“How else does a girl from Sweden and a boy from Australia end up meeting in Lisbon and then going back there to get married?”
“Meant to be” explains why, says Josefine Karlsson of her fateful meeting with beau Jamie Lobb. The couple, aged 32 and 29 respectively, met while on a hostel-organised bar crawl. “The bar crawl only included tequila so Jamie and I went off and bought our own mojitos together,” says Josefine. They spent some time exploring Lisbon together, having lunch in Cascais, and stayed in touch afterwards. “Jamie decided to come visit me before going back to Sydney. He asked me to come with him, so I gave up my flat and my job and bought a ticket to Sydney.”
The pair married at their vintage beach wedding on August 5, 2016 with 62 guests. Their wedding location at Arriba by the Sea in Cascais, Portugal was a case of fate. “We had always said that if we were ever going to get married it would only ever be in Portugal. To our delight we found that the restaurant in Cascais where we had lunch when we first met, was now a wedding venue,” says Josefine.
Photos courtesy of Jesus Caballero Photography.
“I always knew that I wanted a tea-length dress,” Josefine says of her vintage gown.
Jamie wanted Josefine to have an opal wedding ring as it is classically Australian. “He had it designed in secret,” says the bride.
“Our love story really came full circle when we got to get married with all our friends and family in the place that means the world to us, Portugal,” smiles the bride.
Brides Accessories: Miriam Haskell, Forever Vintage / Brides Gown: Forever Vintage / Brides Shoes: Shoes of Prey / Cake: Casa do Marques / Caterer: Casa do Marques / Celebrant: Vanessa Quintas, Lisbon Wedding Planner / Ceremony Music: String duo Valter Freitas, Wedding Portugal / Entertainment: Arriba by the Sea DJ, Crow's Nest Dance Centre / Flowergirl Dress: Their own / Flowers: My Wedding Flowers Portugal / Grooms Attire: The Suit Shop / Hair: Hair by Lila Costa / Honeymoon: Scandinavia / Invitations: Vistaprint / Makeup: Florbela Sequeira / Photographer: Jesus Caballero / Rings: Opal Fields / Transport: Arriba by the Sea / Venue: Arriba by the Sea / Venue Decor: Lisbon Wedding Planner / Wedding Night Venue: Air BnB / Wedding Planner: Lisbon Wedding Planner