The wedding featured in this particular image was one of the most unique that we have ever had the pleasure of photographing. Not because of the ceremony, the venue or the themes, which were lovely but fairly conventional, but rather because the schedule for these nuptials was perfect for creating timeless and memorable wedding photos.
Natives of Kiel, Germany, the bride and groom tied the knot in a lovely civil marriage ceremony on a rainy day in Hamburg, Germany. The bride-to-be had spent the morning getting ready at the Empire Riverside Hotel Hamburg in a luxurious room overlooking the famous Hamburg riverfront. Her future husband got cleaned up and dressed at the apartment they shared in North Hamburg. They then met one another for a touching first look outside the Altona Rathaus (City Hall). We have rarely seen a more genuine and heartfelt expression of joy and wonder than the one we saw on the groom’s face when he turned and saw his future wife in her wedding dress. Afterwards, they joined up with the rest of their families and wedding guests, and went inside the city hall for their marriage ceremony.
Following the conclusion of their simple but heartfelt exchange of marriage vows, we took the newlyweds and their guests down to the waterfront for a few couples portraits and a series of family formals photos. From there, the whole wedding drove to Witthüs, a restaurant that served as the venue for the couple’s wedding reception. That is where the day got really interesting.
Set in a charming little 300-year-old house that looks like it belongs in a Brothers Grimm story, Witthüs is a Hamburg institution that is a charming spot for any marriage celebration. It is a peaceful little oasis amid the hustle and bustle of Germany’s second-largest city, a cozy spot to which new husbands and wives can retire and privately celebrate their nuptials in the company of their closest family and friends.
It is also a great spot for getting post-ceremony portraits with a beautiful fairy tale feel! The biggest selling point of the venue, in our professional opinion as wedding photographers, is the sprawling nature park that surrounds the restaurant house. The property adjoins Hirschpark, a huge municipal deer park that offers acres and acres of lush forests, verdant lawns, exquisite pink and purple flowers, glassy-surfaced ponds and scenic views of the Elbe River. There are literally thousands of little nooks in which newlyweds can be posed, and every resulting image makes you feel like the couple’s love story is taking place in a dreamy world full of magic and romance.
What was great about this couples portrait session (and coming back to the beginning, what it was about the schedule that made the day so unique) was how much time this new husband and wife dedicated to it. They gave us a good two hours to wander the Hirschpark and take pictures of them in every corner of it. That time allowed us to really understand how they fit together physically and to stretch our creativity to its fullest. We always suggest to our wedding clients that they give us much time as possible for their post-ceremony portraiture. We can create unforgettable images of them in just 15 minutes, but the more time we have with them in front of the camera, the more opportunities we have to produce magical pictures like this one.
Location: Witthüs, Elbchaussee 499A, 22587 Hamburg.