Sentimental elopement in the Azores, Portugal

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First off, What are the Azores?

The Azores are an island chain in the middle of the Atlantic ocean, belonging to Portugal. There are several major islands and several smaller ones, the main island being Sao Miguel

The bride’s late mother grew up on the small island of Flores. When Liza (bride) and Andrew) groom reached out to me and we started dreaming together, they realized the Azores would be a perfect place to elope.

What Does an Elopement in the Azores look like?


We explored the main island on day one, taking in the salty air, saying hi to the local dogs, checking out the Portuguese Man O’ Wars that had washed ashore, and dodged marine layers and rain to take in the views at the various miradouros (viewpoints) around the island.


We island hopped (with the help of Brian, who gave up his seat due to a booking mishap – I’m tellin’ ya, he’s handy to have around!) to Flores on day 2, where we visited what we called “mom’s waterfalls”, had luch at the base of the falls, and armed with GPS coordinates, found the ruins of her mom’s house. Like many places in Europe, it can be difficult to reach certain properties without going through other properties first. That means we had to hop a fence and stroll through someone else’s field. Always make sure this is okay to do!

PRO TIPS When Eloping in the Azores

  • The most popular time to visit is in the summer, but there can still be rain in the forecast! Fortunately, because of the islands’ location, the temperature stays relatively constant all year long.
  • The islands are known for their abundant hydrangeas! But be careful, you are not allowed to harvest hydrangeas in public places.
  • If you’re coming from the United States, the two airports that fly into Sao Miguel are Boston Logan and JFK. There’s typically only one flight a day so, particularly if you’re coming from the west coast, you may have some lengthy layovers.


Hair and Makeup: Carla, 5th Ave Hair Studio
Gown: Jenny Yoo (fun fact: the bride is the design director at Jenny Yoo!)