If you are after a fairytale then a Dubrovnik destination wedding can certainly provide that! Joanne and Nebojsa planned the perfect wedding with the help of their Dubrovnik based wedding planners Yes I Du. But before I tell you more about the wedding I would love to share the story of the proposal when Joanne and Nebojsa were in Croatia visiting family. I will let Jo tell it to you.
“Nebo asked if I wanted to explore another part of Trapnj on our way to the restaurant, which the beautiful forest walk led us to the base of beautiful historic stairway to Church of sv. Roko. Built in the 17th Century, Sv Roko is the official protector of Trapnj, its staircase has been laid by the families who built the church and it has amazing panoramic views of the Adriatic Sea, Peninsula and nearby Islands.
As we climbed the 266 stairs, we read the family names that laid them and Nebo began talking about his childhood and how the cousins would come here to play in the summer. He spoke of fun, love and great memories of sword fights with the cousins at this place and surrounding Trapnj…
I was being the typical tourist mind blown by the amazing views, and was taking happy snaps from the top and capturing the panoramic view, I could hear him continuing his story of his childhood and then he mentioned he wants to continue that tradition and make another memory here…
Then I realised he stopped talking and I turned to see where he had gone to find him down on one knee with ring in hand.
He spoke of all the reasons he wants to spend his life with me, and finished with the big question… Will you marry me?
He also advised during this that he had asked my father and my daughter’s permission, of which they both happily said yes.
I said Yes!”
Two years later and Joanne and Nebojsa and their friends and family from Australia, Croatia, The UK, Sweden, Bosnia and Canada were attending their wedding ceremony Sponza Palace off Stradun in Dubrovnik’s Old Town. After the ceremony and mingling with guests we spent a few minutes on the stunning second level of the Palace to get some quick shots before our time was up. As you may know it is hot in Croatia in Summer so the next stop was a restaurant for some water. After that short break we snuck into a back alley away from tourists to capture some romantic moments. They are totally besotted with each other and a whole lot of fun too. There was never a dull moment!
The next little adventure was on a very classy wooden boat for a tour outside of the Old Town walls and then to the stunning outdoor terrace for dinner. This terrace at Grand Villa Argentina overlooks the Old Town and the Adriatic Sea. Perfect! However the most perfect part of their day was the love and support they had from their friends and family. Joanne and Nebojsa has this by the bucketloads and there was not a dry eye during the speeches when Joanne’s daughter, Taylor, spoke from the heart in English and Croatian!
I felt very special to be a part of this day, capturing these special moments at this Dubrovnik destination wedding. After 10 years and 300 weddings (25 of those international) I never tire of this and my passion only grows stronger every year (if that is even possible!). A big thank you to my assistant Alexandra May who helped out on this day and took some amazing photos. She is now based in Berlin so be sure to check her out if you are in Germany.
Thank you Joanne and Nebojsa for trusting in me for your fairytale Dubrovnik destination wedding – you knocked it out of the park!! If you want to see more photos from Croatia be sure to check out the portraits we did with Jo and Nebo a week before the wedding on the island of Mljet! You can see them here. Mljet was one of my favourite destinations in Croatia and is not to be missed!