Paula and Karina met for a coffee, 2 girls working together in a touristic company, promoting accommodation, rental services and events at the time. On that afternoon Paula had different news, an Irish girl, called Niamh was looking to get married in Portugal and asked Paula to be her planner after meeting her for a sight visit looking for accommodation for her guests. Uau !! That seemed to be a crazy idea!! Well, no it wasn’t, it was actually a great idea to start our story!! Karina, thought it was a great idea and proposed Paula the creation of Algarve Wedding Planners, a part time Job. Why not?!
June 2017, they launch their first website and on that same day they have the first AWP wedding visit booked. Such an exciting times, two girls, one white phone, one website and of course a dream - We Love weddings.
The requests started to arrive and the girls became busier and busier, it was their opportunity to create something professional for the first time in the Algarve with quality. So they did.
It became their full time job, and 2008 was their first full weddings season year, with a lot of happy couples that are still today part of their history, of their success and love for their job.
The company started to grow, it was not easy the suppliers and even the hotels were not very turned to weddings, it was a hard work for people to understand the interest by abroad weddings, but the girls did once more.
Everything had to be build and negotiated from scratch, there was nothing, no lists, no listed suppliers, contacts, and nothing existed in this business.