If the beautiful walled city of Dubrovnik isn’t on your ‘to visit’ list, it sure will be now!
Rebecca and James chose this stunning location for their wedding celebrations and on the 17th of June 2018 were exchanging their vows on a gorgeous tranquil island followed a wedding dinner on the seafront just outside of the Old Town.
Since the wedding day I have caught up with the bride and groom for all of the exclusive details from their special day, enjoy x
Why did you choose to get married in Croatia, Lokrum Island and the Elegant Private Terrace in particular?
It was actually my auntie that recommended looking at Croatia. We had never been before but it was on our list of places to see. Then after looking at her holiday photos and pictures from Sasha of the venues, we both knew it was the place to get married. When it came to looking for the venues, we wanted the ceremony to be private, quiet and really quite simple. We were originally going to have both the ceremony and reception on the Elegant Terrace but as soon as we saw pictures of Lokrum Island we decided to incorporate both venues. It was perfect.
How long in advance did you book your wedding?
I believe we booked it 14 months in advance.
How many guests did you invite to your wedding and how many accepted and attended?
We invited 58 of which 54 came along.
We love your dress! What make was this and how many dresses did you try on before finding ‘the one’?
My dress was by Mori Lee. I really liked an Enzoani dress too, but as soon as I tried the Mori Lee, I knew it was the one. The decider was also when I asked my Grandma which one she thought was best, she said the Mori Lee dress too, so that helped me make the final choice.
I went to 14 bridal shops in total – York was a nice experience! I tried on 55 dresses in total (I know!) and the one I chose was the last one I tried. The whole experience was lovely.
Tell us about your shoes and accessories, did you have a ‘something old, new, borrowed and blue’?
I was actually shopping with James when I saw them in House of Fraser, they were by Carvela. As soon as I saw them, I loved them and said to James ‘I think I have found my wedding shoes’. I felt it was a little early to buy my shoes and the fact I was with James wasn’t ideal either, but they were everything I wanted. James told me to try them on as he wanted to see them… at first I said no, but when I tried them on, because I loved them so much I couldn’t help but show him (I am sure shoes don’t count!). He really liked them too, so I got them there and then!
James bought me my wedding earrings, so these were my ‘something new’. The bracelet I wore was my best friends, so this was my ‘something borrowed’. My Grandma gave me my garter which had a blue bow for my ‘something blue’. Then my wedding clutch was a feather one I bought from a vintage shop a number of years ago which I have always saved for best occasions, so this was my ‘something old’. I also had a clip in my hair which I bought from Debenhams which was really pretty.
Did James purchase or hire his suit?
James bought his suit rather than hiring it.
What about the bridesmaid dresses? Where were these from?
The bridesmaids were in two different types of dresses. Three wore a champagne gold chiffon and three wore gold sequin dresses. We bought them from a bridal shop in Worksop as they had lots of choice.
Your bouquet is so stunning! What flowers did you choose and why?
I wanted my bouquet to reflect what I love…which is roses and feathers. The colours were a mixture of creams, pastel pinks and peaches, then the white ostrich feathers were around the edges of the roses sparingly. I adored them, they couldn’t have been any more perfect and beautiful.
What was your wedding theme?
We both really like gold so we had a white and gold theme. Most of the decoration was in gold, but we kept the flowers in natural pastel colours to match my bouquet.
Can you tell us about the smaller details of the day….
We had a boat to take us and our guests to and from the Island and then on a little cruise which everyone really enjoyed.
We had the tables named after our favourite films.
We had a gold framed welcome sign at the ceremony saying ‘Welcome to our forever’.
Our guests place sittings were wooden names in gold glitter (which James and I did ourselves).
We had sparklers for our guests at the reception which were amazing.
Our wedding cake was two tiered – strawberry and chocolate flavours with flowers scattered down the front.
How did you find the planning experience from booking to the big day?
I really enjoyed it, I have got a wedding scrapbook which I have completed through the planning which I have loved doing. Sasha made everything so simple.
What’s your best memory from the day?
Oh gosh. I think it was when I was walking down the aisle with my Dad and James turning around as I got to the altar. It was an amazing feeling and James’ face was everything that day was meant for.
What do you think makes a wedding abroad stand out from a wedding in the UK?
I think it feels more personal. You know that everyone there really wants to see you get married. We were there a week and the majority of our guests were too, then some were there for 3-4 days. The celebration lasts over the whole time you are there which is really nice. I would highly recommend an abroad wedding to anyone.
What advice would you give to future brides and grooms who are getting married abroad?
Just remember what the day is about… it is the moments and experience you remember. Enjoy every minute!
Such a stunning couple and location for a wedding celebration. Have you visited this gorgeous destination before? Leave your comments below!