Have you ever seen a wedding with so many smiles?! I’m not sure it’s possible, every single face in every single photo of Jessica and Melissa’s wedding is beaming! The couple live in Shanghai but were married in Berlin, where Jessica is originally from.
“We met in Shanghai in 2007″, said Jessica. “Melissa enrolled into seven month diploma course and I was teaching it! There was flirting and I thought she is so beautiful! However I was actually really shy so it took five months for us to become a couple. We married 10 days after our seven year anniversary.”
“We initially dreamt of a garden wedding very rustic bohemian style”, she continued, “with open fire bowls, lots of paper, balloons and candles. However we couldn’t go through with it because we don’t have a garden! Instead we had our ceremony at Gruenderzeitmuseum, which my dad chose because it was founded by a transvestite, Charlotte von Mahlsdorf! He thought that it would be suitable haha! Our reception was at Bar Anhalt and was recommended by my best friend after our original venue cancelled on us five days before the wedding! We almost had a nervous breakdown but it turned out even better because Anhalt was much more us!”
Mike and Emily were married at home. Their September wedding was Bavarian themed, inspired by their many trips to Germany! “We feel our wedding was pretty unique”, began the bride. “It was hard to find resources for a Bavarian wedding in America so we did so much ourselves and really enjoyed every minute of it. We had a biergarten, circus tents and live music from a variety of our talented friends all day and night. We called our theme a Bavarian street fair, and a fairytale meets Oktoberfest!”
“One of the best moments was the ceremony”, she explained. “As soon as we were pronounced husband and wife we partook in a German tradition of jointly cutting out the shape of a heart from a bed sheet, then jumping through it! Two of our friends played beautiful originals songs and the groom, who is a professional musician, also sang.”
Berlin is probably one of the coolest places I’ve ever been. There’s this crazy juxtaposition of the old, overgrown and almost derelict looking architecture, with a really unique arty and creative vibe. Nearly everything is covered in graffiti or art of some kind. Jamie and Angi’s wedding couldn’t be more Berlin if it tried. I adore everything about it!
The unique ceremony was held outside, at the former US Army Field Station in Teufelsberg. “When we got engaged we had no idea about weddings”, said the bride. “Neither of us had ever planned to get married, so we had to do a lot of research. In a way that was great because it meant we could approach everything with an open mind. Jamie is from Australia and we lived in London for many years. About five years ago we relocated to Berlin and so the wedding was a great opportunity to get everyone under one roof again.”
Susanne and Oliver were married on Friday the 13th of June, in Heppenheim, Germany. Their reception was held in the groom’s parent’s garden in Bensheim. Susanne wore a flower crown, her dress was from Sincerity and her shoes, Paradox, London.
“Even though we don’t look like everyone else, we feel like normal human beings having a normal but super-special wedding,” began the bride. “Our theme was black and white and the number 13. We love the number 13, it’s our very special number so we got married in Friday 13th.”
Seeing a bride wearing my blog’s logo as a necklace (made by Red Bird Makes on Etsy) on her wedding day makes me VERY HAPPY indeed. How cool is that!? Andrea and Franz were married in Germany on New Year’s Eve. They’re both from Germany and so wanted to get married there, but they live in Australia now so they planned the whole thing from the other side of the world.
“Our wedding theme was ‘Love, Drinks and Rock n Roll!” began the bride. “We always knew that our wedding would be about having a big party with friends and family and not about following conventions, having long speeches and stupid games. So we decided to have exactly this: a big party with lots to drink and great music. Wanting to spend Christmas back home in Germany anyway, we decided to squeeze the ceremony in during our trip. We decided to have the party on New Year’s Eve as nobody really ever knows what to do on New Year’s anyway!”
People who submit their weddings to me often describe the theme as ‘them’ – a collection of things that they love or that they feel represent them as a couple. Amanda and Andre, who were married in Cologne, Germany, were no different. “We had some Rock n Roll, lots of colour and a slight industrial vibe for our wedding”, Amanda explained. “Our wedding was held in the middle of Cologne central market at ‘Alte Versteigerungshalle‘ which means Old Auction House. It was difficult to find a venue that was outside of the norm. We didn’t want a farm, a castle or a hotel. Because of the lack of alternatives we picked somewhere that we could make our own and decorate ourselves.”
“Our place cards were made from this vintage fashion doll tutorial that I found online and our paper flowers were all based on this YouTube video“, she continued. “The glitter stars and hearts were cut out of plastic tablecloth which sounds easy but took forever and wasn’t very fun – they looked great though! I ordered handmade shabby chic frames from etsy in rainbow colours which held our table numbers. We bought vinyls to use as place-mats from eBay.”