Dream Dubrovnik Wedding: Steph & Warren
Wow where to start for this dream of a Dubrovnik wedding at the Hotel Excelsior for Steph and Warren. Hotel Excelsior Dubrovnik is a 5 star luxury hotel – part of the Adriatic luxury chain
Ideal setting for a gorgeous wedding. So may options for outdoor and indoor locations and fine dining.
We first met at a wedding fayre several years ago, fellow exhibitors at the time. Steph loved our style and easy going rapport and said then when the time came she knew she had found her destination wedding photographers.So fast forward to their engagement announcement and we gave a whoop of delight and thought ooh will they….
Sure enough Steph contacted us and said ..think we have found the location …will you travel …to Bali…will we???
Well plans change and here we were in Dubrovnik for their wedding date…leaving Bali for a honeymoon later.
Like us they love to travel, walks, good food and cats. Match made for us!
Bridal & Groom Preps
Dubrovnik is a beautiful walled city with so many locations for portraits to choose from we were spoilt for choice.
We have visited Dubrovnik twice before – pre and post war – but always something new to discover.
Steph and Warren were staying out at the Valamar President on the Babin Kuk area where many of the hotels are located.
we started at their hotel for the bride and groom preps where everyone was in good spirits.
Steph knows how much Sandy loves details and had decorated a table with her details
Although a little pensive about the weather which had turned slightly…a little rain fell in the morning and then cleared by the time guests were leaving for the Hotel Excelsior near to the walled old town.
A bus was thoughtfully laid on for the guests whilst bride and groom left in a Mercedes.
Wedding Ceremony Hotel Excelsior Palm Terrace
The ceremony area was elegantly set out on the hotel’s Palm Terrace with cute little jars of flowers hanging in the trees overlooking the walled town and close to Banje Beach, just idyllic and the outdoor ceremony wished for. Guest had arrival drinks in the piano bar but soon time to take their seats – think they were glad of the fans as even at 5pm it was warm and humid.
So Steph and Warren said their vows in this gorgeous setting and then time for more drinks confetti and family shots.
Wedding Portraits Dubrovnik Old Town
We had the luxury of a whole hour to walk the 10 mins down to Dubrovnik old town for some portraits
We’d scouted a beautiful art gallery courtyard where they could have a few mins to themselves.
The setting did perfect justice to Steph’s bridal gown fro The Bridal Room Hoylake
Dubrovnik is always a busy popular town so with street scenes we just embrace the ambience and so many congratulated them and wanted to take pics too!.
We found some quiet spots too in the alleyways that were on the must shoot list
We were heading back just as a few drops of rain started to fall and the storm was rolling in. Made it just in time!
ooh these stairs were partly used in the sequence of the game of thrones walk of shame! ..we told them later!
Wedding Reception Hotel Excelsior
The Hotel Excelsior is a great venue though for indoor and outdoor options, plenty of space.
The planned for reception on the Palm terrace was switched to a large covered terrace – actually loved how the outdoor scenery and town were reflected in the windows behind the top table. A scrumptious dinner first and then speeches.
Steph’s dad royally entertained everyone with a rendition of Its Amore – such a good singer, at first thought it was a backing track but no it was live singing.
Lots of props for guests to enjoy, jenja bricks to help build their memories and a heart keepsake frame too.
An I spy game for guests to capture some images of their own too.
Walls were decorated with Polaroid images from their springtime engagement session with us back in the uk
– its lovely to see images used in such a special way, a lovely keepsake.
Their was the first dance and lots of great dancing going. We managed to sneak Steph and Warren down to the Palm terrace to have a private dance amongst the twinkling lights on the trees.
Guests then replenished their energy with the dessert buffet..so scrumptious ..for more merriment.
Even the cracking thunderstorm we had later was all part of the memories. Guests were out capturing videos of it on phones and trying to get pictures of the forked lightning.
Evening party went on til early hours of the morning. We left them to enjoy the last couple of hours and strolled back to our next door hotel the Grand Villa Argentina.
