"No passado dia, 12 de Abril celebramos o primeiro Breakfast Wedding Club, um pequeno-almoço organizado pela Zankyou num dos hotéis mais bonitos de Cascais, o Senhora da Guia Boutique Hotel. Este é um novo conceito para falar de casamento, realizado já com êxito nos países vizinhos, Espanha e França e que chegou a Portugal este mês. O evento reuniu a grandes profissionais do sector e representantes de grandes marcas e grupos importante do panorama nacional e veio para ficar!"

"Last day, April 12, we celebrated the first Breakfast Wedding Club, a breakfast organized by Zankyou in one of the most beautiful hotels in Cascais, Senhora da Guia Boutique Hotel. This is a new concept for marriage, which has already been successfully carried out in neighboring countries like Spain, and France and arrived in Portugal this month. The event brought together the great professionals of the sector and representatives of major brands and important groups in the national panorama and came to stay!


                  Cristiana Simões - responsável do Zankyou Portugal.

Breakfast Wedding Club
  By ZankYou Weddings 

..."Campanha Publicitária “Jóias que brilham em todas as gerações”. Uma campanha destinada às mulheres de todas as idades.

É protagonizada por Vanessa Martins e a sua mãe, Maria Fátima Martins, que juntas criaram uma imagem forte de grande ternura, beleza e partilha pelo gosto de usar jóias.

Esta campanha explora o elo entre Mãe e filha, e o seu paralelismo com as jóias. Foi especialmente desafiante evidenciar algo abstrato como um sentimento e transporta-lo para um produto, que efectivamente, carrega este simbolismo de um relacionamento, de eternidade e memórias. Uma elegante materialização dos laços fortes que unem as pessoas que mais se gostam."

..."Advertising Campaign ”Jewels that shine on all generations”. A campaign aimed at women of all ages. 

It features Vanessa Martins and her mother, Maria Fátima Martins, who together created a strong image of great tenderness, beauty and the taste of wearing jewelry. 

This campaign aims to explore the link between Mother and daughter, and their parallelism with jewelry. It was especially challenging to evidence something abstract as a feeling and transpose it into a product, which effectively carries this symbolism of a relationship, of eternity and memories. An elegant materialization of the strong ties that unite the people who love each other." 


Love, Honesty, Freedom, Equity, Aesthetics, Design, Humility, Joy


I grew up in a small village about an hour from Lisbon. My childhood was not very happy and my youth was bound to beliefs and customs that I don’t see as mine. Maybe that is why I feel such a great love for difference and freedom. For me, freedom has always been one of the greatest assets. The love for people also grew early in me, thus I dedicated myself to teaching and fell in love with travel and Africa. I never wander much about Macao, it was destiny that brought us together, and although it is the greatest love-hate relationship, I am immensely grateful for everything that has brought to me so far! I think it was Macao that accentuated my likeness for being different. In a place where respecting othersis worth little and where the behavior is also the same, it was easy to be different. While I was teaching primary students at the Macau Portuguese School, I went to Mozambique for some months on a volunteer program, this made me remember my first year of teaching in Angola, but this time I had a mission, as I always dreamed. I returned to Macau, and two years after, with a 10-year career on education, I thought it was time to start a new dream: Bad Bad Maria. It started as a Parties and Crafts company, but always with the aim on the weddings.

By destiny, in 2017, Bad Bad Maria arrived in Lisbon, and one of the greatest adventures of my life began. Besides dedicating myself to weddings, I also invested in a blog completely dedicated to alternative weddings. This came with a new mission: showing that a wedding is not an institution, but a celebration where we gather all the ones that are dear to us and together celebrate the loves of our lives, without protocol, without established rules – just being whatever the couple wishes it to be, a celebration that is an extension of their personalities and lives. When someone asks me what an alternative wedding is, I reply: it's whatever you want. For me, a wedding rundown of church, photos, farm, party, doesn’t make much sense anymore; as I always have the feeling one repeats this format not because of each beliefs, but just because is how everyone does it. It also happens because there isn’t enough know-how, sharing, or just don’t know how to customize, create and make something tailor-made.

Regardless of body, age, race or nationality, there are too many standards for these aspects. Perhaps, magazines, blogs and standards of perfect are at fault and out of touch with nowadays reality of men and women of our global world! It is necessary to give meaning to the human being and to his uniqueness, whatever it may be, wherever it goes! We want real people, with real bodies, and real stories. People with flaws and their beautiful love and passion stories. That is the reality, that is the world and that is what Bad Bad Maria wants to talk about.

Living abroad for 12 years also makes me believe in another assumption, the adoration of Portugal, not only as a destination wedding, but as a place to appreciate and realize that it is not perfect, but it is beautiful; and it has wonderful sites and countless high quality weddings’ suppliers. From this assumption of cherish also arises my desire to train or teach, bring or talk to specialists from different areas so that we all can learn and, especially, be inspired.

One of our goals, is to provide a list of creative services, so that the bride and groom can check and choose who they want to hire to build what they dreamt of.

To inspire is one of my greatest missions through the podcasts. I love storytelling, and this is my gift, to give you these stories because I believe everyone has something to tell, learn and teach, whether they are people related to alternative weddings or not. There are a lot of people with twenty or thirty years experience in weddings that can share and teach so much.

Communication could be my middle name, because ever since I remember, I love people, talking to them, especially if the subject is close to my heart and makes me travel to my world. Entering the Happiness Industry, materialized in the form of wedding parties, has been the discovery of a new world, of unique beauty, since there is nothing more beautiful than happiness: sharing the happiness, whether it is the bride and groom’s one, ours or the one that we present them with!

It’s a blessing to work in this industry making the couple’s dreams come true, with you always by my side!

​Cátia Silva | Bad Bad Maria Founder&Owner