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Destination Wedding Portugal: Nicole & Pedro

La Jolla native Nicole Enberg met Pedro Vaz in 2003 at a University of Michigan party. They connected during a moment of crisis when Nicole’s friend found herself locked in the bathroom. A few days later, Nicole asked Pedro to a sorority party, and in 2012 he proposed on a surprise trip to Aruba. Now 29 and a publicist at ABC News in New York City, Nicole tied the knot with Pedro, 30, a private equity investor, at his family’s summer home in Portugal.  —Erin Meanley

May 25, 2013


Dad’s Toast

Naturally, the bride’s father, Padres announcer Dick Enberg, nailed his toast. “My dad had an incredible speech,” Nicole says. Enberg told stories about the couple, and closed by addressing his new son-in-law: “Pedro, thank you for loving our daughter. You have consummate good taste.”


Table Decor

The tables were simple with wildflowers, candles, and blue and yellow glassware (Michigan colors).


On the Menu

Guests sipped on vinho verde, a sparkling green wine, and dined on puréed vegetable soup, squid rice with Madeira wine sauce, and duck breast with veggies.


The Dress

Nicole’s Elizabeth Fillmore was the first gown she tried on at a trunk sale in New York. She was looking for something “sexy, old-school glamorous, and comfortable,” and indeed it was. “I needed to be able to dance in the dress … and I did, until 5 a.m.!”


Local Tradition

Women of Vacariça decorated the exterior of the church with flowers and herbs to give it a heavenly fragrance. Afterwards, locals threw rice and petals, and Pedro’s parents returned the favor by passing out bags of candied almonds.


Just Down The Road

Pedro’s family’s 16th-century manor house (where the reception was held) was just 300 yards from the church.


Coordination, Rentals, and Catering: Triologia Experience
Photography: Nuno Nunes, Wedding Star Fotografia
Florals: Horto do Campo Grande
DJ: Bruce Brothers
Gown: Elizabeth Fillmore
Paper Elements: Hello Lucky
Officiants: Rev. Cory Randall and Father Samuel


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