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Ivana’s Post #12: Only a Month To Go?

It seems like it was only yesterday that we met…I can still remember writing my first post, thinking, I had months and months to write to you all, and that this process would help me pass the time, while waiting for the big day. 
Well I was wrong about two things. Read more »

Ivana’s Post #13: Summer Lovin Soiree – Part One


Wow! What a Weekend!I cannot believe that something we've been planning for over a year has just come and gone…Seemingly with the snap of our fingers!Although a bit sad that it is past, we couldn't be happier as it was everything we imagined it would be!

Looking through the pictures now, I am so happy that we decided to host this party. Without it, we would have not had the opportunity to celebrate with our close family & friends. 
Granted, I could have chosen to keep it much more low key…Avoid some of the work & consequent stress…But for anyone who knows me…That's not really my style at all :) And I had such a fun time preparing all the decorations, food, ideas, plans and crafts…If only for that matter, it was worth every second!
I am a little sad that these preparations have now ended, but luckily some of the hand crafted items will get another moment to shine as they embark with us on a journey to Croatia for the wedding!And as for my time – well there is still plenty to do with getting ready for the big trip, so I'm my sadness will only last a moment.
I have a very picture-heavy post, so I've split it up into two.Today I will show some pictures from the party, and tomorrow, some pictures from the decor perspective.Read more »

Ivana’s Post #14: Summer Lovin’ Soiree – Part Two

I'm back and so excited to share all the creations from the soiree! 
Months & month ago, we decided that this would be a little bit more than just a party. Being so far away from all the planning action overseas, and knowing that many of the friends and family that were at our soiree would not be there with us for the big day…We knew we wanted to do more…Just didn't quite know where to begin!
Was it going to be a reception? Was it possibly going to be a second wedding? So many friends and relatives asked…And we couldn't tell them…Because we didn't even know!
About eight months ago, things finally just clicked into place. Mark and I decided on what we felt was an appropriate function for the event….A casual reception :)  
Meaning, all the decor, food, fun & grandness, without all the speeches, receiving lines, and other formalities usually associated with the day.
Knowing that it would be  more than just a party, we started planning all the details months ago. I knew that decorating would be a challenge, especially since we ended up hand-making just about everything at the party…Read more »

Ivana’s Post #15: A Week to Go!

It truly is incredible how quickly time flies when you are planning something…Perhaps the most interesting paradox is how time is going so quickly yet not nearly fast enough! If you are confused by this, don't worry, you are not the only one :)  
We are just as intrigued by how one minute we wish we had more time to finalize details, and in the next moment we cannot wait for next Saturday to arrive. 
All in all, I am very relieved that the end is in sight…Or should I say, the beginning? Either way, with all the planning that has taken place and the many events that we had leading up to the wedding (good & bad), both Mark and myself find ourselves in dire need of a break!
Although we know that first portion of the trip will be nothing but running around and trying to finalize everything, we are really looking forward to meeting everyone who has helped us thus far, and to see it all in person before the big day. 
It is truly an exciting feeling….
In the last few weeks we have finalized all of the plans with Nina. We figured out the flower style & budget, determined times to meet the week prior the wedding, finalized the decor (explaining what we will bring with us and what is still needed), and other little things that have been on our minds. 
I had what I thought was my final dress fitting on Wednesday. Although I can't spoil the surprise and show you pictures of the dress, here is one of me peeking out of the dressing room…

The dress is mostly ready, with a few minor details that need attention. If all goes well, it will be safely in my hands next Wednesday and ready for the cross-Atlantic adventure, along with us and our many packed bags! Read more »

Ivana’s Post # 16: A Day To Remember

I know I have kept you waiting, but somewhere along the way I decided that it would be pretty hard to share our wedding story without any pictures of the event…So we decided to wait until the photos arrived, and I am so happy to say that they are finally here…Which means, so is my post! 
I have so many pictures & details to share, so brace yourselves…This is a long one!
~The Wedding Day~
I was excited and nervous, but so happy that the day we had dreamed of was finally happening :) I think the stars were on our side and our day was truly perfect in every way. It seemed like there was nothing that could hold us back from the happiness that we felt and how excited we were for what was ahead!

