Kate & David’s Retro Inspired Wedding in Germany

“You know the story- Boy meets girl only in Kate and David’s case the girl met the boy half a world away!  Seven years ago expat Kate left Melbourne for a study stint in Germany, in a small town near Berlin. On the dance floor one night she met a rather charming German boy named David, who was also studying.

One of the marvels of life I find is the fact that you never know what’s just around the corner. When Kate went over to Germany for just a few months all those years ago the last thing she thought she would find was the love of her life, David (and a truly awesome human being at that if I may say so myself!)” recalls Deanne Kampe from Bonavita Photography who captured their fun wedding day.

Realising they had found in each other their soul mate Kate eventually moved to Berlin, learnt to speak German and is now a freelance curator in the amazing city that is Berlin.

Kate & David's Retro Inspired Wedding in Germany - Bonavita Photography

Fast forward seven years and Kate and David said “I do” in a cute ceremony with their families and close friends in Köpenick, a sweet little town east of Berlin. Kate and David made sure every little aspect on the day was an extension of what they love and value, drawing upon their creative talents and equally talented friends and family.  The vibe that Kate & David wanted for their retro inspired wedding was an early 1960s, classic, DIY wedding with plenty of creativity, good food, music… and dancing!!

Kate & David incorporated a great deal of hand made touches to their wedding day including both of them attending a ring making workshop and fashioning each other’s wedding rings (how amazing to make your own wedding bands!!!). Kate created her own bouquet and hand made her beautiful fascinator. David’s granny made their wedding cake (with Kate making their cute little cake topper) while Kate’s friend in Australia sewed all of the bunting for the day. Kate’s dad, a musician, even played with the Jazz band at the reception!

“What we couldn’t do ourselves, we asked friends and family to pitch in,” recalls Kate.  “The most labour intensive, but highly rewarding, was making our own flower decorations – we collected old jam jars for months before hand, decorated them with ribbon and bought the flowers from the florist and arranged them ourselves, including the bouquet.”

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Photography:  Bonavita Photography
Bride’s Dress: Inspiration Bridal 
Bride’s Hairpiece:  hand made by the bride
Bride’s Shoes: Miss KGM
Hair and Make up: bride’s own hair and makeup
Grooms suit: second hand Hugo Boss store
Grooms Shoes: Hugo Boss
Bow tie: Galeria Kaufhof
Bouquet & Flowers:  hand made by the bride
Rings:  hand made by bride & groom via Schmuck Schmiede Berlin 
Jewellery/Accessories: all pre owned by bride
Cake: hand made by groom’s granny
Cake topper: hand made by the bride
Reception styling: Bride’s own styling, bunting made by friend of the bride and groom Natalie Bode
Stationery: designed and printed by bride and groom
Music: Igor Osypov Jazz trio (Berlin) featuring special guest Tom Martin (Melbourne)
Celebrant: Standesamt Treptow-Köpenick
Transport: bride arrived in a 404 Peugot provided by Klassik Taxi Berlin 
Ceremony Venue: Rathaus Köpenick (Standesamt Treptow-Köpenick)
Reception Venue & Catering: Ägir Mugelsee Rowing Club