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Oceanside Croatian Ceremony

— Jasmina & Noah

Date

25 July 2015

Guests

80 people

Photographer

Thierry Joubert

Jasmina & Noah by Thierry Joubert
Jasmina & Noah by Thierry Joubert

Forever drawn to unexpected spaces that form perfect blank canvas venues, using only the Adriatic sea as their backdrop, Jasmina & Noah's Croatian ceremony unfolded amongst time-worn facades of a medieval Croatian alcazar.

Spilling with light & infused with rustic accents of earthen linens & stone, composed delicately with bright blooms. Jasmina epitomised feminine sensuality in an inimitable Inbal Dror, effortlessly weaving throughout the city in high Summer.

Their story beautifully chronicled by French story-teller Thierry Joubert.

NAMES: Jasmina Osmanovic and Noah Obradovic

WEDDING DATE: 25 July 2015

GUEST NUMBERS: 80

HOW WE MET: We met more than ten years ago while we were both in our first year of university. Following an introduction from mutual friends, we ended up skipping so many classes to spend time with each other that it’s a surprise we both ended up graduating!

OUR ENGAGEMENT STORY: Having lived in Australia for the majority of our lives we were no strangers to travelling to south east Asia. We decided to spend Christmas in the Philippines, a country that neither of us had previously visited. We had a romantic dinner earlier in the evening at a local restaurant by the ocean with a local band playing some tunes in the background. Following some late night drinks, Noah suggested that we take a walk on the sand. As we reached the rocks, which signified the end point of our walk, Noah started telling me about how much he looked forward to spending the rest of our lives together and then got down on one knee. 

It was a complete surprise and my response was an instant yes. The following day we discovered that the day after christmas is a popular time to get engaged, with two of our friends also announcing their engagements.

MARRIAGE TO US MEANS: A commitment to taking all of life's opportunities as a family, recognising that decisions and challenges will be made together.

WEDDING LOCATION: We were both born in Bosnia and chose Dubrovnik, Croatia as we loved the idea of incorporating our Balkan heritage into our wedding day. Noah lives in London and Jasmina's job sees her splitting her time between Melbourne and London. It was therefore important to us to choose a location where we could easily bring together our family and friends from around the world. With its stunning, well preserved medieval architecture and surrounded by the crystal clear waters of the Adriatic sea, Dubrovnik is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and was therefore a natural choice. We had both our ceremony and reception at Fort Lovrijenac. Built in the sixteenth century, Fort Lovrijenac is one the most important and dramatic structures in Dubrovnik. Located just outside of the city's walls, the fort has stunning 360 degree views of the Adriatic sea and the old town. Many of our friends also recognised Fort Lovrijenac as the filming location for King's Landing from Game of Thrones.

THEME/STYLE: We didn’t have a particular theme or a style which we tried to encapsulate for the day. Instead, we tried to portray our own style and personality in every stage, while also incorporating some local cultural elements.

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PHOTOGRAPHY: The photographer was for us one of the most important decisions that we had to make. After weeks of research, days spent online and various Skype conversations, we chose Thierry Joubert from Biarritz, France. Our initial response to his online portfolio was that Thierry captures real people, real feelings and real stories, so after our first meeting in London, we were not surprised when he described himself as a storyteller rather than a photographer. Words cannot describe how we feel about Thierry's photos. He is truly a master story teller, someone who sees small but significant details others would miss. Thierry is one of the rising stars in wedding photography in Europe and we truly believe that its only a matter of time before he is recognised as one of the leading artists in this field. Following the wedding, our focus will invariably be to start a family and we hope that Thierry will continue to be our family storyteller.

BRIDE’S DRESS: I wore an ivory couture gown by Israeli designer Inbal Dror (style 13-23). For the reception I changed into a white, long-sleeve, backless, floor-length gown by Nicole Bakti

BRIDE’S SHOES: Ivory satin ankle strap sandals by Charlotte Olympia (style Serena).

BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES: Given the wedding day was in the middle of an extremely hot Mediterranean summer, I wanted the bridesmaids to feel comfortable while still looking elegant at the same time. We tried on multiple dresses, but ultimately settled on a stone coloured, grecian style, floor length dress by Karen Millen.

BRIDESMAID’S SHOES: Pale pink, suede heels from Zomp.

WEDDING RINGS: I wore a platinum Tiffany & Co Setting engagement ring and wedding band ring with half circle of round brilliant diamonds both by Tiffany & Co. Noah wore a classic gold Ludica wedding band also by Tiffany & Co.

JEWELLERY/ACCESSORIES: Given the intricate detail of my wedding dress, I preferred to keep it simple and wore the same diamond earrings which I have worn everyday since I received them from my parents on my eighteenth birthday. Noah doesn’t usually wear jewellery or other accessories and only wore his brown leather watch throughout the day except for during his speech, when he also wore his glasses by Oliver Peoples (style: O'Malley).

GROOMSMEN ATTIRE: Noah wore a black slim-fit peak lapel tuxedo by Tom Ford. He completed the black tie look with a white a bow tie, cumber bun and dinner shoes. Groomsmen wore matching suits with bow ties by Hackett of London.

HAIR: I hardly ever wear my hair up, so had originally planning on having my hair down in a relaxed, wavy style. Fortunately, I had a test trial the day before the wedding, as given the high temperature and humidity having my hair down was almost unbearable. I decided on a last minute “up-do” I found on Pinterest the morning of the wedding, which actually involved me having to cut a fringe. My hairdresser Dube (from Frizerski Salon “UP”) hadn’t anticipated having to cut my hair so had not brought her scissors with her, instead we had to make do with a pair of kitchen scissors. 

