Monastery Wedding Inspiration by Robyn Middleton Photography

Kunbi O / Monday April 14, 2014
I know I get a tad dramatic about a lot of our posts here on the blog but you can’t blame me when they’re all just so pretty. Case in point is this amazing Abbey Wedding Session by Robyn Middleton Photography. Shot at an Abbey in the heart of Germany’s wine country, this couple’s session is the perfect fusion of simplicity and intimacy while preserving the utmost of european style and sophistication. It takes rustic chic to a whole other level.

From the Photographer:

There was nothing typical about the day–the least of which was the celebration of a marriage. The couple were married earlier via an intimate civil ceremony, but wanted some more formal and fine art portraits. Janene and I met a few months ago to plan her wedding photos. We clicked immediately and became fast friends. Janene is an officer and nurse with the American Navy Reserve and is also an up and coming chef specializing in gourmet, artisanal cheesecakes. Her equally inspiring and dapper husband Christian is a Lieutenant Colonel with the American Air Force and is a highly decorated pilot. For the portraits, we chose the Eberbach Abbey in the beautiful wine country area of Eltville, Germany on the Mosel River. The Abbey, a former Cistercian monastery, was founded in the year 1136 by French Benedictine monks. It served as the perfect setting as Janene & Christian are lovers of all things french. The monastery and grounds now serve as a winery producing some of the area’s finest Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot blanc, Pinot gris, and Pinot Noir wines. This glorious monastery also provided magnificent backdrops and luminous light at every turn despite the dreary weather outdoors.

The bride was perfectly and exotically adorned as uniqueness stemmed from her handmade dress from china to her amethyst necklace & earring set from India. Even more distinct was the groom’s full military regale. Normally reserved for official state functions, this was the first occasion to wear his Air Force Formal Dress. Following the portraits, we enjoyed some french champagne along with a french vanilla buttercream wedding cake topped with succulents and fresh lavender. It was an indescribable honor to be able to spend such a wonderful and relaxed afternoon with this beautiful and inspiring couple.

Vendors: Venue: Eberbach Abbey (German: “Kloster Eberbach”) | Bouquet: DIY (Bride) | Dress: Handmade dress from China (Guoxiaotao) | Shoes: Nio Nio | Jewelry: Minura Amethyst Necklace and Earring Set (India) | Hair and Makeup: DIY (Bride) | Cake: Homemade French Vanilla with Butter Cream decorated with Succulents and Fresh Lavender (Robyn Middleton) | Cake Stand: Acacia Wedge Server (Crate and Barrel) | Augé Père et Fils http://www.champagne-auge-pere-et-fils.com | Wedding Announcement: DIY (Typography design by Germán Olaya, Bogota Colombia)