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Contemporary Elopement Complete with an Off-The-Rack Gown You Need to Own

Forget a custom ordered gown, who says you can’t wear on off-the-rack dress on your Big Day? No one, that’s who. Thankfully Nastja Kovacec Photography agrees which is why she snapped up this stunning elopement inspiration to share. See it all unfold in The Vault!

From Nastja Kovacec PhotographyI fell in love with Grožnjan back in 2013. This little village hasn’t really been on my radar as it is as secludes as it gets, with very little tourists wandering around. However, it is a perfect spot for a relaxed session away from the crowds, or to enjoy the view of the rolling hills. This inspirational shoot has been on my mind for two years, but only now the timing was perfectly right to organise it, and to unite all of the vendors I admire in one session. I’m so grateful for this group of people who share my vision and are always so willing to participate.

Inspired by old streets of Grožnjan, slate-blue theme, organic materials and the dreamy light, this shoot is definitely my favourite so far.
Not only Grožnjan is a perfect backdrop for photos, it is also a very intimate little place, amazing for honeymoon, it being only minutes away from the sea.

We went for a timelessly elegant outfits, with a very edgy headpiece for the bride, and subtle yet gorgeous make up.
We dreamt of a gorgeous, symmetrical bundle of florals in different shades of pink and a bit of greens. Meta from Sanjski Šopek did an amazing job combining beautiful peonies, ranunculus and roses with something as unexpected as garden and tree blooms, and some loose greens.
The wedding cake is very minimalistic. Seeing as Grožnjan is surrounded by countless olive groves Pcakes chose to decorate the cake with some olive branchlets finished with gold spray, while the blue marble fondant makes the cake even more elegant and classy.

But what make this shoot even better, were the ever so special weather conditions in Istria. The light is especially dreamy and lovely for portraits, cobbled streets and old buildings make the couple pop out nicely, while the sunset light warms the heart, and makes you want to move to Croatia and live in one of those old town apartments forever.

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Photography: Nastja Kovacec | Floral Design: Sanjski Šopek | Wedding Dress: ASOS | Cake: Pcakes | Makeup: Apolonija Koštomaj | Hair: Simon Volčič, Povej Naprej | Groom's Attire: Zara | Venue: Grožnjan | Hair piece: BlueSkyHorizons | Rentals: Kredenca

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Dreamy Peach Destination Wedding at Hvar in Croatia

Ready, set, go: who is the first person you want to share this dreamy destination wedding with? Trust me it’s that good! So, get ready to be inspired because this peach filled fete is an homage to beauty. Kristina Malmqvist has shared type of vacation meets romance that one can only dream of, but lucky you because you get to experience it all first hand in THE VAULT!

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From Kristina MalmqvistCoral and peach ran throughout the entire event space, from the lantern wedding centerpiece on each dinner table to the flowers on the wooden arch for ceremony, flowers on the cake, dresses for the bridesmaid’s and ties for the best men.

From The Bride…We wanted to share our true love with family and friends on a destination wedding. Since 2011 our favorite holiday destination have been Croatia. Each year we have gone back and spend more than 3 weeks on many islands outside of Split. Hvar became our favorite island. We love the light in Hvar – it is creamy and sexy. Hvar has so much to offer for those looking for culture, old world romance and breathtaking coastal views. Hvar is simply the idyllic romantic island with amazing coastal water, beautiful lavender fields to olive groves and vineyards.

It was love at the first sight when we both visited “bonj les Bains” during our first trip to Croatia. This architectural jewel with white stone colonnade from 1927 on two floors reflects sophisticated elegance and luxury by the sea. In 2011 during our first drink at “bonj les Bians” we both agreed this was THE perfect place for wedding.

In 2014 when Pontus proposed to Giselle they started to talk about destination wedding in Hvar at “bonj les Bains”. And a year later they flew over from Sweden and at “Bonj les Bains” with family and friends by their side, they said “I do”.

We were looking for sophisticated blend of both modern and classic elegance with a dash of romance. Since the architectural of our venue was made of white stone by tranquil blue water of Hvar, we found coral and peach the perfect contrast to the turquoise water and the venue. We chose a lovely color palette consisting of corals, peach, yellow and blush along with hint of white and green to create an atmosphere of modern romance. Peach and blush has its softer touch and suits well for the feminine and graceful look. With a mix of poppy corals, it completes the looks of a romantic and timeless wedding.

To correspond to our wedding color palette, we requested specific dress code to our wedding guests. Dress code indicated to only wear light and poppy colors – simply no black or darker shades of any color was allowed!

As bride with my white dress, I was a contrast to my bridesmaids dresses. So I wanted same contrast for our bouquets. I wanted them to carry white crispy gypsophilia bouquets matching my white dress. And I wanted colorful bouquet matching their dresses and our wedding color palette. My bouquet was made of poppy corals and peaches – just striking!

For our wedding we always wanted round tables with crispy white linens for tables and chairs since we believe it brings sophisticated look. Our idea was to have clean table set-up by having one “core” centerpiece on each table. For us lanterns would represent the sea and since we were having our wedding “on the sea” we had to have lanterns. So our talented floral designer Diana Medak had lanterns incorporated beautifully in the floral centerpiece on each table. The lanterns brought nice light to each table. To soften the feeling, we used smaller candles and softer blush for our wedding stationery made by talented Rose Murphy behind Rose and Ruby Paper Co. Romantic coral and peach was a must-have color for us and was brought out in the bridesmaids’ dresses and most of the floral design. We wanted 2 arches to be made, one on the upper floor for our ceremony and one on the lower floor to be displayed behind us while sitter at our table.

Looking back, we are so in love with all the details, and are proud of how it all came together.

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Photography: Kristina Malmqvist | Film: Fuji Film | Event Planning: Penny & Lulu Studio Florist | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Stationery: Rose & Ruby Paper Co. | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Shoes: Kurt Geiger | Rings: Efva Attling | Bridesmaids' Dresses: twobirds Bridesmaid | Catering: San Marco Terrace, The Palace | Hair And Makeup: Salong Kungakronan | Groom's Attire: Cape cod | Hotel: San Marco Terrace, The Palace | Venue: San Marco Terrace, The Palace | Best Man's Attire: Tiger Of Sweden | Earrings: Lily and Rose | Film Processing: Carmencita Film Lab | Groom's Shoes: Heyraud | Hair Accessories: Anna Campbell

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Beachside Wedding in Croatia

In the most magical of settings, this couple chose to wed on the island of Vis in Croatia. The bride was beyond, wearing a killer pair of Badgley Mischka heels and gorgeous Jim Hjelm dress, and the rest – captured by Yann Audic – is pure destination wedding perfection. Pop over to the gallery for a look!

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Summer
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ChurchEatery
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Elegant

From Yann AudicMiro and Lucy are from Bondi, they decided to get married in the magical island of Vis in Croatia, gathering all their friends and familly for a fantastic celebration around the beauty of Vis Island in Croatia, the perfect destination for a wedding in Summer.

Lifestories Wedding is based in Paris and Sydney, is a australian-french photographic team and was able to travel to Croatia to picture this event.

Photography: Lifestories Wedding Photography | Wedding Planner: Adriatic Weddings Croatia | Wedding Gown: JLM Couture, Inc | Reception: Lola Konoba Vis Island, Croatia | Shoes: Badgley Mischka

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