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A Bavarian Alps Wedding That’ll Take Your Breath Away

For the couple who loves the mountains (they hiked to Everest Base Camp together, so we’d say it’s serious), what better location to say “I do” than in the Bavarian Alps? And clearly the mountain air suits them because this bride in her long sleeve, Rue De Seine gown and this groom in his light blue, Tiger of Sweden suit look absolutely spectacular. In Love by Bina Terré was there to capture the rustic, elegant celebration and every picture takes our breath away.

From In Love by Bina Terré… I wanted to submit a real wedding which took place in the mountains of Germany, in Bavaria. This couple was beyond gorgeous and so in love. They chose this place because they feel home in the mountains, fresh air, grass, and nature (They hiked to the base camp of Mount Everest already!). They planned an outdoor wedding on the grass with an amazing view of the mountains and celebrated their happy day with all their loved ones. It was such an amazing day, and I was so honored to be part of this wedding. 



Photography: Bina Terré | Floral Design: Petra Müller Blumen | Wedding Dress: Rue De Seine | Bride's Shoes: Buffalo | Hair + Makeup: Jessica Schletter | Band: The Swinging Sugar Tones | Groom's Attire: Tiger Of Sweden | Assistance: Arina Fix | Bridal Boutique: Hey Love Munich | Groom's Shoes: Floris van Bommel


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When a Wedding Photographer and Cinematographer Tie the Knot

When you are a wedding photographer + cinematographer like this Bride and Groom, finding just the perfect person to capture your own big day is no easy feat. But with the help of Darya Kamalova, stepping out from behind the lens and celebrating their love went off without a hitch. From insanely beautiful portraits to a crazy cool reception at an industrial loft, see what happens when wedding vendors throw their own beautiful day.

From the Bride… In 2008, we met each other at a comedy festival in Hamburg, and we never would have imagined that we were going to spend the next five years together on the road between Karlsruhe and Cologne. After both of us finished school, we decided to study design in Cologne together and at the same time, we found our first flat. While studying, we did an exchange semester in Budapest, traveled around, and started to work as a filmmaker and photographer on weddings. We have seen so many weddings and have been really inspired by them. After eight years and the proposal in Prague, we knew immediately what we wanted. The challenge was to find the right team, so we looked up not only local vendors in Germany, but also abroad. For example, we found our main photographer in Italy. We did many things by ourselves from the invitations to the wedding gown. But we are also happy that we had such great professionals on our side.

Photographer: Thecablookfotolab | Wedding planner: Max Litvinov & Vlad Bondarenko | Rings: PM Design in Pforzheim | Food: Romanov Catering | DJ: Mielophone | Theatre: Orangerie Theater im Volksgarten | Bridal Jewelry: Laden 13 in Köln | Bridestyling: Ekaterina Zehner | Ceremony wedding dress: Enzoani | Decoration & Floristic: Helene Gutjahr | Groomsuit: CINQUE | Guitar: Sergej Maingardt | Master of ceremony: Max Litvinov & Vlad Bondarenko | Music: MEG Music Entertainment Group | Partydress: by Anna's mum | Weddingcake: Margarita Trofimova | Weddinginvitation: Anuanet Studio

Your Snow White Wedding Dreams Come True – With a Modern Twist!

Eager to reclaim the fairytale castle for the modern Bride, Stefanie Kapra Photography and a team of talented vendors created this stunning wedding inspiration session located on the grounds of a German castle, Althoff Grandhotel Schloss Bensberg. By incorporating romantic elements and tying everything together with light blue, velvet accents – from the Groom’s bow tie to the cake! – they created a light and airy feel for this traditional venue. So head on over to the gallery where all your Snow White wedding dreams will come true!

