I definitely didn’t consider myself a german wedding photographer before Deniz & Calogero got in touch. Having visited Germany a couple of times in the past two years it’s a place that I found fascinating and beautiful and so varied. I had no idea how varied and cultured this wedding in particular would be though!
I spoke about this briefly online already, but this was the first wedding I have photographed where I did not speak the native language of anyone in attendance at the wedding. Luckily for me Deniz’s english was slightly better than my German so we made it work! But for me this was the ultimate testament of no matter what language you speak, where you’re from, what colour your skin is, what you serve at your wedding and what customs you may honour – love really does look the same in front of the lens. It’s cheesy but the language of love really is international, so I had no problems whatsoever.
The family and friends of Deniz & Calogero came from Turkey, Germany and Italy and they honoured customs from each area. I spent the morning at Deniz’s mothers home, in keeping with Turkish custom Calogero arrived a couple of hours later to take his bride to the wedding. Similar to the Indian culture he arrived with alot of fanfare – drums, turkish flutes and dancing, it was hard to believe the reception hadn’t even begun yet! After dancing with the men in his family he was finally let into the house to see his gorgeous bride to be, and then there was more dancing in the courtyard with everyone!
They had the formal ceremony in a beautiful field in the countryside outside of Dusseldorf, right on a lake where frogs croaked their way along with the vows much to the kids enjoyment. We made our way to the reception in a big gorgeous barn where the evening kicked off with of course more dancing! I’ve never danced so much at a wedding, the Germans/Turkish/Italians know how to party!