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Romantic Germany Barn Wedding

Slightly boho and ever so dreamy, this barn fete set in Germany and captured beautifully by Ashley Ludaescher is making me blush ten shades. From the perfect pink peony bouquet to the Bride’s darling Rosa Clara dress to the oh-so-romantic barn-set tablescapes, it’s no wonder I’m head over heels. Peek at the pretty gallery for even more.


From Ashley LudaescherThis wedding was definitely one of my favorites of the year. Franzi and Dominik are not only the sweetest couple and so madly in love, they are both super creative and have a fabulous sense of style. It was a truly a DIY wedding done right. The details were beautiful and looked professional, yet were all handmade. While the event was gorgeous with so many sweet little details, the main focus was on the love and commitment of Franzi and Dominik and making sure all of their guests had “the best day ever”.

The bride’s family owns a hotel in the Bavarian countryside. As they have hosted parties there her entire life, she wanted the wedding to be a bit different experience for all of their guests. They hosted the cocktail hour in the garden of the hotel and then asked all of their guests to take a balloon and follow them down the road. The guests were all blown away when they saw what Franzi and Dominik had turned the old barn into. They served cocktails out of a truck bed, had a teepee for lounging during the cocktail hour, and the groom made the coolest photobooth stand from reclaimed wood for guests to enjoy. The floral centerpieces and bridal bouquet were created by Blumenbett in Berlin and the bride purchased 1300 flowers from the flower market including “Sarah Bernhardt” Peonies, English roses, garden roses and baby’s breath, which decorated the barn and garden. Her mother created the floral arch at the entrance of the church from peonies and baby’s breath. The church was the same church that both Franzi’s parents and grandparents also tied the knot in, and was such a beautiful space. They drove in her mama’s cute old VW Beetle decorated with flowers to and from the church.

A little feedback from the bride Franzi (that makes me blush): After lots of research on various blogs was pretty clear that Ashley is the perfect photographer for our wedding. She has the perfect eye for details. Ashley and Andreas’s love and attentive nature to their work made ​​our day even more perfect. Our wedding photos are simply amazing. Our wedding as a whole was truly the best day ever.

Photography: Ashley Ludaescher Photography | Floral Design: Blumenbett | Wedding Dress: Rosa Clara | Reception Venue: Ostermaier's Waldeck | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Rings: Cartier | Hair: Hale Koa phineas Estate | Band: Edward Wade | Groom's Attire: Burberry | Veil: Emmerling

Festive Photo Shoot in Germany

Complete with caroling, cookies, and cocoa this piece of pretty from Tanja Kibogo is pure holiday magic. It’s layers of beautiful styling from Helene Gutjahr Decoration, upon layers of cookies and Lilli Fritz cakes, upon layers of just plain pretty. One peek at the gallery and you will be wishing the holidays happened more than once a year, more here!

From Tanja Kibogo… The holiday season is typically very hectic in Germany, everyone seems to be busy and tense – quiet the opposite of how the Christmas season should be!
Which is why my friend Helene Gutjahr from Helene Gutjahr Decoration and I came up with a Christmas themed couple portrait session to remind ourselves and everyone out there to take a break and spend time together. Taking time to enjoy decorating your home consciously, bake cookies together, be thankful for all the good things in life, for the gift of love and being loved in return.

The Venue is a private Farm, and the owner was so kind enough to let us in and do whatever we wanted with his trees. He stayed and watched our shoot and had fun seeing his fir Farm get decorated.

Photography: Kibogo Photography | Styling & Design: Helene Gutjahr | Cake: Lilli Fritz | Hair & Makeup: Natalia Kramer | Headband: H&M | Her Cardigan: TK Maxx | Her Scarf: TK Maxx | His Cardigan: Mango | Red Coat: Zara

Germany Wedding Inspiration: Clean + Classic + Elegant

I am lucky enough to call Germany home, and I don’t take it’s beauty for granted in the least (it’s so gorgeous) but even I was floored by this shoot from Kibogo Photography. Along with a team of ridiculously talented pros, they were able to capture the old world beauty of Deutschland and boil it down to it’s most sincere elements, creating wedding inspiration I fully expect to take over Pinterest!

