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Free Spirited Travelers Ellie and Terry’s German Castle Wedding

Ellie and Terence were married at Schloss Kronburg, a stunning German castle built in the 1200s. Yulia from YTZ Weddings had a beautiful way of capturing all of the special moments and happiness of this wedding day.

How did you and your partner meet?

I just finished my studies at 27 and wanted to see a bit of the world before starting my job as a teacher. I booked flights to Australia and New Zealand and actually met him on the third day in Lorne. We both stayed at the same hostel and he saw me and fell in love instantly and told his friends. It took me a bit longer (as always) and after also travelling through New Zealand I realized he was the one and came back to Melbourne and extended my stay and from that day on we have been together until today. It was the 14th of March 2014. We then had a one-year long distance relationship until I moved to Australia in Feb 2015 and even brought my Shetland Sheepdog with me. Now we have a little daughter of 2,5 and we are about to move to Germany together.

How did he propose?

He never did. I actually decided it was time to finally tie the knot. He agreed and when my dad booked the castle a few days later he couldn’t get out of it. But he is happy with it now and he even thanked me on Instagram for inviting him to my wedding and I thanked him for coming 😀 (We are a bit different I guess…)

What sort of style did you envision for your wedding day?

Just inviting, white, nice flowers, easy, personal, a bit boho, down to earth.

Tell us about your wedding gown and how you chose it.

I actually wanted a boho dress, but ended up with a more glamorous one. I loved the deep v line and the lace on it especially the lace around the train. I bought the dress in Australia, it was the first dress I tried on. My sister was there with me and was a great help choosing. She actually made me put on 15 more dresses that did really suit me, but it was the first one from the beginning.

My mom drove me, my sister and my mother in law to the venue in her vintage Volkswagen T 3 that she decorated herself for days. It just got fixed on time for the wedding and it looked absolutely beautiful.

Tell us about your ceremony.

We picked the castle because Terry is obsessed with history and old buildings and it is very close to where my family lives. We had the ceremony in a room of the castle. Everyone gathered in the castle courtyard of this beautiful and very old castle in Bavaria at 1pm. The sun was shining and there were some clouds so it wasn´t too hot.

When I arrived, we said a quick hello to everyone and the we went upstairs into the ceremony room. The ceremony started at 2pm and went until 3pm (much longer than we intended but it was such a hilarious, relaxed and funny ceremony so it didn´t feel as long).

Tell us about your reception.

After the ceremony we went back downstairs into the courtyard. First all the guests and then bride and groom came down and stepped outside. We stayed in the courtyard and had drinks and finger food. Then we cut the cake at about 5pm and had coffee and tea and more drinks with it.

At 7pm we changed into the dining room upstairs (the most impressive one of all of them.) We were there until about 10pm and went downstairs to the party room. It looks like an old wine cellar. Everyone could dance, sit down inside or outside and move around. The DJ was playing, blues, jazz and other beautiful music and had a set up at every location. In the party room we had a more upbeat music. We just chose our favourite songs together with our friends and the DJ played the list and added other matching songs. He did a brilliant job and always kept the dancefloor full.

The next morning, we also held a brunch in the castle courtyard with a huge breakfast buffet. And the German guests wore dirndl and lederhosen.

What was your favorite moment from the day?

The fact that we had so much time to talk to our friends and that everyone really enjoyed themselves and lots of guests are still telling us that it was the best wedding they ever went to. Another thing that made the day just perfect was the weather. It was super comfortable and there was only a little bit of rain when we were in the dining room anyway.

Any DIY décor elements?

Little candles with the name tags, I ordered the candles from England and made the tags myself. I wanted the guests to have a special memory by taking the scented candle home. They were all in recycled glasses and organic.

Flowers were a mix of lavender, eucalyptus and field flowers. We had different bunches for the courtyard tables, the party room and the dining room. In the dining room we just put big eucalyptus branches on the table interrupted by some chrysanthemums and berries.

What do you love most about your partner?

Life with him is never boring. He also loves to go on holidays on his own which I love because a partner that is around 24/7, freaks me out. I need my alone time. My mum always said: the perfect man for you lives on the other side of the world and that is actually where I found him. He is perfect because he respects that and understands it, that I like time by myself and doesn’t feel offended or not loved.

What’s your most important piece of advice for creating and maintaining a strong relationship?

Still have a life of your own. Your own friends, your own hobbies, alone time, feel happy for your partner not envious. Give each other space and respect each other’s feelings and don’t get offended instantly, try to work on problems and find solutions instead. Don’t dramatize things, just get over them in the best way for both.

Any tips that you can give to future brides?

Don’t stress too much. Everyone will love it because they are there for you. I didn’t put any pressure on planning my wedding and in the end, it really turned out to be the best day of my life. I had such an amazing day and Terry and I really got to spend a lot of time with our loved ones in a brilliant location. Special thanks to my dad who was and always is extremely generous. And also, much love to my mother in law who paid for our honeymoon.

Feature by Adorn Invitations

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