How stunning is this pastel wedding scheme?! Bride Nicola tied the knot in Dubrovnik, Croatia, and offers tips for getting married abroad…
How did Kyle propose?
“Kyle had booked five nights away in the Maldives on a beautiful island. He arranged for a private dinner on the beach lit with candles and lanterns. For dessert, we took a buggy to another beach that was lit with more candles, he walked me down towards the sea and got down on one knee.”
What dress did you wear and where did you buy it?
“My dress was by Maggie Sottero. I love the chiffon material they use and the simple feminine details. I was getting married in the middle of summer, so I wanted a dress that was light and free-flowing. I tried on my dress in a bridal shop in Sutton Coldfield when I was visiting the UK from Dubai. But I decided to wait for the time being and look in Dubai so I could attend the fittings easily. I ended up finding the same dress at a small bridal shop down the road from where I lived! I bought it from The Bridal Room in Dubai.“
And the accessories?
“I kept it simple (I had a lot of gems on my dress, so I didn’t want to go over the top with the bling)! I wore diamond stud earrings and a diamond hair grip, both from Accessorize. I had two pairs of shoes, including Benjamin Adams crystal heels. Both my engagement and wedding ring were from Tolkowsky (Ernest Jones).”
What did Kyle wear?
“Kyle wore a grey suit, waistcoat, white shirt, with floral tie, all from Ted Baker.”
How did you feel when you saw him up the aisle?
“Overwhelmed with happiness and excitement! You want time to slow down, so you can take in the moment. Everyone is looking at you, but you’re just fixated and focused on the man you’re going to spend the rest of your life with. You plan months for this one special moment and finally it was here, I wanted to take it in as much as possible. I also had a close friend of mine singing a slow version ‘Rather Be’ by Clean Bandit.”
Who were your bridesmaids and what did they wear?
“I had eight bridesmaids! My sister and three best friends, and then Kyle’s four sisters, too. Our wedding was pastel-themed, so I got them to choose their favourite colour. I had their dresses made by a tailor, which I found was more cost-effective. I chose to have the multi-way dress designed, so my bridesmaids could wear it however they wanted. I wanted them to feel comfortable and confident in what they were wearing. They chose how to have their hair – either up or down – but to keep consistency, each style incorporated a plait.”
What was your theme?
“Bright and colourful, with a hint of vintage bohemia. As I mentioned earlier, I went with pastel colours – I loved mixing up the colours to create a vibrant environment against a white backdrop. I mixed the colours of the bridesmaid dresses, the ribbons on white chairs, and on bunting and flowers. I also had white dream catchers (from Bali), doily mats and lace table runners. The venue was so beautiful with the sea in the background, I didn’t want (or need) to go over the top with the details.”
What was the highlight of your day?
“After the ceremony, we headed to a bar that looked over Dubrovnik Old Town, we served canapés and complimentary cocktails, wine and beer. It was relaxed, drinks flowing and the sun setting. Another highlight for me was probably the speeches – it was very emotional, but a special moment to toast those that couldn’t be with us.”
What was your best buy?
“I had a lot of the details made for a small fee from suppliers I had worked with in the past. (I did end up paying the difference with extra suitcase costs and shipping!) But one thing I am glad we did spend on was a saxophone player – Kyle and I love jazz and it added great ambience. We also created small questionnaires for our guests to fill out before dinner was served – they’re a great memory to keep with some real comical answers.”
What’s your saving tip?
“If you’re getting married abroad, I’d advise saving money on the details, and spend on a venue with great views and, most importantly, food and drink. Guests won’t remember the details, but they will remember how they felt and there’s nothing better than good food, plenty of drinks and music!”
Date: 30th July 2016
Venue: Grand Villa Argentina, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Photographer: Hyku D Photography
Nicola’s dress: Maggie Sottero
Kyle’s attire: Ted Baker
Accessories: Accessorize, Benjamin Adams, Ernest Jones