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From Kibogo PhotographyI am so excited to share our wedding inspiration shoot that we did in Germany at the Grandhotel Steigenberger Koenigswinter. The hotel is an elegant and unique spot — located on a mountain called Petersberg and looks like a castle. Its bright and beautiful rooms inspired us to do an elegant wedding inspiration shoot there for local and international brides who are looking for unique locations here in Germany. I gathered a whole bunch of creative people on the boat and we started designing the shoot.

We wanted the wedding inspiration shoot to be clean, clasic, elegant. The color theme was peach/rosé and menthe with silver. Peonies, white flowers, breathtaking stationery and three gowns from Jenny Packham were the highlight on that day! Not to mention that we had the whole presidential suite to get ready and style the bride and groom in! We started with a few getting ready images for the “groom” and a few boudoir images for the “bride” which I totally adore! We then proceeded to shoot some portraits outdoors with an oldtimer (blue Audi) — being oh-so careful with the gown!

While the “bride” changed into another dress I shoot the details of table, stationery, cake, jewellery, rings, cufflings, shoes, bow ties, groom with cake, table of “reception”, and the cake table. Before we headed with the couple to the tables, I took some portraits of them alone plus details of their attire.

After some images at the table with the couple we headed to the big hall where they usually hold big wedding for some dancing photos as a wrap up for the day. That room/hall has an amazing view towards the big river called Rhein. Oposite on the other side of the river you can see another castle (Dragon-castle).

We did this inspiration shoot to show potentional couples how they could celebrate their wedding at a venue such as this. Not many know about the amazing venue since it’s up on a mountain. You can have an indoor ceremony there since it has a small church beside the main building or you can have an outdoor wedding on the big terrace next to the presidential suite. Outdoors is a lovely park to take walks or just sit on one of the many terraces and enjoy the breathtaking view!

Photography: Kibogo Photography | Videography: Marco Dueck Films | Wedding Planner: Doreen Winking | Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham | Cake: Alma Pasteles | Stationery: A Creative Affair | Brides Shoes: Spartoo | Bow Ties: Hale Koa phineas Estate | Wedding Venue: Steigenberger Grandhotel Petersberg | Brides Shoes - Peach: Sarenza | Chocolates: Silvia Roenn - Gaumentraum | Decor + Floral Design: Helene Gutjahr | Earrings: Poetry Designs Jewellery | Grooms Shoes: Schuhhaus Raaf | Grooms Suits: Herr Von Eden | Hair & Make Up: Maskenraum Christina | Headpiece: Jannie Baltzer | Jewellery Of Bride: Jenny Packham | Oldtimer: Autohaus Seiler | Photography - Assistance: Katharina Sparwasser | Sequin Table Cloth: Mylk Honey | Wedding Gown Boutique: The White Dress Company | Wedding Rings + Cufflings: Michaela Roemer

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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.

From RebeccaMarie Photography…  RebeccaMarie started learning about photography at the age of fifteen and excelled from there working alongside some of the best in the business, since 2004. Destination travel is a deep passion of hers and so is love. RebeccaMarie believes in combining the two, to capture your love story and has had the opportunity to travel internationally throughout her career.

RebeccaMarie Photography has been published numerous times together with her international friend Isabelle Kline Design, producing beauty through each image.  Her style has been known to be organic, vintage, ethereal and romantic.  A lover of travel and meeting new people.

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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.


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: Marlen Mieth | Flowers: Die Blumenbinderei | Dress: Pronovias | Cake: Konditorei Gradel | Ceremony Venue: Loschwitzer Kirche | Reception Venue: Elements Deli & Restaurant | Shoes: Debenhams | Wedding Bands: Tiffany & Co. | Hair & Makeup: Uta Stabler | Accommodation: Westin Bellevue | Groom's Shoes & Suit: Paul Smith

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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: Papier & Feder | Food: Landgut Strumpffabrik | Officiant: Ross Foti | Wedding Venue: Landgut Strumpffabrik | Brides Dress: Jesus Peiro

