As a Destination Wedding Photographer I am very fortunate to be asked to travel to many different parts of the world. I also witness many different ceremonies and local wedding traditions that make each wedding completely unique. This Sunny Bavarian Forest Destination Wedding was exactly that.
Anja and Roland put so much of themselves into their wedding. They had lots of homemade elements and as the day unfolded they were also surprised by lots of fun activities and quirky ideas organised by their guests.
Off to the Bavarian Forest
I arrived in Munich the day before the wedding and soon met up with Anja and Roland. We picked up her dad’s original 60s VW bus and loaded it to the brim with all things delicious and beautiful. Three custom-carved little spaces for the three of us remained and we set off to Hauzenberg in the Bavarian Forest. A little while later we arrived at their wedding venue – the picturesque Gidibauer Hof. This gorgeous wedding venue overlooks the Bavarian Forest and the valley and is just down the road from where Roland grew up.
The weather was gloriously sunny and warm. The view over the fields that flanked the Bavarian Forest was clear and seemingly endless. I couldn’t think of a more beautiful setting for Anja and Roland’s wedding.
The next morning, the day began with the hustle and bustle of makeup and hair. The wedding venue staff at the Gidibauer Hof busily set up and decorated the reception room and tables. Anja and Roland had chosen a green and white wedding theme and had prepared all the details to suit. White candles, green and white flower arrangements, and scrumptious green and white macaroons tied with green ribbon set the scene. Everything looked gorgeous and set for a fab party.
Anja was surrounded by her friends as they helped her into her dress. She then headed over to Roland for a first look before their ceremony. They wanted to spend the final 30 minutes before their guests arrived together and we use the time to sneak off for a few wedding portraits. It was a great way to bask in the glorious sunshine and enjoy each other’s company, while also getting rid of the camera jitters.
A Sunny Wedding Ceremony over the Bavarian Forest
Soon after their portraits, the couple met their guests and everyone headed to the Hauzenberg Registry for their civil ceremony. It was an intimate ceremony that had both sets of parents in tears of joy.
In line with German Wedding tradition, they didn’t have confetti on their way out. Instead, Anja and Roland had to complete several small tasks to prove that they work well as a team.
As their guests greeted the newly married couple at the bottom of the Registry’s stairs, Anja and Roland saw a heart shape drawn onto a sheet. They had to cut this out with what seemed to be the minutest scissors available in the whole of Bavaria. And then they had to step through the heart-shaped hole together to show the harmony and teamwork they share. Only then did they get a well deserved glass of bubbly and a chat with their closest friends.
Then it was time to get back to the Gidibauer Hof where the second part of this wedding was about to start.
If you are looking for a Destination Wedding Photographer to capture your German or Bavarian Forest Wedding, let’s get planning. In the meantime, enjoy some of my favourites from this lovely day.