When Karen and Mark booked me to be their documentary wedding photographer at The Olde Bell Hurley, I’d been informed that a log cutting ceremony would be taking place. This is a German wedding tradition I hadn’t seen before. Lots of Karen’s family and friends had come over from Germany, so the log cutting tradition must have been familiar to them and made a great focal point on the day. I believe it’s called Baumstamm Sägen, an old Bavarian tradition which normally occurs right after the church ceremony. There is a log on a sawhorse and the couple have to cut the log in half. This is to symbolize overcoming the first tough task of their future together. This was lovely for pictures and sight of these two pushing and pulling on this large saw really got everyone going.
The Anglo/German theme continued in the historic beamed Tithe Barn where the wedding breakfast was held. The rooms looked great decked out in flags with bilingual menus held in mini logs on the tables. The speeches were conducted in German and English and the best man used a slideshow to enhance his speech and increase the cringe-factor for Mark.
Karen and Mark really went for it in the first dance. They’d obviously been practising and I find that more and more couples are going for a pre-planned, rehearsed routine nowadays. It must be the Strictly Come Dancing influence. Karen and Mark’s ‘tip backwards finale’ really wowed the crowd. You do still get some couples that cling on to each other and shuffle round in a circle, but I find the guests do appreciate an extended arm or a heel turn. Yeah, yeah, I do watch it myself.
Karen and Mark were a lovely couple to work for; here’s what they had to say about their pictures:
“The photos look great! We also wanted to thank you for being so brilliant on the day. We barely noticed you were there yet you managed to capture everything – just perfect.”
If you’d like to see all the pictures from their wedding at The Olde Bell Hurley, click on my recent wedding gallery link.