Have you ever wanted to get married in a tree house? How about next to a tree house? Zagreb’s gin bar ‘A Most Unusual Garden’ has opened it’s doors to special events. I was privileged to have been able to capture the beautiful moments of one such wedding. I don’t get to do as many in Zagreb as I used to, most of my time seems to be split across different seaside towns for summer weddings, so I’m always a little bit excited when I get to come home.
Iva and Arpad had a small intimate ceremony in Zagreb’s old town. Sweet, simple, special – just like the couple. Following their “I dos” we took a short walk through the upper town for some photos. Zagreb doesn’t disappoint. I was a little pleased with them even if I say so myself.
The reception kicked off at the gin bar, and the wedding was as chill and romantic as the venue itself. The best thing about this place is the attention to detail – fairly lights, rustic tables, empty gin bottles…every photographer’s dream with so much to capture. Choosing only a few photos for this post was hard work. The night was capped off with the glowing lights of lanterns as they floated up to the sky.
This summer I had the opportunity to cover a lavish Arabic wedding in Split. Let me tell you, it was something else. No expense was spared on the decor, set-up, food and special attention was paid to the minor details. The bride and groom hailed from Jordan and they chose the manicured garden and grounds of Meštrović gallery.
Lying on the foothills of the Marjan mountain, Ivan Meštrović Gallery is an art museum that overlooks the Adriatic sea and also one of the most stunning venues you will come across in Split. Built between 1931 and 1939 to an original design by Meštrović himself, it was originally designed to fulfil three purposes: a family home, working studio and exhibit space. In 1952, Ivan Meštrović donated the property and 132 of his artworks and today it stands as an impressive gallery available for private events. Don’t take my word for it (I’m just the photographer haha) but I think the food and everything is arranged by a catering company who is separate to the venue.
In this blog post I wanted to do a decor/set-up piece and share the stunning details that brought this theme alive. I hope you like them.
I was pleasantly surprised with the huge interest in engagement photos along the Croatian coast this year; with our beautiful country topping so many “must see” travel lists it’s no secret why.
It’s October, the leaves are falling; yellow, orange and red have colored the landscapand that means the wedding season is now slowing down. But the fun is far from over.
It was an exciting summer, and I have been absolutely flat out capturing beautiful weddings, from Istria down to Dubrovnik. I was also very pleasantly surprised with the huge interest in engagement photos along the Croatian coast this year; with our beautiful country topping so many “must see” travel lists it’s no secret why. And now that things have slowed down I have the chance to start blogging again, and it’s time to share some of the amazing photos from this summer.
I wanted to start things off with a collection of (some) of my favorite engagement photos and share 3 fun facts/anecdotes from the season.
1. ROBERT, PRIVATE EYE
This summer I got to go undercover and play a taxi driver. I chauffeured a lovely couple from Florida to a lookout point in Hvar. The bride-to-be had no idea what was to follow and once we were up at the vista overlooking the Pakleni Islands, I commando rolled into the bushes and popped out with my camera ready to catch when he asked for her hand. Ok, ok…maybe it wasn’t quite like that, but the adrenaline rush sure made it feel that way.
2. A GOOD PHOTO TAKES TIME
At one shoot in Dubrovnik the weather was forecasted to be raining on-and-off all day. Usually, we would have rescheduled for another time, but in this instance, I had back-to-back weddings and they were passing through so this was our only window. And so we spent the day running for cover, then chasing the sun, then hiding again, and then out at first cloud break. The couple were in good spirits, I had all day, and we did it in small goes. As for the photos…they turned out awesome without a single drop in sight. Have a look.
3. THE BEST LOCATION IS…WHERE EVER YOU ARE
I get asked about location recommendations all the time. And my honest answer? Anywhere and everywhere. I have taken photos in back streets, on the beach, under waterfalls, in the city, by old buildings, on boats…and I honestly couldn’t say which is better. There are amazing photo ops everywhere. The most important thing is for you to be in the moment, relax, and just be…while you leave the rest to me ;)
“Amazing, the atmosphere is captured in such a great way, so much love and laughter ☺ We could not have made a better decision than asking you to join us for the day. Thanks again!” – Kerstin
This is what it’s all about.
Each couple’s love story inevitably becomes a part of me. Today, even after 8 years of capturing weddings, I still feel the uniqueness of everyone and they’re all as special as the first one I captured. When it all ends, when the bride and groom receive their photos, there is no better reward for me than receiving words like these.
I leave you with photos from Peter & Kerstin’s wedding held at Marea Beach Bar.
P.S. I am currently running an offer for all 2018 bookings. When booking your wedding package before August 31st, you receive a free engagement or love story photo session valued at 650 euros! Drop me a line for more info: email@example.com
Croatia has beautiful options for engagement photos. I have tread water, run through fields, caught the morning sunrise, rode a tractor and climb to cliff tops. The options are limitless and bountiful in such a beautiful country. Engagement photos are also an excellent way to get personalized save-the-date cards for your wedding or a great way to announce your big day to family and friends. But what makes these shoots so artfully bliss is that there is more time to make the magic happen because they come free of the nerves and time constraints of the wedding day.
Here are 5 tips I would like to share with you to get the perfect photos.
1. Concept, concept, concept
This is a great opportunity to get those editorial style photos you have always wanted. Wedding photos are beautiful, there is no denying that. However, with the buzz of the day and the pressure of waiting guests, your time is cut a little short. Think of concept for your engagement photos. Pinterest is great for inspiration. Secret woodland? Secluded beaches? Under a waterfall? Alice in Wonderland? There are no limits. I can help you with some concepts, or you can come to me with your own, and together we work on elaborating it and putting it together.
