Novemberwedding in Hamburg

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?

Wedding Photography in Tuscany

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 (louise.faulkner@yahoo.ie) 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.

Wedding in Hedingham Castle

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.

Wedding at the Hamburg Harbour

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.

The Moment of Happpiness

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.

Wonderful Wedding in Marienfeld

There are moments, that are just perfect for the wedding photographer. However the photos are not made by themselves. As the bride’s father was leading her into the church, I was waiting for the moment, when she would stand exactly under the spotlight. I had this motive in my head already, so I had time to adjust my camera for the right exposition.

The preparation of Sylvia, which is a Wedding-planner herself, began in the Klosterpforte, Marienfeld. All the bridesmaids gathered there together with the bride and were styled up with the help of Nadine (Mrosek-Hairdesign). The wonderful wedding dress is actually from Rosa Clara.

As for the groom, his preparation (like always) was a bit faster. You don’t see a white suite (Carlo Pignatelli) on the german weddings very often, so I was very happy about that, as it fitted the groom perfectly.

The marriage ceremony was held in the old abbey church and was very touching and moving. The reception took place in the rooms of the church and was followed by the Saxvibes band, which ensured great mood of the guests from afternoon till the evening. Roth Veronika Blumen from Marienfeld and Blumenhaus Obermeier from Bielefeld made the wonderful flower decoration.