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 Planner: Doreen Winking | Flowers: Julia Hörl | Wedding Dress: Natascha Wiebking | Cake: Alma Pasteles | Stationery: Sonja Bührke | 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 | Flowers: Die Kathe | Dress: Marchesa | Bride's Shoes: Tribut Ives Saint Laurent | 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

Whimsical DIY Wedding in Freiburg, Germany from Britta Schunck

Every now and then I need a good ol’ dose of whimsy in my day. And this European affair, my dears, will do just the trick! It’s filled to the gills with DIY pretty and Britta Schunck didn’t miss a beat. To see even more of these two love bugs and their oh so happy day, head over here.

From BrittaThis DIY-wedding topped everything that I have EVER seen before. Everything, and I mean everything, was made by the couple: the beautiful wedding dress was designed by the bride herself, even the wedding floor was built by the couple – plus, of course, all the decoration (and there was plenty of deco!) was made by the couple. The creative couple (she works at a theatre, he is an art director and graphic designer) did all the beautiful stationery as well. The save the dates and the wedding invitations that the couple had sent me before the wedding were already so extraordinary and so beautiful, that I was even scared to open the knitted envelope… and the rest of the stationery even topped that.

There were so many awesome details at this wedding (like the cuff links with the couples initials made of typewriter keys, the VW coffea van or the menus with a Polish-German language course on the back or the self-made-tablecloths and napkins – that I could talk hours about this wedding. The couple collected so much vintage china at fleamarkets, that they started their own crockery hire just after their wedding ~ Retter der Tafelrunde

From the Bride… We did everything ourselves: We sewed 90 meters of bunting and the back drop for the bar, made tons of pom poms and garlands, painted vases, made candle holders out of jars, collected vintage coffee pots, drawers, window frames, keys, doilies and books and incorporated many things from our home to create a nice vintage atmosphere. I sewed all the tablecloths and napkins and dyed them; all the vintage china was collected by us over months. I was lucky to be able to borrow all the pretty furniture from the theater I work at.

My husband created some lawn games for the guests (all DIY). There were blankets and pillows in the garden for those who wanted to relax. My husband set up a photo booth and vintage cameras which could be used by the guests. Instead of one guest book we had three, each with a different topic, and guest were invited to write, print, draw… My husband collected, printed and framed old family photos and set up a little portrait gallery of those who couldn’t be with us. One of the photos shows my grandparents on their wedding day. We also created all the decorations in the church. I tied white fabric and lace ribbons around the benches and attached paper flowers. The ceremony programs had vintage handkerchiefs in them (for happy tears). Instead of rice there was lavender for the guests to throw.

All the paper goods were designed and printed at home by my husband and me. We created the invitation suite, menus with a Polish-German language course on the back, ceremony booklets, escort cards and different signs. We designed the patterns for the envelope liner, the invitations, the menus and escort cards and printed all of them by hand. The main pattern was inspired by traditional Polish paper cutting designs. We mixed in polka dots, chevron and triangles to keep it modern. We worked with craft paper and paper in ivory and light pink. I taught myself a bit of calligraphy – the invites, escort cards and name tags were hand written. All of the paper goods had to be both in German and Polish.

Wedding Favors
Our guests were treated to vanilla extract that we made. They also got to take home little jars with succulents my husband had grown and little felt heart brooches I had sewn.

The Wedding Cake
I decided to bake the wedding cake myself. It was a lemon-coconut cake with homemade Lemon Curd and fresh raspberries, frosted with Swiss butter cream and homemade raspberry sugar. My wonderful sister-in-law baked several cakes and tons of mini cupcakes! I baked cake pops as well. The cake toppers for all the cakes were a DIY.

The Wedding Gown
I designed my wedding dress and had it sewn by a seamstress from the theater I work at. I wanted something that was simple but with a twist; I added some color by mixing layers of ivory and apricot tulle and putting on a rose-colored sash for the reception. I hand-embroidered the organza top that I wore over the dress during the ceremony.I also made my veil, my hair piece and my necklace (incorporating pearls my mom gave me).

