Where the hell is Aerzen? I don’t know where this place is, at all! OK, let’s google it. It is located just south of Hannover, down the highway 2. A beautiful day and a beautiful location. The birds are singing, it is summer time and after a short ride through the hilly landscape I can see a breathtaking castle. We are in Aerzen, at the castle hotel Muenchhausen. Enough of this beautiful nature, I am here to work. I am wedding photographer, and people marry in Muenchhausen. The best thing about this location is a sweet little chapel where couples can have a casual ceremony. You can see the photos here.
This time I would like to show you a few more pictures of this beautiful wedding celebrated over two days in december. Winter weddings normally fit more to a alpine landscape, but apparantly Hamburg is also a nice location. The Maison Mariée organized and planned this wonderful wedding and I am happy that I could shoot this event. For me this was a great experience, a lovely couple, happy guests and a perfectly planned program in a great location. I am happy to share a few more details about this wedding. The first day was the civil ceremony, which was in the Hamburg Planetarium. A wedding in the Planetarium is truly different, a special show which happens after the civil ceremony underlines the importance of the civil ceremony. Following this, the guest were transferred with a tourist roundtrip bus to the St. Michaelis Church in Hamburg. With and escalator we got to the top floor of the church where mulled wine was offered for the guests. Karlheinz Hauser from the Süllberg Hotel served Tapas and other.
Really, how can one have a wedding in the rainy month of November? The sun goes down early and if one has bad luck the weather is cold and rainy. No blue sky, no sunshine. This description fits on this wedding and again does not at the same time. Stephie und Tymek decided themselves to get married in November and brought sunshine by themselves to this day with a lot of cheerfulness. These two are the best example that it does not come down to external circumstances but to the bridal couple. The story of their wedding already began earlier: This summer they married in Las Vegas at the one and only “Elvis”, who has the license to marry. But the wedding in November was supposed to be a little bit less trashy.
Thanks to the date being so far towards the end of the year, there were no other marriage ceremonies on this day. This was especially fortunately as Tymek had forgotten the rings at the hotel and had to back to get them. The hotel is worth to be mentioned, too, of course: The couple stayed at the Moevenpick Hotel. There, in the tower suite, they spent their wedding night and got ready before the big appearance. This 4 star hotel is located in an old water tower in the Sternschanzenpark and the view from the suite on the city is simply incomparable.
Stephie’s dress somehow reminded me of the music video Novemberrain from Guns N’ Roses, although the dress in that video is a little bit more 80’s style. Therefore the wedding in November matched again after all. Following the marriage ceremony we went to the Speicherstadt and took the portray photos in the approaching dusk. Very helpful in this situation was my LED-videolight, which I learned to love in the months during winter. My colleague Nils supported me during the shooting.
After that, the party took place in a place called “Altes Zollamt”. It was organized by the people from Nordevent, who did a great job as they always do. Following the outstanding food, DJ Ivo helped to create the right party atmosphere. The wedding cake and the sweet “sins” were brought by Zuckermonarchie.
Did I forget something? Yes. I would like to know: Would you marry in November and if yes, why?
This year I had the pleasure to photograph a beautiful wedding in Tuscany. The whole story from the beginning was very international: Emma, who is English, and Garrett, American, live together in Paris. They celebrated their wedding in Tuscany, in one of the most beautiful places in the world – Castello di Vincigliata. High above Florence, with a fantastic view and typical Tuscan flair.
The hotel, where Emma and her bridesmaids were enjoying the moments of last preparations, was beautiful as well. The Villa San Michele is a truly unique luxury hotel originated from the monastery, that Michelangelo had projected. And now we come to the details, that will interest our readers and future brides: the wedding dress is from Phillipa Lepley, a London designer, and bridal shoes are designed by Fred Marzo.
The make-up artist Louise Faulkner (firstname.lastname@example.org) has completed the bridal look with the wonderful make-up and hairstyle. I should mention the work of florists, Tuscany Flowers, in particular: I have hardly seen such great and opulent floral decoration on weddings before.
The ceremony took place outdoors, of course. Emma was accompanied by her father and a good friend was leading the free ceremony. After the ceremony we all met in the garden with a breathtaking view over Florence. An absolute highlight was the dinner in the open courtyard of the castle. The band “Eddie and the Hot Rocks” began to play afterwards. The pure rock’n’roll made got everyone fired up.
This year I had a chance to photograph an English couple again. These two I have even photographed twice. Once they have married “traditionally English” in Hedingham Castle in Essex, the second marriage was Indian. My reportage of the sikh ceremony will follow in a separate blog post. Hedingham Castle is located in Essex, just 100km north-east of London in a picturesque English countryside. I was picked up from the hotel by Betty, my British colleague, with whom I will photograph all english weddings in the future. Luckily I did not have to drive on the “unusual” left side ;-)
In the old norman castle, build in the year 1140, there was the largest preserved norman vault hall in Europe. The wedding ceremony was held in this beautiful hall with candlelight. Near the castle there was an old manor house that offered a beautiful view of the gardens and lake. During the reception I photographed the portraits there and then we went to the tent behind the house for dinner.
Again at last I am coming around to show photos of a wedding. Of a particularly beautiful wedding, as I see it. L.* and T* married in the beautiful marriage-church in Eppendorf (yes, this one, where you as a wedding photographer are assigned a certain seat and are not allowed to move until the end of the marriage ceremony).
But from the beginning: T. accommodated himself and his best man in the Clipper, a very neat hotel, which had been completely unknown to me until this wedding. L. stayed at her home, where I met Eric Warnke, who cared for hair and makeup. Eric is very kind and does a great job, this is why I strongly recommend him :-)
In the church in Eppendorf the usual play: Photographing of the entering and the recessional and in between, sitting in the front left part without moving. This I knew from several previous weddings.
But meanwhile there is a new house rule: A second photographer, who is taking photos from upstairs, is not allowed anymore and I nearly had to beg on my knees to get the permission for my (best) intern (in the world) Luna to take one photo of the entering from above. Let’s see, if one is next year even allowed to take photos of weddings at all in this church. Afterwards I am glad about not paying for advertisement on the church’s bus, which is used to finance the same ;-)
After the ceremony followed a reception in the beautiful garden next to the church. After more and more guests slowly left to get ready for the evening, the bridal couple and me drove to the Speicherstadt to take the official wedding photos. The partying took place very Hamburgisch at the La Vela next to the Fischmarkt. Please enjoy the photos!
*As the question arises frequently: I shorten the names if requested, so that not everyone, who is searching for the bridal couple’s names is directly stumbling upon their wedding photos.