It’s all in the details, and this stands true for your engagement photos. Secret tip: those beautiful Instagram-worthy photos you come across don’t happen by chance. They’re all carefully thought out and executed. Take some time to think of detailed shots you would like to have. I have loads of experience, and I’m happy to help. Large helium balloons. Colored confetti. A personalized wooden sign. All these are great ideas and make fantastic photos.
3. The right clothing
What do you recommend we wear? I get this question often, and it is a tricky one. There is no right answer, and it depends on a few things. I guess it first starts with the location followed by the concept. Once we figure out where you would like to have your engagement photos taken, I can make some suggestions of what would suit the backdrop. Personality is also a big factor. I always tell my couples to take on my suggestions but to fit it to their personalities and make it their own.
4. When to take the photos?
Believe it or not, most couples do not take their engagement photos immediately after popping the question. It’s all about when feels right for you. You might be on holiday in Croatia several months after having gotten engaged. The photos are a way for you to commemorate the occasion, remember being engaged is not just a day, but it’s the entire period leading up to your wedding. My personal recommendation is to take the photos before sending out your wedding invites. The photos are too good not to share with the world, and you could use them for your save-the-date cards.
5. When to book
Here’s a little industry scoop. Unfortunately, odds are you will be hard pressed to find a photographer that is available/ready to shoot on the weekends as that is prime wedding time. Having said, it’s never too early to lock in your engagement shoot; the sooner, the better. But it’s also never too late. If you find are holidaying in Croatia and are flexible on time, you might be able to score some sweet deals, especially if your preferred location overlaps with a destination we are already due at. I always let my couples know what my travel plans look like and try to arrange an in-between to help save on the travel costs.
Interested in an Engagement shoot in Croatia? Prices start from as little as 250 Euros for bookings this summer 2017. Just send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
So it’s no secret being a destination wedding photographer in Croatia takes me to some pretty amazing places. This special day saw me covering a few of my favourites across Hvar, all in the span of a few hours.
This is the story of a bashful bride and handsome groom. Kyle and Kristina came from Australia to celebrate their special day, with the groom’s family coming in from the US and the bride’s family well…from all over. I had the honour of being their wedding photographer for their beautiful wedding in late June last year (side note: for the undecided couples out there trying to figure out the best time to get married in Croatia, June is an excellent choice – great weather and not too many tourists. Just right).
Their wedding day covered a few of the best venues in Hvar. The early afternoon started with a small gathering in the private courtyard of St. Mark’s. A local a cappella group (locally known as a klapa) serenaded the guests as they ate some finger food and started the day off on the right note – with drinks in hand.
The ceremony was held in the church of St. Stephen’s on the main square (Crkva Sv. Stjepana). Shooting inside can be a little tricky. The church is beautiful and ornate but a little dark inside. Given the time of day I was very lucky and I think I managed to do well, even if I say so myself.
Following the wedding ceremony, we captured some great shots around the old town of Hvar before heading off to the reception venue which was nestled amongst the Pakleni Islands. You may have heard of the place and come across this beauty known as Zori. Fresh local food and definite forerunner of the “Venue with the best WOW effect” contest.
I leave you with some shots from this beautiful wedding. Spoiler alert: the bride’s smile is infectious.
When it comes to destination weddings, of all the spectacular backdrops Croatia has to offer, Plitvice Lakes take the cake. For nature loving couples looking for the perfect place to exchange their vows, National Park Plitvice offers a chain of 16 terraced lakes, joined by waterfalls, that extend into a limestone canyon. There are small plateaus scattered across the park that are perfect for intimate ceremonies.
As an artist, I couldn’t ask for a better canvas. The colors are absolutely mesmerising and the scenery secretly makes my job (a little) easier, as the most wonderful wedding photos are guaranteed. Light can be a bit of a problem – the shadows cast by the dense trees require a lot of strategic planning. But for my brides and grooms getting married at Plitvice, I always recommend taking a few extra hours so we can play around with different locations to ensure they take home the most spectacular wedding day snaps.
See for yourselves. Here are a few I’d love to share with you. I hope you enjoy :)
Undoubtedly one of the most popular wedding venues in Hvar, Bonj ‘les bains’ beach club (which translates to ‘the baths’), is a quintessential Hvar landmark. Run by Suncani Hvar hotels, the venue was built in the 1930s and is reminiscent of the fabulous jet-set scenes you come across in Monaco and the Côte d’Azur.
The reception venue looks over the private Amfora Hotel beach as well as the surrounding Pakleni islands. You’ll also be treated to local fishing boats as the sun sets.
I’ve covered many weddings here and it’s magic never ceases to impress me. There are so many photos ops, the light is mesmerising and of course each couple radiates a different vibe that I can just feel in the photos.
I’d like to share some captures from Lissa and Steve’s wedding. They were a super chill couple and their guests knew how to have a good time. Make sure you get to the end, the sunset venue photos are pretty breathtaking. Even if I say so myself.
A little secret (or not-so-secret) passion if mine is fishing and spending time in the great outdoors. These last few months I’ve had the great opportunity to fish along the Neretva river. In today’s blog post I’d like to take a reluctant break from weddings and share a few shots from the last few weeks. The wedding season might be in hibernation, but my camera still loves to come out and play.