We had the best morning with Lisa + Chris in Paris. They are the sweetest couple and we spent most of our session together laughing, by the end of the shoot my cheeks were hurting from smiling. :) Surely happy people in love are the best subjects to photograph and yes, I do have the best job in the world. We started the morning with café cremes at Téléscope, which is their favorite café in Paris (and mine as well). We walked through the Louvre and across the Pont des Arts to the charming little street where they lived when they first moved to Paris seven years ago, where we stumbled upon the most beautiful little square filled with trees which had freshly blossomed after a few days of sunshine and spring weather. Those blooms made my photographer heart so happy. Thank you Lisa and Chris for being such a wonderful couple and spending the morning with Andreas and me :) I am already looking forward to our next adventure together!
A lot of Berliners opt to get married outside of the city in the beautiful Brandenburg countryside, but there are so many wonderful and unique wedding locations within the city itself. I wanted to highlight some of these truly special venues, this post is the first of a new series which will feature unique wedding locations in Berlin. As I am often asked for recommendations by my clients, I hope this can be a resource for couples looking for wedding venues which reflect what we love about the city, or for those looking to have a destination wedding here in Berlin.
I had the opportunity to chat with the event planners from the Soho House at the Love Circus BASH last month and was thrilled to discover they host weddings for non-members as well as Soho House members. For those of you who have not had the chance to visit the “house”, it is a truly stunning location housed in a former department store built in 1928.
Their event rooms can host a wide range of guests, the Politbüro, shown above on the left, accommodates up to 60 seated and features a stunning circular bar (shown below) and terrace. The Torstrasse I shown on the right, seats 80 guests. I love the long tables (we had one long table at my own wedding!), the plush seating and the beautiful wooden bar. The Torstrasse I & Torstrasse II can be combined to host up to 200 guests seated and features a large terrace with a spectacular view.
The cowshed spa at the Soho House hosts “pretty parties” which would be the perfect spot to relax and pamper yourself before the wedding with a group of friends.
Soho House Berlin
+49 (0) 30 40 50 44-251
After far too many years searching for the perfect camera bag, I discovered ONA bags and absolutely love their Brooklyn Camera Satchel. I am so honored to be featured on the ONA blog as a part of their Photographer Profile series and you can read more about my camera bag on Chasing Heartbeats.
Also, my contributor profile is up on the sisterMAG blog! I feel really blessed to have had so many great adventures working with sisterMAG over the last year. Not only are they truly amazing clients, I am lucky to also call the sisterMAG sisters dear friends.
The Love Circus BASH was so much fun and I was so thrilled to meet so many wonderful couples and Berlin based wedding vendors over the weekend. It was so great to be in a room filled with so many creative and talented people, and I felt honored to be asked to take part. I didn’t take that many photos, but here are the few I did take. Make sure to check out all the fabulous vendors who took part in the event.
I baked my favorite chocolate chip cookies to pass out at my stand :) It took a lot of self control not to eat them all myself.
Lena Schleweis’s bridal bar was a huge hit, and it was so fun to watch the brides-to-be get made up. She is super talented and I am excited to be working together with her on a shoot later this week!
Maria, from MIDSOMMARKRANS taught a flower crown workshop at the Bash. Her etsy shop has the most amazing vintage crowns.
My darling friend, Saleema, was so much fun to hand out with all weekend. Our stands were next to each other and we had the best time. She runs Modern Vintage Co. a Berlin based vintage tableware company which rents out fabulous pieces for events and weddings.
Four years ago today, Andreas and I went on our first date. To be totally honest, neither of us remember it as a very good date. It was a bit awkward and we were both super nervous and thought the other person didn’t like us. Andreas wasn’t very confident speaking English and at the time, my German skills were pretty much limited to ordering in the bakery and saying hello, so the conversation was slow to say the least. It ended with an awkward hug and we both remember feeling disappointed that the sparks that flew during our first meeting were overshadowed by the not so great first date. I had been on a handful of really bad dates after arriving in Germany and after this date with Andreas and feeling totally defeated, I went home and wrote an email to my mama stating clearly: I AM DONE DATING- no more first dates! Little did I know how true my statement would actually be ;)
Andreas and I were reminiscing about our first date date a few weeks ago when I realized we didn’t even know which day in March the anniversary was, and after some searching through my email archive I discovered it was March 25th. Yesterday marked a year and a half since our wedding and I know everyone must say this, but time has literally flown by at the speed of light. Four years after our first date, I count my lucky stars everyday for Andreas and his steadfast support and love. After the last few days, he definitely deserves a medal of some sort for staying up late helping me with last minute preparations for the Love Circus BASH and putting up with my grumpiness that inevitably results when I am tired. Thank you Andreas for your love and everything you do, and most of all for not giving up after a not so great first date.
I am thrilled to be taking part in the BASH thrown next weekend by lovely Berlin based wedding planners, Love Circus. It is the first non-traditional wedding fair in Berlin. In a city full of creative people, I think this grouping of artistic wedding industry vendors will be not only a lot of fun, but it will also bring tons of inspiration for couples planning their weddings in Berlin and beyond. I will be there showing my work and am really looking forward to getting the chance to chat with everyone who comes. For more information, check out the event on Facebook and the Love Circus BASH page and really I hope to see you there!
Andreas and I used the BodaF 2013 wedding photography conference in Malaga as the perfect excuse to escape grey, cold Berlin for a few days. He joined me the weekend before the conference and we had the best time exploring Malaga and Granada, eating lots of tapas and having absolutely no schedule for a few days. Even though the weather wasn’t quite as warm as we had hoped, the sunshine was exactly what the doctor ordered to recover from what I have dubbed the berlin winter blues.
BodaF was amazing and I met so many wonderful people. I was completely blown away by how much talent and creativity there is in the Spanish wedding industry- the first speaker, Francisco Montoro, brought most of the audience to tears watching his incredible wedding films (check them out here). Listening to Jonas Peterson, Daniel + Davina (who photographed our wedding!), Ed Peers and Sean Flanigan speak about their work in both practical and creative terms was incredibly inspiring. I didn’t take many photos at the actual conference, but this video pretty much sums up what a great 3 days it was. I am looking forward to a wonderful 2013 and for all the weddings I have booked this year, and I am already looking forward to BodaF 2014.
My last giveaway was so much fun and I thought that in honor of Valentine’s Day, I would host another one! The giveaway will include a 1.5 hour Heartbeats Session with you and your sweetheart here in Berlin or in the location of your choice! Perfect for any couple in love- newly engaged, married or dating! High resolution images will be included and all images will be presented in an online gallery to buy prints and to share with family and friends.
*Travel expenses are not included for locations outside of Berlin- feel free to email me here for travel fees before entering. I love any excuse to travel so I try and keep travel expenses for my clients affordable and simple.
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Winning entry will be selected at random and announced on my Facebook page on February 22. Giveaway ends February 21st at midnight (Central European Time).
Happy Valentines Day and Good Luck!
UPDATE: Congratulations to winning entry #43- Sasha Levenson-Wahl, I will be in touch about scheduling your shoot! Thank you to all that entered, I appreciate all of your kind words about my work more than you know! Check your email this week for a very special thank you :)