A European Honeymoon: Berlin

berlin-honeymoon

For the next stop on our European adventure (if you missed the others, check out Paris and Belgium), Jason really wanted to go to Berlin to see the street art, experience the music scene and (of course) taste the beer. I’d been hearing some great stuff about the art community, so I was pretty excited to check it out too.

Berlin is just a quick flight from Belgium.  However, we almost missed our flight because our train was moved to another track, but we couldn’t understand the announcement over the loud speaker.  As such, we got on the wrong train and traveled 30 minutes in the wrong direction before a nice couple told us we were headed away from the airport, not toward it….remember to always leave lots of extra time for travel if you don’t speak the language!

Once we arrived in Berlin, we were welcomed by a much more modern and international city (especially compared to Ghent!) While on the train from the airport to our first hotel, we met a couple from Amsterdam who told us that Berlin is considered by many to be the cultural center of Europe where many fashion and music trends begin. We loved walking around and exploring the different areas of the city, trying lots of delicious food, spotting rad street art and drinking some more beer. :)

berlin-beer

Fave Memory. Our first night in Berlin was the last night of Octoberfest. Even though Octoberfest is much bigger in southern Germany, we did stumble upon a big tent in the middle of Berlin (Alexanderplatz to be exact) with lots of beer, roasted nuts, singing and lots of sausages. So we ordered huge beers – Jason was so proud that his German classes in high school paid off!  They thought he was a local :) and then sat down with locals of all ages to drink, sing and dance. Such a fun day and it was pretty amazing to see people of all ages hanging out together and having such a fun time!

berlin-train

berlin-foodie-pick

Foodie Pick. We were pretty surprised to find such a variety of great food here – we had great Indian, Vietnamese, Asian, Tapas, and of course German! You have to try the currywurst when you are in Berlin. Currywurst is sausage with ketchup and curry sauce – it didn’t sound that good to us, but we quickly learned that it’s super delicious! We still dream of our meal at Monsieur Vuong, a Vietnamese restaurant in Mitte –  the chicken curry there was to die for… Also loved the food and outdoor patio at Pan Asia. And of course the beer! Lots of great options. I even found grapefruit beer one night – so yum! (poster of currywurst above from here)

berlin-graffiti-pick

Don’t Miss all the street art! If you love street art and the culture that surrounds it, Berlin is for you, there is lots + lots here. We had fun spotting some of our favorite artists. Lots of great art in the Mitte area where we stayed our first two nights. We also wandered around the East Side Gallery where you can still see parts of the Berlin Wall. The East Side Gallery is an international memorial for freedom. It’s a 1.3 km long section of the Berlin Wall that offers 105 paintings by a collection of international artists. The paintings at the East Side Gallery document the time of change and express the euphoria and great hopes for a better and free future for all people of the world.

berlin-wall

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weinmeister berlin

Thanks again to Katie at Ever After Honeymoons for the help with our lodging. We actually ended up staying at two places – we wanted to check out two areas of the city :). First we stayed at The Weinmeister in Mitte. Loved it here. Mitte and The Weinmeister are great for the couple that loves more urban, edgy vibes. The hotel commissioned artists to tag graffiti around the hotel and even on the entrance wall. The design is modern and funky – check out the huge bed in the middle of the room! Instead of a TV, each room has a large iMac to serve as both a TV and a computer. Mitte is a great area with lots of fun shops + restaurants – probably our favorite area of Berlin.

Then we took the subway across town to Potsdammer Platz and spent our last two nights at the Ritz-Carlton Berlin. Totally different type of hotel from The Weinmeister, but we loved it just as much! I would recommend the Ritz-Carlton Berlin for couples that love to be pampered and want a great bar close by – right in the lobby of the hotel actually :). They had a great breakfast buffet and the The Curtain Club bar was one of our favorites. The bartender at The Curtain Club creates some pretty amazing drinks. He offers the special scent drink, where you choose your favorite scent from a box of about 15 and he then creates a drink just for you based on your favorite scent – pretty fun! Since we were celebrating our anniversary the day we were there, we arrived back to our room to find champagne and a bed of rose petals. We had a really great stay here and would recommend this hotel also for honeymooners. It’s also very central to most of Berlin.

berlin ritz carlton

Above is a photo of Jason and his new friend, the Beefeater from The Curtain Club.  Every Wednesday – Sunday the Beefeater performs a ceremony at 6:00 PM to signal the opening of the bar and kicks off happy hour for all of the guests.

We really loved our time in Berlin. Lots of street art, good food and drinks. If you love visting New York City, I think you’d love checking out Berlin. Who else has been to Berlin? Do you have any tips or spots of interest to share? I’d love to hear them. Check back in the new year as we’ll be sharing our two stops in Italy next!

 all photos by green wedding shoes with the exception of the exterior Ritz-Carlton photo courtesy of the Ritz-Carlton

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Romantic Washington Wedding: Heather + Jeffrey

bride and groom

Heather + Jeffrey met back in high school – she was a homeschooled girl that liked American Dolls and he was just one of those triplet boys. Their wedding was such a happy day and happened through so much of a joint effort. They were married at Hidden Meadows in Snohomish, Washington, and their wedding had a quaint country feel. Heather + Jeffrey fell in love with the venue because of its small town location and the fact that it was on a sod farm surrounded by panoramic mountain views. Another major selling point was the fact that the entire side of the venue opened to reveal the sweeping grounds where the ceremony took place. The setting couldn’t have been more perfect.

