The Ultimate Dubrovnik Destination Wedding - Joanne and Nebojsa
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The Ultimate Dubrovnik Destination Wedding – Joanne and Nebojsa

The type of wedding little girls and boys dream about!

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. Firstly let me share the story of the proposal when Joanne and Nebojsa were in Croatia visiting family.

All about the proposal in Croatia!

“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 the 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 the 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!”

The Amazing Dubrovnik Destination Wedding

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 have 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!

Wedding Vendor/Supplier details

Wedding dress: Bridal Secrets / Bridesmaid dress: Smik / Bride’s shoes: Ameise / Bridesmaid shoes: Billini / Flowers: Flower Design by Patrea / Hair Artist: Sanja Metkovic / Make-up Artist: Kristina Vukovic / Celebrant: Iva Strnad / Engagement ring: Carati / Wedding rings: Starco / Jewellery/Accessories: Swarovski / Venue – Ceremony: Sponza Palace / Venue – Reception and Getting Ready: Grand Villa Argentina / Music – Ceremony: Dubrovnik Music / Music – Reception: Dubrovnik Music / DJ: Petra Rilović from Dubrovnik Entertainment Factory / Groom’s suits:  Cooper Brothers / Groom’s shoes: Thirty-3 / Groom and Groomsmen watches: Fossil / Stationery: Lush Invitations / Cake: Grand Villa Argentina / Wedding Planner: Yes I Du / Bridal Robe: Homebodii / Bridesmaid Robes: BooHoo / Cake Server: Wedgwood / Champagne Flutes: Vera Wang / Custom Flip Flops: MyFlipFlops / Bonbonniere: The Professors

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!

Bride is helped in to her lace wedding gown with two bridesmaids in blush colour dresses in a gorgeous Grand Villa Argentina hotel room at this Dubrovnik Destination Wedding

Stunning portrait of bride standing with lace wedding dress train spread out in front of her while standing in front of a large painting at this Dubrovnik Destination Wedding

Bride with a big smile on her face while holding her floral bouquet and leaning over the Grand Villa Argentina balcony at this Dubrovnik Destination Wedding

The First non-look between a bride and groom. They just hold hands by the balcony at this Dubrovnik Destination Wedding

An above angle of the guests in the Sponza Palace watching the bride and her father walk down the aisle at this Dubrovnik Destination Wedding

Bride and Groom stand at the end of the aisle in front of the celebrant with a beautiful styled arch and flower stands at this Dubrovnik Destination Wedding

A very excited bridal party cheer with bouquets in the air at this Dubronvik Destination Wedding

Confetti is thrown over the couple as they exit with their hands in the air in front of Sponza Palace at this Dubrovnik Destination Wedding

Couple stand like models out the front of the character rich Rector's Palace at this Dubrovnik Destination Wedding

Bride and groom cuddle in the corner of an alley way arch at this Dubrovnik Destination Wedding

Bride and Groom hold each other as they sit at the back of a wooden boat and the Old Town in the background at this Dubrovnik Destination Wedding

Bride and Groom stand up in a classy wooden boat with the Old Town in the background with the sun shining on them at this Dubrovnik Destination Wedding

The reception terrace is set out beautifully with white tablecloths and overlooking the Adriatic Sea at this Dubrovnik Destination Wedding

The sun shines on the beautiful styling of the dinner terrace with pastel florals and white tablecloths at this Dubrovnik Destination Wedding

Candle lit along the line of the terrace with other candles and the sun setting in the distance at this Dubrovnik Destination Wedding

The moment where everyone was welcomed into the family with a big group hug at this Dubronvik Destination Wedding

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