MAKEUP: I opted for a fairly natural look, with brown and bronze tones on the eyes, dewy bronzed skin and a peachy nude lip colour. 

STATIONERY/INVITATIONS: Given the bi-lingual nature of our wedding, we chose to created our own invitations and menus. We had monochrome calligraphy invitations, with white ink printed black envelopes, which were sealed with a traditional red wax seal. 

FAVORS/BONBONNIERE: We wanted to choose a gift which was both personally significant and culturally relevant. Jasmina’s father has been making his own rakija (a local plum based spirit) for years in Bosnia, which we bottled up into cokanj (50ml carafes which are traditionally used to serve rakija) and decorated with rosemary sprigs and closed off with a corkscrew. 

WEDDING PLANNER/ WEDDING STYLIST: We used Ines Nanic from Dubrovnik Events as the wedding planner and we couldn’t be happier with the quality of service. Ines is a local and had the connections to accommodate all of our requests, no matter how difficult. She made the entire process seamless and we cannot imagine having to have organised a destination wedding in Dubrovnik without her. 

CAKE: We had a naked chocolate cake with hazelnut filling, which was decorated with the same kind of flowers that were used for the table centrepieces.

WEDDING SONGS: We had a string duo perform during the ceremony. Bridal enterance – Canon in D, Pachelbel. Recessional – Ode to Joy, Beethoven. We chose a Croatian song which was significant to us for our first dance, Stranac u noci - Massimo Savic.

ENTERTAINMENT: We had a large number of guests from Croatia and Bosnia where English was not their first language. In order to get them into the party mood, we had a local pop star from Bosnia who was really good at keeping everyone entertained. Otherwise we had a DJ for the majority of the night. For music, we wanted to make sure that the correct genres were played at the right time and started off with dance songs to get everyone on the dance floor and finished off with 80s power ballads later in the night once everyone felt more comfortable signing together. 

FOOD & BEVERAGES: We had Hotel Excelsior provide the catering. We had a formal four course sit down menu with a fish entree and a traditional lamb dish as a main.

We are both avid wine drinkers so spent a lot of time choosing the right beverages, which included several “tasting parties” with our friends in London. We found a French company which delivered to Croatia and decided on a Rose Champage, Picpoul de Pinet and Côtes du Rhône. We also served Lychee Martinees throughout the day, as this was the cocktail which we were drinking the night we got engaged, as well as a variety of spirits, beers, soft drinks and juices. We were very happy we ordered significantly more drinks then the amount recommended by the online drinks calculators, as given the heat the majority of drinks were actually consumed by the end of the night. It also made for a great party. 

TRANSPORT: Fort Lovrijenac is located just outside of the old town, so the vast majority of hotels and apartments were within walking distance.

HONEYMOON: We took a “pre-wedding moon” in the week leading up to the wedding, in Sveti Stefan, Montenegro and then spent two weeks sailing around and exploring the Greek islands after the wedding.

GIFT REGISTRY: We didn’t have a gift registry or wishing well. Given the expense of traveling to Dubrovnik, we really just wanted our closest friends and family to celebrate with us, so we explicitly asked for no presents in our invitations. 

CELEBRANT: We wanted our wedding to be legally binding in Croatia (and therefore also recognised in Australia), this meant that we were assigned a marriage officiant by the local council.

READINGS: The official ceremony was conducted in Croatian, however we separately each wrote our own vows and read them out in English. We chose not have any readings, as we wanted the focus to be on our vows.

ANY OTHER SPECIAL DETAILS:

SOURCES OF INSPIRATION: We spent a lot of time on The LANE (especially the Real Weddings section) and Pinterest.

A MEMORABLE MOMENT: For Noah, seeing Jasmina walk down the aisle with her dad was one of the most beautiful things he will ever see. 

For Jasmina, seeing all the guests unite for a traditional Bosnian folk dance was truly memorable; notwithstanding the fact that the majority of the guests had never actually seen the dance before.

ONE THING I WISH I KNEW BEFORE I STARTED MY WEDDING PLANS… All the stress is worth it in the end and when its all over you will miss it and wish you can do it all over again.

IF I COULD GIVE OTHER BRIDES TO BE ONE PIECE OF ADVICE… Invariably, you and your partner will get pulled in all directions by various people at your wedding. Try to make a conscious effort to spend time with each other, after all the day is all about the two of you, and the promises you’ve made to each other. 

JASMINA & NOAH'S CONTACTS:

PHOTOGRAPHY: Thierry Joubert 

BRIDE'S DRESSInbal Dror 

BRIDE’S SHOESCharlotte Olympia

BRIDESMAIDS DRESSESKaren Millen

BRIDESMAIDS SHOES: Zomp 

GROOMS FORMAL WEAR: Tom Ford 

GROOMSMEN FORMAL WEAR: Hackett London 

WEDDING RINGS: Tiffany & Co

HAIR: Dube Kolundija from Frizerski Salon “Up”

MAKEUP: Barbara Kolundija from Frizerski Salon “Up” 

CAKE: Hotel Excelsior Dubrovnik

CATERING: Hotel Excelsior Dubrovnik

WEDDING PLANNER: Dubrovnik Events

WEDDING VENUE: Fort Lovrijenac, Dubrovnik, Croatia   

HONEYMOON DESTINATION: Sveti Stefan, Montenegro

ENTERTAINMENT: Cello and ViolinSejoBoy

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