This same-sex destination wedding at the Ringhotel Forellenhof Walsrode was one of the most beautiful that we have ever photographed. Its loveliness reminded us of a simple truth we have learned as destination DC wedding photographers. Namely, the best images of a couple’s marriage celebrations are the ones that capture genuine moments and real emotions. If those are present in the photos, very little about the rest of the wedding matters. The most luxurious venues do not have much photographic impact without joy, love, excitement and all the other feelings that come out on a wedding day. Conversely, the simplest marital event can look stunningly beautiful in photos when every moment is heartfelt and touching.
The kinds of scenes that make for beautiful images played out in every part of this couple’s wedding. There was the quiet intimacy of the first look they shared by a lovely pond on the venue’s grounds. There was the fun they had incorporating their shared love of sports into their couples portraits. There was the laughter of their guests during the ceremony as their officiant regaled the crowd with funny stories from the brides’ courtship. All of these moments led to truly unforgettable pictures of the couple experiencing their wedding day.
It helped that the festivities were a reflection of their personalities as individuals and as a couple. The brides are grounded, easygoing people with an appreciation for the simple pleasures in life. They value close friends and family. Every person at their marriage celebrations knew them and knew them well. Because of this, the congratulations and support they offered the brides was heartfelt and meaningful. The couple was also more likely to enjoy a good beer than a fancy glass of champagne. It was little wonder then that they chose to tap a keg of Ringhotel Forellenhof Walsrode’s famous wheat beer for their guests for the traditional post-ceremony toast. Being in their element throughout the day allowed the brides to relax, which brought forth beautiful emotions from both them and their guests.
The venue was also a perfect fit for their down-to-earth sensibilities. Located a short drive from Hannover, Germany, the Ringhotel Forellenhof Walsrode is a simple but beautiful wedding venue. Set amid the golden farmlands of Northern Germany, the hotel offers lovely green spaces that are perfect for cozy outdoor wedding ceremonies. It was the ideal size and fit for these brides’ relatively intimate nuptial celebration. The venue’s two ponds are filled with ducks in the summer and are a great setting for couples portraits. They also offer a bit more privacy, which made them a lovely spot for the aforementioned first look.