Personally I not a big fan of classical wedding portrait photos in a green surrounding, it is not really my kind of wedding photography. This is why I was sceptical at first when I heard that the location “Arboretum” was chosen in addition to the Hamburg harbour. But the Arboretum then turned out as an extraordinary portrait location and the whole day was a lot of fun with Nicole and Carsten.
Sabrina and Stephan have chosen one of the most beautiful locations in Hamburg for their wedding – the Suellberg. After the civil wedding at the Louis C. Jakob, which I have accompanied too, the churchly wedding took place in Niendorf.
The complete wedding was accompanied musically: In the church by a gospel choir, at the receiving by a sublime unplugged band, at the dinner by a string quartet and evenings the “Soulisten” cared for the perfect party mood. Another highlight of the evening were wonderful fireworks over the Elbe.
Of course there are many other nice location in and around Hamburg, but these three wonderful places and such a eased bridal couple made the wedding day a perfect day for all guests. The preparations were done in the Empire Riverside Hotel, very modern, kept in the colors red, white and black. The hotel offers an incredible view on the harbor and the city, Sonja and Hendrik told me, that the night before the enjoyed the great view they had from the bed.
The guests were brought to the Gosslerhaus in Blankenese by an English double-decker bus, there then followed the free marriage ceremony with Imke Klie as the speaker. Michael Graaf cared perfectly for the floral decoration in all the places. Nice decoration and good locations definitely make my job as a wedding photographer much easier.
After the reception at the Gosslerhaus the bridal couple and me drove towards the harbor, the right location for the wedding portraits. Another highlight of the evening was the heavenly view from the Elbpanorama, where the day continued.
Update: The photos of this great wedding are now also available at the website of the International Society Of Professional Wedding Photographers (ISPWP) at “Real Weddings”.