Travelling all the way from Chicago, in September 2018 Donnie and Steve arrived in the gorgeous Old Town of Dubrovnik to say their I do’s against the stunning Adriatic waters.
Donnie was a dream bride to work with and today we have the pleasure of sharing the couples beautiful wedding story….
Why did you choose to get married in Croatia, Elegant Private Terrace in particular?
We chose to get married in Croatia because of our Mediterranean roots. I was born in Bulgaria and Steve’s family is from Croatia as well. The Elegant Terrace looked so perfect, it was an easy decision to make.
How long in advance did you book your wedding?
Over a year.
How many guests did you invite to your wedding and how many accepted and attended?
We invited around 75 people and around 35 accepted and attended.
We are in love with your lace gown! Where was this purchased and how long did it take you to find?
The dress was from Grace Loves Lace and it took me one minute to decide on it because I had it saved for years!!
Can you tell us about your bridesmaids dresses, where were these from?
We chose a blush tone to match the rose gold theme and we bought them from Brideside here in Chicago.
Your bouquet is gorgeous! Why did you choose lilies and roses in particular?
We chose lilies and roses because lilies are my favorite flower and I wanted to match our “rose” gold theme.
What was your wedding theme and why did you choose this?
The theme was bit of a boho chic vibe, on the water, casual, but elegant. Rose gold colors were incorporated to add a dash of color. I chose this because my engagement ring and band are both rose gold material and blush tones have always been a favorite of mine.
Did you have a wedding cake? What were your favours?
Our wedding cake wasn’t traditional because we aren’t traditional, so we had a macaron tower cake! Those are my favorite and so we wanted an entire cake of it.
For our wedding favors we had little mason jar shot glasses to tie into our boho chic theme.
How did you find the planning experience from booking to the big day?
It was incredibly easy especially because our wedding coordinator, Sasha, made everything so flawless and easy!
What’s your best memory from the day?
There were a few, our first dance, my father daughter dance and then the speech my brother gave.
What do you think makes a wedding abroad stand out from a wedding in the US?
EVERYTHING. For one, it will never be as big as a local wedding so having a smaller more private wedding makes it more intimate and special. You know your loved ones will be there and every moment will count. You won’t spend all day greeting guests you’ve never met. It truly felt like a big family party with great food, music and dancing.
What advice would you give to future brides and grooms who are getting married abroad?
Start early but don’t have too long of an engagement because it makes waiting really hard! Keep it small, and try not to stress about the little details because on the actual day it all comes together. Choose a destination you haven’t been to because it makes it so much more exciting to share a new experience with loved ones.
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