Lis & Mauricio contacted us early in November when we thought our wedding season 2017 was soon to be over. And looking back now, it was one of the biggest adventures of the year and the best end of an incredible year, better than anything we could have wished for.
When they started to explain to us what they were looking for, it felt like they were speaking right from our hearts. Not because they wanted to elope; but because they wanted to celebrate their marriage in the most meaningful and authentic way that they felt represented them as a couple.
So we started planning out the whole day, via e-mail and skype, all the while Lis & Mauricio were in their home country, Brazil.
This one is not about fancy dresses, expensive venues or a huge cake. It’s the story of two lovers that followed their heart and tied the knot in nature, where they feel most at home and where they draw their everyday inspiration.
We are so thankful that we had such a wonderful team to help make Lis & Mauricio’s dreamy elopement in the winter wonderland of the Bavarian Alps come true.
Do you know that feeling when you’re nervous and excited at the same time? That feeling where your emotions seem to have no real control & everything at that moment just feels…right? From the gentle shaky hands to the deep look in their eyes – Lis & Mauricio were experiencing this. They knew the time was now, and everything felt right. Everything made sense. Mauricio sat upstairs in the two story hotel room while Lis had her make up just below. They were so close, yet, couldn’t see each other. It was a moment that, us as photographers, got to experience with them & we could feel that these two absolutely belong together. Without fail. That love. That undying passion & calling for each other.
Only the gentle whisper of the wind brushing over the tree tops & the little ripples of Badersee orchestrated the area as Mauricio stood alone; waiting. Waiting for the moment he’s been so excited for. That moment he gets to turn around and see his Lis, his soul-partner of 13 years, greet him in her wedding dress, ready to say yes! I do! I will forever! The gentle rhythmic cracking of ice as she stepped closer and closer gave way to a gentle, yet sincere smile. This moment, their moment, was but a few steps away.
After the vows were said, and the emotions overflowed – Lis & Mauricio took the adventure to go up to the Alps and show the world their love for each other. They had no fear, no quarrels; just each other. Just each other to love, and to hold and to celebrate. Out in nature where they feel the most connected, they found their place. They closed their eyes to take in the sounds; they opened them – to take in each other. Keeping warm under a thick blanket in ice cold temperatures coupled with their warm, loving embrace meant that they were right where they were meant to be. With each other. Forever unified as a married couple.
As the sun set, revealing the true beauty of the Alpine colors, Lis & Mauricio descended and headed back to the hotel. A candle was lit. Music was chosen. It was their moment once more; just the two of them. As Mauricio held Lis by her waist, Lis brought her hands up and held him close. They swayed to the music seemingly lost in each others universe. We were forgotten. At that moment, we didn’t exist. And thats how it should be. They danced, and our eyes were far from dry. Nothing but the music & the soft candle light to set the scene. It was one of the most profound first dances we’ve had the pleasure of capturing. Ending it off – Lis opens her bag to bring out all the love-letters from their family and friends, wishing them well and a life full of happiness and love. As they cuddled on the sofa reading their letters, the snow fell – and our story of their wedding came to an end.
We know we’re a bit late, and 2018 has already begun but we can’t help but think back at just how much happened in 2017. It was a year that we can be proud of. We achieved goals, we met some of the kindest, warmest and most loveliest people; clients and colleagues. It seems that each year that we go through and with each wedding we get the privilege of covering, we not only grow as photographers & film makers, but we broaden our love for this industry & the art of story telling.
At first glance, one might assume that it’s basically a deathtrap on wheels – and while that perception is not entirely unjustified; these tuk tuk drivers are a master of their wheels and know just how to control them through any and all situations; as we so found out. They’re also surprisingly capable of carrying quite a lot of bags & equipment. I mean, we had on each Tuk Tuk 2 surf boards, 2 massive suit cases, backpacks, camera stuff – no issues whatsoever.
Neither did we; until TripAdvisor suggested we check out this place. It turns out that Fried Ice cream is is called that because the cream is laid flat on to a pan-shaped thing and almost like one would cook scrambled eggs – it’s friend and pushed and chopped. Oh, of course – the pan is something like -60 degrees celcius; or something crazy like that. It’s so cold, it burns. Na’mean? 🙂 But holy shit, was this tasty! This man had basically any flavour you could imagine – Ferror Rocher? Oreo? Tutti Frutti – yup. So long as it exists, he can turn it into an ice cream flavour.
Mina & Flo celebrated their rustic boho wedding at beautiful Wasserschloss Unsleben and it was a day full of heartfelt moments, joy and happiness.
The whole day was planned to take place at the castle in Unsleben starting from the getting ready of the bride and groom followig the first look in the court yard of the castle, the dreamy outdoor ceremony and the relaxed cocktail hour in the garden and of course the dinner and party at the rustic old staples that have been renovated in the most authentic and tasteful way.
We cannot recommend this enough; not having to drive around on your wedding day, where every minute is so precious and you don’t want to waste time driving from A to B.
Mina & Flo met at a concert and their love for music has been noticeable since the first day we met them. Therefore it was not surprising that their ceremony entrance was accompanied by a DJ playing their favourite Woodkid song.
We strongly encourage all of our couples to be themselves on their wedding day. There are no rules set for all of you to play Ed Sheeran on your wedding 😉
These two have put so much effort into making their wedding day look & feel just like who they really are and this special atmosphere was present throughout the whole day.
We loved every minute of capturing this wedding loaded with memorable moments, beauty and most of all lots of love, but see for yourself… 🙂