Everybody getting married in Germany must first appear physically at a Standesamt for a civil ceremony. This is actually all that is officialy needed. Witnesses are not required at the civil ceremony.
Couples planning to get married in Germany should get started with the legal formalities as soon as possible. If either one of the partners is a foreigner documents may be sent to a higher regional court in order to verify the legal status of that person.
The first places to check when you decide to get married are your local embassy or consulate and the local magistrate’s office (Standesamt). Ask at these places what documentation is needed. Requirements may vary from region to region and there may be some extra requirements depending on the nationality, previous marital status and other circumstances of one or both partners.
I met Hanna and Jon for the first time in New York City last January. We met for a coffee, discussed the upcoming wedding and had a PreWedding session in the Central Park. It was a beautiful but chilly winter day (actually very chilly!) and Hanna was pregnant, so we didn’t do that much. Nevertheless, it was great fun and the pictures turned out amazing! So we got really excited for the big day in October.
The civil ceremony (with the very family only) took place in NYC (shame, I was not there :)), for the Big Day everybody gathered together @ Gut Sonnenhausen, a beautiful estate nearby Munich.
While the bride was getting ready I had a bit of time to capture all the details. And there were lots! Hanna decided to wear a stunning bride gown during the day and another one for the night party. I couldn’t tell which one I loved more! (http://www.agnesfashiongroup.com/index.php, http://www.brautgalerie-muenchen.de/index.html).
Jon knew Hanna would look awesome but little did he know, what his bride would actually wear and even less that there was a second dress for the evening.
No need to mention: of course she had two pairs of shoes as well….
Let’s have some fun then!
Only four months after giving birth to the super-cute Max: even more beautiful then ever.
The flower concept for the whole wedding was developed by Maria Irlbeck (www.das-blühende-atelier.de). I have often worked with Maria already, but she never fails to surprise me with fresh new ideas.
And boy, she did it again!
She built a flower arch in the orchard and threaded single flowers on threads. These hung like a flower curtain in the arch. The similar flowers were used for the bridal bouquet, the badge for the groom, the flower girls and the bracelets for the bridesmaids. Beautifully simple, simply beautiful.
As not everybody speaks both languages (esp children), the couple booked a bilingual speaker for the wedding ceremony. His speech took a bit more time than usual, but the two languages were obviously entertaining….
… especially for some young guests ;)
Don’t you love the flowers?
A great speech always reveals a bit of the bride’s and groom’s life, don’t you know? ;)
Some music please….
Jon’s son had the honor to bring the rings. The most intimate moment of the ceremony is the vow.
Stomping on a glass is one of the best-known features of Jewish weddings where traditionally the groom smashes one napkin-wrapped glass. The fragility of glass suggests the fragility of human relationships. The broken glass is as a kind of incantation: “As this glass shatters, so may our marriage never break.”
Even more music….
Congrats to the newlyweds!
The yard of Gut Sonnenhausen is the perfect place for the reception and the wedding cake….
… the park-like area offers many opportunities for great pictures.
There he is – the super-cute Max! Well, today he wasn’t interested in kissing nor pictures that much … inexplicably the tree nearby was somehow more interesting….
We are family!
Hanna’ sister is getting married herself later on this year. I am really excited to be commissioned for their wedding as well – honestly, this family seems to have only beautiful, cool and funny people !
One of the most important pictures for your wedding album are pictures with the fam, particularly with the grandparents. Those pictures are going to be more priceless, the more time goes by.
Make sure, you get as many as possible!
The former horse riding hall of Gut Sonnenhausen was decorated for the wedding dinner. The huge front door of the hall made a perfect background for another set of pictures.
Jon wanted me to take a pic with the boys, I added a picture with the bride. Both ways, you guys were awesome!
Let’s have a little look inside! The former riding hall is just incredible. Maria put tall silver candlesticks on the tables, decorated with the same flowers as before. Small glass vases with tiny bouquets of flowers have complemented the fab table decoration.
And what is a wedding night without a photo booth?
Good cooking starts with excellent ingredients! Gut Sonnenhausen only uses organic products and the food is always delicious.
Later in the evening we enjoyed some awesome speeches of Jake and some good friends…..
…. a suprise slide show…
… and even more surprising flash mob.
I’d give an Oscar for this, just imagine to organise a flash mob for a wedding with people you’ve never seen before, even living 4000 miles away from each other! I am pretty sure, the couple felt the same.
The perfect song, the perfect performance, the perfect couple. Lets get the party started!
The barn kitchen opened its door for a delicious sweet buffet. Hanna used this time gap to change the dress.
Dear Hanna, dear Jon, all I can say is thank you. Thank you for being cool, relaxed, funny and just awesome.
Thank you for letting me capture this incredible event.
See you in Munich or NYC!