Steph and Warren it was a marvellous wedding date in Dubrovnik for your memories. I know we will never forget it/
It was a real honour and privilege to be with you and your wonderful welcoming friends and family.
as your props said it truly was “Best Day Ever”
So many pics to choose for your highlights, enjoy. Much love Sandy & Dave xx
Sunshine & Surprises: Torre Perrotti Wedding
Destination Wedding Italy, Torre Perrotti Wedding
Janine and Bryan where do we start for your fabulous romantic fun filled, sunshine Torre Perrotti wedding in beautiful sunny Santa Maria di Castellabate
A princess – yes you are – marrying in your fairytale castle surrounded by your loved ones. Such a wonderful day and night you had, simply epic!
We loved it!…as did all your family and friends
We were so thrilled to be back here in gorgeous twinkle town that is Santa Maria on the Cilento coast of Italy. Our previous Santa Maria wedding was on the beach which was better suited to the early season then as not so busy with sunbathers.
This time we were atop Palazzo Perrotti Tower roof space, a romantic location overlooking the clear blue waters of the sea.
Janine and Bryan’s day was impeccably planned by the amazing Julie of My Secret Italy. She excels at being a wonderful host, making sure guests are looked after and providing couples with extra little surprises throughout the day to create a magical day.
Janine and her girls got ready in Residenz 1893, beautiful apartments overlooking the promenade leading to the beach.
Julie pooped along with balloons from Bryan, tied with messages to be opened throughout the morning and then balloons released to signify she was on her way!
I took a few goes and the wind kept blowing them back in, much to everyone’s amusement! There were a few moist eyes as Janine came down the stairs to her waiting Dad.
Then the bridal party were serenaded along the quaint Italian alleyways to the Perrotti Tower, Janine being led by her proud dad to her waiting groom.
Torre Perrotti Wedding Ceremony
The ceremony was intimate and funny with personal humorous vows, reading from both mums and lots of kisses!
Soon it was time to go back down the tower stairs for a courtyard reception of music and canapes and cake. Another surprise was a Spanish castanet musician.
Later when Janine and Bryan had signed the registers at the improvised Town Hall and returned there was confetti by the masses as they exited the courtyard gardens of the Torre Perrotti
Then ice-cream from Baffo were really appreciated in the warm weather. Time for portraits and then back to the Lido Azzurro for the evening reception were the guests were enjoying the beach.
…but not before our couple took time to enjoy a stunning Santa Maria sunset. They are a bit special here
Lido Azzurro Reception
Speeches done – oh little Ollie did an amazing speech, so natural!, touched everyone in the room.
Next up food – a delicious bbq and lots of salads – and party time! The evening was filled with music dancing and fireworks.
Lots of dancing and singing., a fabulous dance where a member of the family kept being added to the line and a famous rendition of Rick Astley’s, “Never Gonna Give you Up”
The Maieutiké liveband were fabulous as usual, always a pleasure to hear them play and sing.
The fireworks were the icing on the cake of such a memorable day.
Thank you Janine and Bryan for bringing us back to Santa Maria for your wedding, it was flipping awesome!
Wishing you much love and happiness Sandy & Dave xx
Stephanie and Barry’s Destination Wedding Italy: Santa Maria di Castellabate
Wow where to start with this fabulous destination beach wedding in Santa Maria di Castellabate, an idyllic authentic part of Italy. A little known seaside town in comapison to the Amalfi coast but just what Barry and Stephanie wanted. A laid back affair with the closest of their friends (some whose weddings we had covered in the uk) and family. They thought Italy would be too expensive and they wanted a lovely beach …..so I showed them Santa Maria and they fell in love with the place!
The number 19 is an important date for Steph and Barry – they met on the 19th, one of their daughters was born on a 19th, somehow their wedding in Santa Maria was booked for the 19th May They even chose row 19 on the plane out to Naples! It was meant to be!
The family stayed in the humunous Villa Virginia up in the hills overlooking Santa Maria. Lost count of the number of bedrooms!
