Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Their wedding in Cavtat- a new beginning of Kathy & Steve

Marin (my better half and operations director in our little yet very enthusiastic company) and I met Kathy and Steve one spring morning in the enchanting village of Cavtat. We shared great couple of hours discussing their wedding plans , after what we continued with plum schnapps while Steve and Marin talked about Formula 1 and Kathy and I discussed flowers, great love she's got for her 3 sons (I never decided which one is more handsome than the other one heeheehee) and how to video project the wedding ceremony they planned for September 2011 to her 90 year old mother who couldn't attend but really wanted to witness their joining the ever lasting matrimony.

Kathy's mother sadly  passed away a few months before the wedding and we are all certain she witnessed the wedding in her own way, and watches after the loving couple as their angel.
The planning was a pleasure and before we knew it we had coffee again in the enchanting Village of Cavtat discussing all the little details and wedding day plans about to happen 3 days from that morning!

And the morning of the wedding has arrived, bright and sunny, and warmer than typical for mid September. The excitement was full on, even more so in the guys room than in the Bridal Suite. I went to see Kathy and bring her the wedding dress from the steamers around 11am- she was happy, perky and happy as ever!

Hair and makeup stylists arrived sharp at noon to style the girls, up until then, they were all in the swimming pool catching last tan before the big moments! Talking about a relaxing day! : )
And the time has come. Boys were taken by a golf buggy to the beach venue for the ceremony to wait for the ladies. And Kathy and her Maid of Honor came from the Bridal suite only minutes before the ceremony was about to start. Everyone took their places and Kathy was taken down the aisle by her oldest son. It is difficult for me to express you the ambiance and feel of the day, but as Kathy walked down the aisle, her eyes shinier than the sparks of sun glistening over the water that surrounded them, there was no dry eye among the guests.

Ceremony was short and sweet and more emotional than words can say, and after Kathy and Steve were pronouned husband and wife, they all enjoyed a glass of champagne with canapes before the happy couple went for the photoshoot with the photographer (Veronica Arevalo, www.veronicaarevalo.com )

When they came back from the photo shoot around the streets of village of Cavtat, guests were cheering them and enjoyed good wine and nibbles, views and relaxed setting in the Spinaker restaurant and bar.

The terrace was set up exactly as Kathy imagined it and the sun was slowly setting over the bay. The dinner was amazing and the party continued long into the night.
It was a perfect new beginning and it was a true honor being part of it. Thank you Kathy and Steve for all the great moments, and we wish you only the best life can bring you.

Below read what Kathy and Steve wrote about their experience....

Steve and I decided that we wanted to get married in Cavtat, Croatia when we went on our second visit to this beautiful country
We fell in love with Cavtat and the Hotel Croatia seemed to offer just what we wanted - a wedding that overlooked the bay of Cavtat, close to the sea and all of the beautiful buildings and culture.

Searching the internet for weddings in Croatia, I soon realised that I would need some help. I contacted several wedding planners, but felt an immediate rapport with Ines.

She is calm without making you feel that you aren't the most important couple. Always responding quickly to emails and questions. What I wanted from a wedding planner was what I got - and more. I had lots of ideas and Ines turned them into reality.

Steve and I have both been married before and have grown up children, close families and very special friends that we wanted to share our special time with. 

37 people joined us in Cavtat, everything was perfectly planned from the flights to the transfers. Some guests stayed in the hotel Croatia but the majority stayed at the wonderful Apartments Kralj, a lovely villa in the centre of the old town.

Apart from the wedding, my favourite part of the event was the boat trip that Ines organised for us the day before - I would really recommend this. The oldest boat in Dubrovnik picked us up in the lovely harbour at Cavtat and took us on a beautiful cruise over to Dubrovnik. We had music, laughter, dancing and refreshments highlighted by dropping the anchor and swimming in the open sea. It was a great opportunity for both families and friends to get to know each other ahead of the big day and Steve and I wanted to make sure that those just staying for the weekend were able to see Dubrovnik. What a day.

I cannot tell you how organised and creative Ines is..... I left some things to her choice - the beautiful fairy cakes that we had for our wedding cake, the table decorations - all were perfect and just what we wanted.

The day before the wedding we were faced with some disappointing news - the venue at the hotel Croatia had to be moved from our set location down to the sea front ....... we were disappointed. However, Ines sorted everything out perfectly - calm, organised and in fact it turned out to be better that we ever dreamed. Ines just instills that feeling of trust and reliability.

Our wedding was perfect. We had a beautiful duo of cello and violin playing our favourite music and Steve had spent weeks creating music play lists to play at the reception - a great mixture of oldies and modern kept everybody up dancing until late into the night.

All of our friends and family say it is the best wedding they have ever been to. We certainly think it was ......... made very special by all of the support from Ines. We can't stop looking at the photos and videos.

I want to do it all over again!!!!

Kathy & Steve, happily married in Cavtat, September 17th 2011

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