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Saturdays are pretty amazing, but when you throw in a meet and greet with RebeccaMarie Photography, it takes it to an entirely new level of awesome.  I’m talking an entire day devoted to gorgeous imagery that just so happens to be overflowing with love, emotion and, of course, pretty.  Spend some time getting to know her, lovelies… and don’t forget to check out her sweet discount below.

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Romantic Meets Modern Wedding in Germany

This is what happens when modern meets romantic in an amazing German setting: total awesomeness. The kind of awesomeness that is rich in gray and blush hues, chevron patterns and a whole lot of happy-filled moments courtesy one very gorgeous bride and groom.  In other words?  This wedding is fabulous. See so much more captured by Marlén Mieth right here.

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From the Bride… Nick and I had been together for over four years when he proposed to me during a family holiday on Hamilton Island. He’d been planning it for many months and was hoping to propose on one of the beautiful white beaches on the island, but it had been raining for days on end, so Nick went down on one knee when we had a moment to ourselves in the kitchen of the apartment we were staying in. It came as a complete surprise and once I got over the shock and understood that he was proposing I didn’t hesitate to say yes. That afternoon the sun finally came out and we spent the rest of the holiday with our respective parents on an incredible high.

When we returned home to Sydney we got lots of questions as to where we would get married. Nick is Australian and I am German so I thought it would be hard picking a location, but we both wanted to get married in Germany so we could incorporate some German traditions into our wedding. We had lived in London before moving to Sydney and both had friends all over the world that we were hoping would be able to be part of our big day. We had been told by so many friends that the day itself would pass in a blur, so we decided to have a whole week of celebrations in order to maximise the time with everyone. So on top of the wedding we organised a Germany v Australia soccer match between our friends, a traditional German Polterabend as well as pre-wedding drinks the night before the wedding. That week we spent with our closest friends and family, eating and drinking, celebrating and laughing, we feel incredibly blessed to have had that extended time together.

Since Nick is a graphic designer and I’m an event manager we knew we wanted to do a lot of the planning and organisation for the big day ourselves. We both had a pretty clear idea what our wedding should be like. We wanted it to be a day to celebrate our love with our closest family and friends, a fun day with good food, good wine and good music. Trying to find the venue from Sydney was the hardest thing of all. My family in Germany were very supportive and went to have a look at venues we liked for us, however none fit our requirements. We wanted somewhere contemporary but with character, somewhere that was cosy and also had an outside area. Finally, one day I found a restaurant online that seemed to tick all the boxes. It was an old converted warehouse with wooden beams, white washed walls, long tables with mismatched chairs, an outside area with big beach chairs and a waterfall. In short, it looked perfect. So my sister and parents went to have a look at it for us. They loved it as much as we loved the pictures and so we booked the venue without having seen it ourselves. I also found our ceremony venue online, a small, 13th century church located on the river Elbe in Dresden, tucked away on the outskirts of Dresden. Sadly the church got badly damaged during a flood just six weeks before the wedding. We were incredibly lucky and managed to find another gorgeous church not too far from our reception venue just four weeks before the wedding. Seeing both the church and the reception venue in person when we arrived in Germany was a big relief. Both venues looked better in reality than on the photos.

I found a lot of inspiration on wedding blogs, as well as Pinterest. Our colour scheme was blush and grey, so from the bridesmaids dresses, the groomsmen outfits, the flowers to the decorations we incorporated those colours everywhere. Nick designed the save the date cards, the invitations, the menus and ceremony booklets. He also made the signs and the table numbers from materials I ordered online. I stamped the name tags and together with our friends we filled the favour bags with sweets. I had sent the restaurant an inspiration board with table and ceiling decorations and they did an absolutely amazing job with it all. We couldn’t have been happier.

Our wedding day was more than we could have ever hoped for. Of course the day went in a blur, from getting ready with our bridesmaids and groomsmen in the morning, to the ceremony which was officiated by the priest that had married my parents, to the beautiful and funny speeches and the late night dancing, but the memories will stay with us forever. We wouldn’t change a thing. We are so incredibly thankful to our friends and family who travelled from all corners of the world to celebrate with us.

Photography: Marlén Mieth | Flowers: Die Blumenbinderei | Dress: Pronovias Barcelona | Cake: Konditorei Gradel | Ceremony Venue: Loschwitzer Kirche | Reception Venue: Elements Deli & Restaurant | Shoes: Jenny Packham No1 | Wedding Bands: Tiffany | Hair & Makeup: Uta Stabler | Accommodation: Westin Bellevue | Groom's Shoes & Suit: Paul Smith

Charming DIY Wedding in Germany

If you’re ready for warm summer evenings and the weddings that come along with them, I’ve got a little preview of the season to come. And with the smiles for days, the happy, beautiful couple and the sweet handmade details, it’s quite the preview. Alison Conklin Photography captured the day which has put a permagrin on every single one of us over at SMP HQ, and here’s why!


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From the stunning bride… We got married on on a warm and sunny Saturday in August in the middle of nowhere, about one hour outside of Cologne, where we live. We felt that the wedding should be authentic and reflect who we are, rather than meet other peoples’ expectations so we kept it simple and personal.

We created a nice setting, making a lot of the details for the wedding ourselves. For place cards, we painted the tips of wooden spoons and tied handwritten name tags to them, to represent our love for good food and so people could use them later and think of us in their everyday lives. I sewed triangle streamers and made a bunch of giant pompoms to decorate the venue. We also put stickers with our wedding logo on 300 Reese’s Pieces and placed some on each guest’s plates, because they are our favorite candy from the US. For the guests who were staying overnight, we stuffed little white paper bags with our favorite gummy bear variations, sealed them with our stickers and put them on each guest’s pillow. The invitations and menu cards were made by a graphic designer, according to our ideas and wishes.

To us, this day was never just about the two of us. We also wanted it to be about our families and friends, because they are the people who matter most to us, and after all, some of them traveled half the world to be with us, since part of my family lives in the US!

My uncle, who is a minister, married us underneath the birch trees in the venue’s garden, in an unforgettable, very personal and emotional ceremony during which we both laughed and cried. On our way out, a friend of ours played the Beatles’ “All You Need is Love” on his electric guitar and sang while we enjoyed shower of rose petals, which my mother and bridesmaid had passed around the guests before the ceremony to surprise us – what a magical moment! And there was yet another surprise: all of a sudden, there were dozens of white and red heart shaped helium balloons, which we let fly. From the first look to the last dance, we enjoyed every second of our wedding and thankfully, we got the wonderful Alison Conklin and her husband Geoff to capture all these wonderful moments for us to remember for years to come!

Photography: Alison Conklin Photography | Floral Design: Local Florist Blumen Adolphs In Hillesheim | Stationary: Nele Byrne Of Daisy Design Studio | Food: Landgut Strumpffabrik | Officiant: Ross Foti | Brides Dress: Jesús Peiro | Wedding Venue: Landgut Strumpffabrik

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