Alyson & Vincent’s wedding was my last of 2012, and what a great way to wrap up a great season! You may recognize this super cute couple from their Engagement Session we last spring. I was really looking forward to their big day because I realized at the engagement session how much fun they are in front of my camera, and also because I just LOVE international weddings, and the location looked awesome! Well none of those things disappointed me come their big day! I think its safe to say (atleast judging by my previous clients) that the women are much more relaxed infront of the camera and into it than their better halves, and Vincent & Alyson were no exception to this ‘rule..’ buuut, I quickly found a way to get the biggest, most natural smile ever from Vincent..all I had to do is ask Alyson to give him a little kiss on the neck or cheek and he would just light up light a Christmas tree… it was so sweet and put a big smile on my face as well every time :)
What was great about this wedding and the location they chose, the Brauerei Gasthof Hotel Aying was that everything happened right there, from the getting ready in the morning until the last dance the next morning, so there was no stress of hopping from one place to the next and they were able to take full advantage of the time they had with their friends & families, most of which had flown in from the US and France.
The day for me started with a bang as soon as I walked into Alyson’s hotel room where I finally got to meet her ‘infamous’ mother & Aunt Lynne..these 2 were hilarious!!! They were clearly so excited for Alyson & Vincent and of course just thrilled with being in Germany (it was Lynne’s first time!)…and they were non-stop hams the whole day :) After Alyson finished getting ready in her beautiful hotel room, we headed down to the library where Vincent was waiting for his ‘First Look.’ I love watching grooms’ reactions when they see their beautiful brides for the first time… and I have to say, Alyson really looked stunning! I love that she chose to add some color to the ‘white dress,’ everything fit together so perfectly! Once we finished in the library we went outside for some bridal portraits. Alyson & Vincent got SOOO lucky with the weather. Anyone who has ever lived in Munich knows the weather is flakey at best..u really never know what your going to get, but it was sunny and warm, which for the end of October is a real treat!
The grounds at the Gasthof are just gorgeous…colorful houses with flowers in planters and vines growing down the buildings made finding a spot for their portraits a piece of cake! I love that Alyson & Vincent planned in lots of time so there was no hurrying, and no stress…they planned a in a buffer of about 30 minutes before their ceremony so they could just wind down and relax, and I would HIGHLY recommend to future couples to do the same… planning everything too tightly just leads to extra stress where you should really be able to relax and enjoy your day with loved ones.
The ceremony was held in doors in lovely room with chandelier clad ceilings. While most of the ceremony was held in German, the readings, vows, etc. were done in both French & English (a TRI-Lingual ceremony..how cool is that?!?). I have to say, my absolute FAVORITE part of the ceremony was the reading done by Aunt Lynne. It was from one of Alyson’s favorite children’s books – The Velveteen Rabbit. This is really the sweetest book, and the exert she chose was PERFECT…so PERFECT that I’m going to share it here:
“What is REAL?” asked the Velveteen Rabbit one day… “Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?”
“Real isn’t how you are made,” said the Skin Horse. “It’s a thing that happens to you. When [someone] loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.”
“Does it hurt?” asked the Rabbit.
“Sometimes,” said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. “When you are Real you don’t mind being hurt.”
“Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,” he asked, “or bit by bit?”
“It doesn’t happen all at once,” said the Skin Horse. “You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t often happen to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept.
“Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand… once you are Real you can’t become unreal again. It lasts for always.”
Now you can see why I was so touched by that part of the ceremony and currently have a copy of the Velveteen Rabbit in my shopping cart at Amazon :D
After the ceremony Vincent, Alyson & their guests made use of the beautiful fall weather and had a cocktail hour outside under a blue sky and colorful fall foliage. It was great seeing all of the guests mingling, getting to know each other and having a good time. Most of the time with international weddings like this, the wedding is the first time both families come together, and its always a bit nerve wracking for the bride & groom because of course they hope everyone gets along well, which can of course be tricky with the language barrier. But language barrier or not, both families were interacting with each other, and finding ways to communicate and it was clear that everyone was enjoying themselves very much.
Once again Alyson & Vincent were smart and planning in a little break before dinner, allowing their guests to relax a bit and freshen up as well as allowing them to enjoy some quiet time together. After the break everyone headed into the banquet room which the Gasthof did a great job with. The lighting in the room was perfect for a wedding reception – warm, cozy and intimate. Alyson & Vincent opted for a sit-down menu, and did an excellent job choosing what should be served..the food was DELICIOUS and beautifully presented, needless to say their guests looked more than satisfied :)
After dinner Alyson & Vincent opened the dance floor with an elegant walz. Right around then is when their guests really started to let loose and I think its safe to say that everyone was having a blast, including me! I love, love, looove my job… I mean I get to take pictures of people having fun, dancing, partying the night away. And of course there is no language barrier on the dance floor, I think Alyson’s mom really got a kick out of being twirled around the dance floor by Vincent’s dad…he was quite the dancer I have to say! :D
The way this crowd was shaking their booties I am sure they worked up quite an appetite…good thing there was still one more coarse to be had – dessert! This was another chance for Alyson & Vincent to bring in something traditional to their cultures. In France, the traditional ‘wedding cake’ is Croquembrouche. I’ve never seen anything like it… its pretty much a tower of balls made of dough, filled with a light vanilla cream, and stuck together with caramelized sugar…it was A-MA-ZING! I definitely need to book more French weddings ;) Of course we can’t forget about the American part of the dessert…cupcakes!! Who doesn’t love cupcakes?! They not only looked pretty, but were delicious as well! It was really fun watching the guests amusement over the other culture’s traditions!
Phew, that was a long post! Lets get to the good stuff now..the photos!
@Alyson & Vincent… thank you both for letting me be a part fo your special day! It was beautiful in every way and I hope it was all you hoped it would be! Its pretty obvious that as long as you both have each other, you will be as ‘real’ as can be and I’m sure this will ‘last for always’. Enjoy your sneak peek!