From Stefanie Kapra PhotographyHistoric castles are one of the unique trademarks of Germany (at one time, Germany was home to more than 25,000 castles and palaces). While not all of them exist anymore, many of these grand buildings have been restored and today make for a perfect wedding venue for the sophisticated and modern Bride, providing a one-of-a-kind backdrop for a luxury wedding. Yet castles are also known to be old-fashioned, dark, dusty, and a bit stiff – not exactly the characteristics a modern Bride is looking for in her wedding venue. Therefore, our amazing team of wedding vendors came together to create a castle wedding inspiration session with a modern twist to show future Brides that a castle wedding can indeed be modern, airy, bright, sophisticated, fun, and glamorous.

The idea was to use traditional materials and items that would typically be found in old castles and tweak them in a way to fit a modern wedding. We therefore chose velvet as our main material, but instead of going with a gaudy gold or heavy dark red color, we opted for a light and modern grey-blue. We incorporated vintage golden elements (for example the trays, perfume bottles, and mirrors), which added a bit of glamour and elegance to the modern palette while tying in the history of the venue.

Beautiful and soft colored flower arrangements were a modern update on old-fashioned red roses. These floral arrangements were put together by Madita in such a dreamy and natural looking way that they looked as if they came right out of a fairytale. Ira and Merle set up a gorgeous table using the historic walls of the castle for the backdrop. Again, soft and light-colored materials were used, and velvet was incorporated in little accents. Last but not least, Ana also did her usual magic with all the stationery items, combining high end materials with modern calligraphy and a one-of-a-kind drawing of Schloss Bensberg to top it all of.

The blue velvet was our one element that tied everything together. From the menus, to the cake, to the Groom’s tie, we subtly incorporated this luxury material in all our beautiful and thoughtfully created details. I then got to capture all this beauty on film with my vintage Contax Film camera – only fitting for this set-up and venue.

From Merle… This styled shoot combines classic, elegant, and modern elements and takes place in a very unique venue in Germany. I was always fascinated by weddings in castles. Therefore I was really happy when we found this beautiful and elegant venue for our shoot. Every little girl’s dream is to marry the love of your life in a venue like the castle Bensberg, which is located on top of a hill and offers a stunning view.

In this shoot, we combine the elegant fabric, velvet, in a modern color, blue. We used this for the decor, flowers, and the wedding cake. The purpose was to give this venue a certain kind of lightness, which is supported by the outdoor table setting, the outdoor ceremony, and the floral arrangements. I am delighted by all the lovely details like the calligraphy wedding stationery that has a drawing of the castle and the directions. This shoot proves how a classic castle wedding can be interpreted in a modern, fresh, but also classy way.



Photography: Stefanie Kapra Photography | Event Planning: Merle Weddings | Floral Design: grace and flowers | Wedding Dress: Emanuel Hendrik | Jewelry: Ehinger Schwarz | Hair + Makeup: Der Brautsalon | Stationery + Calligraphy: Ana Luiza Design & Calligraphy | Groom's Attire: The Bloke | Venue: Althoff Grandhotel Schloss Bensberg | Decor: PomPom Your Life! | Printing: Frese | Pâtisserie: Pâtisserie Petit Paris, Düsseldorf


This Blush Reem Acra Dress is To. Die. For.

Think fancy dresses are only for weddings? Think again. The day you say I do isn’t the only day for twirling and fluffing layers of pretty, oh no, you’ve got anniversaries to look forward to my darlings. Just take a cue from this anni sesh in Germany captured by Michael and Carina. With beauty by Emily Artistry and a to. die. for. blush Reem Acra dress, these two got to release their inner bride and groom all over again.

From Michael and Carina PhotographyThe Schlossresidenz in Ludwigsburg, Germany with its stunning architecture made for the most beautiful backdrop for this dreamy destination anniversary session for our wonderful fellow creative, Emily and her husband. They danced in the historic halls of the palace, it was like a fairy tale! With the entire palace to themselves, it was such a romantic atmosphere. Emily is wearing a blush gown by Reem Acra, which is accented by her soft loose curls. Die Kathe, a wonderful local florist, designed the perfect organic bouquet to go with the look.