We started the day off at the villa (Kameni Dvori), which is where we stayed for the duration of our time in Dubrovnik.It was a beautiful place that Nina recommended to us, and we couldn't have been happier with the choice. 
We were picked up by a bus which we had rented for the day, to take us into town.
The villa was about a 40 minute drive from the Lapad Hotel, where we were to get ready. 
We were so happy that we had rented a large enough vehicle for the whole day to take our group wherever we needed to go. I can't imagine having to worry about all of us driving…And it was really fun to share that time together, instead of worrying about traffic.
If there is anything about Dubrovnik that is not to be liked – it's the traffic. It's hectic, unpredictable, and you are certainly bound to miss a turn and get lost at least once or twice. With a tightly scheduled day, it was great to know that we had a reliable transfer to and from each place, and that we would all arrive there at the same time. 
We used a company recommended to us by Nina, and we were able to secure a driver and the bus for the entire day, which helped eliminate the stress of scheduling everything to a tee, as the bus was always ready for us when we were ready to go.
We enjoyed the scenic drive into town early in the morning, and arrived on schedule at the hotel, with our team of two, a makeup artist, Daniela, and Doris, a hair stylist, arriving just as we got there. The hotel staff kindly took all of our bags and items to two separate locations (one for the boys & one for the girls), while we enjoyed a coffee on the hotel's terrace with Daniela & Doris. 
After the caffeine boost, we made our way to our respective rooms. I had some time to touch up my nails, take a few photos and get organized, while the rest of the girls were having their hair and makeup expertly applied. 
Daniela and Doris were wonderful. Very professional, but fun and goofy at the same time. They really took the time to make sure we all looked our best. 
The morning went by rather quickly, and since my hair & makeup were the last to be done, I spent most of the time prior, making sure all things were good to go. 
Our wedding planning team, Nina & Dragica were not with us, as they were quite busy setting up the ceremony location. Luckily, all things went smoothly that morning, and just as I was about to get my turn in the beautician's chair, our photographers arrived. 
They were a little behind schedule, but it was nothing to worry about, as they still had plenty of time to set up their equipment, photograph our rings and other little items, before I got beautified. 
And let me tell you….I got beautified alright!The girls truly did a wonderful job. 
We ran a little bit late with our preparations, and had to notify Nina to push back the ceremony by about half an hour. It was nice to know that we didn't have to rush, and to know that someone was there to take care of little glitches like that for us. 
The bus driver was promptly waiting for us at the hotel lobby by the time we were finally ready to go, so we made sure we had all of our belongings and off we went to the Grand Villa Argentina
Luckily, just before the ceremony, I had a few seconds to run out and see the decorated terrace, and it's probably a good thing…

It was a heavenly sight, really.
It was so beautiful, it took my breath away. Read more »

Grand Villa Argentina, one of Dubrovnik’s luxurious five star hotels, hosted a grand vintage wedding.

Amy and Tim, now Mr. and Mrs. Radwanski. This is a picture perfect example of how a romantic outdoors ceremony can look like.


Families are naturally close, but the closeness we experienced at Amy and Tim's wedding in Dubrovnik was rather exceptional, and certainly moving. The emotional union of the Radwanski and the Clarckson family was already established, the wedding only formalized it more.

Seeing that our decorator had received carte blanche from the bride and groom, she could basically do whatever she liked, but it is always nice to get approval or at least confirmation from a member of the family.
Amy's mother, Mrs. Clarckson, was our best pick.

As soon as everybody's hair and make up was done, we asked Mrs. Clarckson to come outside with us. As she approached the ceremony set up, tears started to flow. Words were not needed…

The wedding theme Dragica – our wedding decorator – had chosen was vintage in shades of cream, white and sage green. The ceremony was decorated with hanging orchids in green and white, and flower stands in greens and whites but the rest was purposely left white.


 
Following the ceremony a champagne drinks reception was planned at the outdoors lounge bar, the scenery and the natural decor made for relaxing surroundings that guests appreciated very much.
We used the time to have some pictures taken at the green gardens.

