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This Croatian-inspired wedding took place at Rosario Resort on Orcas Island and is being featured today on! It was a beautiful day for an outdoor ceremony and although the wind picked up just a little bit, Ben + Mia said ‘I do’ overlooking the water with the sun shinning above them.

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The ceremony was very sweet, it was our only wedding this summer where the bride and groom had waited to see one another until the moment she walked down the aisle. Although it was tricky to keep them separated all day, running back and forth and becoming human barriers, it made that “first look” moment so rich and powerful and really set the tone for a touching ceremony. By the time the ceremony was over the two were inseparable as their timeless beachside wedding continued with Croatian flare.

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Mia’s family is orginially from Croatia so there were a lot of special touches in honor of her heritage. For instance, all the table names at dinner were named after Croatian islands and for the father-daughter dance Mia and her dad danced to their favorite Croatian song. They even had guests fly in from Croatia and the weekend turned into a mini-vacation. Ben + Mia had put together welcome bags for everyone staying at the resort and had a big welcome reception after the rehearsal so they could spend time with guests who had traveled far to join them.

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These sea urchin escort card holders tied in well with the beachside theme, but they were very delicate! We accidentally broke a couple of them when we were slipping the escort cards inside them, good thing we had brought plenty of extras! By the end of the night, crushed shells littered all the dinner tables, but they sure were beautiful beforehand!

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Their color pallette of neutrals and gold added to the timeless feel of the day. It was a wonderful wedding and beautifully captured by Scott and Ashlee of O’Malley Photographers. We really enjoyed working with Scott and Ashlee as well as all the staff at Resario Resort, they were very helpful and accomadating and helped us put together a truly great day for Ben + Mia!

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Head over to our gallery to see more photos from Ben + Mia’s wedding.