Photography: Michael And Carina Photography | Floral Design: Die Kathe | Jewelry: Suz Somersall | Hair and Makeup: Emily Artistry | Calligraphy: Corsivo Calligraphy | Mens Attire: J.Crew | Dress Designer: Reem Acra | Dress Salon: Gossamer | Event Venue: Schlossresidenz Ludwigsburg | Film Lab: Richard Photo Lab

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This Couple Met at the Airport and Married in a Castle

I’m a big believer in fate and in case you aren’t, you might want to read over Amanda and Daniel’s love story. Because these two? Well, the just so happened to find love at the airport and if that doesn’t make you want to brave the lines for TSA, then maybe the fact that their love story came full circle at a castle in Germany will. Complete with Kibogo Photography, it’s a fairytale ending that’s just waiting for you to unfold in The Vault!

From Kibogo PhotographyAmanda and Daniel’s elegant wedding was everything wedding dreams are made of. Even from their serendipitous first meeting (in an airport no less!) all the way from their fairytale wedding in a German castle….

This beautiful couple currently resides in California but decided to marry in this incredible castle named Schloss Kronberg as groom Daniel and his family are originally from here. This castle felt like a dream – in fact, it felt almost like a Tuscan villa. Every moment was memorable, but what I remembered the most was the beautifully emotional moments, especially between the bride and father of the bride. Be sure to take a good look at the sweet moments between the two, there was not a single dry eye.

Photography: Kibogo Photography | Floral Design: Schleierkraut | Wedding Dress: JLM Couture, Inc | Cake: Cupolicious | Stationery: Cheree Berry Paper | Ceremony Venue: St. Johann’s Church | Reception Venue: Schlosshotel Kronberg | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Rings: Shane Co. | Rings: Elizabeth Diamond Company | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Donna Morgan | Hair + Makeup: Karolina Venditti | Groom's Attire: Bloomingdales | DJ + Band: Kampowski Music | Decor: Schleierkraut | Groom's Bow Tie: Ralph Lauren | Groom's Shoes: To Boot NY | Photography - Assistance: Bruna Guerra | Styling Silk + Ribbon: Seidenband

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This Intimate Wedding Proves That Bigger Isn’t Always Better

Theresa and Klaus have officially convinced us that cozy, intimate weddings are bar none the best. For not only was their relaxed, emotional and incredibly beautiful affair every photographers dream (just ask Ashley Ludaescher!), but Theresa also wore an altered version of her mother’s wedding dress. To say that it was perfection would be putting it lightly, see for yourself in The Vault!

From Ashley LudaescherKlaus and Theresa’s wedding was one that beautifully represented everything I love about weddings and why I feel so blessed to be a wedding photographer. Their intimate wedding was relaxed, emotional and incredibly beautiful. It was a photographer’s dream at two incredibly stunning venues in Potsdam, outside of Berlin, Germany. Yet even with all the stunning details, the wedding was truly about Theresa and Klaus and their love and commitment. I was moved to tears documenting the tenderness between them and their intense love for one another.

Theresa had her mother’s wedding dress altered for her civil wedding ceremony and I loved the effortless and chic look combined with her crown braid. Their ceremony location, Belvedere on the Pfingstberg, was built in 1863 by King Frederick William IV and offers exquisite views of Potsdam and the surrounding forest and lakes. After the intimate civil ceremony, guests were served champagne and cake atop a boat which toured the nearby Wannsee and the connecting lakes. It was the perfect way to escape the heat on what was one of the hottest days of the summer. Afterwards dinner was served as the sun set in the lakeside garden of Kleines Schloss Babelsberg. It was such a beautiful day and they were the sweetest couple to work with.

Photography: Ashley Ludaescher Photography | Floral Design: Botanic Art Floral And Event Design | Ceremony Venue: Belvedere on the Pfingstberg | Reception Venue: Kleines Schloss Park Babelsberg | Hair + Makeup: Lena Schleweis


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Raise Your Glass Because this German Wedding is Worth Toasting

Thanks to an Oktoberfest adventure while studying abroad, I tend to associate Germany (specifically Munich) with lederhosen and steins of beer. But with this summer wedding, I can now associate the country with lots of pretty. Yes, there’s lederhosen and beer, but there’s also a beautiful ceremony and sunset portraits in a wheat field. See it all from Michael And Carina Photography in The Vault!

