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Posted by Dawn

09.10.12  -  Weddings

Alenka & Joseph | A Slovenian Love Story

It's hard to believe we spent 3 weeks in Europe over the summer, more on which I'll blog about later. For now, I want to share this very special wedding of our very dear friends, Alenka + Joseph. Bob met Joseph while he was employed at Apple working in the Aperture division. He's now owns his own business, Aperture Expert, and is exactly that... an expert! Alenka is an amazing graphic designer. Together, they are a perfect match.

The first time Joseph introduced us to his new girlfriend, I knew they were going to get married. I have this special power! Wink, wink ; ) What I didn't know is that they would marry in Alenka's home town in Slovenia and Bob and I and our kids would be there to photograph their wedding!!! And what a wedding this was... filled with all kinds of fun Slovenia traditions. She grew up in the most beautiful home on an apple orchard/vineyard in a small town called Svečina. Her cousins, the Jarc Family, also had a beautiful vineyard which is where we were blessed to stay. They took the most amazing care of us. Thank you, thank you!!!

Wedding day arrives, we began at Alenka's home where her friends and family were cooking in the kitchen making a nice spread of food as we all waited for Joseph and his entourage to arrive. What Joseph didn't know was there was going to be a few extra people greeting him at the door when he knocked. To his surprise was Alenka's cousin, dressed as a pregnant woman... it was hilarious watching the girls dress him up for this! Next was her cousin wearing the wedding gown Alenka's mom wore on her wedding day. And finally, Alenka....... oh the look on Joseph's face was priceless.

After being solicited by a pregnant women and a bride with a baby, Joseph was pretty sure he was good to go once he had, Alenka wrapped in his arms. Ohhh, but on the way to the church, they were stopped by the guys in the village who challenged him for the right to marry Alenka. A Slovenian tradition called šranga. He and his best man, Frank Casanova, had to perform all kinds of tasks in order to "buy" his bride. Too fun! Well, they negotiated her down to a fair price and off they went to the church.

Alenka + Joseph had the most beautiful ceremony at the church she grew up attending. The service ended with all of us toasting wine from the Vdovic vineyard. I have to say, that was such a wonderful tradition I wish we could bring to the states. After the ceremony and the rice toss, they were greeted by the folk dancing group that Alenka grew up dancing with. It was so cool to watch them all dance. I think I pinched myself 100 times to make sure I wasn't dreaming. This was good stuff and nothing like our weddings back home.

On our way to the venue, we stopped to take some photos at an overlook where you can see the beautiful village of Svečina in the background, and near Alenka's vineyards. Absolutely dreamy! I had no idea that Slovenia was so beautiful. We were literally on the Austrian/Slovenian border where we could jump and say, "we're in Slovenia, we're in Austria". Still pinching myself. Our son, Bobby, wants to move there because all the girls are so beautiful...!

Once we arrived at the venue, it was a giant party. Let me tell you, Slovenians know how to party! Most everyone stayed at the venue that evening because the reception lasted until the wee hours of the morning. The band that arrived at Alenka's home with Joseph played until the last person left the reception. They were absolutely amazing!!! We danced the night away! This is a wedding that the Davis family will never forget, and I'm sure all their guest feel the same way!

Thank you Alenka + Joseph for this incredible opportunity to witness you becoming husband and wife. May life bring you nothing but happiness. We love you both so much! And we are so thankful for kind hospitality your family showed us.

Much love!

~ Dawn + Bob + Bobby + Alli

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