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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!


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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Colorful Fall Germany Wedding at Gut Sonnenhausen

Weddings on SMP set the bar higher and higher each day I swear. Well, the bar on stylish soirees just inched up another notch thanks to this color-infused German wedding captured by Carmen And Ingo Photography. Overflowing with this couple’s personality and style, every image in this gorgeous gallery is like a little peek into their love story, and trust me, it’s one you don’t want to miss. See even more here.


From Carmen and Ingo PhotographyOur relation with the lovely Doreen Winking (Wedding Planer) is almost like in “Dirty Dancing” where “Johnny” enters the room and says: “… I always do the last dance of the season“. Well, almost. But the truth is, that the last three years we always had the pleasure to do our last wedding together with her.

So a few weeks ago it was about time for the “Grande Finale” for 2013. And it was an autumn dream. We first met Vanessa and Jan (and the two sweet kids) at our house for a little meeting. They are such a lovely family and we could not wait for their wedding to come.

Jan is a professional poker player and he is coaching folks who play at the Tv show called “TvTotal Night” on ProSieben and he has been on the show once as well. Doreen had contracted a wonderful team we love to work with and we enjoyed being back at Gut Sonnenhausen at this sunny day.

Vanessa is such a beautiful woman and we almost could not believe how amazing she looked in this beautiful dress from Natascha Wiebking. Jan is a magician himself, he loves cards and mind blowing tricks. Needless to say, he wanted to go for a style with top hat. He indeed was the ringmaster of his own wedding. Brilliant!

Here is to thank you Vanessa and Jan for such a wonderful day and for letting us capture this for you forever. We also thank the whole team for the yet another outstanding experience for our cameras and us. Isn’t this the best styling for a fall wedding you can think of. Really all hats off for this amazing creativity.

Photography: Carmen And Ingo Photography | Wedding Dress: Natascha Wiebking | Flowers: Hörl floral kreativ | Cake: Alma Pasteles | Stationery: Sonja Bührke | Wedding Planner: Doreen Winking | Hair and Make Up: Diana Zwardhoed | DJ: Geschwister Schall | Band: Just fine Trio | Estate: Gut Sonnenhausen

German Countryside Wedding

I’m a sucker for love stories. The tales of chance meetings and unexpected fates. So when I heard about the series of events that brought Sarah and Thorsten together – despite living on opposite ends of the world – I couldn’t help but get swept up in the magic of this quaint countryside wedding all the more. Photographed by Katch Silva, this one story and full gallery you can’t afford to miss.


From Katch Silva Photography…. Sarah and Thorsten got married in a German ‘Landhaus’, an elegant and rustic country house built by German nobility in the vineyards surrounding the village of Beilstein, Germany. The ceremony was on the patio, with the incredible town of Beilstein as the backdrop on one side, and the hills covered with vineyards on the other side. It was a day filled with incredible countryside beauty. Even with certain things going wrong (their wedding rings were lost in shipping the week of the wedding!) nothing could ruin their day. There was a cake and coffee hour right after the ceremony with ten cakes, all homemade by friends and family, plus their official wedding cake. I’ll let Sarah tell you a little more in her own words.

From the couple… We met through an internet search gone awry. I was doing an internship in Germany, posted on a local internet forum with a plea for help after not finding any bike shops that could assist me. He did an unrelated google search regarding bikes, and stumbled on my post. He mailed. Bike was repaired. We took a ride…. A few weeks later (despite being madly in love), I returned to America to finish my studies. We skyped. and skyped. and skyped. 9 months later, I was back in Germany, and 4.5 years later after our fated and unintended discovery of one another, we are planning our wedding.

Her favorite memory: The beautiful aura before and after we gave our vows stands out in my mind. I remember being so overwhelmed with joy and emotion that I couldn’t even speak. The vows were in German and I’m pretty sure I said something incomprehensible, but the feeling of love was so strong that the words weren’t necessary. The pastor then joined our hands, and we were married! As we turned around and saw our collected friends and family who had traveled to share the day with us, it was this perfect moment of unifying love.

Couple’s Advice: Splurge on the things that are most important to you! You’re only going to do this once so go big on whatever element that makes you happy. Also, the only thing that REALLY matters on the day is the bride and groom attending and getting married. The other details aren’t nearly important as you think! Our wedding rings were lost in the mail the week of wedding and initially we were completely devastated. On the day of, however, it was forgotten in the flood of happiness of marrying each other.

Photographer: Katch Silva Photography | Dress: Marchesa | Flowers: Die Kathe | Bride's Shoes: Saint Laurent Paris | Engagement Ring: Saskia Diez | Catering: Hotel Gashof Zum Ochsen | DJ: Jochen Junker | Groom's Attire: Dries Van Noten | Groom's Attire: Dries Van Noten | Dessert: Cafe Weller | Dessert: Cafe Weller | Landhaus: Schloss Beilstein | Wedding Band: Mociun | Wedding Band: Mociun