Deci always tells me how brilliant it is to be part of a big family - he says they're always looking out for you (when they're not trying to kill you).  Maddie had a small army of helpers for her wedding in the form of her eight amazing siblings!  Maddie's father is a brilliant icon painter and his paintings adorn their lovely family home in Cascais, Portugal. It seems that his artistic flare has rubbed off on his children - a talented bunch of painters and musicians.

Mariana and Sophia wrote and performed an amazing song for Maddie and Stephen - probably one of the most heartfelt and emotional moments we've experienced all summer.  We have to give a special mention to Maddie's youngest brother, Vinny  who not only helped us throughout the day but always kept us entertained!

I don't think we've ever seen as much confetti in our lives - not just content with throwing petals, Maddie's family armed everyone with confetti cannons! We were still picking it out of our camera bags months later....  

As a cool, heavy mist rolled in from the Atlantic in the evening, we found ourselves standing in a misty green field...  a little bit of Ireland on the Iberian Peninsula.