It’s not often that we get a glimpse into local culture that is so authentic like this Croatia wedding, captured beautifully by Barbara Tursan Misic Photography. Tihomir and Patricia got married in Lubenice, on the island of Cres in the Adriatic Sea. The village, whose beginnings date back 4000 years, was home to Tihomir’s family for centuries and is now almost deserted. The couple was able to hold their reception on the village square overlooking the sea… what an amazing backdrop for a wedding!
The day was filled with old customs: The groom came to pick up the bride, accompanied by an old man playing the wines (an instrument similar to bagpipes) and they walked together to the local church. After the ceremony, bride and groom danced an old traditional dance on the village square.
The afternoon reception was held on the village square – when the sun went down, they moved to a local restaurant.
Tihomir and Patricia met in early summer 2010 in a local bar. She was wearing checkered pants and was cheating at crossword puzzles and he just couldn’t wrap his mind around the fact she knew about his father’s wooden boat. Fast forward two years… They traveled to Rome, The Eternal City, and got engaged there – one morning she woke up with a ring on her hand (he was carrying the ring in his pocket the entire time they were in Rome, but the right opportunity never presented itself).
Lubenice is built on top of a cliff. It was actually first constructed by the beach, but suffered constant attacks by pirates, which made them move the village up on the hill. Legend has it that Attila came from under the walls of the village and the image of the Holy Mother of God appeared on the walls and Attila turned away and left the village untouched. Her statue is still on the altar of the church.Today there are only five people living there – four widows and one widower.