Hanna + Daniel: Engagement Photography in Bad Urach, Germany

Hanna + Daniel: Engagement Photography In Bad Urach, Germany

The best part about travel is the people you get to meet along the way. And here in Germany, our current monthly country home, I had the pleasure of getting to know Daniel and Hanna: newlyweds, world travelers, and fellow wedding photographers living in Stuttgart.

These two are some of the most genuinely sweet people I’ve ever met. I had been on a search to find models for a photo shoot in Baden-Württemberg, and when I posted a link in a wedding photographer’s Facebook group saying as much, Hanna immediately sent me a message. Turns out she and her husband grew up right in this area and were now living just an hour away! Even though they’re already married, she offered to pop on down to Bad Urach for a day to let me shoot them in a faux-engagement session. And since they’re photographers as well, they even offered to shoot my husband David and me (I mean, talk about being above and beyond awesome!)

So on a warm Sunday evening, David and I met up with Daniel and Hanna out in a beautiful field near Bad Urach Waterfall, dressed in our best and ready to shoot.

Hanna and Daniel are a photographer’s dream couple: they’re always laughing and smiling with each other, and it’s clear that they are genuinely in love. It was such a joy to capture those moments — a touch of the arm here, a loving glance there — on camera. And the fact that it all happened outdoors with the softest, most beautiful evening light? Couldn’t have been better for a natural light photographer like me.

Thanks, Hanna and Daniel, for letting me document a little piece of your love story!

Romantic Destination Engagement Photography In Bad Urach, Germany
Romantic Destination Engagement Photography In Bad Urach, Germany
Romantic Destination Engagement Photography In Bad Urach, Germany
Romantic Destination Engagement Photography In Bad Urach, Germany
Romantic Destination Engagement Photography In Bad Urach, Germany
Romantic Destination Engagement Photography In Bad Urach, Germany
Romantic Destination Engagement Photography In Bad Urach, Germany
Romantic Destination Engagement Photography In Bad Urach, Germany
Romantic Destination Engagement Photography In Bad Urach, Germany
Romantic Destination Engagement Photography In Bad Urach, Germany
Romantic Destination Engagement Photography In Bad Urach, Germany
Romantic Destination Engagement Photography In Bad Urach, Germany
Romantic Destination Engagement Photography In Bad Urach, Germany
Romantic Destination Engagement Photography In Bad Urach, Germany
Romantic Destination Engagement Photography In Bad Urach, Germany
Romantic Destination Engagement Photography In Bad Urach, Germany
Romantic Destination Engagement Photography In Bad Urach, Germany
Romantic Destination Engagement Photography In Bad Urach, Germany
Romantic Destination Engagement Photography In Bad Urach, Germany
Romantic Destination Engagement Photography In Bad Urach, Germany
Romantic Destination Engagement Photography In Bad Urach, Germany
Romantic Destination Engagement Photography In Bad Urach, Germany

All photos were shot with the Sony A7 and Zeiss 55mm f/1.8 // Engagement Photography: Alexis Rose Photography // Venue: Bad Urach Waterfall, Germany // Shoes: Pretty Small Shoes // Bracelets & Earrings: Gifted from a friend // Dress: H&M

Sneak Peek: Hanna + Daniel in Bad Urach, Germany

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of getting together with Hanna and Daniel — the sweetest husband and wife photography team based here in southern Germany — and setting up a faux-engagement photography shoot out in the gorgeous fields of Bad Urach.

Here’s a sneaky little teaser just to pique your interest…

Blurry woman in white dress in the fields of Bad Urach, Germany

More coming soon :)

Exploring Baden-Württemberg, Germany

Exploring Baden-Württemberg, Germany

When we were planning our big monthly country adventure, we knew Germany was high on the list. We ended up in a little town called Bad Urach this month and it has ended up being perfect for us: just big enough to be convenient for normal life and just small enough to feel authentic and charming. In the surrounding area, there are a million little towns with a charm all their own, so in our free time, we’ve been exploring the area.

Here you’ll see a few places around the German state of Baden-Württemberg: our our current city (Bad Urach), Lichtenstein Castle, the Hohenurach Castle Ruins, and the Neckar River in Tübingen.

I feel like we’ve gotten really lucky with the timing of each of our monthly homes and Germany is no different. It’s so fun (albeit sweaty) to be in Germany in July, and if I were planning a European destination wedding, I’d seriously consider June and July as the optimal wedding months. There’s so much gorgeous nature here just begging you to dance around in it.

