We both wanted very clean, minimalistic yet detailed and personalized decor, flowers and setting.Since we both have been to several weddings, we knew one thing for sure; how our wedding should not be – in typical Austrian tradition.

Tell us a little about yourselves, what you do, what you love…

We live and work in Vienna; Martin (43) as a key account manager and Daniela (36) for a law firm.We love vacations at the beach, meals with family and friends and our together apartment located in the heart of Vienna.Martin is a passionate guitar player and Daniela speaks 4 languages. We both enjoy cooking, eating and drinking, as well as muay thai boxing.

How/where/when did you meet – and what were your first impressions?

DR + MR: We have known each other since childhood, as our fathers are youth friends and therefore, we share many mutual beautiful memories.However, our lives have developed in different directions and so it took almost 20 years until we found each other again.

When did you first realise that this was someone you’d like to spend the rest of your life with?

DR: I have had a crush on Martin since I was like 5 years old when we first met. The feelings have changed over the years, but never completely disappeared.But I never expected that my childhood crush would one day become my best friend, confidant, partner in crime, and now husband.

MR: There was no specific moment, but I realized very soon into our relationship that we were going to spend the rest of our lives together.

Was there a proposal? Tell us a little about it…

DR: Every proposal is beautiful but mine was the most beautiful.

Martin and his maid of honor, a very good friend of both of us, spared no effort and expense and decorated a shop window of a downtown Viennese jeweller for the proposal. We were extremely lucky that the jeweller Bucherer, @bucherer made this possible and would like to thank them again.

There were 10,000 people with us on that Christmas shopping Saturday at Stephansplatz in Vienna, but at that moment it was just Martin and me.He asked – very traditionally – kneeling for my hand – it was just perfect.Those who know me know that I am not often speechless in my life, but in that moment I was.

Tell us about the vision you had for the mood or style of your wedding…

DR: We wanted to create a beautiful, relaxed but still fitting to the occasion day for us and our guests.For us it was important that all guests feel comfortable, there is good food and we create some wonderful memories together.It took us quite a while to figure out together how we wanted to design our day and also the worldwide pandemic didn’t make this easier; but in some points we are glad today that we had to think “outside of the box”.We both wanted very clean, minimalistic yet detailed and personalized decor, flowers and setting.Since we both have been to several weddings, we knew one thing for sure; how our wedding should not be – in typical Austrian tradition.We had the perfect day with our venue, chef, family and friends and would do it again anytime.

What was one element you were happy to splurge on?

DR + MR: For us, the dinner and drinks were very important.We were lucky to meet a very talented young chef who created a menu for our wedding.Since we both love to eat and cook, we wanted to share our passion for it with our guests on our day.We had a little showstopper, so to speak, as the food was prepared fresh right in front of us and you could watch the preparation process.But at least as important were our photographers.A special thank you goes again to Iva & Vedran.

Did anything happen on your wedding day that you laugh about in hindsight (even if it was stressful at the time)?

We live in Vienna, a big European city, but on our wedding day there was no free taxi/Uber; very unusual for Viennese conditions.Starting in the morning on our way to the hairdresser, continuing on our way to the courthouse as well as to the location and finally our way home.We are certainly one of the few wedding couples who drove home with public transport on their wedding day.Empty public bus – the biggest stretch limo ever!

Tell us about your main outfits, what was unique, is there a story?

DS: I didn’t want a typical wedding dress; and almost by accident found a really beautiful dress that fit me perfectly. Win win, so to speak.

Then, while looking for inspiration on various platforms, I saw a photo of a wedding party dressed completely in black and must admit, I was immediately thrilled with the idea. As you can see from the photos, we think this was a complete success.

MR: The final planning for our wedding began in the spring of 2020. In February 2020, I bought the perfect suit; had it fitted and was ready for our wedding day.Then the covid pandemic hit and our wedding was unfortunately postponed indefinitely.Due to the various lockdowns and restrictions, I was unable to pursue my usual sports and unfortunately found out 2 weeks before our big day that the suit no longer fit.Now, in July 2021, I had to get a new suit – 10 days before the wedding.Long story short – I was really lucky and got the same suit again a size larger – and Daniela still said yes!

Ceremony location: Courthouse Vienna / Reception location: Your Kitchen Vienna, @yourkitchen.at / Videographer + Photographer: Iva and Vedran, @ivaandvedran / Styling: Schneideraum @angelaschneideraum / Flora: Event Florist, @atelier_laprimavera / Catering + Beverages: Marchello Chello, @marchello_chello + Your Kitchen, @yourkitchenvienna / Cake: Cakesie, @cakesie_sweets / Both Shoes: Louboutin, @louboutinworld / Jewellery: Cartier, @cartier / Suit: Drykorn, @drykon_forbeautifulpeople / Made to measure Shirt: Venturini, @hemdenmacher_venturini / Tie: Hermes, @hermes / Watch: Rolex, @rolex / Ring/s: His and her Engagement Ring by Bucherer, @bucherer / Wedding ring: Messika, @messikajewelry / Makeup: @angelascheidermakeup / Hair: Schneideraum, @schneideraum