My husband and I cannot recommend Carly enough. We knew she was the one to marry us from the first time we spoke on Skype. She just seemed to understand exactly what we wanted right away and worked very hard to ensure our ceremony was perfect. Our guests are still talking about it now and it was (as it should be) the highlight of the day!

Carly – we really appreciate that you took the time to think about how we could honour our Scottish heritage and still share the life we now live in Bilbao with all our friends and family. It was truly special and we could not have asked any more of you.”

– Annie & Stuart – married in Bilbao, Spain 20th of October 2018

Carly, We’ve asked each other often over the past few days what our favourite moments were from the wedding and the very first highlight for both of us every time, without any doubt, was the ceremony. We truly can’t thank you enough for creating such a beautiful and special ceremony just for us and for our families and friends. It’s so very special to have an entire ceremony written just for us, all about our story, our past and our future hopes. Our families have told us many times now how lovely the ceremony was and asking just how you knew so much about us! Someone even thought you were a friend of ours, that’s how personal and heartfelt your words were. We really appreciate the hard work and time that you put into it. All these wonderful moments standing in front of you on that day (and all those skype conversations and emails in the year before) will long be a treasured memory of ours for the rest of our lives. We can’t thank you or recommend you enough- but we will try!”

– Paul & Éilis – married in Porto, Portugal 21st of September 2018

We would like to say a massive thank you to Carly, our celebrant. We are originally from Japan but now we live in the US. We decided to have a destination wedding in Porto, the city, we both fell in love with when we traveled together, but we had no clue how to make it happen. We did not even know where to start. However, we were very lucky; we found Carly. It was clear from the get-go that we were in the best hands with Carly. Since day one, Carly made a huge effort to get to know us to make sure that our ceremony is very special and personalized. It was so easy to speak about ourselves because of her bubbly and approachable personality. She even went out her way to help us find the right vendors, understand the cultural differences, etc. She also came up with these wonderful ideas to make our ceremony entertaining and unforgettable including making a part of speech in Japanese to make our Japanese guest respected and happy. In the end, our ceremony was conducted in such a beautiful manner with such a beautiful story in such a beautiful location overlooking the beautiful old city of Porto along with Douro river. Thanks to her, we had a perfect ceremony we could have never dreamed of.

We would also like to thank Isabel who worked as our on-site wedding coordinator. Before and during the ceremony, she made sure that everything went smoothly. Several unexpected issues arose on the day; however, she was attentive, agile and creative enough to turn things around. She was also essential for the success of the ceremony and wedding.

Carly and Isabel are so easy to work with and yet extremely professional. You guys are amazing! We love you!! ”

– Ken & Meg – married in Porto, Portugal 16th of September 2018

When we looked into working with Carly, we literally had no clue what to expect or how to start but after our first Skype all of that disappeared. Carly got to know us, our pasts and our memories and built the most perfect ceremony so personal, so unique it will be something we will both cherish always. We will never forget how we felt as Carly told our story in our way… Carly comes highly recommended from us! love and beijinhos”

– Emma & Inês – married in Sintra, Portugal 1st of September 2018

I can’t recommend Carly highly enough. She made out ceremony more than special! It was so perfectly ‘us’, which would not be possible without her personal approach to the whole process. We have had so many comments and compliments to how lovely the ceremony was, how wonderful it was to hear our storey and how genuine and thoughtful Carly made it. Thank you again Carly I am sure it would not have been the same without you!”

– Holly & Carlos – married in Aguiar de Sousa, Portugal 31st of August 2018

Carly made our special day even more special with her well thought out, personalized ceremony. She was a pleasure to work with, always accommodating, and her positive energy was contagious! All of our guests could not stop talking about how amazing the ceremony was, all thanks to Carly! Would 100% recommend!”

– Stephanie & David – married in Torres Vedras, Portugal 24th of August 2018

Planning a wedding tends to be stressful, especially when it’s abroad. Our planning process was fraught with miscommunication, but not in our dealings with Your European Wedding Celebrant. Carly was our first point of contact and she was prompt and polite. We were matched with Vanessa, who exhibited the same qualities and was always the epitome of professionalism and friendliness. We had absolutely no worries or problems in this aspect of our wedding planning. Vanessa wrote a beautiful and witty personalized ceremony for us which she delivered on the day of the wedding with poise and sincerity. We highly recommend her and the company for your wedding.”