Bridal preps were in the local hair dressers – Angela’s in the main street, before heading back to the Villa for final preps and dressing. Stephanie chose a gorgeous Italian design from Tina Louise for her lace bridal gown. Soon time for the taxi and cars to wish the bride and bridal party to the Lido Azzurro for the beautiful beach ceremony. So touching at the end when Stephanie and her Dad linked by phone to her sister, who unfortuantely could not be with them.
The customary walk through the town to sign papers at the Town Hall, taking pics as we went along and then back for the Lido Reception to enjoy a fine meal, hilarious speeches with Barry demonstating his chat up moves, dancing and fireworks on the beach for a spectacular end to a most memorable day.
Thank you Steph and arry for our personalised favours, a lovely touch with the poem , so happy you an amazing time here and know you will be back!
that figure 19!
Venue: Lido Azzurro Di Sessa
Wedding Planner: Slow Dreams
Photography: Pixsmiths Creative Photography
Santa Maria Seaside Boho Elopement Italy
How fabulous was this shoot on a workshop, led by the fablous Claire Penn, in Santa Maria di Castellabate during the Secret Retreat workshop
A loved up Italian couple, wow what chemistry Luigi and Antonia! …well they were married just a few days ago for real, it really shine through these images.
We were priviledged to be given access to the normally off limits summer palace and villa Sirena, by island of Licosia, belonging to the Prince and Princess of Belmonte.
Antonia’s dress is a genuine vintage 1960s Mexican wedding dress purchased from Etsy, perfectly complimeted by a feather headress and feather details in her barefoot sandals.
Luigi or Lu as he is know is local lead singer in a band. His styling was simple, his own clothes accesorised with a mustard bow tie, love those braces too!
The picture perfect picnic by the sea was masterminded by the uber talented Mandy Beck of Saddleworth Shindigs. She has a wealth of goodies in her aladdins cave treasure trove and squirreled some away for this shoot. The ceremony arbour hung in the trees was decorated with lace ribbons, feathers and hand made dreamcatchers. Mandy is so super talented.
A perfect laid back boho wedding elopement and picnic reception by the sea, doesn’t get more chilled out and idyllic than this!
An evening party ensued with good friends at the Azurro Lido on the beach, with music from Lu himself and lots of dancing…oh and fireworks on the beach, outstanding!
Hope you enjoy these images!
Location: Villa Sirena, WWW.PALAZZOBELMONTE.COM/EN/VILLA-SIRENA
Styling: Mandy Beck: SADDLEWORTH SHINDIGS
Organisation: THE SECRET RETREAT + MY SECRET ITALY
Paphos Beach Wedding Louis Ledra Beach Hotel
We had an amazing Cyprus destination wedding in Ayia Nappa with Rachael and Jake at the Dome Beach….and just a few days later we were headed off to the other end of Cyprus to Paphos to join Natalie and David at the Louis Ledra Beach Hotel for their sunny wedding.
- It coincided with Dave’s birthday so we booked into the hotel for a couple of days. So plenty of time to relax the day before and check the places to capture some relaxed images and for some R and r the day after.
Always enjoy relaxing with the girls as they get ready, we enjoyed the salon session such fun with the hairdresser, kept us all entertained! I must add the Thomson’s wedding co-coordinator was brilliant at keeping things on track, helping Natalie with her dress and keeping us informed.
Soon it was time for their beautiful family ceremony in the wedding gazebo, adjacent to the beach such a beautiful couple, perfect for each other. The hot pink colour scheme is well suited to the Cypriot sun!
Family portraits taken and it was time to party. The reception was beautifully situated on an outdoor terrace with adjoining function room..plenty of space for the travelling family and friends.
A truly gorgeous sunset made a wonderful setting for some additional bridal portraits..the ship sailing in just added to the perfect picture.
Many congratulations to Natalie and David, thank you so much for asking us to capture your amazing day, wouldn’t have missed it for anything, and we wish you much continued happiness.