He is from Canada. She is from Germany. They met on a cruise ship whilst travelling around South America. After returning home he said to her Mum he would move to Germany. The rest is history as they say.
The getting ready and the wedding ceremony took place in Berlin near where Johanna and Chris live in the traditional looking Standesamt Schmargendorf but for the reception they wanted to find a location closer to nature. They did so near Potsdam by a lake in a restaurant called Landleben. The cocktail hour was outside with beautiful vistas over the lake but later the day they moved indoors for the dinner. They had a little campfire and they also organised a breakfast get together the morning after. Their aim was to spend as much time as possible with friends and family who flew in for the celebration from several countries.
As I always do, I travelled to the wedding location a full day earlier in order to have time to look around and get familiar with the area and look for potential spots for portraits. This time I found this particular area of the nearby forest with beautiful pine trees. We had about an hour to roam around the forest before getting back to spend the rest of the evening with all the guests.
Potsdam wedding photography.