Zadar is one of our favourite cities in Croatia and we often come back there. Since we began photographing weddings, we were waiting for some couple to invite us to photograph a wedding in Zadar. Imagine how we felt when we received a message from Ana-Marija that she wants us to be her wedding photographer and videographer in Zadar: glow in our eyes and mind-mapping the city, trying to think of the best locations for photo shooting.
And then came the wedding day. It was raining a lot and the view from the window did not give us any hope: grey sky and pouring rain was all we saw. And that was the day when we should photograph a wedding in beautiful Zadar – the city with the most beautiful sunset.
The rain and cloudy weather is always a bigger problem for our couple then it is for us. Actually, we love rainy days simply because if there is no sun – there are no strong shadows, and the colors are completely different than the ones during a sunny day. In addition, we love the mystic mood we get in these photographs, and finally, bride & groom often get relaxed after the first rain shock so we finish with dancing in the rain and so on, and weather conditions become irrelevant.
The evening before the wedding we met Ana-Marija and Ive in a cozy pub in Zadar. They were pretty busy and made the final preparations, went to pick up the guests from the airport,… generally – they flew from one place to another. Regardless of the bad weather, they did not seem to care much. Ana-Marija and Ive were really positive and nice people and they were so relaxed that makes our task much easier on the wedding day.
The plan was to photograph them getting ready, but we were unable to catch with Ana-Marija in her apartment in the city center since the Zadar peninsula was literally flooded and blocked. So she did that part at Berekin Tavern, where guest reception was about to happen. Just imagine the bride, on the wedding day in rubber boots, with a wedding dress in her hands and water to her knees, walking on the streets of Zadar. And it is not exactly the dream of every bride, right?
Ive arrived at Berekin Tavern in the unique oldtimer car and the young priest who led the wedding ceremony gave a speech that included some notes about Herman Hesse! If we need to describe this wedding in a few words, these would be – a relaxed traditional non-traditional wedding 🙂
As for every dalmatian wedding, after the confetti shower, there were also torches, and the party continued in the Wedding Hall Mirabilis with a mix of rock’n’roll and traditional Croatian songs. The Mirabilis is located just outside the center of Zadar, featuring dark interior. The decoration with lots of green leaves has nicely complemented the intimacy of the space. We found out that the newlyweds made all the wedding decorations by themselves. The day before Ana-Marija went to arrange the Mirabilis hall and the owner liked the decor so much that he had proposed to keep it. From the details, we particularly liked bouquet with olive branches and olive oil gift bottles. The coolest was ‘hangover kit’ which contained ‘after-party self-help’ products – water bottle and headache pills.
We left the portrait session for the day after the wedding, luckily with no pouring rain so we had a perfect blend of the Zadar sunset and semi-grey skies <3