Congrats are in order for Thassia Naves! Last week, the Brazilian influencer married fiancé Artur Attie Akl in Uberlandia, Brazil. The wedding, which the couple is calling their "civil ceremony," will be the first of two weddings for Thassia and Artur, who have celebrated their engagement with a series of epic festivities such as a flower-filled engagement party and Moroccan-themed bridal shower.
For their official nuptials, the Brazilian couple chose to keep the event traditional and close to home. "We married in the same church that I was baptized in," Thassia says. "I chose this location because of the church's history and my personal connection to the church. It is an incredibly special place to my family and me." To build on the significance of the setting, Thassia and Artur opted to invite only close family to the ceremony and host the reception at the groom's family home. "Our civil ceremony was a more intimate affair, but our second wedding will be more of a large celebration with all friends and family," she says. We can’t wait!"
In the meantime, read on to see photos of the bride's custom wedding gown and the couple's emotional vows and at-home reception. It was, as Thassia says, "romantic, intimate, and, well, perfect." Keep scrolling to see why!
The bride worked with Brazilian designer Sandro Barros to create a custom wedding dress for the ceremony. In all, it took four months and a team of eight seamstresses and four embroidery specialists to complete the intricate, long-sleeved ball gown. "Since it was the church wedding, I wanted to get married in romantic way and wanted to reflect this into my dress with simple details including lace embroidery and feminine touches," she explains.
The gown was made with more than 260 feet of tulle, 80 feet of silk, and 59 feet of organza—and, for a final dose of romance, it was topped with a special lace in the shape of roses. Thassia completed her one-of-a-kind look with a pair of bespoke shoes, which were made exclusively for her by René Caovilla.
For her beauty look, Thassia consulted with her close friend Junior Mendes, who also developed her lipstick collection with MAC. "It was fun being able to work alongside a true friend for my hair and beauty looks on the special day," she says. "We decided on a simple, natural yet dewy look for the civil ceremony with an elegant up-do for hair." The final touch? Rose flowers in her hair, which Thassia says "added to the romantic and feminine aspects of my aesthetic."
The bride arrived at the ceremony in a white convertible Plymouth 1947. "It was such a special moment to walk into the church where I was baptized as an adult to celebrate this exciting time," she recalls.
The bride's father led her down a flower-lined aisle to meet Artur at the altar. "The most memorable part was just having all of the most important people to me in one place in the church where I was baptized for this special moment," she says of the ceremony.
The church ceremony was designed to be intimate, with only Thassia and Artur's close family members attending. The groom wore a suit by Ricardo Almeida for the formal occasion.
During the ceremony, the couple prayed, exchanged rings, and sealed their nuptials with a kiss!
Thassia and Artur recessed down the aisle together before posing for a picture-perfect kiss at the entrance of the historic chapel.
Following the ceremony, the newlyweds joined their families for a lunch reception at Artur's home. There, tables were set on the patio and decorated with green chargers, white linens, and arrangements of pink peonies and tropical blooms from the area. "The décor was very elegant," explains the bride. "We wanted it to be intimate and low key before the big wedding that is happening next month."
At lunch, everyone dined on a selection of the couple's favorite dishes such as mini brioche with foie gras, salmon tartar, and burrata with tomatoes and pesto. The main course was followed by a chocolate and hazelnut tart—and, after, Thassia and Artur cut into a caramelized apple-flavored cake with pecan nut filling.
Looking back, Thassia reflected on the special day, saying, "I felt so blessed and grateful to have all my family around me celebrating my wedding to Artur. I can't wait to continue the celebrations and enjoy with friends to celebrate our marriage."
Bride's Dress: Sandro Barros || Bride's Shoes: René Caovilla || Bride's Accessories: Talento Joias || Hair & Makeup: Junior Mendes || Groom's Suit: Ricardo Almeida || Event Planning: Rocha Cerimonial || Décor & Food: Renato Aguiar || || Photography: Pedro Fonseca