06 Nov Villa Ragusa Wedding | Mariana and Kristo
Mariana and Kristo’s day started at the beautiful Hotel Los Gatos. The gals were getting dolled up in Mariana’s suite, the guys in another room – everyone popping champagne and getting into the celebratory mood. When Mariana and I first met, she told me her wedding would be like “My Big Fat Croatian Wedding” – and I can attest now that that was accurate, in the best way. There was so much activity and laughter, everyone had a joke or anecdote to share and Mariana was hiding her nerves well. Finally it was time for the first look, and the Hotel Los Gatos provided an amazing backdrop. Mariana and Kristo met way back in high school, so their love has had a few years to grow – you can tell they’ve been best friends for a while. Additionally, they share a community and set of traditions which unified the whole event – starting with a Croatian Catholic mass. After mass and a few photos, everyone migrated to Villa Ragusa in Campbell (my second weekend shooting there, so I already had a feeling it was going to be good!). The room was opened up to full capacity for their 400+ guests, and it was dressed up and pretty as a picture with dramatic white and gold flower arrangements and beautiful draping. Right after walking in with their wedding party, Mariana and Kristo went into their first dance. After that, a prayer and greeting, we were all treated to an incredible multi-course family-style dinner. And it was deee-lish. Then, the party officially got started (though, of course, some might have started a little earlier ). Let me tell you, they can certainly throw a party! There were some incredible traditional Croatian dances with super fast spinning (no photographers were trampled in this process, but I may have been borderline over eager to get close to the action at times :). Finally with a cake cutting and bouquet and garter toss, it was time for us to take off – but the party was still raging when we left! Congratulations Mariana and Kristo! Thanks so much for inviting me to be a party of this celebration – I wish you guys all the best in the adventures ahead!
Venue: Villa Ragusa Campbell
Caterer: Villa Ragusa Campbell
Florist: Blooming Bouquet
Draping and Linens: Blooming Bouquet