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Fairytale Wedding in an 800-Year-Old Church + Historic Castle

I’m a lover of the Disney classics, but when it comes to real life fairytales, this stunning German affair takes the cake.  Think gorgeous nuptials in an 800-year-old church (the same one the mother + grandmother of the bride tied the knot in), classically stunning details and a romantic castle reception with a plethora of crazy cool (+ oh-so-fun) traditions filling the evening.  Want to see it all captured beautifully by Luminance Wedding Films?  Press play.

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From Luminance Wedding FilmsI magine having the opportunity to get married in the same church that your grandmother and mother had been married in. Then imagine that this church was built in the 15th century making it over 800 years old. Next, imagine placing this church in the charming town of Schwabach, Germany. A destination wedding indeed! Not only is this gorgeous, gothic styled church soon to be a place you would wed, but low and behold just 20 minutes down the road is an amazing Castle with which you would hold your reception. Ummm….yes please!

The bride, who now lives in America had the privilege of holding her fairytale wedding in her hometown in Schwabach, Germany. The wedding ceremony took place at the Stadtkirche St. Johannes und St. Martin which is located in the heart of the charming Schwabach Plaza. It had recently gone under a massive renovation, but the church kept a portion of the original flooring with bronze medallions that can be seen in the film. Our bride was enchanting as she walked down the aisle in her delicately stitched, handmade, lace dress.

The reception took place at the gorgeous Burg Castle, located in Abenburg, a quaint little town minutes away from Schwabach. Not only has this castle been converted into a hotel (and I highly recommend staying there) but it’s placed right in the center of the other homes. Imagine a castle being one of your neighbors and the view from your backyard. From an enchanting Wishing Balloon Release to a mouth dropping, AMAZING Fire Dance show (I get lost in this footage every time, it was so incredible) this wedding was packed full of German traditions.

Here are just a few that were highlighted in Jessica and Bryan’s film. Breaking plates you thought were just a Greek tradition…well, at least I thought…but no, this tradition is celebrated a few nights before the wedding at the Polterabend. This is an informal gathering between friends and family where dishes are smashed to bits. The breaking of China symbolizes that while some dishes may break, the marriage never will. Once the smashing is over, the couple work together to clear away the shards, which represents how well they will work together as a team during their marriage. The next tradition was the release of the wishing balloons. Guests write a wedding wish on a pre-addressed and stamped postcard and tie it to the ends of helium balloons. All at once the balloons are released. The postcards have a note that says, “If found, please toss me in a mailbox”. The newlyweds will enjoy receiving lovely wishes in the mail from their guests over the next weeks. Another tradition showcased was the kidnapping of the bride. This entailed the bridesmaids kidnapping our bride, Jessica, during the reception and bringing her to a local pub. The groom then has to go and find his new wife and when he does, he has to pay the bar tab of the kidnappers to procure her freedom. The kidnapping of the bride symbolizes the separation of the young woman from her parents and the subsequent transition to a new community. So what does one bride do while she waits for her love to find her? She drinks and receives many kisses from the locals who have to pay for a kiss.

The night ended with a jaw dropping fire show where our fire master brought the couple down to join him for a spectacular finale. Needless to say, this fairytale wedding was beyond magical.

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Photography: Katja Schünemann | Cinematography: Luminance Wedding Films | Floral Design: Blumen Dollinger | Cake: Cafe Herzog | Ceremony Venue: Stadtkirche St. Johannes Und St. Martin | Reception Venue: Burg Abendberg Castle | Hair + Makeup: Friseur Niveau - Hairstyling Mit Klasse | Fire Artist: Markus Just | Vendor: The Bride's Aunt & Grandmother

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Romantic German Countryside Wedding

I’ve seen a lot of gorgeous gowns in my day, but this Elie Saab masterpiece?  It’s breathtaking.  Think romantic lace sleeves, intricate floral details and a full flowing skirt perfectly complementing one seriously stunning bride and her beautiful wedding.  It’s romance times about a thousand all captured in ah-mazing images by Ashley Ludaescher Photography.  See it all in THE VAULT right this way.

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From Ashley Ludaescher Photography… After more than decade together, Lillith and Elia tied the knot surrounded by their loved ones during a fabulous three-day weekend wedding celebration at a beautiful estate in the German countryside. Landgut Stober was a stunning venue for the wedding, located an hour outside of Berlin. It was the perfect weekend getaway for their guests who traveled from around Europe to celebrate their commitment.

Mary Lennox created the most beautiful garden-like atmosphere inside the reception space, wrapping each of the steel beams with orchids, roses and lush greenery and stunning spring garden arrangements on each of the tables. The decor was a surprise for the sweet couple and they, along with their guests, were totally blown away when they walked in the door for dinner. Two giant floral peacocks greeted guests at the lakeside ceremony, perched at either side of the aisle. This was not only a stunning celebration, but one filled with love for the young couple, who had known one another since they were babies, and was truly an honor for us to photograph.

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Photography: Ashley Ludaescher Photography | Coordination: Nathalie Schmitz | Floral Design: Mary Lennox | Wedding Dress: Elie by Elie Saab | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Catering: Culinarium | Groom's Attire: Ermenegildo Zegna | Venue: Landgut Stober | Groom's Shoes: Burberry | Vendor: The Bride's Aunt & Grandmother

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Classic Pink Munich Wedding

Classic affairs make my heart happy.  And a classic affair dripping in luxurious pink details and captured in insanely gorgeous images by Ashley Ludaescher?  Even better.  From the crazy cool dessert table from Sweet Diva (hello, cake pops) to the bride’s stunning Pronovias gown to every.last.detail planned to perfection by Doreen Winking.  Head to THE VAULT for every traditional moment, then press play on the sweet film by Vision On Fire below.

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From Ashley Ludaescher… This wedding, planned and styled by Doreen Winking, was such a fun wedding to photograph. The weekend started with a Bavarian style barbecue at Lake Starnberg, where all the guests wore traditional Bavarian Tracht outfits. The relaxed evening was the perfect way to start the weekend and the adorable pretzels in the shape of the couple’s initials were such a cute touch! The wedding itself was held in two of Munich’s most beautiful venues, the St. Georg Church and the Prinzregententheater in the heart of the city. Both perfectly reflected the sophisticated chic and romantic style of our sweet couple.

After the ceremony, the couple and their guests rode rickshaws from the church across town to the reception venue, which was a fun laughter-filled ride. Doreen used a white and pastel color palette and brought in special touches from the groom’s home country of Ecuador, with Ecuadorian chocolate served after dinner, embroidered napkins with the couple’s initials from Ecuador and Ecuadorian roses in the arrangements.

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Photography: Ashley Ludaescher | Cinematography: Vision On Fire | Event Planning: Doreen Winking | Floral Design: Hörl Floral Kreativ | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Stationery: Die Exklusiven Einladungskarten | Reception Venue: Prinzregententheater München | Bride's Shoes: Stuart Weitzman | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Tory Burch | Hair + Makeup: Zuzanna Grabias | Groom's Attire: Xuits | Desserts: Sweet Diva | Groom's Shoes: Bally | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Buchscharner Seewirt | Vendor: The Bride's Aunt & Grandmother

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