This is it. Finally. I’ve raved about it for weeks, this Sonnenalm Kampenwand Hochzeitsfotografie which was just all kinds of brilliant. Armed to my back teeth with my digital cameras, film cameras and film, I started on my solo adventure to Germany. I’d been in contact with Barbara and Peter quite regularly leading up to my trip; emails, messages, Skype – I loved them before I even met them! We talked about travel, accommodation, sights to see, friends and family…and of course, what was to happen on the big day.
By the time is was all over, their beautiful daughter Emma had become my personal shadow (I miss that gorgeous funny girl). I loved our broken conversations; each understanding the other but unable to speak the language. However, “tickles!” was a word which definitely helped us. Liz never failed to make me laugh with her crazy ways and fantastic cheeky grin. As for Barbara and Peter, well they felt like old friends. Since the wedding, they’ve kept me up-to-date with their holiday travels around Italy, how their gorgeous girls are doing, and I’m hoping to head over there again soon, for a quick visit within the year.
These are the sort of weddings which mean the world to me. Not what happens on the day, but what happens before, during, and after the big day. I am so incredibly fortunate to work alongside couples like this, people who are patient with me while I fiddle with rolls of film. People who laugh at my rubbish jokes when I’m trying to lighten the moment and calm the nerves. People who ask me to be their wedding photographer, and I’m treated as an equal, as an old family friend. As someone who is doing more than just taking their photos for the day. People who tell me to put the cameras down, grab a glass of bubbly and come join them on the dance floor.
The photos below are a mixture of film and digital images. Shot on Mamiya RZ67, Portra 400, Fuji 160NS and 400H. Dev and scan UK Film Lab. There are many, many photos. Other photographers frown on blogging so many photos; I couldn’t bring myself to chop bits out. It was all so epic. From Barbara getting ready on that Friday morning, a quick photo shoot in the (soggy wet) fields outside the hotel, the ceremony with a saxophone sextet, the cable car up into the (insanely high and hidden in clouds) Alps mountains that afternoon, sleeping in bunk beds in a cabin rooms at 1500m with 4 other adults, to a wonderful balloon release the following morning, with the lovely couple in traditional Bavarian dress. It’s all been so much. It’s all twanged my heart strings. It’s all fed my desire to make more brilliant memories for people.
It was thanks to one of my loveliest friends Siegrid Cain (who’s been giving me supportive film photography-related nudges lately!), who passed Barbara & Peter to me. I truly cannot thank her enough. And, of course, the biggest thanks in the world to Barbara and Peter for having faith in me to travel and shoot their day(s). To their friends and family for being so caring and looking after me, speaking English to include me in conversations, making sure I ate cake and sampled the TASTY German beer.
Can I do this again soon, please?
Destination Wedding Photography – Sonnenalm Kampenwand Hochzeitsfotografie