Ideas for Destination Weddings in Baden-Württemberg

  1.  You could have a ceremony in Tübingen’s beautiful park or one of the old wooden-beamed buildings in the city, and then how fun would it be to take a “getaway boat” along the Neckar River after your wedding reception?? Oo! Or…
  2.  I really don’t know if this would could be arranged, but if you could rent out Hohenurach castle ruins for a day, it would be the most incredible spot to have your destination wedding, especially if you’re planning a small casual reception. You and your guests could hike up to the castle (not for the feint of heart, I should mention!) and then spend the day admiring the expansive city views and end it all with campfire s’mores while watching the flames flicker on the crumbled palace walls while you snuggle your honey.
  3. In between Bad Urach Waterfall and the train station of the same name, there is an enormous field with mountains encircling it and a stream running alongside. There’s even a view of the Hohenurach castle ruins! Set up some pretty wooden chairs and say your vows beneath one of the massive trees? *swoon*
Flowers And Old Fachwerk Houses In Bad Urach, Germany
Castle Ruins In Bad Urach, Germany
Castle Ruins In Bad Urach, Germany
Nature In Bad Urach, Germany
Overlook Of Dettlingen, Germany
Hiking Trail In The Forest In Bad Urach, Germany
Cabin And Tree In Bad Urach, Germany
Tree In A Field With Castle Ruins In Bad Urach, Germany
Old Fachwerk Houses In Bad Urach, Germany
Overlook Of Bad Urach, Germany
Greenery At Lichtenstein Castle, Germany
Bench And Flowers In Tübingen, Germany
Lichtenstein Castle, Germany
Tübingen, Germany Park In Summer
Colorful Houses In Tübingen, Germany
Punting Boats On The Neckar River In Tübingen, Germany
Boat On The Neckar River In Summer In Tübingen, Germany
Colorful Houses Along The Neckar River In Tübingen, Germany
Church Tower In Tübingen, Germany
Rowboat And Flowers Along The Neckar River In Tübingen Germany
Summer Along The Neckar River In Tübingen, Germany
Punting On The Neckar River In Tübingen, Germany
Rowboat And Flowers Along The Neckar River In Tübingen Germany
Punting And Colorful Houses Along The Neckar River In Tübingen, Germany
Flowers Along The Neckar River In Tübingen Germany
Flowers And Old Fachwerk Houses In Bad Urach, Germany

Wedding Ring Photography in Bad Urach, Germany

Wedding Ring Photography In Bad Urach, Germany

I am a big traveler (if you haven’t noticed), and for the last couple years my husband David and I have been living abroad. Right now, we’re spending the month of July in a little town called Bad Urach in southern Germany. It’s the most beautiful place. Everywhere you look, there’s the classic wooden beam architecture that you associate with Germany. And because it’s summer everything is in bloom! It’s just gorgeous.

If you’re thinking about planning a European destination wedding, Germany’s state of Baden-Württemberg would be a great choice. The Black Forest (aka the setting for many of the Brothers Grimm fairytales) is here which would be an incredible spot for an outdoor forest wedding. And it seems everywhere you look has old, pretty churches. There are even castles here. Real live castles! The American in me is pretty stoked about that.

I know, for example, that you can rent out sections of Lichtenstein Castle near Reutlingen, Germany as a destination wedding venue. Could there be a more romantic place to get married than a castle??

Baden-Württemberg doesn’t just have wedding potential on a grand scale. It’s also gorgeous in all its little details. I decided to take advantage of the pretty nature around me here in Bad Urach and shoot a few photos of my own wedding rings! Check them out below!

Alexis Rose Photography: Wedding RIngs
Alexis Rose Photography: Wedding RIngs
Alexis Rose Photography: Wedding RIngs
Alexis Rose Photography: Wedding RIngs
Alexis Rose Photography: Wedding RIngs
Alexis Rose Photography: Wedding RIngs
Alexis Rose Photography: Wedding RIngs
Alexis Rose Photography: Wedding RIngs
Alexis Rose Photography: Wedding RIngs
Alexis Rose Photography: Wedding RIngs
Alexis Rose Photography: Wedding RIngs
Alexis Rose Photography: Wedding RIngs
Alexis Rose Photography: Wedding RIngs
Alexis Rose Photography: Wedding RIngs
Alexis Rose Photography: Wedding RIngs
Alexis Rose Photography: Wedding RIngs

Should You Do A Honeymoon Registry?

