During a holiday in Dubrovnik it was clear that Katherine and Anthony had not only fallen deeply in love with each other, but also the charming Croatian city. Surrounded by traditional architecture and glistening blue seas, it seemed only natural that this would be their dream wedding destination.
Family, friends and even a few enthusiastic locals gathered to see this doting couple say “I Do” on September 23rd inside one of Dubrovnik’s most unique venues.
“Sponza Palace was an open air venue, with fantastic architecture and acoustics that we thought would make the most of the lovely weather and music during the ceremony.”
This intimate ceremony was quickly followed by a lively reception at The Grand Villa Argentina Hotel, providing stunning views of the surrounding Adriatic Sea.
“The gardens around this area were beautiful and romantic and after sampling the fantastic food we could have for our wedding day, this was the venue for us. I would highly recommend the location to future brides.
“We wanted our guests to see Dubrovnik as we had seen it and for it to be laid back, fun and something different and memorable. We hoped it would be hot and sunny and that people would enjoy themselves celebrating with us, as well as enjoy experiencing somewhere new and love the food. We wanted to create lots of nice memories.”
When it came to the photographer, brother of the bride, Paul, seemed like the most obvious choice. “I already knew how talented my brother was and I wanted him to do it right from the beginning.”
What was your highlight of the day?
“Walking down the aisle with my dad in the Palace, then walking back down with my new husband after saying our Croatian vows, being greeted by all our loved ones and hundreds of locals! There was also the boat ride – seeing our families and different groups of friends all getting along with each other and enjoying themselves.
Advice for other brides and grooms?
“Enjoy every single minute as it’s all over before you know it Spend the night before together – it’s controversial but more time to enjoy the build up to the big day!
“If you’re getting married abroad use a wedding planner, they often have established links with other local companies and can get deals or cheaper rates that actually reduces the cost of your wedding. They totally reduce the stress of organising -our wedding planner was worth her weight in gold!”
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Words by Alex Willingham
Sponza Palace Durbrovnik
Hotel Grand Villa Argentina
Ava Rose Hamilton
Grand Villa Argentina Hotel
Bride did it herself
Boat from Dubrovnik