Jena, Germany Wedding: Ira + Matthias

Ira and Matthias first met each other on a transatlantic Lufthansa flight and together they made their way through the airport and local transportation in Munich. She went on to meet her family for a trip through Central Europe, while he remained in Munich for a conference. Nevertheless they stayed in contact, and one thing led to another.

After their engagement proposal session at the Lincoln Memorial followed by the photo session at Georgetown, Washington DC, it was an honor for me to finally be able to photograph their wedding in Europe, in Germany!

For their wedding party, Ira and Matthias chose the Landgrafen Restaurant for its scenic view over the city of Jena, Germany, where they celebrated their happy occasion with friends and family gathered from all over the world.

Bride and Groom in the woods almost kissing. Landgrafen Restaurant, Jena, Germany, wedding reception and ceremony photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

Friend of Bride helping put on make up. Landgrafen Restaurant, Jena, Germany, wedding reception and ceremony photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

The Bride and Groom took some private moments before their wedding reception.

Groom seeing Bride for the first time in her wedding dress. Landgrafen Restaurant, Jena, Germany, wedding reception and ceremony photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Groom and Bride hugging during their first glance. Landgrafen Restaurant, Jena, Germany, wedding reception and ceremony photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Table decors with flowers inside clear vase. Landgrafen Restaurant, Jena, Germany, wedding reception and ceremony photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

Simple but beautiful summer blooms of Jena adorned the table along with the other decorations.

Summer blooms of Jena used as table decorations. Landgrafen Restaurant, Jena, Germany, wedding reception and ceremony photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

The reception started with servings of tea, coffee, juice and appetizing snacks.

Father of the Groom likes to take pictures. Landgrafen Restaurant, Jena, Germany, wedding reception and ceremony photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Delicious pastries served in the wedding reception. Landgrafen Restaurant, Jena, Germany, wedding reception and ceremony photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Beautiful petals inside a glass vase. Landgrafen Restaurant, Jena, Germany, wedding reception and ceremony photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com A young boy enjoying himself at the wedding reception. Landgrafen Restaurant, Jena, Germany, wedding reception and ceremony photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Young boys eyeing for champagne during wedding reception. Landgrafen Restaurant, Jena, Germany, wedding reception and ceremony photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com The Bride and Groom having fun during the wedding reception. Landgrafen Restaurant, Jena, Germany, wedding reception and ceremony photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Lapis Legit and Bika Ambon served during a German wedding reception. Landgrafen Restaurant, Jena, Germany, wedding reception and ceremony photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

Signature cakes from both Ira and Matthias’ home countries were served to the guests.

Traditional Indonesian cakes served during a German wedding reception. Landgrafen Restaurant, Jena, Germany, wedding reception and ceremony photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com The dining hall with perfect view of the beautiful city of Jena. Landgrafen Restaurant, Jena, Germany, wedding reception and ceremony photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Tender moments between the Bride and Groom at their table with Indonesian and German flags. Landgrafen Restaurant, Jena, Germany, wedding reception and ceremony photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

The Groom’s friend also made the couple went through some German wedding traditions. The Bride and Groom must compete against each other by cutting out a heart painted on a bed sheet. The one who finished last in cutting out his/her half of the heart, lose and had to carry the partner right through the resulting hearty hole.

The Bride having fun during heart-cutting game on a sheet of fabric. Landgrafen Restaurant, Jena, Germany, wedding reception and ceremony photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com The Bride and Groom compete to cut out heart shape on a sheet of fabric. Landgrafen Restaurant, Jena, Germany, wedding reception and ceremony photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com The Bride and Groom finishing quickly during the heart-cutting game on a sheet of fabric. Landgrafen Restaurant, Jena, Germany, wedding reception and ceremony photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Groom carrying the Bride over the hearty hole in a sheet of fabric. Landgrafen Restaurant, Jena, Germany, wedding reception and ceremony photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

Next was an old German wedding custom. It’s the tradition of cutting a log representing the first obstacle that the couple shall face in their marriage. They must work together to “overcome the obstacle” by sawing through the log. Using a large bow saw, Ira & Matthias demonstrated their teamwork to friends and family, and their willingness and ability to master the difficulties that inevitably shall rise in a marriage.

Bride and Groom performed traditional German wedding custom of log cutting. Landgrafen Restaurant, Jena, Germany, wedding reception and ceremony photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com The Bride and Groom teamed up to cut the log with a bow saw. Landgrafen Restaurant, Jena, Germany, wedding reception and ceremony photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Beautiful Indonesian Batik worn by the Bride as her wedding skirt. Landgrafen Restaurant, Jena, Germany, wedding reception and ceremony photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Bride and Groom cheered finished cutting the wooden log. Landgrafen Restaurant, Jena, Germany, wedding reception and ceremony photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

Next in the agenda, all guests get to write a message to the Bride and Groom on a post card. These postcards were sent flying to the sky with balloons. All postcards have the name and address of Ira and Matthias. Hopefully, anyone who gets the landed balloon would be kind enough to attach a stamp and send back the postcard to the newlyweds.

