My name is Emily. I moved from Ireland to the Algarve in 2004, Charley moved from England in 1998.
Starting out as wedding musicians in the Algarve, Charley and I met in 2010 where we began to work together, performing at weddings and top hotels and restaurants, including Gourmet Natural, Parrilla Natural, The Conrad, and Monte Da Quinta.
Since then we've become a team on a project that approaches a different side of weddings and events called Algarve Photobus - which all started with a 1960s Volkswagen bus I purchased which is not only a photo booth but the van we deliver all our equipment in. I have become obsessed with decor and photography, while Charley has worked at expanding the music side of weddings - everything from equipment, live musicians, to DJ-ing. We are both very familiar with the event scene in the Algarve and have worked with event planners and wedding venues for many years. Together, along with our good friend and talented violinist Ricardo, we are able to provide a really unique day for you including live music, equipment, photo booths, giant wedding letters, flower walls, customised backdrops, and neon signs... All the things to make your wedding stand out from the rest!
I also want to use this blog on our website to create a space to provide brides and grooms with as much information on planning an Algarve wedding as possible, all here in the one place. Hopefully this will make it easier for you to sort through all the information out there.
I got into photography in 2014 and this passion eventually blossomed into a photo booth business which combines my love of photography with my love of people... and my love of love! Whilst Charley is still a wedding musician full-time (and amazing at that - Check out his website), I am now balancing between my photo business and my music.
I am obsessed with wedding trends and styles. I love vintage, rustic, and shabby-chic styles and am always trying to decorate my booths, props, and backdrops with this in mind. These concepts are regularly updated and new styles incorporated all the time. I will always be trying my best to work with you to achieve what you want for your event.
Charley is very creative, he has a way of seeing things from a different perspective which can really create some very interesting, visually appealing concepts that never fail to surprise those who work with him. When I come up with an idea to make a Silk Flower Wall or Giant Floral Letters, Charley's the one who comes up with the idea to spray them with a flowery scent to create that real-feel. He thinks outside the box and most of those small touches you'll notice when you hire our products, will have come from him!
Performing at 50-60 weddings a year, and in top restaurants all year round, he also has a huge amount of knowledge on weddings, locations, planners, and general information in the Algarve that always comes in handy.
Despite our name, Algarve Photobus is actually an Irish business with a base in Dublin, we work mainly with Irish and English clients. I have lived in Ireland for the last 5 years, and have now created a lovely balance between spending half my time in Dublin, and half my time in the Algarve. This means I can often meet with wedding clients in either Ireland or Portugal if they wish.
Why a Volkswagen Photobooth, you ask? Because the Volkswagen T2 is a beautiful, iconic car! It's symbolic of love, beaches, and travel - so it's perfect for an Algarve wedding.
Algarve Photobus started out with a Volkswagen photo booth, but we are expanding into a service that can provide all sorts of upper-end, memorable and beautiful photo booths, backdrops, walls, and props for hire. No more plain photo booths at your wedding, you'll be able to blow your guests away with one of our unique photo booth set-ups.