– Anna & Arne – married in the Douro Valley, Portugal 17th of August 2018
“We have just come back home from our honeymoon and are still on cloud nine from our most amazing day! Carly was such a sweetheart throughout the process and we can’t recommend her enough!! Since we are an American/Portuguese and Irish couple who were getting married in Portugal, we were looking for a celebrant who could understand that whole ‘international/multicultural’ couple life and we definitely found that in Carly! Throughout the whole process she was super warm and helpful! She delivered the most amazing, personal and tailored ceremony that really told OUR story. We keep getting compliments from family and friends on how amazingly unique our ceremony was and loads of guests even asked whether Carly was a personal friend because she seemed to know us so well! Without a doubt, choosing Carly for our ceremony was the best choice for our day! Can’t thank you enough Carly!! Muito obrigada e grande beijinho!”
– Andrea & Sean – married in Cascais, Portugal 12th of August 2018

Dear Sarah, We would like to thank you for making our day so special! You were absolutely wonderful! You delivered our story to our guests so beautifully, even when it was so hot! It was extremely professionally yet heart warming, and we couldn’t be happier to have worked with you! So much so, that many of our guests looked for you during cocktail hour to tell you how much they loved listening to you! Thank you again!”

– Samara & Stephan – married in Sintra, Portugal 3rd of August 2018

“Carly, We are with joy at how wonderful and perfect or weekend was. And we know that is all due to people like you who helped us create and realise our dream wedding. We can’t tell you how many of our guests commented on how great you were, how lovely and personalised our vows were and how heartfelt and sincere you were when you spoke. We couldn’t be happier that we picked you to be our celebrant and loved, loved working with you! You are extremely talented and have a gift for reading people, truly understanding them and their relationship and transforming it into beautiful words. We feel you captured us and our love in a way we couldn’t have! Thank you!

– Sarah & Akan – married in Florence, Italy 3rd of August 2018

“A huge thank you for making our celebration so personal, memorable and fun. Many friends and family commented how unique and special it was, so thank you for all your effort over the months and especially in delivering a lovely ceremony.

If ever our friends are in need of a wedding celebrant we will certainly recommend you!
– Ana & Cameron – married in Torres Vedras, Portugal 22nd of July 2018

“Isabel,  Now that we are back from honeymoon, we just wanted to drop a quick message to say a big thank you for making our ceremony truly special and personal. Everyone attending the ceremony loved how original it was. And omg, the high five bit! We still cant get over that part. Hope you had as much fun as we did!”

– Tonia & Mario – married in Lisbon, Portugal 1st of August 2018

“I can’t say enough great things about Carly! She was the officiant at me and my now husband’s wedding in July of 2018. She was recommended to us by our venue and we are so glad that we got to meet and work with her throughout our engagement. From out first email, she was honest, nice and informed about the process of getting married in Portugal. As an American couple, there were some decisions we needed to make about how and where the ceremony would take place. She walked us through every option. We also did several Skype calls with her. This way, she go to know us better as she began her first draft of our ceremony script. After a few back and forths we landed on a great ceremony that was very personalized. It was an absolute pleasure to work with her and to know her. We highly recommend her as an officiant if you are planning to wed in Porto.”

– Liz & Time – married in Porto, Portugal 14th of July 2018

We would unreservedly recommend Carly as a wedding celebrant. The whole process was really enjoyable, and we loved how Carly took the time to get to know us remotely, run us through a rehearsal and personalise our ceremony. We really appreciated how she tailored the celebration to reflect our personalities. Carly’s experience of wedding ceremonies in Portugal was invaluable, and it’s hard to imagine how we would have done it without her. Carly is a warm and calm person, and this shone through in the ceremony.As a couple living in the UK, we also really appreciated the general advice and recommendations Carly made for other wedding services that we required in Porto.

Many of our wedding guests said that Carly delivered the best wedding ceremony they have ever been to. Thank you Carly!

