It’s not every day that I photograph a destination wedding so I was very excited when Kerry and Alan decided to book me to photograph their celebrations in Mayrhofen, Austria. As you can imagine, my expectations were pretty high and I’m very pleased to say they were exceeded in every way possible. I spent a few days before their wedding in the resort, getting to know the area and spending time with them and a few of their guests. (One or two Jägermeisters were had in the local nightclub-come-sauna, the Bruck ‘n Stadl!) Each day the excitement built, we watched the clouds come and go and had our fingers crossed that the day would bring some blue skies.
The morning of the wedding came and I looked out of the window to see a bit of haziness but generally a sunny beautiful day… and it just got better and better. I don’t think Kerry and Al could have wished for a more perfect day for their wedding – the temperature was balmy, with still plenty of snow on the mountains for a little bit of snowboarding and a truly spectacular backdrop.
So why did Kerry and Alan choose to hold their wedding up a mountain? Kerry says “We wanted to get married in Mayrhofen as it’s such a special place to us and we wanted our friends and family to feel and see that too. We’re not dancers – we usually sway or jump around at gigs and festivals, or bust out the occasional lunge/running man on a dance floor. So we opted out of a wedding reception and disco and went for more time celebrating our surroundings, up the mountain, taking our guests on a horse-draw loop of the town and having plenty of traditional Austrian food and drink. We also had a first ride on our snowboards instead of a first dance! (…Beautifully ironic now actually, as when we’re riding together, we often shout to each other in broad Northernness – “Are you dancing?”, and the other will reply “Are you asking??” and we’ll proceed to do some intertwined riding for a while and pretend it’s something artistic like figure skating!) Oh and for what it’s worth – it wasn’t as easy as it looked riding whilst holding a heavy dress in one hand! Plus, with the amount of onlookers – the pressure not to stack it definitely rose and my heart was pounding when we set off on that run!!!!”
The day was so beautifully styled, with outfits and decorations that the couple had put so much thought into. Their wedding planner, Susi Dangl (otherwise known as the most helpful, god send of a person) really helped them organise a day that was so personal and reflective of their loves and personalities. With lots of lovely DIY touches and so many wonderful activities planned to entertain their guests, it was a feast for me to photograph. Highlights for me include the stunning heartfelt ceremony held at The Freiraum overlooking the valley, the magical balloon release and drinks in an Igloo called the White Lounge and of course, Kerry and Alan’s ‘first ride’ snowboarding in full wedding attire! As a snowboarder myself, I’m not sure if I would have been able to pull that off without falling over!
Kerry and Alan are two lovely lovely people and they so deserved to have the best day of their lives. I’m so glad it all came together so well for them and I will be eternally grateful for how welcoming and fun they were to work with. Kerry sums it all up by saying “Perfect day, perfect weather, perfect setting, perfect guests, perfect photographer! :) Couldn’t have asked for more!”
Without further ado, here are a selection of my favourite shots from the day…
And finally, in between taking many photos – I took a few shot video clips and made a mini wedding movie out of them… I’m certainly not a film maker and this was all done hand held so please forgive the shakiness! But I think it helps to sum up the beauty and atmosphere of the day. Please make sure you select the ‘HD’ option when watching this otherwise it will look rubbish!
Special thanks to all of the wonderful organisers, venues, suppliers and of course Kerry and Alan for making the day one I will never forget. Can we do it again please? :)
Wedding Planner: Susi Dangl, Kitzbuhel (www.susannedangl.com)
Ceremony – Freiraum (Ceremony) (www.freiraum-mayrhofen.com)
Drinks and Balloon release – White Lounge (Igloo Bar) (www.mayrhofner-bergbahnen.com/en/highlights/white-lounge)
Dinner – Wirtshaus Zum Griena (www.wirtshaus-griena.at)
Registrar: Burgi Huber, Standesamt, Mayrhofen (www.mayrhofen.tirol.gv.at)
Florist: Susanne at Gartengestaltung Kroll, Mayrhofen (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Cake: Cafe Kostner, Mayrhofen (www.kostner.at)
Bride and Bridesmaid’s Hair: Salon Maria, Ried im Zillertal (www.friseur-maria.at)
Bride’s Dress: custom ‘Mai’ by Augusta Jones, from White Mischief, Henfield (www.whitemischiefbridal.co.uk)
Veil: ‘Zara’ by Minna – Brixton (www.minna.co.uk)
Belt: Marianne Jessica, Bromley (www.mariannejessica.co.uk)
Heels: Jimmy Choo
Boots: Adidas Snowboarding
Snowboard: Salomon Gypsy
Faux fur wrap and Gold jacket: Monsoon and John Lewis
Jewellery: Necklace – Alex Monroe, Bracelet and Rings – Bride’s own/Bride’s mother’s own
Suit: Ted Baker, from Slaters, Canterbury (www.slaters.co.uk)
Snowboard: Amplid Dopamine
Shirt, Tie, Pocket Square, Cufflinks and Watch: Pink, TM Lewin, Paul Smith, Groom’s own, Omega
Bridesmaids Dresses, Snoods and faux fur Jackets: Ted Baker, Dorothy Perkins, Primark
Groomsmen Suits and Ties: Ted Baker, TM Lewin
Rings: Chisholm Hunter (www.chisholmhunter.co.uk)
Stationary: Riata Brown, Oklahoma City – via Etsy.com (www.bisforbrown.com)
Decorations: Handmade, Bride and Groom’s own, Notonthehighstreet.com, Snowbombing Festival www.snowbombing.com
Bouquet Preservation: The Flower Preservation House, Kent www.theflowerpreservationhouse.co.uk