Thursday, June 14, 2012
Given that we are having quite the cold snap right now (3 degrees in the morning - that's pretty darn cold for Auckland, and esp with no heating in our houses!!) it seems very fitting that I feature this pretty wintery mountain wedding from Carmen & Ingo Photography*.
Sylvana is a creative soul and put a lot into styling the perfect day for her wedding to Hannes. Isn't this series of Hannes seeing her for the first time priceless? I love it! They were married in Tirol, in the heart of the Austrian Alps... an area that is one of my favourite in the world!! Sylvana shares more about the details of their day below...
The civil ceremony took place in a little old city in Tirol and all guests dressed up in dirndl and lederhosen. But, as you might know dirndl is not dirndl – fine silk, wool and cotton qualities for the dirndl, country typical stitching on the lederhosen as well as hand printed linen combined with traditional jewellery and accessories from the Salzkammergut, created a harmony look and feel.
As a civil ceremony alone was not festive enough for us and a classic religious ceremony did not suit our way of life, we wished to have a “free ceremony” which is not to common in religious Austria but is becoming more and more popular. We found the perfect person to marry us in Birgit Grafinger - from the first time we met. She created a very personal, charming speech with many laughs for us and our guests which was an unforgettable part of our day.
One more positive aspect from two days of celebrating was of course... two days, two outfits, two stories! The big white day was supposed to be simple, elegant, romantic, no clichés, no bling bling, down to earth, a little bit playful and relaxed with a touch of vintage. Therefore everything was handmade. Together with some perfect busy little helping hands we created, staged, knitted and sewed.
We were very lucky that the municipality of Achenkirch gave us the possibility to hold our “free ceremony” in their small charming Annakircherl, set in a magnificent natural scene which contributed to a cheerful unique atmosphere.
The question of the right photographer wasn’t really a question. The way Carmen and Ingo capture emotional moments in their shots, their feeling for the right light, scenery and their sensibility for all the tiny details, enchanted and convinced us from the very first beginning and were just confirmed when we met them in Munich.
We used one of our favorite flowers – the tulip – a spring flower and symbol for love and affection, therefore quite suitable for a wedding in April. Like a red ribbon the tulip has been integrated into paper work like invitations, tags, namecards, brides bouquet, even the lace on the bride's dress included tulips. Combined with filled roses (love, happiness, youthful freshness) and camomilla blossom.
The big question was if our wedding should take place in Hannes home country, the beautiful Salzkammergut where we love to spend our weekends or in Hannes new home country Tirol. Lakes and Mountains were the criteria for nature and sport-loving Hannes. Relaxed, comfortable but romantic. So what could be better than the Seealm at the beautiful stunning Achensee.
We gave our guests cosy pashmina scarves (it was only about 5degrees) in theme-matching rosétones to reflect the missing flowers and colours after a hard snowy winter at Achensee.
Dancing shoes for tired and sore feets.
*Carmen & Ingo are one of my fabulous sponsors