– Emily & Joshua – married in Porto, Portugal 1st of July 2018

Thank you so much for being a part of our truly special day. I’m told nothing happens by chance and I 100% believe this. We met for a reason; Ricardo and I could not have been more blessed to have you be our wedding Celebrant. The day was truly magical and every single person have echoed this statement. Even the rain stayed away just for us.

With heartfelt thanks and Appreciation! 1000 Times.”

– Michelle & Ricardo – married in Amares, Portugal 28th of June 2018

“Our wedding took place in June 2018 in Porto. Sarah officiated, but we spoke with Carly beforehand too. We were so impressed with both of them – from the first time we spoke to Carly, to our initial conversation with Sarah, we could see they were both true professionals and very easy to engage with. Sarah spent time getting to know us and putting together a beautiful ceremony for us. She made us feel at ease, and everything went smoothly on the day. In fact, we had tons of positive feedback after the ceremony – everyone thought she was great and that the ceremony really reflected us, both individually and as a couple. It really got our wedding off to a brilliant start – thank you both for all of your help. We have the best memories. Xxxx

– Katie & Greg – married in Porto, Portugal 4th of June 2018
From the new Mr and Mrs Phillips, Carly, we cannot thank you enough. Our extended family thought our service was superb and even that is an understatement. The way in which you treated us from the very start made our experience so easy. You were actual pre-marriage therapy for us – it was amazing! We believe it was fate that made us find you and we knew from the first second we met (albeit digitally) you would make our wedding a sensational. The service itself was beyond what we could ask for. You are fantastic and we are so so happy with you as our celebrant. Stay in touch – we’ll come find you when we are in your area! Go raibh maith agat – (my good be at you and Thank You in Irish)
– Holly & Connor – married in the Algarve, Portugal 2nd of June 2018
Carly, It was such an amazing day that exceeded both our expectations. We are both so grateful to you helping us realise our dream wedding. Everyone couldn’t stop saying how flawless you where, some people thought you were Google Alexa because you were so flawless lol, we were honestly so happy with your delivery, tone and humour and could not ask for anything to be different. Many people said that it was the best service they have ever been too which has also made us very happy.
– Sheila & Alan – married in Povoa de Varzim, Portugal 20th of April 2018
We had a wonderful experience with Carly as our celebrant and would highly recommend her services, especially to those having a destination wedding. We found her to be very personable, whilst highly professional throughout the process, and in every aspect of her service delivery. Carly is a very charismatic person who is clearly passionate about the work she does. Her enthusiasm was always fun to share in and we felt comfortable with her from the first time we Skyped. Carly showed a genuine interest in getting to know us and our story, and this really came through in her delivery of our ceremony. Carly was an attentive listener and provided us with plenty of inspiration, information and feedback throughout the process. With regards to creating a ceremony that was both unique and fitting to us, she would always offer alternative options and support / direction when we needed it. Thanks again for everything! You made the day that bit more magical.”
– Emily & Ryan – married in the Douro Valley, Portugal 27th of May 2017
“While planning our ceremony in the North Portuguese mountains, we hit a wall with finding a celebrant who could conduct our ceremony in English and Portuguese. I can’t believe how much I feel like we hit the jackpot with Carly! Making sure all our guests were included and understanding what was going on was so important to us and when Carly handed us her positive, understanding and kind words basically telling us it was no problem, a huge weight was lifted off our shoulders. From start to finish the process was quick, efficient and completely bespoke. Carly was extremely helpful with information & guidance and was extremely patient with us while we made decisions. We literally could not recommend Carly enough, her services were perfect in every way and exactly what you need on your big day. I’m not letting go of her contact details for the day we decide to renew our vows! Thanks again Carly
– Jenna & Carlos – married in Guarda, Portugal, 26th of August 2017
“I just want to say a big thank you for everything! The ceremony was so perfect I couldn’t of asked for better, it had so much love and meaning. And to have Carly and Miguel preform it so perfectly was just amazing. The two languages worked perfectly.  All our family and friends loved it so much. We will for sure recommend you. Again thank you so much!”
– Emma & Carlos – married in Cascais, Portugal, 24th of June 2017
