Sarah in Eva Lendel for her Classy & Contemporary Wedding in Croatia

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Sarah and Rob’s modern and contemporary, mediterranean wedding was held in Croatia in August of 2022.

The couple tied the knot in the dreamy destination wedding venue setting of Villa Dalmatia and hired Ivana from Promessi Weddings & Events to plan and style their day. Sarah wore an effortlessly classy and elegant gown by Eva Lendel which featured a huge statement bow at the back. She also carried a bouquet of white and neutral blooms.

Contemporary and minimalist Eva Lendel wedding dress

Shoes, Veil & Accessories

I wore a a cathedral length ivory Italian ‘barely there’ tulle veil from Britten.

I wore super duper high platforms from Aldo. I’m 5’4, and wanted as much height as I could get! The platforms were swiftly changed for a far more sensible pair of Stuart Weitzman’s as soon as pictures were done.

With such a simple dress, it left room for a statement mother of pearl bridal headpiece. My perfume was Libre by Yves by Saint Laurent.

I booked makeup artist Matea without a trial – a very nervy move! But I was very glad I gambled on that. She really listened to what I, and each of my bridesmaids wanted. I went for a golden smoky eye and a nude lip. The golden smokey eye tied really well with the gold in the hairpiece

Eva Lendel wedding dress with big bow at the back.

The Dress

Eva Lendel

I wore the Alegra gown by Eva Lendel. My Dress journey was quite the palaver. I bought my first dress on a whim while on holiday, and decided I hated it the minute it I took it home. That was a harsh lesson on impulsivity! Then I found this Eva Lendel dress after a few more weeks of looking, but a seamstress sadly ruined it days before the wedding.

Serendipitously, I met a tailor called Khosh, from Atelier by Khosh, who cleared his entire schedule and worked tirelessly to fix my dress. Khosh has since become a dear friend.

I wanted a dress that was timeless, with emphasis on fit and fabric, rather than fussy details. My aesthetic in general is quite contemporary and classic, I’d say. Which meant that I gravitated towards something of that calibre in a dress. It had a detachable overskirt, and I loved that versatility.

The Groom

Rob and the boys wore suits by Dobell. We had quite the range of heights to accommodate for, so we needed a supplier that had a range in sizes and lengths. The groomsmen picked their own white shirts and black trousers.

Rob’s scent was Black by Bvlgari.

Groom and groomsmen in white tuxedos.

A Villa Wedding in Croatia

We got married at Villa Dalmatia in Split, Croatia. The ceremony was held on the pier at the venue. We got engaged on a pier in Mykonos, and when we first saw Villa Dalmatia’s pier, and its spectacular views of the sea, we were sold.

The reception was held in the Villa’s courtyard.

Villa Dalmatia in Split, Croatia
Groom in white tux kissing bride in minimalist wedding dress and long veil carrying a bouquet of all white flowers

An Outdoor Ceremony

By the Sea

I walked myself down the aisle to an instrumental version of ‘Here comes the sun’ by The Beatles. My close friend Imtiaz officiated. He was originally supposed to be a ‘bridesman’, but this role was far more fitting for him. The ceremony he put together was perfect.

We wrote our own vows. It was quite a last-minute decision actually. We had initially agreed not to, both cringing at the prospect of baring our souls in front of that many people. But it was lovely to personalize the promises we were making to one another.

Our dog Benny featured heavily in mine and Rob’s vows (as well as the best men and bridesmaid speeches!). One of our bridesmaids gave a reading of ‘This Marriage’ by Rumi.

My engagement ring was custom by Simon Wright and our wedding bands are by Luvore in Hatton garden.

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Our photographer was Nina Anić. I was instantly drawn to Nina’s work as soon as I laid eyes on her portfolio. She captures the Adriatic beautifully, and her soft and romantic style was a perfect fit for our setting.

Bride with white nail varnish holding hands with groom in white tuxedo. Bride wears Eva Lendel wedding dress.

White & Neutral Flowers

I wanted a neutral palette, something that wouldn’t compete with the beautiful Villa setting. The main floral piece was the arch on the pier, which featured roses and hydrangeas. The arch was moved into the outdoor lounge area after the ceremony, and our guests had a lot of fun using it as a backdrop for pictures.

Bridesmaids in white dresses from Chi Chi London. Bride in a modern minimalist wedding dress by Eva Lendel.

How They Met

Ours is the quintessential modern-day romance; we met on a dating app seven years ago. Our first date was getting ice cream on a rainy and cold January afternoon. 

We dated for three years before getting engaged, and were engaged three years before getting married. Our wedding was delayed by a year because of covid. 

