Finally a blog post in which I don’t have to write much, Martina & Tim did all the work so I’ll just share their words…
“There is no simple way to describe our Pag wedding. If I really had to, I’d say it was untraditionally traditional, much like the way Tim and I choose to live our lives. As humanitarian aid workers, Tim and I have spent the most part of our relationship living apart, navigating our way through several dangerous and interesting roles. Although we’re clearly not a traditional couple, we do love the little traditions that bind us to our home and remind us of our family and friends. And that, is exactly what we hoped to capture on our big day.
Living apart while trying to organise a wedding is not something I’d recommend any couple do. With Tim in West Africa juggling humanitarian challenges, he certainly did not have time to think about designing wedding favours for guests. And myself based in Eastern Ukraine amidst an evolving conflict, there is nothing I wanted to do less than browse through possible wedding dresses and flower arrangements. But that’s pretty much what we did. Despite long working days, wedding planning became our main topic of conversation, and Google became our best friend.
After 6 months of Googling (and some very broken Skype conversations), we managed to lock in the perfect venue for our big day, organise the menu, the invitations, the music…even my dress was found online following hours of painstaking research. We put a lot of effort into piecing together what felt right to us and represented us in every way. It was a bit painful at times, especially when battling sketchy internet connections, but had we not put in the extra effort we never would have found our Pag wedding photographer Mudri.
Early on in the planning process, a very good friend advised us to make sure we choose the right wedding photographer – someone who wouldn’t drive us crazy on the day – because after all, we would probably be spending more time with them than anyone else. Our friends rarely let us down, but never have I been more grateful for their wisdom than at that moment.”
“It took us ages to find Mudri, but once we did, we knew he was the right one. His photos were striking, vibrant and fun. They were heartfelt and soulful. He seemed to know just how to capture the moment, in a way that felt natural and resonated with us perfectly.
Getting to know Mudri was easy. He stuck with us through months of sketchy Skype conversations, random emails and messages. He was so easy to work with that even before we’d met him face to face, he’d already become pretty much one of our favourite people. In Croatia, Mudri blew us away with his generosity, energy and general awesomeness. We loved that he took us hiking with his wife for our first shoot together, and although we were nervous as hell, he knew exactly how to make amateurs like us, look like pros in front of the camera. Mudri captured the very essence of us right from the very start. It felt as though we’d known each other for years…no one else could do it better.
On our wedding day, we wanted to be surrounded only by our closest friends and family. By this stage, Mudri had already become a good friend and in just a few short moments was able to charm the pants off all our guests as well. There is something amazing about seeing the wedding of your dreams, with all the people that you love, come together before your eyes. But there is something even more amazing about seeing the magic materialize through photographs that represent exactly the way we felt at the time. Mudri captured every precious moment – the hugs, the kisses, the warm, simple gestures and laughter that are everything we love about our friends and family – He never missed a beat.”
All our guests – from Australia, Slovenia, the US and beyond, couldn’t stop raving about Mudri’s warmth, energy, and of course his skills behind the camera. We continue to do the same, and it’s just a matter of time before he kicks of his world travels as an international destination photographer. We look forward to following Mudri’s professional journey and can’t wait to share in the experience.
Mudri, thank you so much for your amazing work, your enthusiasm and your friendship. It meant so much to us to be able to have you at our wedding, not only as a friend, but as the professional that you are. It truly would not have been the same, or nearly as much fun without you. From the very start, we had no doubt that your photos would be exactly all the ones that we wanted. The love and joy we all felt on the day shines through every single frame, and we are so happy that they will now stay strong in our memories for the rest of our lives.”