From Michael And Carina PhotographyElke and Max are high school sweethearts. Their wedding took place in the middle of summer in the German countryside near Munich. They said their vows in a historic airy town hall with high vaulted ceilings and subtle gold tones. We spent the sunset running across wheat fields. When the sun had set, everyone celebrated the night away in a historic German Inn, with good food and beer – of course!

Photography: Michael And Carina Photography | Floral Design: Bluetezeit Neufahrn | Wedding Dress: Dimitra Brautmode | Invitations: Artoz | Ceremony Venue: Standesamt Ismaning | Reception Venue: Hotel Landgasthof Hofmeier | Bride's Shoes: Vera Sposa | Jewelry: Vintage | Catering: Hotel Landgasthof Hofmeier | Hair + Makeup: Schoenmich | DJ: Richard Baumann | Favors: Guzzie Bonbon Manufaktur | Groom's Attire: Hirmer Herrenmode | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Hair Accessories: Handmade & Vintage | Piano Music: Clarin Merk

The Ultimate “Bucket List” Anniversary Celebration in Munich

There’s a saying I’ve heard recently that I find to be SO true. Want to hear it? Falling in love is all about the little moments, and Bo and Sydney? Well, they’ve got a whole lot of it. Celebrating their anniversary in style, this sweet pair jet set off to Munich to mark this dreamy destination off their bucket list and can we just say – #anniversarygoals? See in The Vault!

From Michael and Carina Photogrpahy… Bo and Sydney fulfilled one of their bucket list wishes by traveling to Germany for their anniversary. We spend the morning discovering the little side streets of Munich, a majestic city with beautiful architecture and pastel colors.
We walked around the main part of the city, but hardly anyone was there this early. We had the city all to ourselves and enjoyed getting lost in its history. Sydney’s flowy dress fit the color scheme beautifully.

Photography: Michael And Carina Photography | Dress: Billy Ella | Shoes: Asos | Film Lab: Richard Photo Lab

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.

Photography: Katja Schünemann | Cinematography: Luminance Wedding Films | Floral Design: Blumen Dollinger | Cake: Hale Koa phineas Estate | Ceremony Venue: Stadtkirche St. Johannes Und St. Martin | Reception Venue: Burg Abendberg Castle | Hair + Makeup: Friseur Niveau - Hairstyling Mit Klasse | Fire Artist: Markus Just

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.

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.

Photography: Ashley Ludaescher Photography | Coordination: Nathalie Schmitz | Floral Design: Mary Lennox | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Catering: Culinarium | Groom's Attire: Z by Zegna | Venue: Landgut Stober | Groom's Shoes: Burberry

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.

Photography: Ashley Ludaescher Photography | Cinematography: Vision On Fire | Event Planning: Doreen Winking | Floral Design: Julia Hörl | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Stationery: Sonja Bührke | Reception Venue: Prinzregententheater Munchen | Bride's Shoes: Stuart Weitzmen | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Tory Burch | Hair + Makeup: Zuzanna Grabias | Groom's Attire: Xuits Munich | Desserts: Sweet Diva | Groom's Shoes: Bally | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Buchscharner Seewirt

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Intimate Wedding Inspiration in Germany at Schloss Auel

This stunning dose of inspiration captured beautifully by Kibogo Photography reads like a list of all of my favorite things. Stunning florals and design from Gutjahr Dekoration, a Jenny Packham wedding gown (enough said), and lovely signage from Laura Hooper Calligraphy – it’s honestly image after image of the best kind of pretty, and you can head to the VAULT for even more.

