Joana and Maria’s wedding was my first same sex wedding and it just happened to be in Germany! It had a steampunk vintage theme, old stone buildings, barn and the brides made their own outfits and decorations! I think that is a pretty impressive lineup!
The day was absolutely incredible, from all the details to the love radiating from Joana and Maria! We chatted about their wedding for almost a year and I was very lucky to see both outfits in the making! The ladies were not showing each other until the wedding. Living in an apartment together made it very hard! The anticipation was very high! Joana and Maria are passionate about creating costumes and visiting various medieval and character-based festivals. Naturally, they loved being in front of the camera.
The ceremony was heartfelt and filled with lots of laughter. A hand binding ceremony was performed along with drinking from the special double-headed glass (not sure of the name). The rings were unlocked from a chest with a special key. I was so excited when Joana and Maria liked my idea of throwing the bouquets at the same time. Joana threw to the men and Maria to the women! Have a close look at the photos of this – someone tried to duck in at the last minute unnoticed but ended up being the focus of the photo – haha!
First Look Wedding Photos
Before the ceremony, the ladies had a first ‘non-look’ where they stood on either side of a corner holding hands and share special words of encouragement and excitement! Maria also made a beautiful handwritten note for Joana which ended in laughter and happy tears.
Before this though, Joana’s three sisters had visited Maria when she was getting ready and given her a gift – it was a necklace with a very special pendant attached. Sadly, not all of Maria’s family support her relationship with Joana so it has been very hard for both of them. So Joana and her sisters decided to design a special family emblem so they could show to Maria that she would always be part of their family. All family members have the pendant. There were so many tears, also many from me when the pendant was given to Maria. Such a thoughtful and touching gift.