About

Carly Petracco

Dancing like no one is watching at a dear friend’s wedding in Macedonia

Hi there!

My name is Carly and I am an American living in Portugal married to my Portuguese husband. After swearing I would never get married, I was in fact married to my husband three times! Well to be a bit clearer, we were only married once, but celebrated it three times.

While undertaking these three weddings – the first in London where we resided, the second in Portugal and the final one in the United States – I discovered the lack of wedding ceremony resources for multi-cultural and multi-lingual couples. Since then I decided to share my knowledge with other couples and because I loved the process of creating our own personalized wedding ceremony so much it became obvious that becoming a wedding celebrant would allow me to undertake this experience with other couples.

Our Portuguese Wedding Day

This is a far cry from what I studied, which is development economics, and while that job has fulfilled me in many ways and allowed me to do what I love, which is to travel the world and interact with new cultures, I also knew I needed more. And so began my second life, as a wedding celebrant. And because I love new challenges, besides being a wedding celebrant and an economist, I am also the co-founder of Taste Porto the top food tour in the north of Portugal. So if you are in need of food recommendation in Porto, don’t hesitate to ask.

My favorite part about being a celebrant is the couples that I am privileged to meet and learn about. I have been lucky enough to hear beautiful tales of romantic proposals, heart-breaking stories of times spent apart and personal tragedies overcome, and belly-achingly funny accounts of first encounters. All of which I  deeply cherish, along with the invitation by couples to be a part of a very important day.

I look forward to working with you!

Carly

 

Isabel Nunes

My first love!

Hello!

I’m Isabel and I’m originally from the Porto area. Since I was a child I always had a hard time knowing what I wanted to be when I grow up. I was always a very cheerful and communicative person and I had the idea that work would have to be boring. So every time someone asked me “what do you want to be when you grow up” I was very confused not knowing what to answer.

When it came time to decide, I chose to study theater and became a professional actress at 19 years old. I worked professionally with various theater companies in Porto, and then I founded my own company while also beginning to work as a voice-over for cartoons, a work I love and that helps me keep my inner child alive.

At the age of 25, I began to get tired of the instability of actress life. So, I decided to open a store of streetwear and hip hop merchandise. Seven years later, I was completely tired of the monotonous life of the store. I began to practice Reiki and I became a therapist and teacher.

Little me, deciding what to be.

One day during a meditation I realized that my mission is to bring joy and light to the people. Since then, I try to do activities that meet this purpose and fill my hear with joy.

When I met Carly, I became very excited about the idea of being a wedding celebrant. I really think that celebrating weddings totally meets my life purpose. Since then, I’m very happy to work with her and various couples on this beautiful and important project that it is to celebrate Love.

I look forward to working with you!

Isabel

 

Vanessa Walsh

Hello,
Porto, the place I call home
My name is Vanessa. Born to English and German parents, I have been calling Portugal my home for over three years now, together with my Maltese partner and two young children. Being myself part of a cross-cultural relationship and living in a foreign country I feel I am more aware of and sensitive to the particular expectations of couples who choose Portugal as their wedding destination. I particularly love hearing about how couples met their partners and fell in love, sometimes overcoming challenges of distance, language and cultural barriers to arrive at this point of wanting to spend the rest of their lives together.
One of my greatest passions is to travel and I have been lucky to have the opportunity to live in many different countries in my pre-Portugal days. The thing I enjoyed most during all of those experiences was getting to know people from different walks of life, different backgrounds and values, the chance to connect with people at a deep and meaningful level.
This interest in understanding and truly connecting is one of the things that fascinated me about the study of Psychology. The lessons and insights about human nature learnt during my studies are still applied in all aspects of my life today.
At a friend’s wedding in Spain

It is also the main motivation in wanting to become a celebrant. I consider it a privilege to be able to meet couples and understand what it is that makes their relationship so special and unique, to understand two people with their own personalities and histories both as individuals and as part of a relationship. To then become a part of their journey on one of the most significant days of their life as a couple is a truly fulfilling experience.

I look forward to working with you to create your ideal ceremony!
Vanessa

Helene Biannic

Hello, Salut,
Enjoying the sunshine in France!

My name is Helene. I am originally from France, but I have lived in various European countries during my university studies and professional reasons. In 2015 I had the opportunity to move to Portugal for a six-month contract. Three years later, I am still in Portugal because I fell in love with this country, its culture, language and people.

Some months after I arrived in Portugal, I was victim of a car accident that left me in hospital for a long time. Far away from everything I knew, stuck in the hospital thinking that I could have died, I realized my life as it was at that time was not fulfilling. I also realized that I was the only one who could do something to change it. That is when I decided to start anew.

Alongside my job as a customer advisor for a big company, I started my own activity in the field of well-being because I enjoy helping people feel better in their bodies and minds. After many months of hard work, I developed a solid customer base, whom I was helping achieve personal health goals. This gave me enough stability to quit my job at the big company. From then, I started to look for new challenges that would be a better fit with my university background (foreign languages) and my desire to bring people happiness with my work. This is how I came to meet Carly and discover what a Wedding Celebrant is.

A few days after my first meeting with Carly, she offered me to go to a wedding with her and see what it is really like to be a Wedding Celebrant. I saw her conduct the ceremony that

Exploring the streets of my adopted home, Porto.

she wrote because she took the time to get to know the couple and bond with them. I also saw the satisfaction of the couple and all the happy reactions on the faces of their family and friends because she chose the right words to celebrate their love. I also saw that being a Wedding Celebrant is an amazing way to bring happiness to others. 

As a celebrant I enjoy working with couples from my native France, but I also adore working with multicultural couples. As I am  part of a multicultural relationship in a foreign country, I really identify with couples who are not afraid to go beyond cultural borders to build their lives and their happiness. I feel that being part of a couple’s wedding is an honor, so giving them their own personalized ceremony will be a commitment I will make with humility, gratitude and joy.

Helene

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Photography: Picture at the top of the page of Marcella & Vitor, Wedding by Wedding Tailor & Planner Rui Mota Pinto & Photo by Nuno Palha Wedding Photographer