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.
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.
Wonderful weather, beautiful people, cool location, what could go wrong on this day. And nothing went wrong from the morning till the evening. As for the evening, the sky has indulged us with the most beautiful stars, so I could use this time for some wedding and group portraits.
Wonderful Léonie Gené took care of the look of the bride. The main location of the day was Waldhof in Mölln, there was a preparation, dining and party. A very relaxing place, especially for guests with children. The marriage took place in the church of Mölln and then we took our time for the portraits in the surroundings.
A freed spirit is beautiful, but who achieved that? In the hotel Freigeist (“Free Spirit”) in Northeim you might find some help, it is an oasis in the middle of a big forrest. I shot there the amazing wedding of Mona and Martin, with many Best Men and Bridesmaids giving the wedding a soft international touch. Best men and Bridesmaids are not very common in Germany.
If you drive in the countryside from London direction North for about one hour, you reach Leez Priory. But it was not easy to find even with the navigation system. Many times we drove on the smallest farm lanes around the location without seeing it.
But when we got there, the incredible view revealed as we passed the time-honoured walls. Every castle is special for me, as a wedding photographer: they tell the stories of many epochs, generations and weddings.
After I enjoyed the masonry, I saw the bride coming on-towards me, so we could start with the preparation and photography. The marriage took place in the church of Kelvedon, where the groom was waiting already. The ceremony was very touching, some guests were singing together as a choir for the bridal couple.
The reception went on in Leez Priory with an accompaniment of a salsa band. We had great weather and guests could chill out in the garden and in the evening ‘SuperSukka’ band fired the guests up. It was a beautiful and relaxed celebration, that will stay in our memories.