Adventure Session at Lagoa do Fogo São Miguel | Portugal Elopement Photographer | Rita + João

May 24, 2018 | 10 comments

Off the coast of Portugal in the North Atlantic, there is a chain of islands known as the Azores. This little archipelago is home to São Miguel, one of the most beautiful islands I’ve ever visited. The island is locally referred to as “The Green Island” which is entirely accurate. It is so green and so very beautiful. It is home to rivers, lakes, waterfalls, mountains, mist, and pure magic. Among all of those things, there is this jewel of a spot. Perhaps my favorite spot on the whole island, Lagoa do Fogo is one extraordinary place.

Not only is it just drop-dead gorgeous, it made for the perfect backdrop to snag some very adventurous moments with a beautiful couple. The wind blowing through Rita’s hair, the chill that made her cuddle even closer together with João, the green + deep blues swirled together in an epic view. Every bit of this day was just epic. I know that word gets thrown around a lot, but for real. Keep scrollin’.

I’m not even exaggerating, see? The emerald water, the cliffs, the slice of the ocean you can see over the top of forested mountains, all of it make this place SO dang beautiful. What made this place even more beautiful was the connection these two shared. It’s so clear how fond of one another they are.

Lagoa do Fogo could not be a better spot for a couple’s session. For that matter, if you’re looking for a wildly beautiful place to get married, you could most definitely plan an elopement or intimate wedding in the Azores!

After hanging out at Lagoa do Fogo, we ventured further into the interior to find a pretty little waterfall. I love a girl who is willing to jump in even in a dress and Rita was so down to get soaked even in that gorgeous Karolina Twardowska dress. The chilly water didn’t stop them from enjoying each other and the waterfall!

Seriously, such a fun day! Can’t get all the way out to Portugal but love how this session looks? You’re in luck! I live on Oahu, Hawaii and the views are pretty dang similar. Plus, you can find waterfalls to jump in all over Hawaii! If you’d like to plan an adventurous elopement or photo shoot, get in touch!


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  1. Anni Graham

    Wow this is so absolutely gorgeous!!! I would totally elope in Portugal after seeing these images, they feel so raw + real. Amazing job.

  2. Ashley

    Oh my gosh, everything about this is gorgeous! I never knew what Portugal looked like but this adventurous session beautifully illustrates what a gorgeous landscape it has! Love it all!

  3. clarisse

    ohhhhh my gosh!! seriously amazing. i’ve been dying to go to portugal and these photos aren’t helping! so gorgeous.

  4. Nicole Thomson

    THIS IS AMAZING! Portugal has always been on my places to visit and this just confirmed how beautiful it is!

  5. BreeAnna Lasher

    Omg this is so incredible! You captured their personalities so well! Portugal looks amazing as well!

  6. Kate Davis

    We can now mark Portugal as one of the most gorgeous destination weddings I’ve ever seen. You did an amazing on this!

  7. Anna

    Holy goodness Randi, this Portugal elopement is so delicious!! I want more adventurous goodies!

  8. Lauren McCormick

    SO amazing!!! You’ve just acquired a new fan, and I’m in love with your work!! This adventure session is perfect! xx

  9. Alyssa Reinhold

    This destination adventure session is so beautiful! I have been dying to go to Portugal!!

  10. Sydney

    All I can say is WOW! This destination adventure session is so beautiful, Portugal is definitely on my bucket list now!


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Hey! I’m Randi!
an elopement photographer + intimate wedding photographer based in Hawaii. I document real love stories around the world that you can read about here! You’ll also find insightful planning guides along with other resources to help you visualize your best day ever. Happy reading! ♡