When you think about a wedding, you might have the picture of this huge wedding party with all of your fellow friends and family in your mind, right? And you also know how much I love a good, excessive party – like at the wedding of Fanny and Fredi at “Steinbachhof” near Stuttgart or Zsuzsanna and Denis at Il Boccone in Konstanz and their incredible Lake Constance Wedding.
I love those type of weddings.
But on the other hand, I’m also into those small elopements (BEZZIs) with my good friend Friederike aka Trautante. Because the spark in the wedding couples eyes is just the same no matter how many guests there are: the emotions are real and honest – just as at a big wedding, that I photograph. The love and the emotions are no different at a small wedding than at a bigger one.
And that’s exactly what happened at the vow renewal of Kate and Alessio I photographed at “Kulturbahnhof Idstein” as a wedding photographer. A huge compliment, because I also did the same at their huge summer wedding last year.
That was when I immediately fell in love with these people.
Why? – because these people are honest and authentic. They are showing feelings and being vulnurable. No matter if it was their big wedding at “Hammermühle in Wahlrod ” or at the intimate vow renewal at Kulturbahnhof in Idstein.
They don’t try to hide nor trying to please everyone. Well, maybe their pets, their friends and family – for them they always find some time even if there isn’t any.
Getting Ready with bride and groom in Wiesbaden
The wedding day started at the office of Friederike, where we all started with the getting ready part. I am living in the same house so my way there was rather short compared to the way I usually have as a wedding photographer.
Things quickly got on its way: a small room, a lot of people and my favorite hair dresser – Kristin of “Trés Jolie”. Excitement and tension were in the air. That’s what I love as a wedding photographer, because this is the time when the love is tangible. All those emotions are wonderful to see in the final wedding pictures.
First Look as Idstein wedding photographer in the streets of Wiesbaden
After the getting ready of the bride and groom we all started off with the first look of the wedding couple. All of that between driving cars on the street of Wiesbaden. The scenery was amazing and streets and gas stations always played a huge role in the life’s of Kate and Alessio. I were giving everything for the best possible images.
After the ride to Idstein, we did a small couple shooting. Maybe 5 minutes or so. But we just didn’t need more than that – we just wanted to catch some cool portraits in the storm that was turning up. What a epic timing with a waving wedding dress. I think it all payed off, even if we nearly were blown away.
A wedding ceremony at “Kulturbahnhof Idstein” near Wiesbaden
At “Kulturbahnhof Idstein” everythings got a little more calm and cosy. But also my most thrilling time of the wedding day started. The vow renewal of the wedding couple started which is something super special for me as a wedding photographer. I definitely got to work a little different than at a “normal” wedding. Especially at those small micro weddings I attract a little more attention than at weddings with a few hundred guests.
No matter how big or small a wedding is – 200 guests at a huge wedding or really intimate like at “Kulturbahnhof” in Idstein my ultimate goal is to create natural images, while nobody notice. When I look at the images, I think that I did pretty good with that.
The emotions of the wedding couple are just real and have a lot of value. I can’t ask for more as a wedding photographer.
What do you think? Huge party or small and intimate?