Around this time last August, G and I drove across most of the Croatian coast during our honeymoon, starting in Peroij and island-hopping our way to Zadar, from where we took the coastal route to Dubrovnik. Rewind a few more months to our wedding: a private ceremony at the Ljubljana Castle in January of last year. No friends in attendance and just a handful of close family, since we had no time or resources for a proper reception, and another intercontinental move loomed ahead. We agreed that we’d celebrate once we settled in America and, a few weeks ago, we made it happen.

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Planning a party on another continent wasn’t all that complicated, actually, but highly time-consuming, anyway.

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I adore memorable, once-in-a-lifetime parties, but have never thought much of dumping tons of cash into weddings, so our mission was to make it all happen within the realm of fiscal reason. 

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Weddings are weird. They commemorate the union of people and families, they celebrate love – the best reason for any fancy fête, but they’re also an overblown industry that threatens to diminish the magic and fun of it all.

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So, fun was our top priority. No stiff-n-stuffy anything for us! And good food. And drinks. We couldn’t imagine spending time preparing a party and skimping on something we both like so much.

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With these perimeters in mind, we found a hotel in Ljubljana’s historic city center that could accommodate our small gathering – a sleek, modern place with a rooftop patio beneath the Ljubljana Castle.

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It had decent speakers, nice rooms (padded walls and see-though bathrooms = bonus), and its own French chef, specializing in French-Slovenian fusion (what? yes!).

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And, with the help of G’s mom, a visionary florist conjured our fantasy enchanted forest, bursting with fresh flowers, carnivorous plants, berries and fluffy moss.

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We’re told he traveled to the Netherlands to pick up some of the exotic greenery included in the array – largely planted, not cut. Most of the berries came from Slovenia’s top blueberry farm, as well as G’s grandfather’s impressive garden.

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We built a separate photo website for the invited guests, but I wanted to share some of my favorite floral images from this magical night with everyone.

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Our union is the most gorgeous, exhilarating and downright supernatural experience – I’m happy to report this party did it justice.

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Until the Future!

P.S. We also had an amazing Enchanted Forest photo booth! I’ll post my favorites from that next time.

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Photos by Damjan Dimich