We interviewed our founder, Micaela who finally got married this summer after a postponed wedding date. We had to get more details of her fairy-tale wedding in Lisbon, Portugal.  Micaela first started putting plans together to start this business 3 years ago after her (now husband) proposed. The initial concept developed as the wedding planning started and she couldn’t find any decent wedding pyjamas or timeless bridesmaid robes that weren’t cheap polyester looking. ‘’I wanted to develop something timeless and sustainable that I knew my bridesmaids would wear past the wedding date’’ – Micaela
Micaela developed the LEAH shirt dress especially for her wedding, and then later launched it to the public. These beautiful nightshirts are available in white and nude in a lightweight cotton poplin – which is perfect for the warmer months. The buttons are made from 100% shell – which give it an elevated rustic look. She also had each bridesmaid initials embroidered on onto the cuff of the shirt with made it extra special to gift.  
Here is more about Micaela’s mesmerizing wedding day:

Tell us a little about yourselves, what you do, what you love, what is unique about you and your relationship?

My name is Micaela and I’m the founder of MEEKA. I recently gave up my full-time job as a health and beauty buyer to peruse MEEKA full time which is really my biggest dream come true.
My husband is a credit underwriter. David and I met 8 years ago through mutual friends and we have been inseparable ever since. David and I are actually complete opposites – he’s a total nerd, loves gaming and I am a complete shopaholic and cannot stay home. But he seriously is the Ying to my yang.

Care to tell us a little bit about your proposal?

David and I went away with he’s family to he’s dads home town in Portugal – and he suggested that we go for a walk along the promenade before lunch. We had made it to the very end of the promenade looking out at the sea and he’s heart suddenly started beating uncontrollably and that’s when I knew something was up! He got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. And my first response was ‘are you serious?’

How did you spend the morning of your wedding? How did you deal with the nerves leading up to the wedding?

For me the getting ready was the most stressful part of the day.  Unfortunately, the room that we were getting ready in was quite small so it was quite chaotic. For any future brides I defiantly recommend carefully selecting the area that you need to get ready in. The more space and light – the better!

And although it was a little stressful it ends up being one of the most special moments throughout the day as all your girls are getting ready with you. Also – a glass of champagne (or 2) defiantly helped ease the nerves

Tell us about your main outfits of the wedding day

My dress is from a brand called Willowby by Watters. Since I got engaged this was the ONLY dress that caught my eye that I initially found on Instagram. I went to a bridal store in New York and tried on a few dresses. But I kept going back to this dress on Instagram. A few weeks later I saw it was on sale at less 70% off. I just bought it online on the spot without even trying it on! And I have never looked back. My 2nd dress was a ASOS design - Just wanted something sparkly to dance in. My shoes were ASOS too. I also wore these beautiful matte gold earrings from Cata Vassalo which is a Portuguese jewellery brand. David wore a suit from a Portuguese brand called Decenio, which he loved and fit him like a glove

Tell us about your special day, was there a specific theme or style? Tell us a little about the setting, the styling and some of your favourite details

For those people that know me I have always had a boho style – so naturally all the wedding pins saved on my Pinterest were all very boho inspired.  Due to Covid, our wedding planning took place over 3 years so my style and what I wanted kept changing. Our venue we had initially agreed to got closed down due to Covid – but it was a blessing in disguise as our new venue - Palacio Marques de Fronteira was so magical. It’s a 16th century palace that holds the largest collection of seventeenth-century “azulejos” (Portuguese tiles) in the world. The colour theme was orange and terracotta which complimented the blue accents of the palace so beautifully. My favourite detail was the reception and the beautiful table settings – my table flowers were a mixture of beautiful oranges, terracotta and beiges with the alternating terracotta candles and sea grass placemats, that all beautifully came together with the gorgeous Portuguese tiles and statue backdrop.

What was your most special moment on the day?

Saying our vows to each other was defiantly the most special moment for me. Expressing our love and devotion to each other In front of everyone gave me goosebumps. Its an indescribable feeling. 
Boyfriend shirt dresses | Meeka
Earrings | Cata Vassalo
Photographer | Claudia takes photos 
Videographer | Joel da palma
Make up | @lehautbeauty
Hair | Lilia Costa
Wedding planner | Lisbon Wedding Planner

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