Reception, Decor & Detail

I run a catering company, so the food was always going to be a focus point. Rob and I curated the menu and Gusar executed it to perfection. I’m a veggie- and quite often found that the veggie option at weddings was a mere afterthought, so I was very keen to have a strong veggie menu. We focused on Mediterranean flavors, all sourced locally.

Wooden cross back chairs, white table linen & long tables, outdoor wedding reception, Croatia villa.

I have a raging sweet tooth, so the cake selection was a very fun process. We went for a 3 tier semi-naked cake by Oš Kolač, with streaks of gold and decorated with fresh flowers

Order of the day cards were printed locally. Our wedding stationary was from various Etsy vendors.

We put together hangover kits, sourced from Team Hen on Etsy. We handed out fans as guests arrived, and I think they turned out to be one of the best decisions for guests in that August heat.

First Dance & Evening

Our first dance was to La Vie En Rose by Daniela Andrade. We actually had an entirely different song picked out, but a couple of weeks before the wedding, this song came on a random playlist we had on in the background while we were doing wedmin one evening, and we both knew it had to be our first dance song.

I especially loved our first dance. Our planners surprised us with dance floor fireworks. We had no idea they were coming, and there are some very amusing pictures of our flabbergasted expressions mid-dance.

Groom in white tux taking the first dance with his bride.

Words of Wedded Wisdom

I loved browsing through Love My Dress for inspiration.

My biggest kernel of wisdom would be to get yourself a wedding planner if you can! Specifically: an Ivana. Ivana was the organised angel that we needed. Forever patient, calm and pragmatic, and with an ability to make anything happen.

We requested guests to donate to a couple of charities that are close to our hearts, in lieu of gifts.

It was lovely to have everything happen in one venue. The villa was also a speedy 10 minute cab into the centre of town, so it was just perfect for guests.

Words from The Wedding Planner: Ivana from Promessi Weddings & Events

Sarah possesses a seamless elegant style that we extended to the whole wedding design styling paying much attention to detail. Sarah and Robert’s wedding style can be described as Contemporary with a Mediterranean twist.

The wedding ceremony was held on the water, along the old stone pier with a gorgeous round flower arch at the end made of lush white roses, lavish hydrangeas, and foliage. Cocktail hour was held immediately after the ceremony at the beautiful gardens of Villa Dalmacija. Cocktail party hors d’oeuvres and the finest selection of wines from local wine producers and Prosecco set the tone for unforgettable soirée in the Adriatic to follow.

Later, a contemporary reception dinner unfolded, layered in all-white styling and adorned with golden details, foliage, and white blooms. Dinner was set on Villa’s terrace facing the Adriatic sea which we styled with long tables covered in white linen and decorated with garden roses, orchids, foliage, and neutral ceramics with golden accents. The idea was to set a tone of light and elegant dinner setting during the day to romantic and intimate as the night sets. Candlelight along the long tables and fairy light ceiling above the terrace set the mood perfect for alfresco dining by the sea. Underwater lights lit the whole bay in blue accentuating the privacy of this stunning venue just for their wedding day.

Our florist Gordana from Hedera Design used a combination of white flowers, Italian ruscus, orchids, ranunculus, Lisianthus and garden roses creating a clean line of airy, hand-tied centrepieces of different heights and shapes. Sarah’s bouquet was all white orchids and garden roses to compliment her impeccable bridal styling.

Bride and groom first dance with sparklers.

The wedding stationery was minimal, with delicate font and neutral colours perfectly blended with the elegant setup.

The curated wedding menu brought the finest of the Mediterranean on carefully garnished plates by chef Ivan Tošić from Gusar Catering.  A three-course served dinner – Cold starter: Beef carpaccio on baby spinach and rucola, with olive oil and lime emulsion; Warm starter: Homemade gnocchi with ground beef and vegetables, parsley pesto, olive oil, and fresh basil. Main: Selection between Grilled lamb chops on dehydrated parsley crust, basil, and sheep cheese; roasted potatoes aromatised with lemon thyme, garlic, and seasoned butter; and Grilled Swordfish fillet with Swiss chard; toasted cherry tomato with lemon thyme, seasoned olive oil emulsion.
A three-tiered wedding cake was literally the cherry on top of this gastronomic journey through the Mediterranean in all white with golden details and olive branches delight executed seamlessly by chef Tea Mamut from Oš Kolač. 

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Founder of Love My Dress. Passionate Podcaster and Editor. Annabel lives in rural North Yorkshire with her husband and business partner Philip, their two daughters and menagerie of furry hounds. She loves photography, meditation, walking, being outdoors and star gazing. She is fierce when it comes to championing talent within the wedding industry and when she's not working on Love My Dress, she supports her husband Philip in the running of the family's sustainable flower farm and floral design business, Moonwind Flowers. In 2013, she became a published author.