This summer I went for the wedding of my brother, what better reason to visit my home country, in Munich, Germany. Naturally I was their dedicated photographer, actually it was my gift to them. Weddings in Germany are a bit different. The festivities were layed out for 2 days; first day at the civil court house, followed by a picnic at a beer garden, oh, did I mention that this took place in Bavaria, beer!; later on a party on the patio of their apartment. The second day the celebration went on at a rural village in a rustic restaurant, the ceremony of exchanging rings was celebrated under a 500 year old tree, followed by a dinner.
They are about to cut out from different ends a heart which is painted on linen; who ever reaches the middle the fastest will be the ruler in the house…..Guess who did? After than they step together through the cut out.
Now to the beer garden Aumeister, for the thirsty ones, along with a picnic; it just had stopped to rain minutes before.
This is an old tradition, to bind empty cans on a string attached to the newly weds car, with this rattling sound they drive to their next destination…..
…..which was on the patio of their apartment; Dinner a huge Paella, was announced by a Buddhist gong……
Second day, the festivities continued with the ceremony of exchanging rings under this 500 hundred year old oak tree. This rural village Tading, has a few houses, a church and a restaurant, a typical tiny Bavarian village. The bride is getting dressed, in their travel VW bus, right next to the church.
They both chose to read their own wedding vows to each other, quite special and moving to everybody.
A beautiful ceremony of exchanging the rings….
Special friends got up and read a wish for their reunion and future
Travelling through your life together…