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From Kibogo PhotographyThis was the editorial shoot at my wedding photography related workshop. We were a small group, which I wanted so I was able to give each attendee enough attention they needed. The idea behind the styled shoot design was, since it’s late autumn and winter is right in front of us, escaping winter by just sailing away far away where the sun is ;) Yes, I know we were not at the beach but thats the point. The venue Schloss Auel, where we were is a perfect location for small intimate weddings where you can have the ceremony just right under the tree in front of a small pond. The reception can be held either indoors or when the weather is right outdoors as well. For more ideas about how to celebrate your wedding there visit their website;)

And my very dear Friend Helene Gutjahr was the genius who put the whole design into reality with the florals and Sonja with the stationery!!

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Photography: Kibogo Photography | Cinematography: Christian Schmeichel Film & Photography | Floral Design: Helene Gutjahr | Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham | Stationery: Sonja Bührke | Bride's Shoes: Aldo | Rings: Olivia Ewing | Hair + Makeup: Sara Menebroecker | Venue: Schloss Auel | Behind the scene Photos: Irene Fiedler | Brass Glass Box: Nkuku | Bridal Boutique: The White Dress Company | Cake + Macaroons: Dehly & Desander | Compass (Mr & Mrs) + Signage: Laura Hooper Calligraphy | Corals on table: Zara Home | Cufflings: The Beauty Spot | Cutlery: Zara Home | Earrings: Poetry Designs Jewellery | Film Processing: The Find Lab | Grey Blanket: Deko & Lifestyle Bonn | Hair Accessories + Veil: SIBO Designs | Leather Bags: Kibogo Shop | Napkins: Strauss Innovation | Plates: Rosenthal | Ribbon: Silk and Willow | Ring Box: The Mrs Box | Sail away with me - sign: Markus Krahn | Table Cloth: Helene Gutjahr | Wooden Board + Cristal Bottles: Impressionen

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Elegant Midcentury-Inspired Beach Elopement

Taking a cue from the iconic style of the 1960s, this German couple said “I Do” in a chic midcentury mod-inspired beach elopement. With the famous Hotel Neptun hosting the reception, the Bride’s YSL little white dress, a beautiful cake from Dilekerei and flowers in Pantone’s 2016 colors of the year, everything about this day is gorgeous. See it all from Katja Scherle Festtagsfotografien in THE VAULT!

From Katja Scherle Festtagsfotografien….Dear SMPers, I know you’re always looking for something different and I think this may be one of those weddings. This big city couple wanted to elope and get married at the Baltic Sea where they met and fell in love during law school. But they didn’t want the typical beach wedding, they were looking for something modern, fun, yet elegant. As a venue they chose the famous Hotel Neptun, a 1960s midcentury building that has beautiful architectural features – like the appearance of a sail boat when you look at it from a certain angle. And from that modern midcentury vibe their whole wedding style developed: they opted for modern geometric stationery, designed by Jungrad Design. The bride chose an elegant and fun YSL 1960s style wedding dress and went for a more dramatic 1960s style make up done by Lena Schleweis. When they exited the local city hall they were even greeted with geometric hexagon shaped golden confetti!

Those confetti also found their way onto their beautifully styled tables in a Hotel Neptun private room – where they enjoyed a delicious five course lunch with twelve of their closest family members and friends. Up on the 12th floor with a beautiful view – of course the bride thought of cute little telescopes for their guests.

Regarding their wedding colors they were ahead of time: In tune with Pantone’s new colors for 2016 their beautiful lush florals (by Botanic Art) were designed in soft pink and blue hues – just as their wedding cake: Its stunning lace pattern was hand painted by cake designer Dilekerei, matching the lace pattern on the bride’s dress and the flowers in her bouquet.

In the end all the colors perfectly matched the colours of the ocean on that sunny day. The sea and the beach played a big role on their day – in a maritime elopement done in a whole new way.

