As destination wedding photographers, we pride ourselves in our willingness to go anywhere in the world to photograph marriage celebrations. In our lives, we have resided on five different continents and traveled to dozens of other countries. That international background makes us comfortable working with different cultures and taking wedding pictures in settings other than Washington, DC. We relish every opportunity to venture beyond the Nation’s Capital to help brides and grooms document their matrimonial event.
For couples planning destination weddings, we are available to photograph them in any corner of the globe! Wherever your nuptials are, we will pack up our cameras and make the trip to photograph them. There is one place outside of DC, however, that is particularly special to us: Germany. Anji was born and raised in Deutschland, and we have spent considerable time there in the recent past. In fact, Northern Germany has become something of a second home for us. It has also become one of our preferred international destination for photographing weddings when not in Washington, DC.
We have also had the pleasure to take pictures of numerous German weddings and have become quite familiar with their rhythms. We have photographed couples exchanging their vows in destinations like Hannover, Berlin and Hamburg. We have documented their nuptials photographically at diverse wedding venues, such as historic churches, an alpaca farm and Christmas markets. Locations like those are so different from the ones at which we photograph DC weddings! They put a new spin on our wedding photography that we absolutely love.
This image is from a matrimonial event that took place at Hardenbergsches Haus, a delightful old baroque villa in Hannover. It is a fantastic destination wedding venue, because it offers brides and grooms an Old World charm they cannot get in American cities like Washington. Though a bit on the intimate side size-wise, Hardenbergsches Haus give wedding celebrations unparalleled class and elegance. Its main dining room looks like something from the Palace of Versailles, for example. Brides and grooms who include it in their marriage celebrations get photos that look straight out of a fairytale. Another great space is the villa’s library. That part of Hardenbergsches Haus has shelves full of old books and great lighting for couples portraits. The library is also a great place in which grooms and groomsmen can get ready. It is spacious and has a beautiful antique mirror, in which the groom-to-be can straighten his tie.
Arguably the best part of Hardenbergsches Haus, however, is its proximity to one of Hannover’s prime attractions. Herrenhäuser Gartens, a magnificent English garden built by the Hannover Kings, is just across the street. It is a must-see for any visitor to Northern Germany and a perfect place for destination wedding portraits. Its hedges and fountains make an opulent and regal background for photos of newlyweds.
The day on which we photographed this German bride, however, was bitterly cold. So wedding portraits in Herrenhäuser Gartens were out of the question. Fortunately, Hardenbergsches Haus has plenty of beautiful spots indoors in which to pose brides and grooms. For this particular shot, we simply asked the newly-married bride to kneel in the villa’s foyer. We stood up on a chair and took a stunning photograph of her with her wedding dress describing a circle around her.