We’re an unconventional German couple who wanted to escape from the daily routine, and made our dream to travel the world come true with a three and a half-month trip from Nepal to New Zealand, Fiji and Canada. The trip was a chance to focus on ourselves, have time to think about future plans and finally, to enjoy our wedding.
We grew up in the same small village near Frankfurt and since we are nearly the same age we went to the same kindergarten and school, though there was no close connection back then. We didn’t see each other again until New Year’s Eve in 2005. We became a couple not long after that and have lived together almost since the first week.
Our wedding day was very unconventional, but that’s exactly the way we like things! It was full of excitement and anticipation and we loved every bit. The Chasewild guys picked us up early in the morning from our beach cottage in Auckland to drive to our lovely pre-booked accommodation at Lake Taupo, where the host welcomed us and was on hand to help throughout the wedding preparations. We then made our way to Tongariro National Park for the ceremony. It wasn’t the best weather when we arrived, but the moment the ceremony started the sun came out, which made it even more magic.
And just when we thought the day couldn’t get better, we were given a parcel that my mum had secretly posted over from Germany, full of messages from our friends and family. It made them all feel very close in that moment, even though we were so far away from home.
The ceremony and photos at different locations took three or four hours but it didn’t feel like that. We really enjoyed the time with the whole team – it was such an uncomplicated, easy and funny atmosphere although we’d only known each other a few weeks.
Because it was such an intimate wedding day we didn’t have much to plan, but we wanted a modern, unique style so chose smart-casual outfits, not too heavy or serious. The same went for the flowers, so our florist integrated a lot of green elements for a rustic look and avoided conventional elements. The rest of our setting was created by nature!
Later this year we’ll have a celebration back home, but the most important aspect of our wedding was to separate the ceremony from the celebration with friends and family, because we wanted to enjoy that private moment for us alone. It also meant we were able to totally enjoy the whole day without the stress of too much nervousness or organisational issues.