Iris and Josef planned their entire wedding by themselves. They wanted something casual and fun rather than formal and stuffy, so they chose to have their reception in a park in Regensburg, Germany.
“We wanted everybody to feel comfortable”, they explained. “So there were no rules, only a lot of friends and good spirits. We basically changed everything we didn’t like about weddings!”
“One of our favourite things was the ‘friendbook’ that we made instead of a guestbook. Everybody had to fill it out and say things about us, for example what animal they think we’d be, what other names we could have… it was really funny to read the next day!”
Tor and June met online. He was living in London and she was in Hamburg. After arranging to meet in person, June decided to move to London to be with him! They were married four years later back in Germany.
“We wanted our wedding to be a contrast”, June told me. “We had classical elements mixed with punk rock. My dress was quite traditional but I showed off my tattoos! Our theme was ‘vintage Rock n Roll meets classic meets punk’.”
The wedding was held at Das Bauernhaus, “The best bit of the wedding was the ceremony but also the music gig at the end”, she continued. “We also made each other special gifts. I made him a surprise video and all his friends and relatives contributed and he gave me a box containing 12 vouchers for different treats, one for every month of our first married year.”
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.”