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  • My work | My life | My art.

    This is meant to be my journal. My personal platform. Random and for sure uncensored.
    My love for photography began at a young age and pursuing it as a career became a dream. Today, I am working hard to fulfill that dream.
    This blog is my very own story, documenting the struggles, the joys, the hopes and the flaws of my journey. It is also very personal at times, better be aware. :)
    I‘d be happy to take you along on that journey called life.

It’s my sister’s wedding. It’s the first time I was Maid of Honor. And it will forever be the last Kroll wedding with Pia.

And it is DIY all the way. ALL THE WAY. My sister Tamara moved to France a couple of years ago after she had left Germany for England back in 1995, I believe – confusing, I know. She met Laurent, they fell in love and finally felt that they do want to get married. Since both of them have been married before, they did not want to make a big fuss about it. They imagined a relaxed garden party at the pool on the day they eventually get married. And that is exactly what it was.

It started with the German tradition of a Polterabend (it’s when you smash old porcellain for good luck for the bridal couple) the night before, that was themed as a Bad Taste Party with bratwurst, beer and potato salad. For the wedding day itself, Tamara prepared ALL the food for the BBQ and made the cakes for the Kaffeeklatsch ALL BY HERSELF while Pia and I helped with the decoration. Since they focused on having a good time instead of worrying about the perfect wedding details, Tamara easily found two white dresses at H&M and decided to get a bridal bouquet in town right before the civil ceremony and to use it later for decoration. Well, what she didn’t plan on was having red roses as her flowers but they where the only fresh flowers that were left in the shop. Imagine a flower shop, packed with flowers, but all fake. The flower shops in Southern France carry mostly plastic flowers because that is what people take to the graveyard. Good to know.

After the civil ceremony at the town hall of Castelsarrasin, we headed back to Tamara and Laurent’s house to have cake and coffee by the pool. We spend some relaxing hours in the garden with chatting, swimming or whatever one felt like doing before this remarkable day ended with a great BBQ and New York Cheesecake. In between, Tamara and Laurent and I left to take some portraits in the area that is known in France for its fruit-growing, sunflower fields and blue window shutters.

This wedding is a favorite to me, not only because it is my sister’s wedding. It shows that there is no need to spend a ridiculous amount of money to have a perfect wedding day. What is important, is to have a good time and simply enjoy your day and have it the way you want it. Tamara and Laurent spent around 1000 € and it was perfect. It certainly helps having a house with a nice garden and pool in the South of France as well as having a sister that is a professional wedding photographer, but they were willing to prepare a lot of things on their own and to focus on what really is important, and it totally paid off.

Castelsarrasin, France
DIY

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  • 27. August 2014 - 08:31

    Tamara - Thank you Leonie. What a lovely week it was.
    I just need to add that I had a lot of help from my Family decorating and From Laurent who also prepared some of the food. Not all of the credit goes to me :)

Two weeks ago I got a call from my friend. ‘Hey! What happened to your Wedding Wednesday? I know of a wedding that should be up on your blog!’ Yes, Steffi, you were right, even with the timing. Steffi and Jürgen’s wedding was next in line. And there is absolutely no reason for holding it back any longer.

Steffi and Jürgen were our neighbors until they decided to leave the beautiful city of Hamburg for the exile i.e. the provincial backwater of Luneburg. We became great friends over time and I truly miss them living across the street. These two belong to the group of our dearest friends, I love how open minded, caring, trustworthy and fun they are. And thank you guys for introducing us to that small Indian diner at Hansaplatz, imagine what we were missing!

Jürgen is Franconian and grew up on a farm with a big family like mine. He studied in Würzburg where he shared an apartment with his twin brother and another room mate. Who just happened to be Steffi. They fell in love, finished their studies, moved to Hamburg for a first time, went on a world trip and came back to Hamburg for a second time (and I wish there was a 3rd one!). And then one summer they went on a hike to cross the Alps. I believe it was the highest point of their trip when Jürgen proposed to Steffi. Imagine that scene!

They decided to have a very small civil wedding with family only in April and a huge wedding party a few months later by the North Sea where Steffi grew up. Their day was so relaxed, Steffi’s sister did the bridal make up, Steffi and Jürgen got ready together at a small hotel and then we hit that old cutter Etta von Dangast for a little round trip that included a quick not so serious ceremony, pouring rain, lots of laughter, cake and hot coffee. Afterwards we went for the portrait session before the reception at the Altes Kurhaus Dangast started. I had no idea that Steffi is such a dancing queen, way to go, party girl! The night (or I should say my night) ended with the legendary rhubarb cake that the Kurhaus is well known for and which could easily be the only reason to visit Dangast. Seriously the best I’ve ever had.

Hochzeitslocation: Altes Kurhaus Dangast

Fischkutter: Etta von Dangast

Bräutigam Anzug: Herr von Eden

Brautkleid: Hallhuber

Dekoration und Papeterie: DIY

Ringe: Jan Spille

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  • 4. Juni 2014 - 17:35

    nina - Beautiful pictures Leonie!

“Es gibt nichts, was uns die Abwesenheit eines lieben Menschen ersetzen kann, und man soll das auch gar nicht versuchen; man muß es einfach aushalten und durchhalten; das klingt zunächst sehr hart, aber es ist doch zugleich ein großer Trost; denn indem die Lücke wirklich unausgefüllt bleibt, bleibt man durch sie miteinander verbunden. Es ist verkehrt, wenn man sagt, Gott füllt die Lücke aus; er füllt sie garnicht aus, sondern er hält sie viel mehr gerade unausgefüllt, und hilft uns dadurch, unsere echte Gemeinschaft miteinander – wenn auch unter Schmerzen – zu bewahren. Ferner: Je schöner und voller die Erinnerungen, desto schwerer die Trennung. Aber die Dankbarkeit verwandelt die Qual der Erinnerung in eine stille Freude. Man trägt das vergangene Schöne nicht mehr wie einen Stachel, sondern wie ein kostbares Geschenk in sich.”

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

 

“There is nothing that can replace the absence of someone dear to us, and one should not even attempt to do so. One must simply hold out and endure it. At first that seems very hard, but at the same time it is also a great comfort. For to the extent the emptiness truly remains unfilled one remains connected to the other person through it. It is wrong to say that God fills the emptiness. God in no way fills it but much more leaves it precisely unfilled and thus helps us preserve – even in pain – the authentic relationship. Furthermore, the more beautiful and full the remembrances, the more difficult the seperation. But gratitude transforms the torment of memory into silent joy. One bears what was lovely in the past not as a thorn but as a precious gift deep within, a hidden treasure of which one can always be certain.”

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