Ivana’s Post # 16: A Day To Remember

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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 »