The Flowers
The flowers were also a DIY project. I made my own bouquet using roses, dahlias, chrysanthemums, lisianthus, astilbe, bouvardia and white veronica. I bought all flowers at the farmer’s market and my talented mom, aunt, sister-in-law and cousin made all the arrangements the day of.

The Bride’s Advice
— Stay true to yourselves. Everybody (literally) will put in their two cents worth, some will even call you crazy for “putting too much work into this”… Stick to your vision and don’t feel obligated to honor so-called “traditions” just because some people may expect it. If you plan your big day with love it will be visible – and your guests will feel welcome and enjoy themselves.
— Let people help you! I am serious! This is coming from a perfectionist/control freak who would do everything herself if she could! Living far away from friends and family, we were pretty much on our own during the whole planning/organizing/crafting extravaganza; a few days before the wedding our families arrived and helped us make everything happen. We couldn’t have done it without them!
— If you aren’t VERY organized, you will definitely need help. And I don’t necessarily mean hired help, because not every budget will allow for that. But there’s always some friend or family member who will offer help in spite of your pre-wedding craziness. Accept it!
— No matter how well you planned it all and how organized you are, on your wedding day you should let someone else worry about coordinating everything. If you are on a budget and can’t afford a professional coordinator, maybe there’s a friend who could handle everything for you. I asked a former intern of mine to be our day-of coordinator. I knew she is well organized and understands our vision, and it was great not to have to worry about everything running smoothly.
— Hire a great photographer! (Like we did!) It makes all the difference in the world!
— Last but not least: Make time for you as a couple. During all the planning it is easy to lose track of what is the most important – the person you are going to marry!

Photographer: Britta Schunck | Floral Design: DIY | Wedding Dress: DIY By Bride | Stationery: DIY | Ceremony Venue: Pfarrkirche St. Sebastian | Church: Pfarrkirche St. Sebastian | Reception Venue: Schloss Bollschweil | Bride's Shoes: Belmondo | Caterer: Bensels Biocatering | Hair + Make Up: Theater Freiburg | DJ: Maximilian (Brother of the Bride) & Maurizio (Friend of the Groom) | Bow Tie: Papier & Feder | Suit: Hugo Boss | Coffea Van: Biosk Mobil | Cufflinks: Miniblings | Decoration: DIY | Groom's Shirt: Q1 Manufaktur | Groom's Shoes: Lloyd | Suspenders: Scotch & Soda | Tablewear Rentals: Die Retter der Tafelrunde | Vintage Furniture: Theater Freiburg | Wedding Rings: Jewelrey Shop in Poland

Alps Vow Renewal from Limestone Films

I know Wednesdays are busy… crazy busy, in fact.  But if there’s one thing you must (and I mean must) add to your to-do list today, it’s a four minute break to soak in this mesmerizing piece of vow renewal heaven from Limestone Films.  Because this film?  This crazy amazing masterpiece of love, devotion and beauty?  It’s nothing but inspiring, with a duo sooo in love and a setting sooo amazing, it will touch every last chamber of your heart.  Push play for every amazing moment, then stay tuned for an entire gallery of lovely from Limestone Films, as well.       

From the Groom… My wife and I renewed our vows in the alps near our 10-year wedding anniversary.  Our best friends (Robert and Aston Miles of Limestone Films) are filmmakers and they did an excellent job documenting it.


Photography + Cinematography: Limestone Films | Ceremony Location: A field near Hohenschwangau, Bavaria, Germany at the base of the Alps with Castle Neuschwanstein on the hill

German Wedding from Birgit Hart

Friday’s are perfect for a wedding like this; a backyard affair that’s so easy and carefree it just might inspire you to throw your own get together this weekend. But my most favorite detail of all is the photography by Birgit Hart that finds beauty in the simple details. Moments like a bunting blowing in the breeze, a floral crown worn by the littlest attendees or a kiss between the Bride and Groom. It’s a true celebration of love and a gorgeous one at that. Have a look here for even more!


