Katja and Kevin met in school when Katja’s moved to the US for a brief space of time from Germany. At the time, Kevin knew Katja as “the German girl”. Ten years later Kevin studied abroad in Berlin and the couple met again in Munich through a mutual friend. They got married last summer in Burg Burghausen, one of the largest castle complexes in the world, eighteen years after they first met. “It blows my mind” said Kevin before raising his glass to toast his bride. In a happy coincidence, the couple managed to get Kristina Assenova to step in to replace their original wedding photographer who couldn’t make it, and they said it was one of the best decisions they made.
Katja’s family live in Germany while Kevin’s are from the US, and the couple decided to have the wedding in Katja’s hometown of Burghausen because of the ancient medieval castle there would be an ideal location. The couple sent out Save the Dates soon after getting engaged and official invites at least six months before the big day so that guests had time to make travel plans.
The biggest challenge they faced planning the wedding was language- various family members spoke just German, German and English or just English. In the end they went with the ceremony completely in German, most of the speeches in English and the rest translated as they went. They did not use a wedding planner, though sometimes wishing they had, but in retrospect felt that working on all the details themselves made it that much more special. Local traditions they incorporated included Bavarian style gingerbread hearts as wedding favors. These were decorated in the wedding colors with edible guest names and in this way even doubled as name tags.
Katja and Kevin were delighted with Kristina their photographer, and along with their videographer they felt that this combination was the best they could have gotten! The couple also loved the fact that most of the guests stayed an for at least a week after the wedding so they were able to spend time with them touring Austria and Bavaria- they loved being able to spend more than just the wedding day with their guests.
Photography: Kristina Assenova | Cinematography: The Film Creative | Ceremony Venue: Marienberg Church | Reception Venue: Burg Burghausen | Cake: Cafe Kronenberger | Stationery: Minted | Catering & Decor Rentals: Party Service Gentscher Wedding Dress: White One | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew | Jewelry: Swarovski | Florist: Form & Blume | Hair & Make Up: Friseur Team