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Photography: Katja Scherle | Photography: Katja Scherle | Floral Design: Botanic Art Floral And Event Design | Wedding Dress: Tribut Ives Saint Laurent | Cake: dilekerei | Stationery: Jungrad Design | Bride's Shoes: Oscar De La Renta | Rings: Cartier | Hair + Makeup: Lena Schleweis | Venue: Hotel Neptun | Cookies: dilekerei | Film Processing: Carmencita Film Lab

Romantic Rustic Wedding in an Old Monastry

This wedding is what we like to call a fairytale ending. How so? Well, just read this sweet pair’s love story and you’ll see how their nuptials could easily be the next blockbuster romance, and we’ve got a gallery to inspire it all. Straight from the lens of Kibogo Photography this is one romantic day you won’t want to miss. So, get started on that screenplay and see it all unfold in THE VAULT!

From Kibogo PhotographyI met this couple 2 years ago at the wedding of their cousin, not knowing they were planing to get engaged and married soon ;) So when I got an email that they got engaged and wanted to book me for their wedding I was more than happy to be part of their journey and big day.

From The Bride…We actually went to the same school. I finally got his number from his cousin, this was after many other failed trials, and finally I wrote to him. After a few SMS texts we met and had some ice cream sometime in the middle of 2003. At that time Arthur was no longer in school, but he was preparing for his undergraduate studies. We really enjoyed that day but a few days later he just suddenly backed off and for about one year he never kept in touch.

In 2004 as my girlfriends and I, just before attending a Prom, decided to go and watch a local football match, where the boyfriend of one of my girlfriends was playing. Coincidentally Arthur was also playing in that match and, he looked my way, saw me and unluckily he scored goal, still he didn’t make any effort to contact me.

The girlfriend of Arthurs brother spoke to me in school and asked me why we stopped contacting each other and this got on my nerves since I myself did not know the reason why. I gave her my number and funny enough sooner than I had thought Arthur contacted me.

We met a few times, went skating, went to the movies, watched DVDs together etc. on the 24th of July in 2004 we had our first kiss and the beginning of our relationship.

They both love old barns and dream of having their own one day. Thats why they choose this location. Most of the small wooden and painted details you see in this wedding are handmade by the groom’s mom. She is an artist and hand painted all the Matroschkas you see on the table. Matroschkas are russian wooden dolls:)

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Photography: Kibogo Photography | Event Design: Irina Thiessen | Floral Design: Müller Theissen Floristik, Bonn | Wedding Dress: Pure By Elia Moreni | Cake: Café Zum Mohren | Rings: Michaela Roemer | Groom's Attire: The Bloke | Venue: Kloster Graefenthal | Bride's Earrings: Christ | Coffee: Coffee-Bike | Rentals: The White Rabbit | Ribbon: Fleuropean

Elegant + Fun Innercity Elopement in Berlin

Can we just discuss how adorable this duo is? I mean, for starters that tutu skirt needs to be in my closet ASAP, and that Vespa getaway? Don’t even get me started, because honestly I could go on forever discussing how much I love this Berlin elopement from Katja Scherle Festtagsfotografien. It’s festive meets fabulous, and lucky for us because we’re unlocking every moment vicariously in THE VAULT!

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From Katja Scherle FesttagsfotografienThis is a beautiful little wedding shoot that is coming to you from Berlin, Germany. It’s actually a real wedding, the gorgeous couple had their civil wedding in September. The beautiful bride is a wedding photographer herself and wanted something different and fun. She decided on a Marsala colour scheme as a contrast to so many pink and pastel color schemes she had seen herself. She still managed to pull off a fun, youthful and divinely feminine wedding look. Hurriyet Bulan of Botanic Art created an equally lovely bridal bouquet matching their theme – and she provided the couple with a beautiful ornament for their stylish wedding Vespa.

This Vespa is not a prop, by the way. It was actually driven on the wedding day and something the groom wished for – he had been an avid Vespa driver for many years.

We met on the evening of their wedding day for a little inner city elopement session with an almost Parisian chic look. The two are highschool sweethearts and you could on the one hand really feel the closeness they shared after so many years together. And on the other hand the giddyness they felt that they actually did it – they finally tied the knot.


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Photography: Katja Scherle | Floral Design: Botanic Art Floral And Event Design

Romantic Munich Sunrise Wedding Inspiration

I just may be printing out every single one of these pics by Michael and Carina Photography; they’re so captivating, I want to put them up in my office (and my bedroom… and my living room) to continue to soak up their simple yet stunning beauty. Munich is downright magical in these early morning sneak peeks and this gallery just got bookmarked for many more future visits.