From Birgit HartTo be honest, I was a little nervous when Daniela & Marc’s wedding was coming up. Daniela is a very talented photographer herself AND I decided to shoot this wedding mostly on film. So I was actually nervous for two weeks, until I got the scans back. But, what can I say? I am so thankful and happy that it all worked out. And of course the wedding itself was so special. The couple had their civil marriage five years ago and they already have two girls  so it really was a celebration of love. Daniela put so much work into so many details and chose talented suppliers. Everything was just beautiful. And it’s almost a miracle that the weather was playing along… sunshine all day! Daniela’s dress was sospecial. She designed it together with Janina from Sr Cr! It totally matched her personality and style. Heike Krohz did a wonderful job with the wedding cake and sweet table; a sweet dream indeed! And the floral decoration and floral wreaths were so beautiful.


Photography: Birgit Hart | Photography Assistance: Nicole Zausinger | Ceremony + Reception Venue: Der Lautenbachho | Floral Design + Decor: Ab unter die Haube | Sweet Table: Heike Krohz S und Salzig | Priest: Hans-Georg Waller | Candles: SP-Kerzen/Dawanda | Child Care: Zauberglanz | Hair + Make Up: Jessica Nitsche | Band: 18 Strings | DJ: Markus Lutz | Rings: Sarah Mia | Fingerprint-Tree: Bleu de Toi | Tableware: Vintage-Days.De  | Lab: Carmencita Film Lab | Wedding Dress +Hair Accessories: Soeur Coeur | Bride’s Shoes: Vintage, 60’s | Kids Dresses: Fingerhut Kreationen | Groom’s Suit: Baldessarini | Groom’s Shoes: Prada

Vintage German Spinnery Wedding from Forever Photography

It gets me every time, but really, is there anything more romantic that tying the knot with your love in a spot so special to your childhood? These two lovebirds said “I do” near the German woods where the bride and her siblings once played for hours on end. The wedding, sentimental from the start, was put together by hand (and a whole lot of love) by the bride and her loved ones and the result was something magical. Forever Photographer was lucky enough to capture the magic, and we are even luckier, because we have a full image gallery to peruse all afternoon long.

From Forever Photography … The very first time Sabine and Stephan met was not exactly the most glamorous of dates. A group of friends went skiing / snowboarding in an indoor ski hall. Sabine grew up on skis and was very good while Stephan tried snowboarding for the first time. In Sabine’s eyes, he behaved and looked pretty ridiculous and she was everything else but interested. But their paths were to cross again at several events and parties and despite the initial “ski date,” they fell in love and became truly the perfect match.

After ten happy years on, Stephan proposed to Sabine on their perfect getaway trip to New Zealand. A little secluded spot on New Zealand’s West Coast with an epic view of the roaring sea and a rocky beach, was the most magical place he could have ever picked. (Besides the fact that his bride was glamorously dressed up in track pants and pink knee socks with polka dots to keep warm on a cold day).What better start to their “happily ever after.”

Back home, they started planning their “happily ever after.” From the very beginning they were set on a unique wedding with a whimsical touch incorporating family and friends. The decision was to not rent “just any place” or to hire a wedding planner, but to do everything on their own. So, on they went.

Close to Sabine’s parent’s place, in a magically hidden location in the woods, deep in a valley, where Sabine used to play with her brother Ingmar and sister Kristin, is a vintage spinnery. The location is normally not for rent, but the owners of the spinnery knowing their special story, gave Sabine and Stephan the chance to have their wedding there.

With the help of their families and friends, the wedding turned out perfectly. All of the little details and decoration in brown and turquoise, with little lovebirds flying around, were crafted by Sabine, her sister Kristin and her friends. The stationery and flowers were created by close friends, the singer in church was Sabine’s best friend from kindergarten, and the bar was built by Stephan and his guys. Every single detail had a personal touch and a meaningful story behind it.

Knowing Jona and Jerry from Sabine’s sister’s wedding in Texas, it was an easy decision to fly in Forever Photography to once again capture in dazzling images the magic and love these two hold for each other. It was the greatest day they could have ever imagined. It was special, unique, beautiful and had the magical soul of love and friendship. They also “partied ‘till the cows came home” with a beaming smile on their faces which is to last a lifetime.

