Say “I Do” in an Austrian Castle

High Emotion Weddings is on a mission to showcase the many beautiful options for weddings in Austria, and this princess-worthy editorial photographed by Daniela Porwol is but one! The concept was inspired by the words written by the heir-apparent to the Austro-Hungarian empire in the late 18th century to his wife: “I would do anything for you. I will forever love you!” Romantic, right? From the gorgeous castle venue, Schoss Eckartsau (the home of the very same heir-apparent) to the contributions of many talented Austrian vendors, we cannot help but get swept up in this fairytale shoot.

I chose a beautiful baroque castle, about one hour drive from Vienna, to show couples one of the different options this beautiful country has to offer when it comes to celebrating love in a romantic, luxury setting. This time I decided to create an exquisite love story in a history-filled imperial jewel: Schloss Eckartsau. We were inspired by the love story of Franz Ferdinand – the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne – and Sophie Chotek, and a letter he wrote to her in this castle, ending with this beautiful words:

“I would do anything for you. I will forever love you!”

We chose to immortalize these words on leather and incorporated leather from Mike’s Creative Factory, beautifully calligraphed by Tintenfuchs, into our stationery concept, in remembrance of the castle also being a hunting chateau for the imperial family. We decided on a blush, brown, and copper color palette at dinner, with pops of coral and orange to adorn that majestic staircase. Our bride, wearing an amazing peach and crème beaded dress by Ukrainian designer Oksana Mukha and matching headpieces by Viennese designer Edita Rosenrot, takes us on a trip to a previous century, when ladies were strolling through the castle park whispering poems of love behind lacy parasols and fans.

Photography: Daniela Porwol Artful Weddings | Cinematography: Cinerava | Event Planning: High Emotion Weddings | Floral Design: PONK Rentals | Wedding Dress: Oksana Mukha | Wedding Cake: Betty's Bakery | Reception Venue: Eckartsau | Hair + Makeup: Adriana Holban Make-up Artist | Calligraphy: Tintenfuchs | Groom: Marino Kriftner | Groom's Attire: Brautsalon Flossmann | Bow Tie + Hankie: STRAUB Vienna | Bride: Tempo Models | Headpieces: Edita Rosenrot | Leather Stationery: Mike's Factory | Parasol: Delicouswedding | Tableware: J.&L. Lobmeyr