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Coffee with the bride: Abby and Mike

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Today, we would like to present you Abby Seers and her story. Both Abby and Mike are from from Manchester, England. They have been together for 15 years, and have three children (2 girls – Raea age 7 and Quinn age 3 – 1 boy – Blake age 1) Abby is a digital delivery manager and work at Bupa UK, while Mike is a business development manager. They got married 31/05/2018 and you can read below their Dubrovnik wedding experience!

How two of you meet each other? What is your engagement story?

I met Mike in 2005 at a local gym when I was 21. After my workout I went to get my belongings from the locker room and when I came out he was waiting for me. We started talking and he asked for my number. I asked how old he was to which he replied 21. He then told me he wasn’t 21 but actually 20, then 19 and ended with him saying I’m actually 18 but I’m 19 next week. On this note I asked him to show me his ID which confirmed he was approaching 19 the following week.

How you decided to have a wedding in Dubrovnik? How your friends and family reacted when they heard about your wedding location?

I knew I wanted to get married abroad for a couple of reasons, 1) to avoid as many wedding politics as possible (we have to invite them as they invited us to their wedding, they are a friend of my parents so they need an invite etc). 2) For a chance of better weather. However, I wanted a destination that was going to be special for everyone coming who was spending their money on celebrating with us, so I wanted a place that people had probably not been to before and wasn’t their usual holiday destination such as Spain and would fall in love with. I started my research on destination weddings and fell in love with the pictures of Dubrovnik, Sponza Palace especially. I spoke to Mike and said to him we should come out for a visit and to see if we like it. We came out the following spring where we met Ines for the first time and immediately knew this was where we were going to get married. All of our friends and family were very happy and extremely excited about coming to Dubrovnik.

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What was the most stressful thing about your wedding planning?

I tend to not get very stressed over things and am quite well organised. I had everything prepared a good 18 months before the wedding was planned for, I could have easily done it sooner had it not been for the fact we wanted to have another baby before the wedding. Everyone at DE also made it extremely easy with the planning also by taking care of all of the legal stuff and made sure I knew what I had to do in the UK and when to do it for, and what documents they needed from us.

What was your ‘must have’ for the wedding?

There were so many must have’s for the day, mainly because we were very honoured that so many of our friends and family were joining us that we wanted it to be special for them as a thank you for coming. Therefore we wanted to give them a free bar, we wanted a very relaxed atmosphere so decided on a buffet style meal rather than a formal three course meal. We wanted it to be an experience for our guests and one they would never forget rather than just another wedding. And of course my dress had to be perfect!

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How did you feel just before you walked down the aisle?

Immensly happy and excited. I can honestly say marrying Mike was the best day of my life.

What worried you the most night before the wedding?

I didn’t have any worries the night before. We all had a lovely evening as we had scheduled a sunset cruise on one of the boats with drinks and canapes for us and our guests to give everyone a chance to meet and talk before the wedding the next day. When the cruise finished Mike and I said our goodbyes and I went back to the villa with my family to go to bed.

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Looking back, is there anything you would change?

Not a thing! If I was able to relive this day I would do everything exactly the same.

What was the funniest thing that happened on the day?

I would probably say when I threw the bouquet of flowers too hard and the fact that they nearly ended up in the sea.

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YWhat 3 advices would you give to other brides planning their wedding?

  • Don’t stress about things that are out of your control, the weather, the traffic, the strap of your dress snapping (This happened to my the morning I put my dress on, but Ines had a sewing kit and we were able to fix it) you can’t change these things so just go with them.
  • Be organised. Leave yourself plenty of time to get the things you want for your special day.
  • Enjoy every minute and soak it all in – you only get to live this day once.

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Photo by: Veronica Arevalo (Svadbas Photography)

Coffee with the bride: Jessica and Matt

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Hello, my name is Jess. My husband, Matt, and I married at Grand Villa Argentina in Dubrovnik in July 2018. I am a cabin manager for an Airline and my husband works in banking. We live in a small town in Surrey, UK. We got engaged in November 2016. My husband proposed in Fort Myers, Florida at sunset after 8 years of love. It came to me by complete surprise as we had been in a relationship for so long a proposal just wasn’t on my radar.

How two of you meet each other? What is your engagement story?

Matt and I met at work in a bank in the UK. We had some friends in common and started socialising outside of the office, our relationship blossomed very organically with little no pressure for a long term relationship. Before we knew it we had fallen in love.

How you decided to have a wedding in Dubrovnik? How your friends and family reacted when they heard about your wedding location?

We love to travel and were lucky enough to be able to go on 2-3 overseas trips a year. We visited Dubrovnik for a weekend early on in our relationship and were captured by its beauty, climate and fabulous hospitality. Once engaged , we explored a few different options for a destination wedding but Dubrovnik had already won our hearts.

What was the most stressful thing about your wedding planning?

I truly cannot think of anything that caused either of us any stress. Ines and Matea covered EVERYTHING. I loved taking a back seat with regards to logistics, we just had the joy of choosing the creative elements. For example the flowers, I provided some photos and inspiration and on the day they blew me away. They were a hundred times better than I could ever have imagined. I did not have to worry about any coordination on the day, Matea ensured that everything went to plan and made sure our day was absolutely perfect.

What was your ‘must have’ for the wedding?

For us, it was intimacy. We both were adamant we didn’t want a huge wedding as we are both quite introverted. We had approximately 45 close friends and family who we are so blessed to have in our lives.

How did you feel just before you walked down the aisle?

I forgot how to walk in a straight line, there was so much concentration required. Matea gave me so much practical and emotional support and it’s these kinds of details and kindness that brides will never forget.

What worried you the most night before the wedding?

I was anxious with excitement rather than worry. I had a lovely pamper evening with my cousin who was my bridesmaid and just indulged in pure relaxation. Looking back, is there anything you would change? Retrospectively, we both wish that we chose to have a videographer. The day just goes do quickly, I would love to be able to watch it all on replay over and over again

What was the funniest thing that happened on the day?

We loved the speeches, one of our dear friends wrote the funniest speeches including all of the embarrassing, cringe worthy yet hilarious stories from over the years. The kind you never wish your family to ever learn.

What 3 advices would you give to other brides planning their wedding?

  • If you are on a budget prioritise what is most important to you to make sure you include all of your favourite things
  • Factor in some time after your ceremony for you and your husband or wife to take it all in, have some water and top up your lipstick as when you return to your guests time will fly as you are having such a great time.
  • Don’t be afraid to let go of control of the planning/logistics. Ines and Matea are fantastic at what they do and will bring your vision to life.

Photo by: Veronica Arevalo (Svadbas Photography)