Even though my partner and I are to spend our wedding day on the beautiful island of Korčula with our friends and family, I bring you a recommendation of the finest locations for a civil or church wedding in the towns and villages of Northwest Istria. I hope my observations will help you find your perfect destination. To start with, let me take you on a tour of two beautiful locations: Umag and Savudrija.
Meliá Coral, Sol Umag and Sol Garden Istra are my absolute favorites in the area of Umag. Whichever of these hotels you decide to go for, whether you want the wedding ceremony held near to or within the hotel compound, or you just want to use it for the wedding reception, I have no doubt that their impressive offers will satisfy the expectations, needs and wishes of the happy couple as well as their families. If you decide on a church wedding in Umag, I think you will find the Church of St. Mary on Kras and the parish church in the center of town the finest and most romantic locations in the area.
In addition to having the ceremony and reception in the pleasant surroundings and atmosphere of a beautiful town on the coast of the Adriatic, your wedding photos as a reminder of that day will be equally beautiful. There is an abundance of attractive locations to take pictures of the newlyweds and their guests. Each of the hotels mentioned above is located by the sea, which gives both the experience and the memories caught in the pictures a magical touch. The town center itself comes off as charming in pictures, but when a romantic couple is caught in the frame, words become unnecessary…
As my friends in Umag tell me, the locals usually take their pictures in front of the lighthouse in Savudrija, a symbol of love in itself. The newlyweds also sometimes go to the enchanting Grožnjan, into the olive groves, vineyards… If I really had to choose, it would be very hard indeed to narrow it down to just one or two locations to take pictures.
Golf Club Adriatic, located at Crveni Vrh in Savudrija, is an elegantly designed edifice intended for golf aficionados. What makes it particularly appealing to future spouses is the big hall with windows looking out on three sides, with a breathtaking view of the panorama of Northwest Istria. But Golf Club Adriatic has another asset for those who want an outdoor wedding: the fantastic terrace right above the hall.
The terrace truly took my breath away with its panoramic view of the sea, the fantastic golf course, olive groves and vineyards. It is hard to put into words the experience it provides, and I can only imagine how incredible it must feel to say “I do” in a setting like this. Those who want a church wedding and then a reception at the Golf Club Adriatic needn’t go far, as club compounds include a small church designated for ceremonies such as this. When we consider the club, its fantastic natural surroundings and terrific landscaping, the wedding pictures are guaranteed to be stunning.