Martyn and Jordan’s Wedding in Dubrovnik

I recently had the fantastic opportunity of playing the bagpipes at a wedding in Dubrovnik, Croatia. Martyn and Jordan’s wedding took place at the Sponza Palace in the Old Town. I played as guests arrived and was immediately surrounded by tourists and locals asking questions and taking photos and videos. The pipes sounded fantastic as the sound bounced off the walls of the old town buildings. The groom’s dad stood next to me most of the time and was highly emotional.

Sponza Palace
Sponza Palace, Dubrovnik
Sponza Palace, Dubrovnik
Sponza Palace, Dubrovnik. The groom’s father was very emotional
Dubrovnik Town Hall
Dubrovnik Town Hall


Once the guests were all seated I then went to the Ploce Gate to meet Jordan and I lead her down through the old town walls to the ceremony. She looked absolutely stunning.


Ed Arnold
Piping Jordan from the Ploce Gates to the Sponza Palace
Ed Arnold Bagpiper
Brides arrival at the Sponza Palace



After the ceremony I lead everyone from the palace to the harbour and onto boat for a champagne cruise around Lokrum Island. Martyn and Jordan welcomed my wife and I on to the boat where we both given a much needed Ice cold beer! It was over 35C that day, thankfully slightly cooler than previous days which were in the high 30’s!


Ed Arnold Bagpiper
Enjoying a much needed ice cold beer on a champagne boat cruise!
View of Dubrovnik old town
View of Dubrovnik old town. One of the most beautiful cities in the world!

After the cruise I led everyone from the harbour to a bus which was waiting to take them to the Excelsior Hotel. I played everybody into the hotel and then my final call was to pipe everybody into the stunning outdoor wedding breakfast which over looked the beautiful peninsula and the Old town. It was a setting made in heaven for any wedding breakfast!


Martyn and Jordan Callaghan
Piping Martyn and Jordan Callaghan to their Wedding Breakfast
Excelsior Hotel, Dubrovnik - The perfect wedding breakfast setting
Excelsior Hotel, Dubrovnik – The perfect wedding breakfast setting


I loved every minute of playing at Martyn and Jordan’s wedding. My wife and I were made to feel very welcome by themselves and their family and friends. It was undoubtedly one of the most beautiful  and emotional weddings I’ve ever played at and a real privilege to be part of it. Dubrovnik is a magnificent city that should be on everyone’s bucket list. It cannot be exaggerated enough how impressive the old town is as well as the surrounding peninsular. My wife and I startd out trip off at our beloved city of Ljubljana , Slovenia  a week prior to the wedding and travelled down the Adriatic coast to Dubrovnik via Rovinj, Trogir, and Makarska. Rovinj is not so well known amongst British tourists but it’s an incredible city that can rival Dubrovnik  and somewhere we’ll definitely go back to.


Rovnij sunset.
Rovnij sunset.
Rovnij, Croatia. This city is stunning. Well worth a few days holiday.
Rovnij, Croatia. This city is stunning. Well worth a few days holiday.

I love travelling so I’m always happy to consider any requests for playing abroad.


Comments from Martyn Callaghan after the wedding:


“You were amazing so thanks for piping for us on our big day. If I get the chance I’ll be recommending your services in the future.”


and a post on Facebook from a family member:


“Just landed home from the best week of our lives so far.
Dubrovnik is the most beautiful place I have ever seen. 72 of our friends and family made the trip to be part of Jordan and Martyn’s Wedding Day. It truly was the most magical day ever.
The Ceremony was in Sponza Palace a 15th Century palace that almost felt biblical along with the string quartet who were amazing. next a champagne boat cruise around the island and then to the Excelsior for the reception.
My beautiful Jordan was breathtaking in a Suzanne Neville timeless classic gown so fitting for the city and the venue. A piper flown in by her husband to be to lead her through the City on foot attracted a lot of attention and the Croation News TV station turned up.
The men in kilts and the piper were of great interest to the tourists and our glamorous guests had new found fame being interviewed by TV.
Thank you to everyone who made the trip and helped make the day so unbelievably special. We feel honoured you were able to join us and you will all make the photographs fantastic !
Dubrovnik won our hearts, and the wedding was the kind of stuff dreams are made of”


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