A dose of Old Hollywood glamour, a copper moped, and the Sežana countryside were just a few factors of Vanja and Nikola’s wedding in Slovenia that won us over. The couple may not have taken themselves to seriously on their wedding day, but they were seriously dressed to the nines in Alexandrer McQueen and Dolce & Gabanna! Samo Rovan captured the cheeky couple celebrating at Domacija Sajna, where they enjoyed a golden hour portrait session and danced the night away to the sounds of Skitnice.
The professional that is constantly with you on your wedding day is the photographer. with Samo, things just “clicked.” We went for a coffee, and immediately felt at ease with him, which I think is the most important thing when someone is present at your wedding and its not family or friends. He is constantly there without you realizing it. He captured all of the moments (not just the key ones). He captured the energy and the love of that day. Every time we go through the album, we relive our wedding day.
When Vanja and I came back to our venue from our photo shoot with Samo, everyone were waiting for us and the band started to play our song. In that moment I picked her up and danced with her in my arms. That was the moment when it hit me that we were married and that I am the happiest man ever.
You might want to grab some tissues before you continue reading this post, because it’s about to get pretty emotional in here. When looking through a beautiful wedding, there are lots of candid moments that cause ‘Oohs’ and ‘Ahhs,’ but none stop you in your tracks quite like the tender and tearful moments. Weddings are joyful occasions filled with so much love and happiness that it’s natural to become a little overwhelmed a shed a few tears. Tearful moments are often some of the most beautiful in real time, and it takes a truly exceptional photographer to capture the living moment with their camera, to be forever cherished. Here are a few of our favorite tender and tearful moments from real Junebug weddings.
Don’t mind us, there’s just something in our eyes. Aren’t you glad you had those tissues handy? For more of our favorite Junebug Moments, you have to see these remarkable father and daughter moments from real Junebug weddings.
We talk a lot about designing your dream wedding style and arranging your perfect reception, but for many, the most important aspect of a wedding is the ceremony. Ceremonies can take many forms, from religious to personal, to having friends and family playing a part or taking the form of an intimate elopement. Above all else, what makes a ceremony significant is the commitment of love between a couple on their day. We’re so excited to be joined today by expert Seattle Officiant Annemarie Juhlian to learn about planning a wedding ceremony.
Each couple is very different, and has different wants and needs when it comes to “all things ceremony” are all over the place. As an Officiant who works with couples of all faiths, paths and traditions, it is my job to reflect a couple’s purpose, mission and love story within a ceremony that is uniquely authentic, personalized, romantic and fun. Yes, fun and enjoyable! It is important that a couple select an Officiant who is a creative and supportive partner – not someone who is trying to use ceremony as a personal platform or to espouse personal beliefs.
You’re absolutely right – there are many different types of ceremony. And you know what? While there are a lot of different options for ceremony, it is the “feel” of a ceremony that is very important to me. I work with a couple to not only draw out what is important for them to celebrate within their ceremony (unique elements) but also work to draw out a couple’s personality and “feel” so there is appropriate storytelling, humor, hankie moments and more.
If a wedding ceremony is authentic, personalized and fun-loving, it has the magical ability to celebrate a loving relationship in all of the best ways. The icing on the cake is finding someone special to deliver words and ritual in an engaging manner and conversational tone that immediately relaxes a couple and inspires family and friends. I’m big on a ceremony that is transparent in tone and one that shares and expresses vulnerability – there is nothing people enjoy more than a ritual that is real, tender and gentle in all ways.
Vows are not about “I promise this” or “I promise that.” Vows on a wedding day are covenants of the heart and it is imperative that an Officiant understand the emotional make-up of a couple and make suggestions that enhance a couple’s personal/written words. Understanding this, I work with a couple and assist them with crafting words that are comfortable, poignant and reverent. And injecting a little elegant humor into the sharing of vows is a magical element that is often a silver lining within a wedding ceremony!
