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New York Chic Meets Croatian Charm: A Heritage Wedding to Remember

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The bride and groom envisioned their wedding in Croatia as a simple yet elegant affair that emphasized the natural beauty of the venue and their Croatian heritage. They incorporated meaningful details, such as custom candles and food elements, in the décor. They chose a romantic color palette of pink and navy to deviate from the typical fall colors. The culinary aspect, especially through Michelin-worthy food and olive oil favors, played a significant role in celebrating the groom’s profession as a chef and the importance of food in Croatian culture.

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In a heartwarming ode to their love story, Chris orchestrated a beautifully sentimental proposal at the very spot in Prospect Park where they captured their first selfie together as a couple. He thoughtfully arranged for a mellifluous jazz band to set a romantic ambiance, and, unbeknownst to her, he had gathered their closest friends and family who were stealthily hidden amongst the foliage. A photographer was also discreetly present to eternalize the magical moment. It was an exquisite and flawless proposal that was every bit as perfect as their love.

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The “Elsie” dress by Made With Love Bridal exudes an ethereal elegance with its delicate lace, graceful silhouette, and eye-catching knee-length bows adorning the shoulders, adding a whimsical touch to the romantic design. The intricate detailing and flawless craftsmanship made it a captivating choice for Stephanie as she was seeking a harmonious blend of classic charm and contemporary sophistication.

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The wedding guests were treated to a gastronomic delight at Luciano Restaurant, a renowned restaurant in Istria. Known for its exquisite cuisine that marries traditional Istrian flavors with modern culinary techniques, Luciano offered an array of delectable dishes. The Michelin-worthy food was not just a feast for the taste buds but also a testament to the couple’s appreciation for fine dining, particularly significant given the groom’s profession as a chef.

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The florals and decor for the wedding were masterfully designed by Maja Starek from Showroom design & Events. With a keen eye for detail and a flair for creativity, Maja curated a breathtaking ensemble of floral arrangements and decorations that effortlessly complemented the natural beauty of the venue. The use of seasonal blooms, lush greenery, and carefully selected decor elements brought a sense of harmony and romance to the space, reflecting the couple’s vision for an elegant wedding with meaningful and understated touches.

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Luciano Restaurant in Istria also had the honor of crafting the couple’s wedding cake, which was a harmonious blend of simplicity and taste. The heavenly vanilla cream cake was adorned with a symphony of fresh mixed berries, creating a tantalizing and visually stunning centerpiece that perfectly aligned with the couple’s vision for elegance and culinary excellence.

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One of the deeply sentimental reasons that led Stephanie and Chris to choose San Canzian as their wedding venue was its close proximity to the village where Stephanie’s beloved grandmother was born. Her grandmother held an immensely special place in Stephanie’s heart, having been a significant and cherished part of her life. By selecting a venue so close to her grandmother’s roots, Stephanie felt a profound connection and a way to honor and include her grandmother’s memory in one of the most important days of her life. This added an extra layer of meaning and emotional depth to the couple’s celebration.

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In a unique twist on a traditional wedding element, the couple chose an Istrian cookbook as their guestbook. This creative choice was not only a nod to their love for the local cuisine and Chris’s profession as a chef but also served as a beautiful keepsake of heartfelt messages from their guests. Every time the couple explores a new recipe, they’re greeted with these cherished notes, adding a dash of love and fond memories to every culinary creation.

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Photography: Marija Laca Weddings | Cinematography: Amas Films | Coordination: Adriatic Weddings Croatia | Event Planning: Adriatic Weddings Croatia | Floral Design: Showroom design & Events | Wedding Dress: Made With Love Bridal | Cake: San Canzian | Ceremony Venue: San Canzian | Reception Venue: San Canzian | Catering: San Canzian | DJ: Urbani Eventi | Groom's Attire: Bonobos | Accomodations: San Canzian | Beauty: JL Style | Engagement Ring Designer: Lauren B Jewelry | Location: San Canzian | Rentals: Showroom design & Events

Croatia Destination Wedding Editorial On Brac Island

Escape to Croatia for some epic destination wedding inspiration. Something Blue Weddings Croatia planned a day that has it all, from a gorgeous off-the-shoulder Glamour Sposa dress to an ethereal reception table that looks like it’s surrounded by clouds.  Fior Weddings used baby’s breath to give vignettes a dream-like quality, and 5th Photography beautifully captured every inch of this fairytale come to life.  You can swoon over all the waterfront elegance in the full gallery.

Showcasing the stylish and breathtaking islands of Croatia, 5th Photography and Something Blue Weddings Croatia teamed up with an exceptional team of vendors to create inspiration for lovers of European beauty and chic style. With understated yet impactful floral designs in immaculate white by Fior Weddings and historic architecture at every turn, we can’t help but fall in love with the location and the radiant imagery. You can take a more detailed look at the Palace, the bay, and the dreamy design details in the full gallery.