Photography: Forever Photography / Floral Designer: Mareike Stöhr, Blumenhaus Stöhr, Leer / Invitation Designer: Stefanie Ullmann, SU-Design, Langenfeld Deutschland / Wedding Gown Designer: Cymbeline, Fado / Shoes: Rachel Simpson, Modell Fleur & turquoise Converse Chucks / Location: SinnesWalds

Bavarian Wedding by Nadia Meli

Hold onto your hats, because this fête captured by Nadia Meli is one part loads and loads of fun and one part serious style. Complete with a couple that is definitely in the running for my favorite/most adorable couple of the year, a vintage dress overflowing with pink tulle and details branded to perfection – it’s safe to say this parade of perfectly curated pretty is fun and then some. It’s all like one big happy pill, and you can get your dose right here!

From the Bride…The moment you mention the word ‘wedding’ a lot of factors around us would say “what you need to do is this and that and the other… “. We decided from an early stage that we would like to design and build our wedding as honestly and true to our identity as possible, because we’re still crazy kids at heart and all we wanted was to have FUN! So how does ‘honesty’ manifest in a wedding? The invite was the first step. Kone is an amazing Illustrator, storyteller and loves to read & write, whilst my heart lies in print graphic design. So we thought we could combine these attributes by printing a newspaper full of stories about us, event information and things to do around my home town Landsberg am Lech. Basically create an invite that is tangible, a reflection of us and invites our guests to join the ‘sweet forever extravaganza’ – an experience of a lifetime! Not only was the invite fun to make, but the printing costs were also much cheaper than the usual custom made invites. We also made heaps of stickers, stamps, welcome maps and signs of our hand made graphics, which helped keeping the “theme” tied together. Our colour scheme and design was a mixed influence of township barbershops from Southern Africa and 50s sweet shop days. Turquoise and pastels was the way to go, as we’ve seen a fair amount of these in our travels and also felt they were fun, bright and lovely.

Speaking of the 50’s, I’m a secret 50’s era lover and generally keep it simple, yet find little ways to bring that element into my life, i.e. fashion, records, etc. For that reason, on my wedding day I decided to rock the Marilyn Monroe look in a “me” sort of way. My bridesmaids dresses were matching the colour scheme and the cut were suppose to be light and fun. Not too glam and heavy. We like it natural. Kone is an old boarding school boy so he likes to look as neat as possible. With his favourite colour being blue, I think he did a very good job with the styling. The men wore ties in the day, and in the evening they wore bow ties, to make the evening reception as comfy as possible.

The day itself was a dream. It truly was fun! Kone and I have that as a rule in our relationship, is to make each other laugh at least once a day – I think that really showed on the day. The church ceremony was beautiful and truly spiritual. Friends of mine, who’ve never been to church in their lives were deeply moved and that meant the world to me. After the ceremony we followed a German tradition, where you have to saw a piece of wood as your first task as a married couple. It was so much fun and you really have to work as a team to make it. The evening reception started off with some refreshing cocktails in jam jars and the guests enjoying the sunshine before the happy couple arrived. We wanted the whole place feel more like someone’s house rather than a fancy dinner party, so we collected jam jars, bottles and various glasses for drinks, tea lights and vases. The flowers were ordered from a local flower shop and my aunty and sister just placed them loosely in the glasses on the night before. I loved the simplicity of that. During dinner time, we were listening to all our favorite Afro-Jazz records and as favour bags, we gave them hand drawn black & white postcards of places we had been too, pencil crayons to color the pictures in between meals and a wooden carved animal from South Africa. Who says you have to be a kid to color pictures in?

We had a whole upstairs area that we called the “guest area” where our guests were invited to explore, have fun and leave us notes. So we had a small sweet shop called Tante Emma Laden (a German traditional corner shop which sells sweets and other goods in paper bags), and so our wonderful friends from around the world brought in sweets from everywhere, and set it all up in jars and all complete with a gumball machine! It was a United Nations for sweets.
Then we had a wall called “the museum of us”, where we hung up all our memories from pictures, postcards to concert tickets. The photo booth, which was set up by my friend Sonia Epple, was so fun and we got amazing pictures out of that and the notes were typed on library cards with a type writer. We love books, so we wanted the library cards to go into our personal library at our new home. I think all in all, we are super happy about the entire day. Most of our ideas really worked and most importantly, our guests and ourselves had loads of FUN. I wouldn’t have changed anything about the day and am so thankful for all our friends who made it so special.

