Afternoon lovelies! We have an awesome Festival Brides preferred supplier to share with you today and one who is most definitely a supplier after my own heart!
Like many of the suppliers we feature on Festival Brides (and like this very blog itself) Untamed Adriatic was born as a result of founder Charlie planning her own wedding. She fell in love with a Croatian, moved from the shores of New Zealand to the shores of the Adriatic Sea and, after becoming engaged, struggled to find suppliers that fitted the on-trend unique ideas she had for her wedding. She also struggled with the language barrier which is one of the biggest problems couples face when planning a wedding abroad. After her wedding day had passed she thought to herself, if I struggled to plan my wedding in Croatia then perhaps other couples are too and the rest they say is history!
Untamed Adriatic offers an on-trend styling and event planning business for couples looking to get married on the beautiful shores of Croatia. She will not only help you source your dream venue but all the perfect suppliers to go with it and can tackle that difficult language barrier on your behalf. She can also make your dreams a reality through her styling services so you can relax and look forward to your big day in the sun. Its making me want to renew our vows now just thinking about it!
We asked Charlie a bit more about her styling and planning business and what she can offer if you were to book her for your wedding….
Tell Us A Little About Yourself?
My name is Charlie, a Kiwi girl who fell in love, married a Croatian and now you can find me living beside the Adriatic Sea.
I have been travelling for many years, it is at the core of my inspiration; I just love anything that pulls on my heart strings and ignites my creativity.
Untamed Adriatic is my love child, the result of all my passions combined. I am the creative force and the heart and soul behind the company. Planning and styling has been a central theme and element throughout my career journey, which has taken me through various industries – from Product Design and Marketing to Photography, each step has organically flowed into the next and allowed me to cultivate and harness many skills. I believe one must always follow their passion, wherever that may lead – and as it turns out, following all of these passions has lead me to Croatia, where the Untamed journey has unfolded.
IF YOU HAD A CHANCE TO GO TO ANY MUSIC FESTIVAL, WHICH ONE WOULD IT BE?
One chance… That’s tough! Any festival is a good festival in my book! But if I had to choose, a festival I would love to experience again would be ‘Sound Wave’. It takes place in Tisno, here on the Coast of Croatia. You can dance by (or in) the sea, grooving along to the chilled sounds of Dub music; to me it is the perfect combination of atmosphere, music and nature, basically just good vibes all round.
A future wish would be to experience ‘Coachella’, it seems a little glam and I would love all the stargazing and live fashion… oh and the music too!
WHAT MADE YOU DECIDE TO START UNTAMED ADRIATIC EVENT PLANNING & STYLING?
After planning my own wedding here on the Croatian Coast, I initially found it extremely difficult to source vendors or unique/on-trend items, not to mention the legalities and language barriers! I wondered how on earth anyone else could plan a wedding here from afar?
Though planning my wedding had its ups & downs, once I navigated through it all, I felt an enormous sense of pride & satisfaction and truly enjoyed it. Through my own experience, I just knew that I could use my skills, passion for design and knowledge of this region to help others – and so Untamed Adriatic was born.
I have the most stunning canvas to paint with on the untamed Dalmatian coast and just love bringing other couples’ visions to reality.
WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVOURITE MEMORIES & EXPERIENCES FROM PREVIOUS WEDDINGS OR COUPLES YOU’VE WORKED WITH?
My favourite moment happens every time I meet the couple for the first time. We are in contact, long-distance for months (sometimes more than a year), so to meet them in person brings all of the communication to life. This is when it always sets in that they have trusted me to help create and to be a part of one of the most important days of their life – overwhelming stuff when you think about it!
Then, at the end of every evening, when the Bride, Groom and their families gives me a big hug and says they are ‘over the moon’ with their day, honestly – it’s an absolute high, the best job satisfaction ever!
IF OUR READERS WERE TO BOOK YOU FOR THEIR WEDDING, WHAT CAN THEY EXPECT?
I like to give a personal experience, I don’t just offer options A, B, C… my clients are not a number and I pride myself on answering each email with a personal response and specific suggestions related to their style and wishes. My clients’ wishes are my #1 priority, I will always go above and beyond and they will have my support throughout the entire process.
I have been living and working in Croatia for more than 3 years now, so you will also get my inside knowledge of this beautiful area – perhaps there is a stunning island or location that you didn’t even know existed…
I am a creative spirit at heart and love to try anything new, so if you have a crazy idea, I will do my absolute best to bring this to fruition (like the giant ‘Fairy Bread’ piñata I made for one wedding). Of course, we have to be realistic sometimes because everything is not always possible…But, in these cases, I will be your honest guide and rest assured I will always have a backup of unique suggestions – thinking outside the box is the Untamed way!
WHAT’S YOUR BEST PIECE OF ADVICE FOR COUPLES WHO ARE TRYING TO CHOOSE THEIR WEDDING PLANNER?
You absolutely need to be in sync with your planner! I personally don’t like to plan formal style weddings because that is not really my style – I am more rustic, boutique & unique… While of course I am versatile, it is also difficult for me to advise you if I can’t understand what you are trying to achieve. So, please don’t choose a planner based on price, do it based on style, gut feeling and experience in events styled similarly to what you would like – this way they have a greater chance of achieving your vision and giving you the best recommendations.
Planning a wedding in Croatia, is not like planning a wedding back home; it is unique with its local charms, quirks & language – it has its beauty and it has its challenges. I truly believe a planner is necessary.
Lastly, like everything in life, there are some things that are out of our control, just go with it – ‘Hold the vision, trust the process…’ (unknown)
FINALLY, WHAT’S YOUR LIFE QUOTE/MOTTO?
“I like flaws, I think they make things interesting” ~ Sarah Dessen
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