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  • Writer's pictureKristina Lang

Florentina and David's wedding/Vjenčanje Florentine i Davida

The wedding time of my generation, people who are now in their late fifties, is long gone and the time of our children's weddings has come. Florentina, the daughter of my childhood friend Sanja Perić, who I previously interviewed on this blog, got married a few days ago. My daughter Sara and I were honoured to accept the invitation to the wedding, and so last Saturday we headed to Jastrebarsko, a place forty-five minutes' drive from Zagreb. We were driven there by Florentina's friend Dora, a young girl, sweet and nice and an excellent driver, so the whole experience of going to the wedding started off nicely.


Florentina and her husband David got married in the church of St. Nicholas in Jastrebarsko. It was a wonderful ceremony with a young and witty priest who greeted the participants from various countries in several languages. Florentina and David are an exceptional couple of unique, optimistic, happy young people who easily communicate with everyone. That's how they greeted us, who they didn't know very well, with such cordiality and warmth that we immediately fell in love with them, not only Florentina, but also David, whom we had just met.


After the wedding in the church, we went to the hotel Princess, where the celebration was organized. To our surprise, Sara and I were not seated at the same table according to the newlyweds' program. They placed me in the company of a very interesting Canadian couple, a doctor and a lawyer, as well as a Croatian couple with two little girls. I felt nice and comfortable in their company. Sara was seated at a table with young people of her age, with whom she fit in nicely. Such a seating arrangement designed by the newlyweds turned out to be effective and we all had a nice time socializing and expanding our acquaintances.


The evening started with Florentina and David's dance routine, which was absolutely beautiful and cheerful and reminded me a little of the routine from the movie "Dirty Dancing". The music was excellent and the sounds of local hits alternated with various foreign songs well known to all of us. Dinner was served in layers, so there was a stream of food, and a stream of dancing well into the night. The queen of the dance floor was without competition Florentina's mom, my friend Sanja. She not only danced beautifully herself, but also invited the rest of us to join in the dance. The wedding cake was so delicious that I wanted to ask for repeats, but then I thought better not.


At the wedding, after many years, I saw Florentina's grandparents, aunt Ankica and uncle Drago, as well as Florentina's two uncles Željko and Krešimir, for whom I have warm childhood memories. Unlike the younger Krešimir, Željko didn't recognize me at first, but that's not surprising considering that we haven't seen each other for decades.

The whole wedding was wonderfully organized and at every step you could feel the love and welcome that came primarily from that wonderful couple, Florentina and David. May their life continue to be beautiful, exciting and filled with happiness and may love accompany them everywhere.


Thank you for sharing your wedding with me and my Sara.

 

With love,

Kristina

Wednesday May, 8th 2024







Vjenčanje Florentine i Davida


Vrijeme vjenčanja moje generacije, ljudi koji su sad u kasnim pedesetim, je davno prošlo i došlo je vrijeme vjenčanja naše djece. Tako se pred nekoliko dana udala Florentina, kćer moje prijateljice iz djetinjstva Sanje Perić sa kojom sam već napravila interviju na ovom blogu. Mojoj kćeri Sari i meni bila je čast prihvatiti poziv na vjenčanje i tako proteklu smo se subotu uputile prema Jastrebarskom, mjestu četrdestpet minuta vožnje udaljenom od Zagreba. Tamo nas je vozila Florentinina prijateljica Dora, mlada djevojka, draga i simpatična i izvaredan vozač pa je čitavo iskustvo odlaska na vjenčanje lijepo započelo.


Florentina i njezin suprug David vjenčali su se u crkvi svetog Nikole u Jastrebarskom. Bila je to divna ceremonija uz jednog mladog i duhovitog svećenika koji je prisutne sudionike iz raznih zemalja pozdravio na nekoliko jezika. Florentina i David su izuzetan par jednostavnih, optimističnih, sretnih mladih ljudi koji sa lakoćom komuniciraju sa svima.  Tako su i nas koje nisu baš dobro poznavali pozdravili sa takovom srdašnošću i toplinom da smo ih odmah iskreno zavoljeli i to ne samo Florentinu već i Davida kojeg smo tek upoznali.


Nakon vjenčanja u crkvi uputili smo se u Hotel Princess u kojem je bilo organizirano slavlje. Na naše iznenađenje Sara i ja nismo po programu mladenaca sjedile za istim stolom. Mene su smjestili u društvo jednog vrlo zanimljivog kanadskog para, doktora i odvjetnice kao i jednog hrvatskog para sa dvije djevojčice. Bilo mi je lijepo i ugodno u njihovom društvu. Sara je bila smještena za stol sa mladim ljudima njezine dobi u koje se ona lijepo uklopila. Takav raspored sjedenja, dizajniran od mladenaca, pokazao se učinkovit i svi smo se na taj način lijepo družili i proširili naša poznanstva.


Večer je počela plesnom rutinom Florentine i Davida koja je bila apsolutno prekrasna i vesela i malo me podsjećala na rutinu iz filma “Prljavi ples”.  Muzika je bila odlična i izmjenjivale su se zvuci domaćih šlagera sa raznim stranim pjesmama svima nam dobro znanim. Večeralo se u slojevima pa je tako bilo red hrane, red plesa sve do kasno u noć. Kraljica plesnog podija bila je bez konkurencije Florentinina mama, moja prijateljica Sanja. Ona ne samo da je sama divno plesala već je pozivala i nas ostale da se pridruže plesu. Svadbena torta je bila toliko ukusna da sam poželjela pitati za repete, ali onda sam se ipak mislila bolje ne.

 

Na vjenčanju sam nakon dugo godina vidjela Florentininog dedu i baku, tetu Ankicu i strićeka Dragu kao i Florentinina dva ujaka Željka i Krešimira za koje me vežu topla sjećanja iz djetinjstva. Za razliku od mlađeg Krešimira, Željko me na prvu nije prepoznao, ali to ne čudi uzimajući u obzir da se nismo vidjeli decenijama.

Čitavo je vjenčanje bilo divno izorganizirano i na svakom se koraku osjećala ljubav i dobrodošlica koja je dolazila prvenstveno iz tog divnog para Florentne i Davida. Nek im je život i nadalje lijep, uzbudljiv i ispunjen srećom i nek ih svugdje prati ljubav.


Hvala ima što su svoje vjenčanje podijelile samnom i mojom Sarom.

 

S ljubavlju,

Kristina


Srijeda, 8. svibnja 2024.

 

 

 

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