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Real Weddings: getting married on Lokrum Island


Lokrum Island Wedding Ceremony



Follow the journey of two brides and grooms as they prepare for their island wedding in Dubrovnik.
Both couples had decided to get married in Dubrovnik without ever having visited Croatia.Both couples chose their ceremony location based on images and our skype consultations together.Both couples walked away with reality surpassing their expectations.
Let's talk about the island of Lokrum First.The island is really close by, which makes it an ideal ceremony spot easily to combine with any dinner venue in Dubrovnik, Cavtat or Kolocep island.  The island is a nature reserve, you will not find any hotels or shops, no cars, no crowdy tourism.This is a green lush island, which has a dead lake, olive groves, palm gardens, an ancient monastery, 2 bars all together and an old hospital on the top of the hill.
Lokrum island, seen from the city walls in Dubrovnik

Without stalling, let's have a look at the first wedding. The bride, Laura, and her bridesmaids were getting ready at the Hotel Excelsior. She picked this hotel because it is close enough to walk to the port.

The girls helped each other with their hair and make up.

The groom and his guests gathered at the port in the old town, where an old fisherman's ship was waiting for them. At the same time, the bride was just about ready at her hotel room.
Paul, the groom, was quite nervous as he saw the ship approaching.

After the guests had been dropped off on the island of Lokrum, the boat returned to pick up the bride and her bridesmaids. All in all, the ceremony could start precisely 30 minutes after the guests arrived on the island.
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Merry Christmas to all!

To all those brides and grooms getting married in 2013 in Dubrovnik
To all our Friends, Family, Colleagues…


The Dubrovnik Riviera Weddings – team wishes you all a merry Christmas!

For those that have holidays and hopefully some more free time, do check out this blog in the coming  days as you can expect photo reportage's of at least four real weddings in Dubrovnik.

We will kick off showing the work of Photographer Zeljko, who has selected four totally different weddings.

Elena and Fergus, a Russian bride and Irish groom, chose Dubrovnik as their wedding destination.
Hotel Kazbek was booked exclusively for the wedding party and the celebrations lasted for 3 days.

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Hotel Kazbek in Dubrovnik: ideal for exclusive private weddings

All of us here at Dubrovnik Riviera Weddings are careful before we send out wedding images of our couples, because the first thing to be respected is privacy.

But the news is out, yes, we did plan the most exclusive event at the Hotel Kazbek***** in 2012, and we're happy to share it with you.


Everybody is curious to see how others spent their big day. Especially if that big day happened to be at the Hotel Kazbek in Dubrovnik. There are not many hotels that still have that aura of old world glamour today, but this hotel definitely kept the tradition intact, with excellent service standards.

It is hard to explain what we like so much about this venue, you might argue they do not have a private beach, they do not have a view over Dubrovnik old town, they do not have a large capacity with merely 13 rooms… but in saying that, we have now listed all the possible downsides, apart from those, there are none!

We LOVE everything here: the rooms, the staff, the courtyard, the large pool (considering the size of the hotel), the lush decor and our always kind and so helpful contacts Vinka and Pave.
Nothing we asked was too much or too hard, what a great team. We love planning weddings with you!

But let's see now how a wedding at the Hotel Kazbek could look like.

Elena and Fergus are from different parts of the world so they were looking for “neutral grounds” to celebrate their wedding. They had visited Dubrovnik in 2011 and knew some venues and the area, but had little spare time to plan everything for their Irish and Russian guests whilst living in Papa New Guinea.

So after we had agreed on a budget we started to plan, mainly via skype and email, and somehow they managed to sort out a 3 day event which will not soon be forgotten.

The religious wedding ceremony in the old town of Dubrovnik

 
Elena was accompanied by her mother as she walked down the candlelit aisle towards Fergus.


The union was celebrated in the Saint Ignatius Church in the old town of Dubrovnik, presided by father Cibaric, who really held a lovely mass.

The Saint Ignatius church on 12.07.2012, Elena and Fergus getting married

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