A young girl watching a guest wrote post card for the Bride and Groom. Landgrafen Restaurant, Jena, Germany, wedding reception and ceremony photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com A guest showing the front of the postcard to be flown. Landgrafen Restaurant, Jena, Germany, wedding reception and ceremony photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Mother of the Groom writing message on postcard for the newlywed couple. Landgrafen Restaurant, Jena, Germany, wedding reception and ceremony photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Mother of the Groom chatting and laughing together with uncle and aunt of the Bride. Landgrafen Restaurant, Jena, Germany, wedding reception and ceremony photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Aunt of the Bride with the postcard written for the newlyweds. Landgrafen Restaurant, Jena, Germany, wedding reception and ceremony photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

Then finally all the guests released the balloons together with big cheers.

Guests released the balloons with written postcards attached for the newlywed couple. Landgrafen Restaurant, Jena, Germany, wedding reception and ceremony photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Heart-shaped balloons in the sky with written postcards for the Bride and Groom. Landgrafen Restaurant, Jena, Germany, wedding reception and ceremony photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Heart-shaped balloons flown towards the sky. Landgrafen Restaurant, Jena, Germany, wedding reception and ceremony photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Guests cheering for the Bride and Groom. Landgrafen Restaurant, Jena, Germany, wedding reception and ceremony photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com A game of art to occupy the guests during wedding reception. Landgrafen Restaurant, Jena, Germany, wedding reception and ceremony photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

Ira & Matthias’ friends certainly had in their minds to keep everyone busy during the wedding. Here, each guest were given a puzzle piece which they must paint on the corresponding box on the provided canvas.

Guest painting on a canvas during wedding reception. Landgrafen Restaurant, Jena, Germany, wedding reception and ceremony photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com The Bride and Groom looking at the panorama of Jena. Landgrafen Restaurant, Jena, Germany, wedding reception and ceremony photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Happy moments between the Bride and Groom before their dinner reception. Landgrafen Restaurant, Jena, Germany, wedding reception and ceremony photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

Beautiful panoramic view of the whole city of Jena can be seen from the restaurant location which was above one of the hills surrounding the city.

The City of Jena in the background witnessed the beautiful wedding of the newlywed couple. Landgrafen Restaurant, Jena, Germany, wedding reception and ceremony photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Sumptuous cheese platter served during the wedding reception. Landgrafen Restaurant, Jena, Germany, wedding reception and ceremony photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

Romantic photo session was followed by the dinner. There were so many delicious food! From beautifully arranged cheese platters and choices of salad, to the famous Saltimbocca, creamy potato gratin and biryani rice. Not to mention the rows of mouthwatering desserts.

Delicious food served during the wedding reception. Landgrafen Restaurant, Jena, Germany, wedding reception and ceremony photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Mouthwatering desserts served during the wedding reception. Landgrafen Restaurant, Jena, Germany, wedding reception and ceremony photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Thank you note from the Bride and Groom. Landgrafen Restaurant, Jena, Germany, wedding reception and ceremony photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Wedding favors from the Bride and Groom. Landgrafen Restaurant, Jena, Germany, wedding reception and ceremony photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Menu served during the wedding reception. Landgrafen Restaurant, Jena, Germany, wedding reception and ceremony photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

After dinner, everyone gets to see photo slideshows featuring each Ira and Matthias from since they were babies until they’re together.

The Bride and Groom watching slideshows featuring their journey. Landgrafen Restaurant, Jena, Germany, wedding reception and ceremony photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

The painting was beginning to take shape.

Guests painting on a canvas during the wedding reception. Landgrafen Restaurant, Jena, Germany, wedding reception and ceremony photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Mother of the Groom having fun painting on the canvas watched by Father of Groom. Landgrafen Restaurant, Jena, Germany, wedding reception and ceremony photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

The “photo booth” shots of some of the guests. The gorgeous view of the city in the background makes it a perfect backdrop!

Photo booth shots featuring guests of the wedding reception. Landgrafen Restaurant, Jena, Germany, wedding reception and ceremony photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Guests kissing in the photo booth session during the wedding reception. Landgrafen Restaurant, Jena, Germany, wedding reception and ceremony photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

In the evening the guests watched on as the Bride and Groom had to play a few games arranged by Matthias’ friends.

Friends of the Bride and Groom played games during the wedding reception. Landgrafen Restaurant, Jena, Germany, wedding reception and ceremony photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com The Bride and Groom getting pranked by their friends doing the shoe games. Landgrafen Restaurant, Jena, Germany, wedding reception and ceremony photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com The Bride and Groom played popping the balloons game arranged by their friends during the wedding reception. Landgrafen Restaurant, Jena, Germany, wedding reception and ceremony photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com The Bride and Groom kissing at their own photo booth session. Landgrafen Restaurant, Jena, Germany, wedding reception and ceremony photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

Congratulations Ira and Matthias!

May you live happily ever after! 🙂

Leo Dj

 

 

One Response to “Jena, Germany Wedding: Ira + Matthias”

  1. Denver Wedding Photographer

    Beautiful session… The wedding is so cute and simple. ^^ I love it!

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