From Michael and Carina Photography… For the first time I am sending you a shoot from my hometown. Munich, Germany is one of those places that just leaves you speechless. Its architecture is stunning and its old, yet modern feel, is unique. I am excited to share this inspirational shoot in the center of Munich with you and hope you fall in love with the images and the city just the same.

When the sun rises over a city with this much history, character and beauty, and all the streets are still empty, something magical happens. As the marble of Munich’s architecture reflects on two lovers, it is quiet in a city that usually bustles with people. The two are walking past Odeonsplatz, to the Hofgarten, where magical gazebos and towering arches lend themselves as beautiful frames. Soft colors and intricate textures in both materials, florals, colors and architecture are at the center of this inspirational shoot in Germany. Dreamy and minimalistic.

Photography: Michael And Carina Photography | Floral Design: Blumenhaus Ertl | Wedding Dress: Gossamer | Jewelry: Auer Dult | Venue: Victoria Albert Bridge | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab

Fun-Filled Engagement Session at the Fair in Germany

Darling and fun, this sweet-as-they-come session from Kibogo Photography makes me smile from ear to ear, and its certain to do the same for you. With the vibrant backgrounds of the fair rides and this couple’s obvious love for each other, you can’t not be happy looking at this gallery.

From Kibogo PhotographyLydia and Seif are a super cute and fun couple. They used to meet with friends at “Pützchens Markt” in Bonn, which is a traditional funfair happening every year in september. Thats where they were introduced to each other and something started to sparkle….You can smell roasted almonds and suggar cotton from far and hard to resist when passing by. These two love birds met and fell in love in bonn, thats why they chose this place for their portrait session to remember the times and moments when they met went out together.

Photography: Kibogo Photography | Shoes: Zara | Jewelry: Accessorize | Bangle: Thomas Sabo | His Jeans: Review Fashion | His Shirt: H&M | Location: Pützchens Markt | Pink Jacket : Gerry Weber

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Elegant, Wine-Inspired Inspiration Shoot

Soaked in wine-toned hues with hints of gold for good measure, this dreamy inspiration shoot beautifully captured by Belathee Photography is dripping with gorgeous. With florals from Flora Nova that will leave you speechless, stunning stationery from Izzy Girl and cakes from Judy Tallant that are just about as pretty as they get – this gallery is simply beyond lovely.


From Belathee PhotographyChristiane and I ​both grew up in Germany near this beautiful 800 year old monastery, which nowadays ​has turned into ​a popular wedding location for ​sophisticated couples​ from all over the world

​The ​”Kloster Eberbach ​” ​is located in ​a ​well known German wine growing region ​called ” ​Rheingau​”​ – it’s main function today evolves around wine: the history of wine making, the selling and tasting of regional wines​ and ​​therefore we chose ​a gold wine goblet as ​a ​repeating element throughout ​the settings. The goblet was not only used as part of each place setting but it was also featured on the lucite stationery: invitation, menu cards, and place cards.

For the style​d​ shoot Christiane wanted to combine the old with the new ​by using elements like modern ​ghost chairs next to antique wooden tables, lucite menu cards and place cards next to antique candle holders, bold gold sequin linens next to vintage flatware. All in the grand setting of the old monks’ dormitories featuring tall stone curved ceilings. ​The florals were based around the color of the year ​ ​“Marsala” as we felt that ​the colors fit perfectly with the deep red painted arches of the grand dormitory.

​Our style​d​ shoot at Kloster Eberbach was a dream come true for ​both of us and we had thought about it since we first found out we were from the same region in Germany.​Working at this gorgeous location and show off its unique beauty combined ​our childhood with ​our current careers in the wedding industry. ​One of the highlights was to have our local relatives stop by and see us ” in action”.

