A simple destination wedding in CroatiaThis love story is set against the backdrop of a small, simple, destination wedding.
Emma and Chris knew early on that they were going to go abroad to get married. Lovers of holidays and golden tans, they didn’t want to risk their day being ruined by rain (although as it transpired there was a torrential storm two days before their wedding day in Croatia).
They didn’t have a huge budget as they had bought a house together the year before so they decided on a small affair.
They initially looked at Italy and Greece, before coming across a lovely wedding planner called Kike at a company called Do You Wed Me in Dubrovnik, Croatia, who didn’t laugh at their budget! She gave Emma and Chris some options as to what they could afford and they came up with a package perfect for them.
The wedding planner had her own florist, recommended the restaurant and arranged the photographer. Emma would highly recommend a wedding planner for a destination wedding where you kind of just have to chill out and go with it.
Dubrovnik is only 2 hours from London and only a 20-minute drive to the airport so it was very easy to go and check it out.
Emma and her ‘hubster-to-be’ (as she fondly refers to him) stayed for a few nights in the small city, falling in love with its stunning landscapes and the most beautiful turquoise sea she had ever seen.
She then took her sister to picked out a colour scheme and some simple flowers, sampled the food, and wine (hard life), and chose the venue. It was so straightforward.
A laid-back day
Emma and Chris rented a stunning apartment with a view of the island which was really lovely to wake up to on the morning of their wedding. The couple got ready in the apartment together, much to the horror of their superstitious friends and family. There were just 41 guests in total, with no children, which didn’t seem to cause any issues.
The hairdresser came to the apartment, while the bridesmaids (Emma’s sister and best friend) also got ready there and had their hair done. The whole experience was very relaxing.
The couple opted for an island ceremony on Lokrum, just off the shore of Dubrovnik. They wanted a simple, subtle affair, so hired a boat and a guitarist to play beautiful classic Croatian music whilst the wedding party sipped prosecco.
Emma and Chris got married in the open air next to the sea, with the sound of the waves crashing against the rocks and peacocks roaming in the distance, followed by drinks and canapés in the olive grove.
The most memorable part of the day, recalls Emma, was wandering around the grounds with Chris and the photographer – it was perfect for her to just spend some quality time with her new hubby!
After the ceremony, the wedding party took the boat back to the picturesque mainland, drank some more alcohol, and listened to the music playlist that they seemed to take forever to agree on.
Then there were more photo opportunities in the town, followed by dinner in Restaurant Dubrovnik.
Having a wedding planner for a destination wedding didn’t mean that things couldn’t go wrong, but nothing that could ruin the day. The venue got the table layout wrong which was OK but easily preventable. They also forgot to put menus out which was a bit confusing for the staff and guests but again, nothing major at all.
Simple, romantic, classic
In true Emma spirit, the dress was simple and classic. She bought it for a bargain at a shop in Reading which has unfortunately since closed down. She also wore glittery flip flops from Dune, a tiara and small earrings – not really super glam but just enough sparkle to satisfy.
This love story is the perfect example of where the couple’s wishes are perfectly executed on their wedding day. It’s pure simplicity against a romantic backdrop, and we love it.
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