From 5th PhotographyCroatia destination weddings most often come in one of three styles: intimate less than 12 person celebrations, 20-50 person multi-day parties, or large 50+ person luxury weddings. You’ll find that when looking at venues, they will lend themselves to one of these types of events, easily. Here you’ll see a perfect intimate wedding setting in a courtyard of the gorgeous Puteus Palace that pulls style inspiration from the affluent almost-secret vacation destination of Pučišća (pronounced pooch-eesh-chah). Noted as one of the 10 most beautiful cities in Europe, Pučišća can be reached by car or watercraft and sits in a natural bay on the island of Brač, that has a panorama of crystal clear waters, white limestone villas, ancient architecture, and beautiful yachts. Its charm is truly hard to put into words, but it was this charm that guided the design and style of this editorial. Croatia destination weddings don’t just focus on decor elements, they are about an experience.

The bride and groom were incredibly talented dancers from Slovenia who shared a love for visiting Croatia and a passion for each other. We wanted to capture this in every way possible on camera, but what was important to them as a couple was also to relax, stay close and make the most of their time in such an enchanting place. We showcased the couple getting ready together, steering away from tradition, and capturing that intimate ambiance where they even made time for a private salsa dance that you’ll see featured in the cinematographic film. After their dance, they made their way through the gorgeous interior halls together, ultimately making an entrance to the day together, down a gorgeous sunlit staircase and into the outdoors for the ceremony detailed with the most delicate and ethereal floral arch. After the ceremony, which took place on the shaded terrace at Puteus Palace, the bride and groom made their way through the striking gardens to their alter-styled feast table in the main courtyard that was adorned in endless white floral and candlelight to blend beautifully with the setting and tones. The intimate table for them and two other guests kept the attention on the bride and groom and framed them in the dreamy, white-stoned architectural surroundings. After an intimate dinner, starting with cured meat hors d’oeuvres and ending in coastal Croatian seafood delights, the couple ended with a nightcap walking the Riva – the harbor-lined footpaths – to settle into the evening, romancing as the sun and yachts came in for the night, bringing us all to our knees with their affection and chemistry.

It was so important to the team to showcase the sophistication and elevated experience that can be had in Croatia for destination weddings. Luxury accommodations, white-glove service, and incredible expertise is available and within reach to couples with on-trend professionals that serve destination couples in English. Croatia can serve every budget and taste with beautiful offerings, always giving an elevated feel and look. The crew that made this shoot possible was a mix of Croatian and US talent that specializes in serving wedding couples looking to host their destination wedding in Croatia.

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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.

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!

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!

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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Croatian Wedding by PJ Photos

If you ever want to hear me go on and on (even more than I typically do) about something I love, bring up Croatia. My hubby and I traveled there for our honeymoon many moons ago, and it has left the prettiest of marks on my soul. So when I saw this Croatian beauty captured by PJ Photos, I just had to get my hands on it. Because it’s everything I loved about that beautiful place and more – timeless elegance mixed with the fab island vibe  – and it all makes for one fabulous place for this so-in-love couple to say I do. See it all here!

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From PJ PhotosMasha and Fred live in Brussels, but for their wedding day they chose to travel to Solta, a small island in the central Croatian archipelago. It has just five villages and just over 1,000 inhabitants. On this hidden pearl of Croatia, they found everything they had been looking for their special day: a small fishing village, a beautiful old church on the very top of the island, a marvelous castle from the 17th century, the crystal blue sea and magnificent rocky beaches…

Masha was born in Croatia, but most of her life she has been living in Spain and Belgium. The idea of getting married on one of Croatian islands, where, in her childhood,  she had used to spend so many holidays with her family, was very appealing. The only thing that she wanted to avoid was a popular destination full of tourists. She dreamed about a hidden place, one that was small and beautiful. So when she saw the amazing hotel and restaurant Martinis Marchi, Masha knew that she had found her perfect place to say “I do.” Masha occupied the main apartment, spreading over four floors. It was a perfect place for preparations…

The wedding ceremony took place in St. Stephen Church (Sveti Stjepan) in Grohote, the biggest and the most beautiful church on the whole island. Guests came from all over Europe, and many of them decided to take advantage of this trip to Croatia and stay a little bit longer to enjoy the Adriatic. On Friday night, there was a friendly little party in the beach club with a white dress code, which featured delicious, local food, well-done cocktails and a marvelous sunset… 

Wedding Photography: PJ Photos / Ceremony: St. Stephen Church in Grohote, Croatia / Reception: Martinis Marchi Hotel and Restaurant in Grohote, Croatia / Event Planning: Mirella Premeru of VOW / Wedding Dress: Linea Raffaelli / Bride’s Shoes: Candide / Makeup: Katarina Jakelic / Groom’s Shoes: Magnanni