Delicate and Romantic Destination Wedding in Germany

We absolutely adore the details and story behind this stunning German wedding from Lauren Kinsey. Keep reading to hear more from the bride herself.

From the Bride:

Benjamin and I met when we were 15 years old through a mutual friend and started a close friendship. For a long time we have been nothing more than friends until one day Benjamin kissed me while playing video games. Suddenly I was very confused and noticed a change in my feelings toward him. I had butterflies and started to avoid him as I wasn’t sure what label to put on our relationship. It was complicated and awkward until our friend announced that we obviously loved each other and that we would make a great couple. Ever since we have been in love and inseparable. Not only was Benny my best friend now, he became the love of my life and the man I knew I would marry some day.

We knew we would stay together forever so there was no rush to get married. I waited 12 years patiently until he finally proposed under a starry sky, on the beach, by the fire while on vacation in Florida. It was just the two of us. Benjamin had planned to propose to me that night but it became the perfect moment when he went down on his knee right after we saw a shooting star. My wish came true immediately.

Benjamin and I are both from Germany and since our families still live there, we decided to get married in a little art village near our hometown Bremen. Planning a destination wedding was quite a challenge but we had great help from our parents. We pictured a laid back wedding with just our closest friends and family (we ended up having around 70 guests), a Tuscan inspired decor with a warm feeling, a little rustic yet elegant. We wanted our guests to feel like they can have a great time without being in a stiff environment. We asked them to dress up stylish, in light fabrics and summery colors.

Photography is very important to me as I am a wedding photographer myself. Benjamin and I were thrilled when Lauren and Michael of Lauren Kinsey Photography agreed to photograph our wedding and to travel all the way to Germany. Not only did they an amazing job capturing all the beautiful and special moments, they also became friends and we were so happy to have them spend the day with us.

Benjamin got ready at his parent’s house and I, just a short walk away at a small hotel called ‘Der Eichenhof Worpswede’. The hotel is a renovated farm and the rooms are in little houses that used to be stables, such a neat and beautiful place.

We agreed to see each other before the ceremony to ‘exchange vows’ in private. After all, it is a very private moment that we did not want to share with everyone. During the ceremony we each said one sentence to give us the life-long promise. It was a great decision and we both stayed calm and enjoyed the moment. I would have been too nervous to even get a word out had we decided to tell each other all we have to say in front of so many people.

The church St. Jürgen we got married in is in the middle of nowhere surrounded by nothing but fields. It’s story started in 1106 but the actual church that exists today was built in the 13th century. It is a gorgeous little place with a lot of character and history.

We had live music during the ceremony that was absolutely incredible. As soon as the first song started, we couldn’t help but shedding tears. The music was by former classmates of mine, Lena Wischhusen & Arne Henseleit.

The reception was at Tietjen’s Hütte, a neat and open space by the river in – you guessed it- the middle of nowhere surrounded by nothing but fields. Instead of a ‘Grand Exit’ we had a ‘Grand Entrance’ with a boat traditional to the area. While the guests were waiting for us to arrive, they could enjoy drinks including a ‘Hugo’ (elderflower syrup and Prosecco with sparkling water and mint leaves) and our signature drink, a ‘Cucumber Gimlet’ as well as different kinds of olive oils with good German bread.

Almost the entire decor was hand crafted by my mother. She sewed all the light grey/ blue linen table runners and napkins, painted the plant pots rustic white, did the rosemary salt favors, and even made the wedding cake. We decided to go down the more untraditional road and went with different herbs, whole hydrangea plants, and olive branches instead of cut flowers for the tables decor.

The food was amazing and the night held many surprises and laughter. The dance floor was never empty, the party went on until the morning hours, and the last guests left around 4am.

We will never forget this day that truly has been the best and happiest in our lives so far. We are especially grateful for our friends and family who traveled to Germany from the US, South Africa and other cities and for everyone who helped to make this wedding so perfect.

