International wedding at Clärchens Ballhaus Berlin

German-Australian celebrations in Berlin

Emotionales Hochzeitsfoto

This Friday in August started early and ended late. But it was one of those days that passed by quickly because there was so much fun to indulge in. As a wedding photographer I am of course primarily a service provider (with an artistic approach). I keep an “emotional distance”, to have an overview of everything that happens and always be ready. But sometimes the action really pulls me in emotionally…like at this wedding at Clärchens Ballhaus

I met Franzi and Flu (Foluso) and their best friends at their hotel in the morning. They wished for a first look shooting, i.e. wanted to get dressed separately and then meet for the first time. Generally as a photographer I am not exactly a huge fan of staging moments at a wedding but in this case I have to say: it was great. So while the couple and their crews were getting ready I scouted the hotel for a good spot and found the rooftop terrace. Once they were dressed, Flu came upstairs with his boys before Franzi joined and he turned around.

Probably sounds a bit kitschy and surely isn’t a thing for all couples. But when two people have such strong affection for each other and the opportunity arises to “tickle” their emotions a bit: why not? By the way, exactly this is actually part of my approach for wedding photography when it comes to moments that do require a little direction. I am looking for the (spontaneous) moment after the (staged) moment.

Since the afternoon schedule was fairly tight, we moved the couple portraits to the late morning. Eleven of us jumped into the minibus and which took us to Museum Island and then to Brandenburg Gate. The temperatures hit the 30 degree mark around noon already, but everyone was keeping up. A cool beer in between (and many liters of water for me) seriously helped ;)

The ceremony in St. Bonifatius church in Kreuzberg was followed by a reception in the backyard. During a small break for the guests, a few close friends took care of the last preparations for the party at Clärchens Ballhaus and the three of us headed to their hotel. They dropped their “occidental” clothes and put on their (freaking awesome) traditional Nigerian outfits, in reminiscence of Flu’s family roots.

We used the walk to the location for another improvised shooting before the couple entered the ballroom and the wedding party erupted in applause. In between the dinner courses was time for several moving speeches by parents, friends and (slightly tipsy) best witnesses. The Angolian DJ easily managed to make everyone go wild on the dance floor and party till the early morning.

Berliner Fernsehturm an einem Sommermorgen

Berliner Straßenbahn vor Hotel

Straßenschild Kreuzung Rosenthaler Straße Auguststraße

Zimmernummer 622 in Hotel Amano in Berlin Mitte

Brautportrait während Hochzeitsvorbereitungen

Braut am Hochzeitsmorgen

Schwarzweißfoto von Brautkleid

Schuhe des Bräutigams

Bräutigam und seine besten Freunde

Bräutigam zieht Fliege an

Bräutigam legt Uhr an

Bräutigam zieht Schuhe an

Trauzeuge und Bräutigam bei Vorbereitungen

Schwarzweißfotos von Braut beim Ankleiden

First Look auf Dachterrasse

Erster Kuss am Hochzeitstag

Hochzeitsgesellschaft auf der Friedrichsbrücke in Berlin

Lachendes Hochzeitspaar

Hochzeitspaar auf der Friedrichsbrücke in Berlin

Hochzeitsfoto im Säulengang auf der Museumsinsel

Braut mit ihren Brautjungfern

Bräutigam mit besten Freunden

Paarfoto auf der Museumsinsel

Hochzeitspaar läuft Treppen hinauf

Hochzeitsfotos am Brandenburger Tor

Schild am Pariser Platz

Brautpaar auf dem Pariser Platz in Berlin

Hochzeitsfoto mit Brandenburger Tor

St. Bonifatius Kirche in Berlin

Hochzeitsgesellschaft vor St. Bonifatius Kirche in Berlin

Brautvater mit Hochzeitspaar

Innenansicht St. Bonifatius Kirche Berlin


Hochzeitspaar legt Ringe an

Hochzeitspaar küsst sich nach dem Jawort

Hochzeitspaar geht gemeinsam aus Kirche

Hochzeitsempfang im grünem Innenhof

Gäste beglückwünschen frisch verheiratetes Paar

Hochzeitsgäste in traditionellen nigerianischen Outfits

Hochzeitspaar schlendert am Rosenthaler Platz in Berlin

Detailfoto der Hände von Braut und Bräutigam

Umziehen während des Hochzeitstages

Bräutigam in traditioneller nigerianischer Tracht

Hochzeitspaar in nigerianischer Kleidung

Stylisches Brautpaar

Emotionales Hochzeitsfoto



Außenansicht Clärchens Ballhaus

Hochzeitspaar im Innenhof von Clärchens Ballhaus

Eingang zum Spiegelsaal von Clärchens Ballhaus


Spiegelsaal in Clärchens Ballhaus

Hochzeit in Clärchens Ballhaus

Kreativer Hochzeitssitzplan

Hochzeitsgesellschaft beim Abendessen

Hochzeitsgäste stoßen an

Anstoßen nach Hochzeitsrede

Trauzeuge lacht während seiner Rede

Braut mit Freundinnen

Gäste an der Photobooth

Hochzeitspaar beim Anschneiden der Torte

Hochzeitspaar beim Eröffnungstanz

Tanzende Hochzeitsgäste im Spiegelsaal


List of vendors:

Wedding location & food: Clärchens Ballhaus

Videographer: Kutte2K

Bridal dress: Hochzeitshaus Berlin

Grooms suit: Monokel Berlin

Bow tie: Katy Tarrant Dressmaker

Flowers: Live Lindner

Rings: 123 Gold

DJ: Lito Bolt

Papeterie: Sendmoments


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