We have the perfect antidote to any midweek woes with this Croatia destination wedding. No passport required! Henriette & Reuben's celebrations start with a beautiful and romantic wedding ceremony in a 16th-century palace, styled with a stunning white wisteria hanging centrepiece which has to be seen to be believed. Their day continues in equally fabulous fashion - on which note, how chic is the couple's black tie dress code - with their wedding breakfast taking place on a seaside terrace offering amazing views of Dubrovnik. You may have to pinch yourself to believe that somewhere so beautifully really exists on earth.

The Vibe Of Our Day

We styled our wedding so that it felt classic and timeless. We loved the contrast between the beautiful rustic backdrop of Dubrovnik’s old town and the white, green and gold details of our décor. Even though the style was classic – and we had a three-course dinner with speeches – we still wanted the day to feel natural and laidback; nothing too ‘American’ or posed. Our photographer, Sasa Tomic, perfectly captured the vibe of the day: a special destination wedding where people could relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.

Henriette & Ruben

Croatia Destination Wedding

Dubrovnik has been delighting in-the-know travellers - not to mention Game of Thrones fans - for a few years now, and with the popularity of saying 'I do' abroad ever increasing we can see the Pearl of the Adriatic starting to rival the likes of Italy and France as the destination wedding hotspot du jour. With a stunning cityscape plunging into a sublime seaside vista, Dubrovnik is an utter delight, and the perfect setting for Henriette & Rueben's self-confessed classically-styled wedding, which is elegant yet relaxed all in one. Can't you just hear the Adriatic Sea kissing the wall of the Palm Terrace where the reception celebrations were held?

Advice For Brides-to-be

My top tip for brides planning a destination wedding – especially if you don’t speak the native language – is to have a wedding planner based in the country where you’ve chosen to get married. Dukata Weddings & Events made the whole planning process so smooth and come highly recommended! And to all brides, I would say to relax and enjoy your day. It goes by so fast, and no-one other than you knows how things should be, so take everything in with a smile. I didn’t sleep the night before the wedding and still had the most perfect day.

Henriette & Ruben

With the world at our fingertips, it's little wonder that one in five British couples opts to marry abroad. After all, who wouldn't want to combine the best holiday of their life with the moment they promise to always love and cherish their beau. But planning a destination wedding isn't quite as easy as booking a plane ticket and flying off to your happily ever after. How do you bridge any language barriers with your suppliers? What legal aspects do you need to consider? How do you transport your dress?! For answers to these questions, plus plenty more advice, download Season 2, Episode 5 of our podcast, 'Destination Weddings and Where To Start'.

Victoria Honan

Written by Victoria Honan

Venue (Ceremony): Sponza Palace | Venue (Reception): Palm Terrace, Hotel Excelsior | Videographer: VSP Video | Dress Designer: Anna Kara | Bridal Boutique: Bruden | Accessories: Cecilie Melli | Groom's Suit: Tiger of Sweden | Bridesmaid's Dress: Badgley Mischka | Florist: Flower Design PatRea | Hair: Bellisma Beauty Salon | Entertainment: El Samba Trio | Planner/Stylist: Dukata Weddings & Events

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