​We chatted about how fun it would be for Germany to be “discovered “as new and unique place to get married.. we love Italy and France but we think there is room for new neighbors ! After talking to local wedding vendors we found out that a lot of younger german couples are looking for a new and fresh way to ” set the table” while yet remaining true to many local traditions. Turns out they often seek inspiration through international wedding blogs such as Style me Pretty !

Photography: Belathée Photography | Floral Design: Flora Nova Design | Wedding Dress: Carousello | Cake: Tallant House | Stationery: izzy girl | Wedding Venue: Kloster Eberbach | Linens: Choice Linens | Rentals: Party Rent

3 DIY Floral Hair Recipes For Spring

When it comes to hair inspiration, I’m all for sprinkling soft curls with pretty blooms. It adds the sweetest touch of romance to a bride’s look and not to mention, incredibly gorgeous for spring and summer soirees. Lucky us, Ashley Ludaescher, Lena Schleweis and Botanic Art Floral & Event Design teamed up to bring some petal-perfected styles that knock it out of the park. Keep reading for the step-by-step details!

From Ashley Ludaescher PhotographyI planned a floral beauty shoot together with hair and makeup stylist Lena Schleweis & floral designer Hurriyet Bulan. We LOVE seeing our brides with beautiful flowers in their hair, but we wanted to create an inspiration that was a bit different than the oh so popular flower crown. We had so much fun putting together these different looks and we hope they inspire you to mix up the flowers in your hair on your wedding day! Here are some details about each look and how to recreate them:


This hair pin is created with garden roses, a few leaves of boston fern and accents of blue viburnum berries.

1. Each rose head should be wired and taped with floral tape.

2. Once the roses are prepped, you start adding the single leaves of fern and continue to tie them one by one with the floral tape.

3. Keep adding more roses and some of the viburnum berries until you achieve the size that complements the hair style.


This floral crown is created with mini succulents, a few boston fern leaves, blue viburnum berries & sweet peas.

1. To create this floral crown you need a long wire.

2. To get the desired look , you start by bending the wire the way it will be pinned in the hair. We chose an “S” shaped design that wrapped around the crown of the head and encompassed the loose updo.

3. Once the wire is taped up in floral tape, you can start hot gluing the mini succulents then the viburnum berries and leaves, leaving the sweet pea for last, as their petals are very delicate.


This floral pin is created with black dahlias, blue viburnum berries, ‘Black Knight’ Queen Anne’s Lace and feathers. The oblong floral pin is created in the same way as the rose pin.

1. Here you also wire the dahlia heads first and start adding each item one by one.

2. Keep taping them together with floral tape until the prefect size is reached.

3. The feathers were dotted with hot glue and placed to the desired spot.

Photography: Ashley Ludaescher Photography | Floral Design: Botanic Art Floral And Event Design | Hair & Makeup: Lena Schleweis

Intimate Spring German Wedding

I drove through the German countryside this past summer and the picture perfect little towns that I saw looked straight out of a magazine, so this destination wedding was a really lovely flashback. Lauren Kinsey photographed this beautifully elegant, intimate wedding, complete with rustic floral crowns, bratwursts and one beaming couple. Indulge in your wanderlust right here.

From Lauren Kinsey Fine Art Wedding Photography… We were so completely honored to be asked to photograph Ben & Annika’s wedding in Germany. Annika is a photographer and graphic designer based out of Atlanta, so every detail of her wedding was beautifully and well planned out. The wedding day was nothing short of magical. Little touches included Annika’s mother hand making all the linen table runners, Annika’s mother-in-law did all the floral design, and Annika even designed her own gown and her invitations herself! Both Ben and Annika are from Germany, and when it came to choosing a wedding location, they decided to marry in their family church with the reception near the art district in Worpswede, which is world famous for its beautiful light, attracting artists from all parts of the world.

The night before the wedding, we celebrated at Ben’s family home with homemade bratwursts prepared by Ben’s father, complete with the traditional plate smashing for good luck at the end of the evening.

Photography: Lauren Kinsey Fine Art Weddings | Venue: Private Residence