On Friday I flew to Faro airport and then travelled just half an hour to the beautiful area that is Albufeira in The Algarve on the southern coast of Portugal. The wedding took place on Saturday at The Sheraton Hotel.
The ceremony took place in a small church near the hotel and then the guests were brought to the hotel where drinks were served with canopés, followed by a meal overlooking the sea (see picture top left). I played on a perfectly designed stage (top right) during the drinks reception and then waited until after the meal, when the guests walked down 72 steps to the beach where they spent the rest of the evening drinking and dancing. My job at this stage was to lead, pied-piper-style, the guests down these 72 steps to the beach. The best music to do this with, I decided, was Gipsy Kings as it was after the meal and the guests were already livening up a bit. I did initially think it might be a bit risky trying to lead a group of more than a hundred people down a flight of 72 cliff-side steps when half of them didn't speak English (the Groom was Portuguese) and most of whom had been drinking, but...... it was fine! The beach was beautiful and the evening went along "swimmingly" shall we say ;-)
This is another part of the world that I have fallen in love with and can't wait to go back and get to know better (and the grilled sardines are fantastic!).