Though Natalie and Christian met in Munich, they decided to have an intimate wedding ceremony in Vienna with family members only, followed by a party with friends the day after. They stayed at the gorgeous Sofitel Hotel, designed by architect Jean Nouvel, which provided a beautiful backdrop for their getting ready shots. The ceremony itself took place in one of Vienna’s most fancy locations, Palais Coburg. For their couple portraits they strolled around Augarten Park and then checked out the urban graffiti alongside the Danube canal, all captured by the talented team at Belle & Sass.

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HOW THEY MET

“We first met seven years ago in Munich at the famous beer festival (Oktoberfest), where we were introduced by friends. Although this festival is very known for flirting it is rather unusual that serious relationships emerge – but we are the proof that it can work out. The only problem at that time was that I lived in Vienna and Christian in Munich. So we started a long-distance relationship and after two years I moved to Munich, where we have lived together happily since. Two years ago Christian proposed to me on holiday in New York on a surprise picnic in Central Park. It was such a romantic idea, especially as Christian usually is not a very romantic type of person, so he definitely made a lot of effort to impress me!

DECIDING ON THE DESTINATION

As our friends and family are spread over Germany and Austria, deciding where to marry was a difficult decision for us. We finally chose Vienna as it offered the perfect combination of traditional and glamourous buildings and architecture as well as chick and urban lifestyle. For the day itself, we decided that a balance of unpretentious style would suit the imperial setting of Vienna, so that’s the sort of theme we went for.

CHALLENGES

The weather was a bit of a challenge as it was rather cold and raining on our wedding day. But since we had inside alternatives included in our plans, in the end it didn’t really matter. And then we remembered that it was raining both the first time we met and on the day we got engaged, so we decided that rain on our wedding day was serendipitous and actually a good sign!

BEST DECISION & ADVICE

The best decision we made was to keep the wedding ceremony itself very intimate with only the closest relatives. That made it a very private emotional moment for us and we had the chance to spend quality time with our family at the reception afterwards. The day after we threw a big party for all our friends and shared our happiness with them. A side benefit of spreading the event over 2 days was that I could wear my lovely wedding dress twice (with some variations, other accessories etc.). If we had advice it would be to plan your wedding the way it fits best to you, not to others- difficult enough sometimes as quite a lot of people seem to be keen on interfering!”

Photography: Belle & Sass | Location: Palais Coburg | After Party: Freyung 4 | Hair & Make-up: Michael Danler & Friseure | Bridal Dress & Shoes: Kaviar Gauche | Suit: Tiger of Sweden | Shirt: Fabry & Hofmann | Rings: Trauringschmiede | Flowers: Die Rosenwerkstatt

 

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