Charlotte & Oliver used to spend a lot of time together skiing with their families when they were young. Their love for skiing turned into a love for each other in 2018 during one of their ski holidays.
“We went for an after-dinner walk and it was snowing. We were in the middle of a field all covered in snow when he went down on one knee. So romantic! We decided right there that we also wanted to get married in the mountains.” Says the bride.
Already filled with lovely memories of family holidays, nostalgic fun and the proposal, the bride and groom knew that they wanted to make Austria that little bit more special.
In search of the perfect venues, the pair explored their options and eventually selected the stunning Schloss Mittersill to host their wedding day. And it was the right decision – towering, snow-tipped mountains and the cloudy, autumn ambiance of Austria as their backdrop, with picture-perfect burnt orange and pristine white decor surrounding them, the couple created a gorgeous day to remember. It is a picturesque location in the middle of the Austrian Alps.
The bride and groom stressed the importance and benefits of hiring a wedding planner, local to the destination of the wedding. “Yes, you can do your research on the internet, but there are always going to be tiny details you won’t find online,” the bride emphasizes. Both busy with their jobs, the couple recalls how much of a weight off their shoulders their fabulous wedding planner, SandraM, was – allowing them to relax, spend their spare time together instead of worrying about logistics, and look forward to their special day. “Hiring a wedding planner is definitely worth the investment; it made getting married in Austria easy!”
Their wedding planner Stressfree Weddings by SandraM helped them to make their dream wedding into reality. Sandra says- “From hiring a florist and a wedding designer I changed to just hiring one person who could do it all. I elaborated with the couple what they wanted (autumn colors, but not dark – Indian Summer theme), and then I suggested matching everything with Charlotte’s copper hair. The result was just perfect. I worked with My Dekostories who then took care of the bouquets, all the décor and also the flowers for the cake.”
The wedding was an ode to fighting the resentment of the pandemic. As a lot of couples did, Charlotte and Oliver faced a major challenge when planning their initial wedding: the pandemic. “We initially had quite a big wedding planned, which we ended up canceling in spring 2020,” explains the bride. “But, as Europe began to open up, we were filled with hope again.” The pair limited their original guest list down to fifty people, and – although nerves crept up on the bride at the big change – they ended up having the most special, heart-warming day, regardless.
The first look was indeed very special! The moment Oliver stepped out and immediately put his hands to his face in awe gave her goosebumps. You could feel their love and joy for each other.
An all-white wedding was off the cards for the bride and groom. “It was all about colors, colors, colors!” gushes the bride. Their wedding planner suggested using Charlotte’s copper hair as inspiration, hinting at the use of an autumnal theme to harmonize seamlessly with the native charm of their venue. Bouquets of deep reds, yellows and oranges were scattered amongst the ceremony – hanging from archways, nestled in baskets, threaded through headbands – the blooming flowers one of the staple, beautiful details of the breath-taking celebration.
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Charlotte did some research on Pinterest and found a cake she adored. The cake artist Theresa Jahoda even used flowers for the design of their wedding cake. Subtle hints of whites and gold highlighted the wedding, in the white silk of the wedding arch and their table settings, adding an extra layer of class and style to the day. The supplier of the bespoke napkins- The Embroidered Napkin Company was the same one who just did Sophia Richie’s wedding in the south of France!
Sandra shares her inspiration- ‘It is September, but there are still the fading summer heat and colors. Nature is already offering more spectacular colors since the leaves have started changing, but there is still greenery. There will be a lot of Terracotta (not orange), eucalyptus green (not too dark), a bit of yellow here and there, and white and gold. Fabric will mostly be chosen in crème, white and fading old rose. The main flower of the main bridal bouquet will highly likely be a protea.’
Planning: Stressfree Weddings by SandraM
Venue: Schloss Mittersill
Photographer: Katrin Kerschbaumer
Décor: My Dekostories
Hair & Make-up: Sabine Loidl Weiss
Cake/Sweet Table: Theresa Jahoda
Celebrant: Sarah Al-Hosini
Stationery/Vow Books: White Orchid Print & Design
Hair Vine/Earrings: PS With Love, UK
Poem: Rhyme To Remember
Napkins: The Embroidered Napkin Company
Lace Garter: The Nottingham Lace Garter Co