Hotel Arbiana a beautiful boutique hotel on Rab, is a combination of hedonism and natural beauty of Rab, which is justifiably called the "island of happiness".
I visited Hotel Arbiana for the first time a few years before I even started organizing weddings.
I remember my first reaction was "how perfect this place is for weddings."
At first glance, it looks very vintage, and when entering the Arbiana Hotel itself, it becomes clear how the owners played with the original elements and modern design.
But to get into the hotel you have to go through a perfect garden, surrounded by walls.
The moment you enter the garden, you feel that you are alone on this beautiful island, when in fact you are located in the center of Rab, protected by beautiful stone walls, in the garden of paradise.
But compliments don't stop on my side here, only when you try wine and food can you be sure you're in heaven.
And that's exactly why I remember exactly where I was and what I had dressed when I received a request to organize a wedding at the Arbiana Hotel.
Clients in this case are modern and urban residents of New York.
The bride has Croatian roots, and her partner does not have much contact with our country.
We felt a slight pressure due to the fact that the newlywed is a chef by profession, but soon we realized that we would not have problems because the food in the Hotel Arbiana is really something special.
The newlyweds wanted an urban, colorful wedding, which would bring their two cultures together and captivate all the guests who pulled to another continent for their wedding.
For the bride, we made a special wedding cape with artificial flowers to fit into her wedding vision.
We also made printed materials for the wedding itself, and instead of numbers for tables we made maps with symbols that represent them as a couple.
In doing so, we brought detail ed a part of their personality into this wedding.
The newlyweds and their guests arrived a few days before the wedding on the island, to relax and enjoy the summer.
On the very day of the wedding, everything went smoothly and relaxed, partly due to the nature of our clients and their friends/family.
The wedding ceremony was held by their mutual friend in the garden hotel – and Arbiana, I must admit that the ceremony itself was extremely sweet and perhaps one of the most beautiful that I had the opportunity to hear.
While the guests enjoyed cocktails, we transformed the garden from a place for the ceremony into a place for dinner and dancing.
During this time, the newlyweds went to paint. What is great about Rab is that it is a relatively small island where you can easily get from point A to point B, and at every step there is a perfect backdrop for photos.
After the photos and cocktails, the garden was ready for dinner and the official part of the wedding.
After the first dance, the speech and the dinner itself, it was time to dance and have fun under the starry sky in the magical garden of the Hotel Arbiana.
I have to say that our DJ was a hit because he fit perfectly into the wedding itself, and soon warmed up the atmosphere that lasted until the end of the wedding.
Towards the end of the wedding, instead of the classic cake, we served our guests homemade ice cream made on Rab just for us, along with ice cream we served homemade apple strudel from the same pastry shop.
The guests were delighted with the dessert because it cooled them down at the right moment on this summer night.
At this wedding, the focus was a lot on the details, we had to work a lot with suppliers to visually realize their vision (pogoto with photo & video). Although the newlyweds chose some suppliers themselves, we managed to have a perfect team completely unplanned.
This positive energy of all suppliers, guests and newlyweds contributed to the perfect result of this wedding.
Hotel Arbiana is the perfect choice for anyone who wants a different wedding and plans to have a smaller to medium wedding. Discovering places like this is one of my favorite aspects of this job, and I can't wait to get back to the beautiful Rab.
Find out more about the wedding here: https://www.bloom.hr/organizacija-vjencanja/
If you want to watch the wedding video you can at the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSrmWxTraqw&t=8s
Wedding dress: http://www.vesnasposa.hr/