PhotographyLauren Kinsey  | Getting Ready Location: Hotel Eichenhof Worpswede | Church: Church St. Jürgen, Lilienthal | Decor Church and Brides Flower Crown: Die Blumeninsel Worpswede | Musik Church: Lena Wischhusen & Arne Henseleit | Officiant: Pastor Henner Flügger | Reception Location and Catering: Tietjens HütteDecor: Annette Mieling, Brides Mom | Cake: Annette Mieling, Brides Mom | Musik Reception: DJ Uwe vom Ballermann | Stationary: Bride who is a graphic designer | Rentals: La Jour, Agentur für Veranstaltungsdesign  | Bride’s Gown: Designed by the Bride and made by Kim of Misdress | Bride’s Shoes: Aldo | Bouquet and Buttoners: Der Blumenladen in Bremen |  | Ribbon on Bouquets: Froufrou Chic | Hair: Mareike Stange, Art of Hair Worpswede | Makeup: Bride | Grooms Suit: Tommy Hilfiger | Grooms Shoes: Cole Haan

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02.04.15 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Brilliant Wedding Photography from Christina McNeill

We’re so excited to have the opportunity today to tell you a little more about a photographer who is very close to our hearts. Christina McNeill recently photographed Emily’s sister’s wedding- which you can see here! Christina’s talent for photography is in her genes- her grandparents met when her grandfather was dropping off film at the drugstore. His enthusiasm for photography rubbed off on her – she’s been photographing and creating art for as long as she can remember. She strives to tell beautiful, compelling stories through her pictures and has a blast during the process.
Christina makes bold choices and balances the needs for compelling storytelling by capturing authentic and fleeting moments, but also has the ability to photograph weddings in an editorial, straight-out-of-a-magazine type way. You can credit her art school training, or her years of experience, but at the end of the day the most important thing she brings to the table is her ability and ease to connect with her clients!

You might consider Christina a realist, she waits for those fleeting, split second moments that are so real. At the end of the day, she captures the best day of your life all while feeling like she was barely even there.   Christina is interested in studying her subjects and there’s this fluid movement within an ordinary moment that translates to magic.  She is able to capture her clients true personalities and energy while not intruding on the flow of the day.

To book her for your wedding, visit her website today!

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02.04.15 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Breathtaking Engagement on The Cliffs of Moher

Sometimes we receive submission that leave us in awe…this absolutely breathtaking engagement session on the Cliffs of Moher did just that. The landscapes made the perfect canvas for Sara Donaldson to capture this exquisite couple. Keep reading for more on her inspiration.

From Sara Donaldson:

The Cliffs of Moher are like something out of a dream.  Autumn weather in Ireland ebbs and flows as if the island itself is breathing; one minute misty and cloudy, the next minute warm and sunny. The cliffs looked both stunningly majestic and mysteriously forbidding as the minutes shifted into an hour of perfection with our sweet couple.  Strong winds seemed to wrap around Hannah and Andrew, drawing them into tender, protective embraces. Their connectivity – both to each other and to the whirling winds surrounding them – was a joy to capture.

While shooting this picturesque scene, I couldn’t help but feel grateful for my one-on-one workshop experience with Erich McVey and Amy McVey. The McVeys are such genuine people who have an honest approach to teaching and a keen desire to see others grow and succeed. I walked away from this experience having captured not only spectacular moments but also a strong knowing that 2015 is going to be a very good year.

Photography: Sara Donaldson | Cape: Zara | One-on-one workshop with: Erich McVey | Makeup and Hair: Amy McVey | Venue: Cliffs of Moher, west coast of Ireland | Couple: Hannah and Andrew | Film lab: Richard Photo Lab 

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02.03.15 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Beautiful Bridesmaids Dresses from For Her and For Him

It’s always a fun day when we get to introduce you all to a new bridal resource- For Her and For Him! For Her and For Him is an online bridal shop based in New York City, and they make shopping for your wedding easier than ever. With options to design your own wedding dress, find the perfect bridesmaids dresses, and beautiful menswear items, they work to make planning your wedding a little bit easier. In addition to making shopping for your bridesmaids dresses easy, For Her and For Him is 30% off your order. They also work with brides to give big group discounts so every one of your bridesmaids is dressed perfectly for your big day. And no matter where your wedding or where your bridesmaids live, they’ll get free shipping!

We love the huge selection that For Her and For Him has put together for brides and bridesmaids, and today we’re happy to show you some of their 2015 collection! In addition to their newest designs, For Her and For Him is proud to show off their top selling bridesmaids dresses of 2014! These classic designs will stand the test of time and your maids will be proud to wear them down the aisle with you.

Be sure to visit For Her and For Him today to find the perfect dresses for your maids and let them know how to receive 30% off their order today!

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02.03.15 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog