Well the recent posts might have been slow, but its not through lack of being idle :-). Just before Christmas I drove over to Lavelsloh, Diepenau in Lower Saxony to photograph a friend’s wedding. It was a small very private wedding, so I, my partner Tini and our young son Benjamin, felt extremely honoured to be invited to be part of it.
The ceremony was at the Hochzeitsbahnhof, a delightful old train station restored and expanded to create a wooden hall and congregation area. The whole place had been lovingly decorated for the wedding and Christmas so naturally there was a strong Christmas theme running through the decorations.
We arrived Friday in advance of the wedding to have a look around the various locations in glorious snow and thinking how great this would be for the wedding shots. Unfortunately by the next morning this had all disappeared. But, I wasn’t complaining, the venues were fantastic, I had a beautiful bride to photograph and debonair groom.
One of the main issues with winter weddings for photographers is light… or rather lack or it! Winter days are short with sunset around 4pm, and with the sun low in the sky this also meant it does not very bright at the best of times. But, this was not a wedding where the groom was not going to see the bride in her dress until the actual service, so we took advantage of this by shooting some of the couple shots in the morning straight after photographing the bride getting ready, as the service was in the afternoon finishing about the same time as sunset.
The reception was great and held at the Berggasthof Wilhelmshöhe. A very nice hotel-restaurant in the middle of wooded countryside. It was great to just look out from the balcony in our room and room was exceptional in size. We did wonder if we had been given the wrong room!
A great wedding and somewhere I’d love to return to. The hotel had a lot of potential for photoshoots.
Of course there were a few surprises laid on for the couple by their family such as an entertainer for the evening.