Fairy tale wedding in Salzburg
A fairy tale wedding in Salzburg is a magical occasion in any month but especially in the winter. These selected photographs were taken at Zsofi & Florian’s small, intimate wedding. It was one of the most memorable weddings I have photographed recently.
The preparation pictures were taken at Seehotel Winkler by the crystal clear Wallersee lake, only 16 kilometres from Salzburg. The crispy water was too cold to swim at the end of February but it was smooth enough to place the wedding rings at the bottom of it – with the groom’s permission of course – just to have this unforgettable shot. I took advantage of the beautiful settings and photographed the bridal bouquet, groom’s buttonhole flower and the wedding dress on the beach too. I could not have asked for a more pleasing backdrop. The hotel had several quirky places for the groom portraits. The lighting was perfect, the backdrop with its rustic elements nicely contrasted the Groom while the informal locations allowed him to completely relax into the poses with big smiles on his face throughout. My favourite of the three is the first image: Good pose, excellent expression, superb lighting and location.
There is no wedding photography without the Bridal preparations. The one I loved here the most was when Zsofi blew a big kiss to the mirror in her Bridal suite when she was ready. With her I went with less of a rustic background outside and more of traditional locations to emphasis her natural beauty and fun personality.
Salzburg wedding ceremony
The ceremony took place in the heart of Salzburg at what is said to be one of the most beautiful town halls in Europe. A real cookie-cutter ceremony venue. Schloss Mirabell Castle serves as a city hall and administrative building for Salzburg however, the Marble Hall hosts many fairy-tale-style weddings. It is certainly magnificent and the light flooding in, coupled with the high ceilings and detailed Baroque designs made it a pleasure to shoot. The hall also once served as a concert venue to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, adding to the prestige.
It’s likely to be one of the most extravagant settings you could possibly choose for getting married in Baroque decadence. The Donnerstiege staircase is decorated with marble angles, which is often considered to be a good sign. Couples are also welcomed by dozens of little cherubs on the Angel Staircase.
Stunning wedding photos were taken in the striking Mirabell Gardens, with the fortress and historic buildings serving as a backdrop. How can you top that? I particularly liked the third picture as the newly-weds happily walk away from the camera, along the pathway with balloons in hand ready to start their new life together. The gardens have historical significance as it was originally built by Prince-archbishop Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau in the early 1600s as a gesture of love for his princess. The geometric forms of the garden gave me perfect symmetry and balance for the images.
The bridal party moved to the Imlauer Sky – Bar & Restaurant to have their reception on the 6th floor. The excellent location is close to the old town and it makes the perfect place for wedding receptions. The view of Salzburg is just breathtaking.
‘Just before the kiss’. I love this candid picture. The Bride did not know I was zooming in from the roof terrace through the window of the Sky Bar. This is the first picture of a series. The one just before the kiss. You see anticipation, love and fulfilment in this snapshot. One happy Bride. As the February sun was going down the late afternoon light flooded the bar. It did not take long for the Bride & Groom to get their sunnies out for some fun photos. Even the little one had to join in :-).
Thank you again to Zsofi and Florian for being the perfect Bride and Groom. It was a pleasure to photograph your Salzburg wedding in one of the most stunning locations. I’m delighted you love the pictures as much as I enjoyed taking them. Love Ria, the destination wedding photographer x.
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