Alexandra and Dani met in Germany before getting together in Ibiza and ultimately traveling to Austria for their snow-covered destination wedding at a ski resort. We just love the amazing scenery at this alpine celebration as well as the beautiful church the couple married in. Thankfully for the rest of us, Ana Lui was there to document the day! Read on below for more from Alexandra on the details of their celebration.

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HOW THEY MET

The first time I met Dani I was 19 studying with his sister in Germany and he came to visit her. We had a funny evening together but I was not really interested- he remembers it differently though and says I was! On our wedding we got a present with a picture of that evening- we are both sitting together and smiling into the camera…. so perhaps he was right! Our paths crossed once again in 2007 when I was in Ibiza on holiday. This time we fell definitely in love. In 2012 Dani proposed in a really unexpected way. On the night before my birthday he came home from work and I was dressed up to go out for dinner with him. He went inside and changed the music (I thought for a happy birthday song) then he came back on the terrace, which he had filled with candles and we both had a glass of champagne. He fell on his knees and made a move to kick something from under the table which turned out to be the ring box. I started crying- the ring was the most beautiful piece of jewellery I had ever seen!

THE WEDDING

We chose the 21st of December as our wedding date as we thought it had a magical ring to it. It was also a good time in that it was before Christmas, the holiday lights are up and everyone tends to be in a good mood. We planned to have 50 guests but ended up with 44 in the end. We had a civil ceremony first in Ibiza before celebrating in a church in Austria. Everyone arrived at the mountain in shuttles and then we all went up with Ski Doos. During the planning, it was helpful that Dani and I had the same general ideas and of course that I had experience in organising weddings. We started Wednesday with a small get together (Rosi Sonnbergstubn), skiing and lunch (Maierl Alm) / après ski Thursday and Friday wine tasting and Jausen…in the cellar of Rosis Sonnbergstubn and ended Sunday with a brunch (Rosis Sonnbergstuben, where our parents, siblings and closest friends stayed).

STYLE & THEME

We didn’t really have a theme, but we had dark silver, grey and white, as our colours. We had Christmas ornaments: balls and white candles with silver candelabras and snowflakes on the windows. For me it was important to have a warm romantic feeling, and I also wanted to incorporate feathers and did so in the menus and also on my dress.

Our cake was in Tiffany blue with Sacher tarte filling decorated with pine cones. We had a friend we knew from Ibiza to DJ. We had an outside aperitif with Oysters, Austrian bacon and farmer’s bread, Roseti with salmon, crème fraiche and Champagne in hugh ice buckets. The table decorations, favors, menus and table plans were all my idea which my mum helped me to realise. She also did the church decor (the ceremony programmes, wedding candle etc).

I got my dress in Barcelona-  it was the first one I loved and it fitted. I felt like it was made for me: romantic, sexy and a bit like a princess. My veil was made of Spanish fabric with laceI used it afterwards as a wrap and soon after that for the baptism of our baby. My bridesmaids were allowed to wear what they wanted- as long as it was a dark elegant colour.

ADVICE

The day will pass so quickly, make sure you have the best photographer with you to capture every little moment. If I was doing it again I would also book a videographer! You can’t plan everything so try and accept that one thing at least will not go the way you planned… take a deep breath and be sad for a moment but then be happy again and think: it’s my wedding day- my dream is coming true!

Photographer: Ana Lui Photography | Ceremony:  St. Rupert’s Church | Reception: Toni Alm | Flowers: Roswitha Tildach | Cake: Konditorei Hoelzl | Bride’s Dress: Pronovias | Jewellery: Tiffany | Shoes: Jimmy Choo (church), Snow Boots: Emilio Pucci (snow boots), Michael Kors (apertif) | Groom’s Suit: Dolce & Gabbana | Shirt: Hugo Boss | Cufflinks: St Dupont | Shoes: Magnanni | Coat: Dolce and Gabanna |

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