What Makes a Ceremony Memorable is the Love, Not the Planning
A number of years ago, I received a call at 11 p.m. a night. I usually don’t answer my phone and on this evening, I did. It was a guy in Bremerton who was unexpectedly deploying the next day. He shared that he and his Beloved were to get married in a few weeks in a small ceremony. However, with the shocking news of this unexpected deployment, he had been searching for someone to marry him for a few hours, without success (thank goodness they had a marriage license!). Being that I live on Bainbridge Island and he was in Bremerton, I told him that if they met me on Bainbridge Island at 6 a.m., I would marry them. So, under the darkness of frigid December morning, I married this sweet guy and his bride in front of the lobby fireplace at the Best Western hotel on Bainbridge Island. I wished him good fortune and blessing as he traveled with his new wife and witnesses to Sea-Tac Airport to catch a plane. It is these moments that are “crystal” for me.
With all the planning that goes into creating the wedding you’ve always dreamed of, one of the most cherished moments of your wedding is special because of its candid nature: your first look. The first time you see your soon-to-be husband or wife is an incredibly intimate moment that you want your photographer to capture. Today we’re sharing first look inspiration from some of our favorite Junebug couples.
Sophie and René’s eclectic outdoor wedding is unlike anything we’ve seen before. The couple are wedding photographers by trade, so they really knew what to look for when choosing photographer Samo Rovan to capture their special day. From flamboyant accessories to carefully curated decor throughout the ceremony and reception, Sophie and René’s wedding is anything but ordinary. In fact, Rovan’s portraits of the couple are absolutely extraordinary.
The Couple: Sophie and René
The Wedding: Gut Mönkhof, Lübeck, Germany
The Inspiration: “We knew our wedding venue from working there on a couple of weddings before. We love the atmosphere this old barn and it’s surrounding have. It is such a relaxing, calm place even though it is right in city. We wanted to cherish this atmosphere and the country barn look and feel the location has on its own so we kept the decor simple, focusing more on the lighting of the venue and the wedding ceremony. We tried to create a day for everyone to feel comfortable and to simply enjoy the love and the emotions of the day. Having all our loved ones around us was the most important and amazing thing of our wedding.”
The Couple Recommends: “We were more than happy with everyone we had worked with. We are especially grateful for our ceremony officiant Imke who has the gift to touch the heart of everyone she meets. It was a more personal, deeply touching ceremony than we had ever imagined possible. She even made it possible to include light as a main topic within the wedding, making it extra special to us as photographers. She is a very special person to us.
The second professional that absolute blew our mind with his work was our photographer Samo. He was not just fun to have around throughout the whole wedding weekend, he also managed to create pictures that capture the emotions and the love and joy of this day so perfectly! We can never thank him enough. He made it possible to relive this amazing day over and over again. The perfect memories for us!”
The Wedding Team:
Photography – Samo Rovan
Venue – Gut Mönkhof
Coordinator – Gut Mönkhof
Floral Design – Gut Mönkhof
Officiant – Imke Klie
DJ – Frank Eichstädt
Light & Sound – Timo Bergener of DJ Lübeck
Groom’s Apparel – Herr von Eden
We want to extend a huge thank you to Samo Ravon for sharing these stunning images with Junebug. For more eclectic wedding inspiration, we love this vibrant DIY styled shoot.
Everybody loves a good laugh, and on most wedding days there are no shortage of funny moments ready to be captured by the photographers on hand. The talented shooters showcased below really made it happen, and the result is this collection of hilarious wedding photos we think deserve special recognition! Nice work photographers, and thank you so much for submitted these moments to the Best of the Best!
With the many thousands of photos that were generously shared with us for our 2013 Best of the Best Engagement Photo Contest, and only 50 spaces to fill, there are so many that we love and think deserve Honorable Mention. These hilarious engagement photos made us grin, giggle and laugh out loud – we hope they make your day!
From twinkle lights illuminating the trees to a fun LOVE marquee at your reception, the lighting design for your wedding can help create the atmosphere you envisioned for your day. A romantic, rustic, or modern theme can all be carried through using different lighting options. Because there are so many creative ways to incorporate light, we’re sharing wedding lighting inspiration from some of our favorite Junebug real weddings.
Hang glass in your choice of shape from the ceiling or tree branches for an intimate light source. Line the rafters of your venue with strings of twinkle lights for a romantic starry night effect. Wrap delicate light strands around the wooden columns of your dining area for a rustic look. Don’t forget a personalized marquee for a quirky modern accent. The wedding lighting inspiration is endless!