Sarah and Kiran will have their wedding in the summer time in my hometown Trier. I am delighted to be asked to shoot this wedding. Last week we met to get to know each other for an engagement shooting in Hamburg. An engagement shooting is always a good opportunity if you would like to have some nice pictures of you without the wedding outfits e.g. for the invitations. It is also a good idea if you never did a professional photo shooting before, plus you are able to get to know me better and see how I work.
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.
In June, I ended up working several times abroad, including two times in England. The bridal couple married straight away two times, first time in a “classical” English ceremony and a second time the Indian way in a traditional Sikh ceremony. This was the first time I encountered an Indian wedding and I really enjoyed it. Of course, it rained the whole day. But that’s just the way it is in England…
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.
There are moments, in which one finds unalloyed happiness. This weekend, I was able to witness again one of those rare moments: I ended up in England, at Hedingham Castle in Essex, to be exact. There, Lauren and Mark celebrated their sublime wedding, very English and very noble.
But that is only half the story, the two of them will celebrate once more, this time the Indian way, in two weeks in Coventry. I am very curious to see the outfits! Here for now a little “treat”, which rejoices one’s heart :-) The rest will conclude soon.