“It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.” - Nietzsche, Friedrich.
This is a quote that doesn’t apply to Marília and Luan. Having met at the tender age of 17 in their final year of high school in Brazil, they became friends after realizing the number of things they had in common. Little did they know that 10 years later they would be standing in front of their loved ones vowing to love each other forever.
Here at Zankyou, we are always delighted to hear about true love stories, and this one is as genuine as it gets. Enjoy, as they take you through all that went into their big day!
After meeting in 2006, and bonding over shared taste in movies, music and television series, Ma and Luan became inseparable. When it came time for them to go to college, where they would spend a long time living in different cities, they maintained a long-distance relationship and only saw each other on the weekends.
In 2013, Ma was accepted on to a year-long exchange program in Valencia, Spain.
“The support I received from Luan was so important. Not once did he tell me not to go, or cast any doubt on our ability to maintain our relationship over such a long distance. He knew how much this opportunity meant to me and was so proud of everything I’d achieved. The distance was hard, but if anything it proved to us just how much we wanted to be together.”
After completing her exchange, Ma went back to Brazil in 2014.
“On the day of our 8-year anniversary, we went to our favorite restaurant for dinner. On our way home we stopped at the place where we had our first kiss – which I’d forgotten haha! Reminiscing about our history and how happy we were, he proposed there and then. It was such an emotional and beautiful surprise.”
“I always knew that I didn’t want a typical wedding dress shopping experience. The shop assistant turning down the lights and letting you have a ‘moment’ with the dress seemed way too over the top and unnecessary for me. I found my dress online. I didn’t want a princess-style dress or anything classic, I wanted something light, unique and that represented me. Despite not believing in the dress choosing you, when I tried mine on I just knew it was the dress I had always wanted!“
Ma and Luan knew from the beginning that they wanted the day to be intimate and joyful. “I wanted to get ready at home because I wanted my bedroom to feature in the photographs and to have those happy memories of my house.”
They decided on a late afternoon wedding in a small, local church to take advantage of the natural light for the photographs, taken by the wonderfully talented Thaminne at Aloha Fotografia.
To add to the sentiment of the day, the couple decided to involve friends and family as much as possible.
“We asked our grandmothers to be the ring bearers. They absolutely loved the idea, and although a little nervous, everything went perfectly. They were so happy to be such an important part of such an important day.”
The reception was held at Salão Espaço Supremo, a venue near their home city which was, thankfully, big enough for their enormous wedding party! “Our wedding coordinator was Julia Rosa and she was so helpful. She helped organize the contracts, bring all my ideas to life – she was incredible from start to finish.”
As Ma is an artist by nature, they wanted their wedding to be a personal reflection of who they are. Their cake topper was a polaroid that was taken as they were leaving the church after the ceremony.
Their invitations were printed on seed paper – that way, the guests could plant the invitations and grow carnations and Ma made little plant pots as wedding favors for every guest. They also provided them with personalized fans in case it got too hot later on and tissues for those expected tears of joy.
Luan: “A really defining moment was when we were greeting our family members. I remember how emotional it was hugging my father. Neither of us could stop the tears from flowing. It was a very happy and intense moment for both of us.”
From everyone here at Zankyou, we’d like to congratulate the happy couple on a truly beautiful wedding day. Long live the newlyweds!
Dress: Atelier Nouveau / Makeup: Thiago Scagliarini / Earrings: Carol Bassi / Reception Venue: Salão Espaço Supremo / Wedding Favors: Handmade by Ma / Photography: Aloha Fotografia / Videography: Zani Filmes / Decoration: Amanda Benedetti
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