Goodness Gracious! After a year of planning and preparing, it’s almost a month since my sister’s wedding day. Not that I had much to do with the planning or preparations, my sister took control of her special day, as most brides do. All I had to do on my half was make sure that during my travels through Croatia I didn’t put on an extra kilos or injure myself. The wedding was set in Tivat, Montenegro, a part of the Balkans I truly underestimated as I mentioned in my vlog. Guests started arriving from Australia & parts of Europe during the week to the land of the “black mountains” or as we say in Balkanski, “Crna Gora” and also gushed at how beautiful the scenery was. On Monday when I arrived, my brother in law was stressing over the weather forecast for Saturday which was already predicting rain. They had imagined their special day outdoors and by the sea and with the forecast predicting a high possibility of rain, both the wedding planner and management at the reception were pushing for Plan B, a wedding indoors. Much to the dismay of my sister and brother in law who were mortified by the idea and stuck to their guns and stood by Plan A. Clearly God works in miraculous ways because as the hours passed by the morning of the wedding, so did the clouds, transforming the sky into crystal clear blue.
The wedding ceremony and reception was held at the newly opened Waikiki Beach Tivat roof terrace, just a ten minute walk to the centre Porto Montenegro. The resort has a private beach area with sun beds for 10€ a day and wait staff to cater for any need. Guests to the resort also benefit from the restaurant with a mix of local and and Mediterranean dishes.
The wedding photography and videography was shot by the talented team at Ivan Zamurovic Photography from Zrenjanin, Serbia who followed the Newlyweds & Bridal Party around Porto Montenegro for some serious and not-so-serious snaps. Ivan and his team did the most marvellous job capturing the most precious moments throughout the day, evening and lunch the next day. A special shoutout & Thank you.
Our Bridesmaids dresses were designed by local Croatian Fashion Designer, Manuela Lovrenčić of Fashion Disorder atelier , matching my sister’s colour palette of magenta and pastel pinks & purples.
I feel so blessed to be standing here beside you on your special day and to watch a love unfold that many can only dream of.
I had to say a speech – Oh My Goodness – I’ve also had it translated in Croatian as many people at the reception asked me for a copy. You can read it here.
To further address the term I used in my speech, “technical difficulties,” this as a simple metaphor because. As you probably know our family’s background is Croatian and my Sister’s husband’s is Serbian. I think the rest speaks for itself.
You may or not be aware but my mother is a very talented cake maker and decorator back in Sydney, Australia and this cake was a another addition to her exceptional portfolio.
“You are the answer to every prayer I’ve offered. You are a song, a dream, a whisper, and I don’t know how I could have lived without you for as long as I have.”Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook