Author: Shayno

Born in the land of South Africa my roots hold strong for this country and its culture. At the age of 6 I moved to Mauritius (Literally a tropical paradise) with my parents where I spent the next 14 years going through school, surfing, and discovering what it is I absolutely love to do . . . Photography. After spending 3 years in Zanzibar and a year in Finland, im now in Germany with the girl I love the most in the world and passionately chasing this image crafting career.

Elopement Wedding photographer

Lis & Mauricio’s Elopement in the Alps

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.

Venue: Hotel am Badersee  Bridal Styling: Laura Stadler  Florals: Blue + Ivory

 

 

 

“In the past few weeks, I heard you saying “Oh my God, I can’t believe we are really doing this!” so many times! And every time I felt calm and happy, probably because we would be living another adventure together, an experience that really represents us, that connects us to nature, where the magic lies in the simplicity of the moment, in just being truly together.

And now I think: why haven’t we done this before?”
– Mauricio in his vows –

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

“Thank you so much for everything, I am sure that if it wasn’t for you and all the help from day 1 we wouldn’t have had this amazing adventure! You’ll be forever in our hearts!”
– Lis & Mauricio

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Highlights of 2017

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.

The Weddings

our favourite moments

From the happiest moments of their lives to the most profound and sincerest emotions; The weddings we had the honour to capture in  2017 have been nothing short of incredible. Each and every one of our couples hold a dear and special place in our hearts and we are forever grateful that we had their trust  to capture & tell their story.

 

Mina & Flo

Rustic, Boho wedding at Wasserschloss Unsleben

see their whole story here

The highlight Film

 

Anastasia & David

Mountain Wedding at Villa Maund, Austria

see their whole story here

The highlight Film

 

Sai & Christian

Gorgeous party-vibing wedding in Switzerland

see their whole story here

Destination Wedding in Switzerland at Lake GenevaDestination Wedding in Switzerland at Lake GenevaDestination Wedding in Switzerland at Lake GenevaDestination Wedding in Switzerland at Lake GenevaDestination Wedding in Switzerland at Lake Geneva

The highlight Film

Anne & Andi

Relaxed greenhouse wedding in Munich

see their whole story here

The highlight Film

 

Julia & Christoph

Bavarian Barn wedding

see their whole story here

The Engagements,
Elopements &
After Weddings

wild, intimate & totally free spirited love stories

Just the two of you. Anywhere in the world. Where nothing else matters & precious memories are a plenty. We absolutely adore adventuring with our couples out in the open nature & letting them run, be wild, be free and love each other with no convictions, and no one to stop them.

 

Love her but leave her wild

Elopement inspiration in the Bavarian Alps

see the whole story here

 

Anna & Flo

After wedding shoot in the mountains

see their whole story here

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Sabrina & Joe

Couple Shoot at a mountain lake

see their whole story here

 

“There are not many people out there which you took into your heart after just one second, but we’ll promise – Melli and Shayne are such kind of people! and their dog”

Sabrina & Joe

 

 

Brad & Steffi

Couple shoot in Sri Lanka

see their whole story here

 

Sarah & Mike

Rainy couple shoot in the forest

The Adventure we
went on

Sri Lanka, oh how you stole our heart

Travelling is a big part of our lives and our story. We met each other overseas, and it all started away from home. We have a deep calling to go and see the world while we still can; and telling the stories of other couples in love while we do it is right up our street. When we aren’t covering weddings – we are, in all its essence, wanderers. Explorers. Adventurers.

 

2017

Thank you

 

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Sri Lanka

Sri lanka was one of the most incredible places we ever had the privilege of travelling to. Honestly speaking, we weren’t sure about it. We only had recommendations from friends to go on and for some reason, we had our doubts. We weren’t sure if it was “worth” going to Sri Lanka when we could have gone somewhere else. We weren’t sure if we were going to come back with anything worth showing, or telling.

We could not have
been more wrong

 

Let’s check them
Vlogs

Arrival & Kandy

Checking out our place, and exploring the city

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Seriously, Tuk Tuk’s are so much fun!

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.

 

 

Ever heard of Fried Ice Cream??

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.

 

 

Kandy to Ella

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Rustic Boho Wedding at Wasserschloss Unsleben

Mina & Flo

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… 🙂

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