When Rebeka and Črt asked me if I would consider photographing their wedding in Slovenia, I was very excited. It will be a relaxed, outdoor affair, they said and I was all in. Not only are they a wonderful couple, but I was also envisioning myself capturing the golden light magic that comes with Slovenian summer evenings. Fast forward a few months and I found myself driving to Pliskovica on the morning of their wedding. The rain was pouring in bucketloads and the sky was frighteningly dark, apart from an occasional lightning flash. Knowing how much Rebeka and Črt have hoped for a nice day, so they could hold their wedding festivities outdoors, my heart hurt for them. The weather forecast said it was set to pour down all day.
The Wedding Venue
Rebeka and Črt planned to have an outdoor wedding in a bohemian style. They found the perfect venue in Pliskovica, a picturesque, quiet little village in Slovenia’s Karst region. Youth Hostel Kras sits hidden in between narrow streets, lined with old stone built houses. As you walk through the front doors onto its courtyard, a beautiful space opens up in front of you, full of stone features, quirky antiques and greenery like fig and olive trees. I could easily see how they fell in love with the place, even in the rain it exudes charm. The couple chose to decorate the area themselves, with the help of their families, so when I arrived I found everyone busily arranging things. Plan B had to be put in place due to the wet weather and a large marquee has been set up for the reception. I bumped into Rebeka, still in her hoodie and jeans and she told me that she was still hopeful they will be able to have the ceremony out in the open.
The Wedding Couple
They are high school sweethearts, they told me. Despite both being young, they already had several years behind them as a couple. A wedding was a natural next step, so Črt proposed during a summer holiday in Croatia, while they were on a private boat cruise. Črt is a professional hockey player in Slovenia, so they planned the wedding around the hockey season. His teammates were all invited and they brought their hockey sticks along to form an arch for the newlyweds after the ceremony.
The Wedding Day
By the time the guests had arrived, the rain has eased off. By the ceremony, it had stopped completely. And from then on, it was just the most beautiful day, not only because the clouds have parted but mainly because of the fun, relaxed atmosphere. Rebeka and Črt first tied the knot in a civil ceremony, out in the open, as they had hoped to. Afterwards, all their guests and they travelled (in style!) to another village nearby.
There, in the middle of nowhere, stood a tiny old church without any electricity, adorned with candles and macrame. They held the church ceremony there before heading back to Pliskovica for the reception. The party afterwards was what everyone was most looking forward to. With the help of the entertainers, a band that arrived as a surprise for the newlyweds and the DJ, the dance floor was always full and everyone was in high spirits. I am sure the fun still carried on for a long time after I left. And after they fed me lots of cake and sent me back with cupcakes for my kids, I had a smile on my face the whole drive home, despite getting caught in another heavy storm.
Bride’s Wedding dress: Envy Room (http://www.envyroom.com)
Bride’s shoes: Mango (https://shop.mango.com/gb/)
Groom’s Suit: TopMan (http://www.topman.com)
Photography: Maja Tsolo Photography (https://www.majatsolo.com)
Cake: PCakes (https://www.petrascakes.com)