From Kone…There were heaps of fun things around, but my favourite small touch was when my wife gave us pins to wear at the reception venue which read Powww! I used to collect keyrings/pins/badges when i was an awkward teenager so having us both wear these on our wedding night felt so fun… The whole spirit of the day, was an incredible mix of kids growing up whilst staying young at heart; after all, growing up is for tree’s…

Wedding Photography: Nadia Meli / Wedding Venue: Mittelstetter Muhle in Bavaria, Germany / Wedding Design, Decor + Stationery: DIY by the Bride & Groom / Wedding Dress: The Vintage Wedding Dress Company, London, UK / Hair + Makeup: Catharina Wagner of die Hochzeiterinnen / Head piece (bow only): Accessorize, London, UK / Veil: 9″ ivory blusher style veil with comb from Westernbride on / Sash, gloves, brooch and earrings: BHLDN / Shoes: Rachel Simpson / Poww pins: Vectorcloud, / Wedding band: Original 1939 White Gold Ring from GoldAdore, / Bridesmaids Dresses: Mint Chiffon from  Dorothy Perkins / Mint lace: Zara / Pink Chiffon: ASOS / Stone with Bow: H&M / Groom suit: Suitsupply, London / Groom shirt , Tie and shoes: H&M + Next + COS / Groomsmen: H&M + American Apparel / Sweets pantry boxes: Schoenhaberei, Germany

Tanzschule Berns Wedding by Jennifer Hejna Photography

I can sum up this beautiful wedding in Germany with one word – fairytale. Because it looks like it jumped off the pages of your favorite prince meets princess story. Even better, the groom is a writer of such lovely tales, and I do believe this might be the best story he’s written yet! Jennifer Hejna was there to make sure their once upon a time could live on forever through pictures, and you can see it all in the full gallery of images!

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From Jennifer Hejna PhotographyOnce upon a time… this is how this story should begin. Christian is a modern writer of fairy tales writing stories about princes and adventures, about sneaky ghosts and smart princesses. Tabea is a graphic designer who waited for years for prince charming to arrive. They met through a friend and he fell in love with her, she fell in love with his fairy tales and shortly after with the writer himself. They moved together and in their 1001 nights after their first date he asked her to become his wife. To make this perfect, the engagement ring was from the jeweler “Drachenfels Design” and is called 1001 nights and has the shape of a little crown. She said yes and they started planning their fairy-tale wedding – a topic that came back in every detail of the day.

The bride did all the graphic design and illustration by herself and designed a fairy tale themed wedding. I was already excited when I saw the Rosa Clara dress in the morning – but when I saw the wonderful location I was blown away. The celebration took place in a dance school called Tanzschule Berns with great mirrors and luster’s under the ceiling. Every table had a name of a fairy tale the bride and groom were sitting at the “snow white” table as the bride has brown long hair. The whole decoration was done in white and green from the big canvas with the table setting, to the menu cards to the wonderful candy bar named “land of milk and honey”. Even the wedding cake at midnight was green as “Frog King” and had little marzipan lilies that were also in the wedding bouquet which was of course all green and white. And just the moment where you thought that they could not have been more fairy-tale details I found a frame bathroom saying “Mirror, mirror on the wall…” .

Wedding Photography: Jennifer Hejna Photography / Wedding Dress: Rosa Clará / Wedding Ceremony + Reception Venue: Tanzschule Berns / Engagement Ring: Drachenfels Design / Hair + Make-up: Hair and Beauty Oase / Catering: Kochkunst / DJ: Alex of Never Mind / Flowers: Blumen Dahlmann / Wedding Cake: Konditorei Klostermann / Groom’s Attire: Wilvorst / Church + Location for Pictures: Schloss Nordkirchen