Intimate Wedding Inspiration

Rea Shaw small wedding wedding planning

If you are looking for some inspiration to have a small, intimate wedding day, then you have come to the right place. Couple Lauren and Tom chose their location after they went on holiday 2 years ago and fell in love with the place and both decided that when they got married it would be there. 
We quizzed the bride to share their story..
Tell us about your wedding day? 
We got married on the small Island of Lopud, just off Dubrovnik, Croatia.
We chose to have a small, intimate wedding with only 32 guests all of our immediate family and best friends.
On the island was small botanical garden which we thought was an ideal place for our wedding, plus providing shade from the sun. The ceremony was personal, we had a classical guitar player to play my favourite song ‘granada’ to walk down the aisle to. Tom and I also exchanged our own vows.
The reception was held in a private villa which we have full exclusivity of for the event, one long banquet table was set up with rose gold pineapples and greenery as our centerpieces.

How did you choose your wedding colours and style?
The colours I chose were white and rose gold. I had wanted to keep the theme quite clean and I thought with the setting we chose (lots of green and blue with the sea) it would fit in perfectly rather than adding another colour to the already busy palette that we had no choice about. I had originally chosen blue but as planning went on we realised that this colour wasn’t going to work.
What was your entertainment?
We had a saxophone player for the evening which worked out perfectly as it created such a great atmosphere and got everyone up dancing on the dance floor.
Thank You's
The thank you basket was for my bridesmaids and included a chiffon robe, iced biscuits from the 'Kitsch hen', rose gold earrings and a bangle from accessorize, personalised swimsuit (embroided) and pineapple flip flops plus a thank you card.
Our favours were charity pineapple pins from 'IVF babble' Tom and are have been going through fertility struggles and we are onto our 2nd round of IVF hence the pineapple theme of the wedding. (Pineapples are like the IVF symbol)
Alternative Guest Book
The vinyl was our guest book, as we only had 32 guests we could never fill an actual guest book so we choose to use the vinyl from our first dance song which was Ella Fitzgerald 'Cheek to Cheek'. This now sits framed in our lounge and we love it!
Where did you look for inspiration?
Pinterest was my main source of inspiration, but also most of the bridal magazines and websites helped out massively. I work in the fashion industry so was surrounded by trends and colour palettes which also helped.

What part of the planning did you enjoy most?
All of it! I loved putting a theme together and visualising it, I even created mood boards to send to our wedding planner and made 2D visuals of how the venue would be dressed using photoshop. (obsessed!!)

Do you have any tips or advise to give to other couples?
I think not to rush into any theme, we had a year and a half to plan for our wedding and originally I had chosen blue (my fav colour) and ordered the bridesmaid dresses pretty much immediately after we got engaged. As time went by and the theme started changing and pulling together more the dresses were no longer suitable so I had to change.
Don’t rush anything!

Photo's taken by Katija Zivokvic
Lauren & Tom's Stationery was from the Romance Collection
I think you'll all agree, it looks like an intimate and romantic location to get married. With such a beautiful setting I love that Lauren & Tom kept the decor minimalist while looking stylish and classy with a few statement pieces.
I wish them all the best for the future and a big thank you to them for sharing their beautiful day with us.
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