GAME OF THRONES ELOPEMENT IN DUBROVNIK

Sara & Michael

Planning & design: Yes I Du Weddings
PHOTO: Martina Škrobot VIDEO: Amas Films Florals & décor: Le Salon Dubrovnik Venue: Bokar Fortress Cake: Sunset Beach Dubrovnik
Planning & design: Yes I Du Weddings
PHOTO: Martina Škrobot VIDEO: Amas Films Florals & décor: Le Salon Dubrovnik Venue: Bokar Fortress Cake: Sunset Beach Dubrovnik

When Sara and Michael reached out to us, it’s safe to say we were very surprised. We were in the middle of a global pandemic, just a few weeks before their desired date, with an ocean between us and we had never spoken before. But very quickly we realized how determined and passionate they were to make this happen – and we love nothing more than a challenge like this!

This wedding was truly an elopement in the full sense of the word. Michael lives in Canada, but his father was Croatian, which is why something kept pulling him here. He met Sara in her native Brazil and they knew right away that they were made for one another – even though they did not speak each other’s language. But they have definitely shown us there is not obstacle they can’t surpass.

With Michael learning Portuguese, and Sara learning English, they are now adding another language to this list: Croatian! In a few years, their end goal is to move and live here with their children. Both of them are in love with Croatia, and one of the reasons for this actually has nothing to do with real life Croatia, but the fictional one. Yes, we are talking about the world famous Game of Thrones. Dubrovnik being King’s Landing in the show, we had to look for a location just perfect for this.

When Sara and Michael reached out to us, it’s safe to say we were very surprised. We were in the middle of a global pandemic, just a few weeks before their desired date, with an ocean between us and we had never spoken before. But very quickly we realized how determined and passionate they were to make this happen – and we love nothing more than a challenge like this!

This wedding was truly an elopement in the full sense of the word. Michael lives in Canada, but his father was Croatian, which is why something kept pulling him here. He met Sara in her native Brazil and they knew right away that they were made for one another – even though they did not speak each other’s language. But they have definitely shown us there is not obstacle they can’t surpass.

With Michael learning Portuguese, and Sara learning English, they are now adding another language to this list: Croatian! In a few years, their end goal is to move and live here with their children. Both of them are in love with Croatia, and one of the reasons for this actually has nothing to do with real life Croatia, but the fictional one. Yes, we are talking about the world famous Game of Thrones. Dubrovnik being King’s Landing in the show, we had to look for a location just perfect for this.

When they gave us this brief, we didn’t want to go with an obvious location. We didn’t want to use a template location that had been seen so many times before. These thoughts brought us to the idea of utilizing the fortress of Bokar – in the show it is the House of the Undying, where baby dragons save their Mother Daenerys – looking over Lovrijenac fortress on one side (the Red Keep in the show) and the City walls on the other side. Underneath them was Blackwater bay. How perfect is that? To add to this, it was the very first wedding ever on Bokar fortress – something that we wanted to do for a while now, and are pretty proud of.

When they gave us this brief, we didn’t want to go with an obvious location. We didn’t want to use a template location that had been seen so many times before. These thoughts brought us to the idea of utilizing the fortress of Bokar – in the show it is the House of the Undying, where baby dragons save their Mother Daenerys – looking over Lovrijenac fortress on one side (the Red Keep in the show) and the City walls on the other side. Underneath them was Blackwater bay. How perfect is that? To add to this, it was the very first wedding ever on Bokar fortress – something that we wanted to do for a while now, and are pretty proud of.

Another challenge we came across was the fact that we were not the only ones who saw the potential of this fortress – but this was for something else – another shooting! Around the same date, a sci fi movie was being filmed inside the fortress. This meant we couldn’t go with our initial choice of having the ceremony inside, but had to move it to the terrace. We worked around this and arranged timings with the crew – in the end it was exciting passing through a movie set while walking up to the stunning terrace. It gave it a special, almost ‘’behind the scenes’’ feeling, which worked perfectly with their Game of Thrones wishes.