Should You Do A Honeymoon Registry?

When I got was planning my wedding back in 2013-2014, I already knew we weren’t going to have a traditional celebration. We were planning everything from two continents away (planning a Hawaii destination wedding from England) and we didn’t have a huge budget. Then for the post-wedding plans, we decided to take a really non-traditional approach. After the wedding, we had no plans to buy a home or settle down. Instead, we had a crazy idea: What if we go on a honeymoon to Thailand and then just…not come back for a while?

And that’s exactly what we did!

Three days after our wedding we hopped on a one-way flight across the world and ended up living in Chiang Mai, Thailand for 10 months while I taught English at an elementary school and David worked online as a writer. All that being said, we did NOT want to do a normal wedding registry. As much as I wanted that heirloom silverware or a fancy blender, we were trying to get rid of our stuff not stockpile more! That’s when we discovered our saving grace: honeymoon registries.

There are a bunch of different honeymoon registry companies, and we ultimately went with Wanderable because they had the cheapest fees. It’s free to sign up and then when you receive gifts, they currently have a 2.5% service fee which you can choose to have your guests pay on top of the gift cost or have it deducted from the total gift amount. As far as I know, Wanderable is still the cheapest option out there.

At first, I was nervous that people would be offended that we were technically asking for cash or that they’d even decide to ignore the honeymoon registry and buy us physical gifts instead. But that did not happen! We got zero grief, even from the older crowd who I thought would be most resistant to this new fangled travel registry nonsense. Everyone (as far as I know) was so cool about it, and we ended up getting some incredible gifts!

Should you do a honeymoon registry?

Yes! It’s such a unique way for guests to be involved in your wedding and your life as newlyweds. They’ll be giving you experiences instead of things, and if you’re a nomadic soul like me, that’s priceless.

Here’s how it works on Wanderable’s site:

  1. Sign up for a free account and create a personalized list of activities or items you’d like to experience on your honeymoon. For us, that was things like a couple’s coconut oil massage and a honeymooner’s dinner on the beach. For you, it could be a guided tour of Paris or surfing lessons in Australia. Feel free to check out our actual honeymoon registry here for some ideas.
  2. Name a price for each item (e.g. 2 gifts of $75 each for a Thai cooking class) and write a short description or catchy title to tell your guests about each registry item.
  3. Add your bank account information so that you can get the gifts deposited directly into your bank account.
  4. Share the link on your wedding website and invitations. Guests can easily browse your registry and when they see something they’d like to buy, they “purchase” that item by sending you money directly with a credit card, check, cash (brought to the wedding reception), or PayPal. Even though you could technically use the cash for anything, we tried to stay true to our registry and do the activities that people really purchased for us.
  5. Rock out on your honeymoon and have once in a lifetime experiences, all thanks to your guests’ generosity!
  6. Once it’s all said and done, you’ll have the most incredible thank you note material because you’ll be able to tell your friends and family how their specific gifts — the experiences that they gave you — made your honeymoon special.

Who Should Do a Honeymoon Registry?

  • Couples planning a destination wedding and don’t want physical gifts weighing their bags down on the trip home.
  • Couples who won’t be starting married life with a traditional white picket fence and just don’t need new things.
  • Couples who wouldn’t be able to afford a honeymoon otherwise.
  • Anyone!

Really, I don’t see a reason why you shouldn’t do a honeymoon registry! You’ll always treasure those first experiences as newlyweds. Treasuring a waffle iron? Maybe not so much.

Two Places To Find Pretty Lace Wedding Dresses

Two Places To Find Pretty Lace Wedding Dresses

Featured dresses clockwise from left: 1, 2, 3, 4

When I got married last year, I went into my dress shopping with one thing in mind: a simple lacy dress with non-shiny fabric. I ended up going with this little number from David’s Bridal because 1) it was super affordable, 2) it could be easily packed (essential for someone on the road like me), and 3) it was comfortable and made me feel pretty: two requirements for my outdoor Hawaii wedding. In short, it was a good, rational wedding dress.

But here’s my confession: After getting it, I had some serious dress regret.

