in line with what we wanted. For example, Carolina found us our dream acoustic guitarist—I still have no clue how she did it because we had the most absurd request, but she did it with flying colors. 

Less than two weeks before the wedding I decided to add a gelato cart, a bigger band for cocktail hour and a few additional things throughout the day. Everything was completed by Carolina without any issues or complaints—she was beyond helpful and made everything so incredibly easy. Everything was literally delivered to me on a silver platter. 

If you are at all on the fence about hiring wedding planners, don’t be— Sofia Nascimento Studios was 100 percent worth it. If I were to do it all over again knowing what I know, I don’t even think I would have wanted a wedding because there is no way you can do what they can do— the wedding process was so stress-free and on the day of the wedding SN Studios literally took our breath away with what they created for us. All of our friends and family have told us that they we have ruined any other wedding they will ever attend because ours was so fabulous and I give most of the credit to Sofia Nascimento Studios team. Truly, from the stationary, to the menus, to the flowers, to the candles, to the chairs, to the lighting—everything was literally a magical dream! 

One of the reasons we originally fell in love with Lisbon and the reason we wanted our wedding there is because we loved the people—Sofia and team exemplify the kindness, hospitality and charm of Lisboans. You couldn’t be in two sweeter or more talented hands. You’ll not only walk away with a beautiful, stress-free wedding, but you'll walk away with two new friendships in Sofia and Carolina!"

Lauren & Chris

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Hi Sofia & SN Team,

Apologies for not reaching out to you earlier. It has been just non-stop for us since we returned from the unforgettable two months of our lives.

We really wanted to say how blessed we feel to have found you on the other side of the world :-)
You were able to understand and feel every bit of our personality and make it the wedding beyond our dreams. The kinda wedding, we can look back in years down and be proud of.

From finding THE perfect venue to setting up indoor pool afterparty, you have been able to make the day and night absolutely stress-free. We have never had the feeling that you were the "wedding planner" but in fact, we always felt you were a part of the party and were just extra helpful ;-)

Anyway, we are not exactly people of big words, but we really hope that you will continue creating these magical weddings for years to come and that one day you will be able to be a part of our golden wedding anniversary.

Many many thanks and hugs,

Hope to see you again in Portugal!

With Love,
Tonia & Mario (Now Mr & Mrs Oliveira)
xxx

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Hi Guys,

Still on cloud nine reliving the wedding weekend! We had the best time of our lives and so did all our guests Thank you so much for creating such a beautiful and magical wedding!

We've had so many people say that it was the best wedding they have every been to! The flowers were simply stunning and mind blowing!

The styling was just perfect and the atmosphere on the tennis court during dinner was electric. I was blown away when we walked down to the tennis court and to see the gold cutlery and pink glasses!!!

The stationary design was so classy and unique and the personal touch of the initials on the name places was just so sweet. The cake looked stunning- as did the setting by the pool. The cake was so delicious and moist!
The band was amazing- we LOVED them so much! And the DJ was sooooo good! Don't get us started on the food- delicious and so unique! And we couldn't believe the dessert table!

Thank you to all your hard work over the last year pulling together the dream team of suppliers and for helping us create memories we will never forget!

We wish you all the luck in the future and know that your business will go from strength to strength!

xxxxx

GRACE & ADAM

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“Dear SN Studios team, greetings from Barcelona!!

Thank you so much for a dreamy wedding!

There would be zero chance of having such a beautiful wedding without your imagination , creativity and originality!

Thank you for taking care of us in the last months and specially on the day of the wedding. You just made it so easy and we had the time of our life. Let’s go out for drinks the next time we visit, and we definitely will be back!
You’ve placed Lisbon forever in our hearts!

With so much love,

Fiona + Wilson”

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