Another wish they had was that their wedding was small – and because of Covid they decided that ‘’small’’ would mean ‘’just the two of us’’. It took away the pressure of explaining things to people, and gave them the opportunity to focus on the one thing that was important on that day – each other. Dubrovnik was there just for them – usually bustling with people and sometimes even overcrowded, on that day it was almost empty and a perfect blank canvas for their dream story.

Other than it being empty on the day, it was also rather windy. And wind in the streets is nothing compared to wind on top of a fortress! With the help of the brilliant Ivana from Le Salon, we made sure that everything was put in places where the wind couldn’t knock something over.

Another challenge we came across was the fact that we were not the only ones who saw the potential of this fortress – but this was for something else – another shooting! Around the same date, a sci fi movie was being filmed inside the fortress. This meant we couldn’t go with our initial choice of having the ceremony inside, but had to move it to the terrace. We worked around this and arranged timings with the crew – in the end it was exciting passing through a movie set while walking up to the stunning terrace. It gave it a special, almost ‘’behind the scenes’’ feeling, which worked perfectly with their Game of Thrones wishes.

Another wish they had was that their wedding was small – and because of Covid they decided that ‘’small’’ would mean ‘’just the two of us’’. It took away the pressure of explaining things to people, and gave them the opportunity to focus on the one thing that was important on that day – each other. Dubrovnik was there just for them – usually bustling with people and sometimes even overcrowded, on that day it was almost empty and a perfect blank canvas for their dream story.

Other than it being empty on the day, it was also rather windy. And wind in the streets is nothing compared to wind on top of a fortress! With the help of the brilliant Ivana from Le Salon, we made sure that everything was put in places where the wind couldn’t knock something over.

Because most of the ‘’flowers’’ were pampas grass, everything was flying around, but we chose to look for the positive in this – it almost looked like black and white snow, absolutely magical.

Other than the ceremony on top of the fortress, Sara and Michael got to stay and get ready in the amazing 5 star Valamar President Dubrovnik hotel. After a drive to the Old town, they took photos and videos with Martina & Denis walking through the streets of Dubrovnik. They went to the Rector’s Palace and the Jesuit steps. After the ceremony, photos were also taken in the bay beneath the fortress, and the evening was finished with dinner at the glorious Nautika restaurant, which conveniently overlooked their wedding venue – how special!

And it wasn’t special only for them, but also for us. It was the first, last, the one and only wedding we did in 2020. All of our weddings were postponed, and a few cancelled. The season wasn’t easy for anyone, but we tried to take advantage of this time and do some other things, like redoing the website and redecorating the office. And even though this was useful, being back out there and actually working with a couple on their day was the best feeling. We hope that we will feel it many more times in 2021. We hope that anyone reading this will also get to experience beautiful things in the coming year. Let’s all look ahead and leave 2020. behind. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Because most of the ‘’flowers’’ were pampas grass, everything was flying around, but we chose to look for the positive in this – it almost looked like black and white snow, absolutely magical.

Other than the ceremony on top of the fortress, Sara and Michael got to stay and get ready in the amazing 5 star Valamar President Dubrovnik hotel. After a drive to the Old town, they took photos and videos with Martina & Denis walking through the streets of Dubrovnik. They went to the Rector’s Palace and the Jesuit steps. After the ceremony, photos were also taken in the bay beneath the fortress, and the evening was finished with dinner at the glorious Nautika restaurant, which conveniently overlooked their wedding venue – how special!

And it wasn’t special only for them, but also for us. It was the first, last, the one and only wedding we did in 2020. All of our weddings were postponed, and a few cancelled. The season wasn’t easy for anyone, but we tried to take advantage of this time and do some other things, like redoing the website and redecorating the office. And even though this was useful, being back out there and actually working with a couple on their day was the best feeling. We hope that we will feel it many more times in 2021. We hope that anyone reading this will also get to experience beautiful things in the coming year. Let’s all look ahead and leave 2020. behind.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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