Wanna know the ingredients for a traditional Austrian garden wedding? A cute couple, a pug dog named Walter, Dirndl dresses and leather pants, a hearty snack served in the inner court of an old farmhouse and last but not least a yard looking out on Wachau´s amazing vineyards. Sounds great? It was!

When Lisa, founder of the Schlossseiten Magazine asked me if I would photograph her brother´s civil wedding in Lower Austria I didn´t need a second invitation. Kinka and Pauli are such an adorably stylish couple with a unique sense for fashion. So I was excited to hear that they decided to have a traditional wedding and I knew it was going to be terrific! Every wedding needs a whiff of home and a touch of tradition, I think.

But let´s go back to the beginning. Their civil wedding took place in Kirchberg am Wagram. Afterwards they headed towards his parental home in Gösing am Wagram where Paulis parents own an old yet totally renovated vintner´s house with its own wine cellar and invited all the guests to a traditional snack.

Through an old gate with beautiful patina we all stepped into the greened inner court where we found an opulently laid table with traditional snacks like Liptauer, bacon and salami to our left. In the back of the inner court some steps lead upstairs into the garden which not only offered a breathtaking view over the vineyards but was the perfect backdrop for wonderful pictures at the same time. The only one preferring the inner court´s atmosphere was pug dog Walter who kept his eyes glued to the delicacy table hoping for a slice of salami to fall down.

After a beautiful and relaxed afternoon we continued driving to Hofmeisterei Hirtzberger. A gorgeous restaurant with a corresponding vineyard in Wachau at the Denube where the guests were invited to have dinner among the upper floor´s adorable ambience. But before everyone got seated I nailed Kinka, Pauli and little Walter for some portraits in the romantic alleys of the vintner´s village Wösendorf. This little place is surrounded by pictorial vineyards and not for nothing called “heart of the Wachau”.

I couldn´t have wished for a better start into this year´s new wedding season than with this lovely traditional Austrian garden wedding! Dear Kinka and Pauli – thank you so much for putting all your trust in me. It was my pleasure.

Love,
Melanie

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