The amount of time I spent worrying about my decision is actually kind of embarrassing. Literally, I was looking for other dresses up until the week before my wedding. But in the end, I never could justify the idea of trashing my first dress for a second. Even now, long after my wedding, I still find myself browsing wedding dresses and imagining what it would have been like to wear them. Two designers in particular are always my go-to for wedding daydreams: Grace Loves Lace and Gossamer. I promise I am not being paid to write any of this; I just honestly think these are beautiful dresses and want to share them with all you wedding planning lovebirds out there!

Grace Loves Lace: Romantic Boho Wedding Dresses

When I was wedding planning, there was one wedding dress designer I came across that was love at first sight: Grace Loves Lace. Only problem was, I only discovered them after already purchasing my dress. Lame. Still though, I found myself secretly cheating on my first dress by drooling over everything on the Grace Loves Lace site. Even now, I find myself fantasizing about events I could attend simply to justify buying one of their dresses.

Grace Loves Lace is based in Australia (doesn’t it seem like all the best designers are??) and their dresses all feel so romantic and wild, perfect for destination weddings in places like Iceland, New Zealand, Hawaii…anywhere with wide sweeping landscapes or windblown seashores. All the dresses are made with real French lace, built to your exact measurements, and the best part is they’re actually relatively affordable! Their cheapest full-length dress, the Jasmine, starts at $990, which in wedding-land ain’t too shabby. Seriously, if I could do it all over again, I’d bite the bullet and go for either the Emme-waisted or the Antonia. *swoon*

Gossamer: Vintage Wedding Dresses

I was browsing wedding photos on Instagram once and came across this fabulous vintage dress company, Gossamer, and just about died. Their wedding dresses all have the exact classic but bohemian vibe I wanted as a bride. I can’t believe it took me so long to discover these guys!

They’re a US-based company specializing in finding vintage attire — gathering timeless pieces that, to me, feel special and casual all at the same time. I picture the Gossamer’s boho bride carrying a bouquet of gathered wildflowers with a fingertip length veil and long loose curls. I’m a sucker for lace sleeves, so I particularly love the 1970s Needle Cap Dress which normally costs $625 (!) but is currently sold out (boo). I can see why though…it looks like a dream.

Janny + Philip: Engagement Photography in London, England

Janny + Philip: Engagement Photography In London, England

Who says Paris is the only city of love? I’d say London, England is pretty darn romantic. My husband and I moved to London on New Year’s Eve 2013 and spent the next four months calling a little shared flat in Westminster home. Since the biggest thing on my agenda at the time was planning my own destination wedding in Hawaii, I had a lot of free time to kill and a photography portfolio to build. One day I decided to ask on reddit whether any London couples would like some engagement photos taken in the city.

These globetrotting lovebirds got back to me.

With roots in Malaysia and New Zealand, Janny and Philip are traveling the world together and spending a few years living in the U.K. before their wedding. You can tell instantly after meeting them that they’re best friends. They were bubbly and lovey-dovey throughout the entire shoot, allowing me a little look into their lives together. Isn’t that the best part about documentary engagement photography? You get a sneak peek into how people act when it’s just them two.

We must have walked a few miles around London that spring day…wandering around downtown in search of the best light, the best locations, the best moments. In the end, I think we got some pretty romantic, sun-drenched engagement photographs…just the way I like ’em ;)

These days, I still love hearing about all the new adventures these two go on: from a recent trip to Norway to an upcoming trip to NYC, they are some nomadic sweethearts who I’m proud to call friends.

Thanks, Janny and Philip for being my FIRST couple and thanks for giving me a peek into your love story. Cannot wait until your big day!

Romantic Destination Engagement Photography In London, England
Romantic Destination Engagement Photography In London, England
Romantic Destination Engagement Photography In London, England
Romantic Destination Engagement Photography In London, England
Romantic Destination Engagement Photography In London, England
Romantic Destination Engagement Photography In London, England
Romantic Destination Engagement Photography In London, England
Romantic Destination Engagement Photography In London, England
Romantic Destination Engagement Photography In London, England
Romantic Destination Engagement Photography In London, England
Romantic Destination Engagement Photography In London, England
Romantic Destination Engagement Photography In London, England
Romantic Destination Engagement Photography In London, England
Romantic Destination Engagement Photography In London, England
Romantic Destination Engagement Photography In London, England
Romantic Destination Engagement Photography In London, England
Romantic Destination Engagement Photography In London, England
Romantic Destination Engagement Photography In London, England