When I first told Lana and Toni that I wanted to photograph their romantic beach engagement on the Island of Pag in Dalmatia, they thought I was kidding. Pag is a tourist destination popular for its crazy nightlife, especially in the clubs and festivals on the famous Zrce Beach. What this young couple had in mind was completely the opposite. They wanted an intimate photo session on a beach – not a bunch of tourists gone wild on a clubbing binge! I told them not to worry and leave all the arrangements to me.
It is true, Pag is famous for its nightlife. For avid partygoers, it is one of the best locations for weddings in Croatia, but the island offers much more than that. As a Croatian wedding photographer, it is my job to know about the places you won’t find in the tourist brochures.
The moment we arrived at the beach I had in mind for their engagement, I could see a look of relief on Lana and Toni’s faces. They smiled and held hands and just couldn’t wait to get started. We had the beautiful beach completely to ourselves. The weather was amazing, perfect for the photo shoot. I told them to go ahead and enjoy themselves and pay no attention to me. Easier said than done. They posed and goofed around at first. Then they relaxed and ditched their shoes and went ankle deep into the sea. These are my favorite photos from the shoot. For me, that was the engagement. That perfect moment of closeness, in the most beautiful natural setting you’ll ever see. It is moments like these that make me love what I do. Perfect moments such as those do not happen often, and to be able to capture them on photography for all eternity, well, that is magic.
Lana and Toni were thrilled with this photo session and so they invited me to photograph their wedding as well. You know, when we talked about the party life in Pag, I got the impression that Lana and Toni were not huge fans of parties. Boy, was I wrong, because their wedding was a riot! But that is another story and another photo gallery…
Photos by Croatia wedding photographer Damir Plavotić