The girls got ready in a cute old house down the road from a dairy farm, there were tears at their first look, and then moved on to an emotional and special day from then on. Common household elements were used in extremely creative ways by their wedding planner to create eclectic vintage decor. Their alter was an old fireplace mantle with a cathedral shaped window, delicately framed by birdcages which were filled with willow branches. The delightful attention to detail throughout every element of their wedding was exquisitely executed by their wedding planner Plume Wedding Concepts. They also used local catering companies to keep the hometown vibe. Big thanks to Andria Lindquist for letting me share her stunning photos!

bride in lace dress

wedding invitation

first look

bride and groom

bride and groom

Favorite Memory of the Day?
It is hard to pick any particular moment of our wedding day that stole our hearts because the entire day was so awe-inspiring. There were many things that left me breathless. It was the sweet words that filled the letter Jeff wrote me. It was seeing him for the first time and knowing how far we had come. It was the silent exchange of eyes during the ceremony while being surrounded by our loving friends and family. In short, the day as a whole was my favorite.

bride and groom

bride and groom

white bouquet

bridesmaids

burlap bunting

outdoor ceremony

outdoor ceremony

outdoor ceremony

We were inspired by birds! The initial concept of the wedding stemmed from the silhouette of sparrows, and it continued to evolve incorporating elements of vintage and country flare. We wanted our wedding to emit a classic timeless simplicity. Jeff and I are both simple and classic in our approach to life and we wanted our wedding to mirror our own unique personalities. We chose birds as a strong symbol because we felt that birds embodied all of the aspects we wished to portray.

potted plant favor

potted plant favor

dessert bar

first dance

sparkler exit

Any advice to those planning now?
Take it in. Enjoy the process and the stage of life you’re in. Absorb the people in your life leading up to the wedding. There were so many loving people that helped with our wedding that made it even more special. It really wouldn’t have come together without them. Lastly, allow yourself to take a few moments during your wedding to really let the impact of that day sink in. It all moves so fast and it’s so easy to just move through it, but know it can’t move without the two of you.

Great advice Heather! We wish you both all the best!

vendors:
photography: Andria Lindquist // second photographer: Sunshine Charlie // venue: Hidden Meadows // florals: Shades of Green // event coordinator: Plume Wedding Concepts // wedding dress: Allure Bridal Collection at I Do Bridal // Bridesmaid Dresses: Macy’s // Grooms Attire: Tuxedo Club // DJ: David Dacanay and Darwin Tamayo // Caterer: Cabbage Patch // Pies: Snohomish Pie Company

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A Candy Land Rehearsal Dinner

candyland wedding inspiration

The night before the big day: a bride-to-be in a red dress and sparkly heels. Turquoise, blush pink, hints of gold and silver all coming together in a colorful wonderland. Lollies, licorice, chocolate, suckers. Sweet childhood memories wrapped in chic evening elegance…The concept behind this Candy Land styled wedding rehearsal dinner is to inspire couples to relax, let loose and partake in a memorable pre-party with their wedding party that truly showcases their personalities just before their big day. The rehearsal dinner is a place to get away with throwing almost any type of party – even a full on Candy Land theme inspired by a favorite childhood memory! There are many DIY elements throughout this Candy Land styled photo shoot that are easily attainable and can transition from the rehearsal dinner into the wedding day, like the felt poinsettias and tissue paper peonies bouquet. Additionally, the pom pom ornaments that were tied to the back of the chairs could be lined down the aisle for the wedding. Thanks so much to Miriam from Miriam Corona Events who dreamt up this shoot and to Lukas VanDyke Photography for the lovely photos!

felt bouquet

lollipop invitation

candyland wedding inspiration

candyland wedding invitation


Loving the felt poinsettias designed by Primary Petals and the pretty plates from The Vintage Table Co.

felt flower centerpiece

dog with red bow

hanging ornaments

candyland wedding inspiration


Candy bars, dessert bars and drink stations can be completely personalized with the couples favorite candies, desserts and signature drinks. In this case, old-fashioned candies were carefully hand-picked to represent each of the Candy Land characters. There is also a peppermint hot cocoa bar with a marshmallow backdrop to give the rehearsal dinner party a holiday feel. Mixing chic design elements together like the turquoise wall, blush pink linens, gold chairs and flatware, vintage dresser and vintage place settings creates a real-life Candy Land ambiance that is both meaningful and best represents the couple’s styles. The rehearsal dinner was designed to be as realistic as possible and yet still evoke the happy feel and style of the Candy Land board game – who doesn’t love that!

candyland dessert bar

candyland dessert bar

candyland wedding inspiration

candyland wedding inspiration

hot cocoa bar

hot cocoa bar

candyland wedding inspiration

candyland wedding inspiration

candyland wedding inspiration


Thanks to all these talented vendors for sharing their creative vision with us today and hopefully it will inspire couples to have lots of fun with their rehearsal dinner. :)

vendors:
concept, design + styling, paper design, candy + dessert bars, cake: Miriam with Miriam Corona Events // photographer: Lukas VanDyke Photography // floral design: Primary Petals // linens: Unforgettable Events // chiavari chairs: Imagine That! // tableware: The Vintage Table Co. // marshmallow pops: The Marshmallow Studio // gingerbread soap bar wedding favors: Ellia C. Naturals // vintage furniture: Tasteful Tatters // hair: Anna Quinn Designs // make-up: Betsy diFrancesca // red dress: Audrey K Boutique  // jewelry: The Jewelry Factory

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