“Our wedding ceremony was more beautiful than we could ever of dreamed of. Carly took time to get to know us as individuals and as a couple, and find out about our likes and dislikes and incorporated these into the ceremony in such a way that it touched so many hearts. Not only did we get the usual compliments after the wedding from our guests about how we looked etc but also how touching and sincere our ceremony was. The words were so dear to our heart that we laughed and cried and could not stop smiling throughout. Carly was simply amazing and we felt so relaxed with her. If we ever renew our vows we know who to call!”
– Hardeep & Tomasz – married in Cascais, Portugal, 3rd of June 2017
“Just as we were for one another Carly was our perfect match! Her professionalism, positive attitude and experience are just what you need for such an exciting, very important and potentially very stressful occasion. Her calm way of dealing with things perfectly calms you down and the preparation of her work is very personalised, detailed and as tailor made as it can get – Carly is just the perfect choice!”
– Olga & Joscha – married in Amares, Portugal, 13th of May 2017
“Carly and Miguel were a great team, working together to give us just the type of ceremony that we really wanted for our wedding in Porto. We particularly appreciated the warmth and responsiveness of this couple in helping us from abroad with writing and planning the ceremony. They were happy to help us with whatever we needed, supportive in all of our ideas, and creative in assisting us with searches for ideas for the ceremony (in terms of both readings and rites we wanted to include). We were grateful for their conscientiousness and also flexibility all the time we worked with them. The moment we saw their website, we knew that they were the celebrants we had been looking for. Their creativity and love shows through their website. These celebrants love what they do, and they do it with grace and style. Highly recommended.”
– Cammie & Helmuth – married in Porto, Portugal 17th of July 2016
“Thank you so much  for such a great performance, as we mentioned before after just one skype meeting you put together an amazing speech, which included everything  we could ask for. Carly, you covered every single bit straight to the point and we loved it. You made our ceremony unforgettable.”
– Tetyana & Erik – married on the island of Hvar, Croatia 5th of September 2015
“Carly, thank you for being an excellent celebrant. From the moment we met you we felt assured and confident that you would do a lovely job. We really appreciated that you took the time to listen to us about our relationship history and to get to know us. It made the ceremony so much more personal. Your script was beautiful and captured everything we wanted to include at our ceremony. You really made it special for us, so thank you. We would 100% recommend you to other couples looking for a wedding celebrant.”
– Rhian & Ashley – married on the island of Brač, Croatia 22nd of August 2015
“Just a quick note to express our sincere thanks, and appreciation for all that you both did to make our day so special! We wish you both a continued happy and loving future, and please, PLEASE keep in touch!! Thanks again, you will both have a special place in our hearts… Even the rain didn’t stop us from having an amazing day!! Everyone commented that you guys were amazing, and showed great passion and emotion… Perfect!!”
– Carl & Larissa – married in Florence, Italy 12th of June 2015
“We have worked with Carly while organizing a few destination weddings and the only thing I can say about the experience is that it has exceeded our expectations! Carly is a professional who is also very passionate about her work (obviously she loves weddings just as much as we do!) and that reflects in the ceremonies she performs. Carly works with each couple individually in order to get to know them and create a ceremony that not just represents them as a couple, but as well is meaningful, moving and unforgettable for everyone. We’re looking forward to working with Carly in the future as we can’t imagine a better fit for us and our couples.”
– Milda Urbonaite, founder and wedding planner at “Dalmatia Events”
“As an international wedding planner, I often find myself planning weddings for people from all over the world, incorporating their traditions together with Italian ones, in order to make the day as personal but authentic as possible. Whilst planning a Tuscan wedding for a wonderful Brazilian/English couple, their dream was to have their ceremony conducted in both english & portuguese. I came across Carly & Miguel and they immediately put my clients at ease, through skype sessions due to distance and regular email, they tailor made the perfect ceremony. On the day of the wedding they were professional, punctual & perfect. They also happen to be two of the most pleasant people you could ever hope to meet! Could not have been happier with their services & plan on booking them for future events. Highly recommended.”
– Francesca Stunell – Italian Wedding Event, Italy

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Photography: Picture at the top of the page of Emily & Ryan by Ana Luísa Pinto of LUMINOUS Photography