I believe this has been the most non-wedding wedding we ever shot. Maybe except the one where we didn’t shoot the wedding ceremony itself a few years ago, but this one here is really something different. When Christopher inquired with us, he told us they’d be getting married on a music festival and the night before the civil wedding he had organized a surprise concert of German singer/songwriter Matze Rossi, who also happens to be a friend of mine. Actually Christopher found our wedding work, because I had photographed and recorded some video at one of Matze’s concerts a few months earlier and he had seen these recordings. What a fun coincidence.
So, wedding day was close, I travelled to Eschwege in Germany the day before the civil ceremony to document the surprise gig of Matze in the camp at Open Flair Festival. It was a beautiful evening with Christopher, Hjördis, their friends and Matze’s wonderful music. I think I won’t forget how nervous Christopher was minutes before the actual surprise, and how confused, surprised and speechless Hjördis was in the very moment when she saw Matze. You gotta know he’s one of her favorite musicians. What a wonderful surprise to make, right?
The night ended with a lot of drinks and some discussion with neighbors on the camping ground about their choice of music. Not the best idea to play some bands that are known or said to be open for racism. It never is, especially not next to a camp that clearly sports antifascist action flags. At 2am I found myself trying to get some sleep while neighbors again were blasting some Freiwild shit. Well, I heard them discussing with Christopher once again.
Next morning, waking up quite early, first people already alive again and slowly having breakfast and getting ready for the wedding. It was fun, a lot. I mean, have you ever seen bride and groom getting ready using tablets as mirrors or a curler powered by a gasoline generator? I now have. Wedding ceremony was quite standard, besides the friends singing “Best friends” right before the ceremony, again, a song by Matze Rossi. Beautiful. Fun moment occurred while the officiant was preparing the wedding march to be played by some chimes to have the couple leave accompanied by these sounds, but before she was able to actually start it, everybody had already ran off. “No, please, no.” is what I recall being said by Hjördis.
Ok, I’m already writing too much, but one last thing that really means a lot to me: even if this whole non-wedding wedding was really low budget, and most things had been done DIY, it wasn’t low on budget when it came to photography as the appreciation for photography and how much these images will mean in the future was definitely there. And we love people who do appreciate our work and photography overall. So thank you so much for having us for this very special and different wedding, Christopher & Hjördis. More of these non-wedding weddings please. We love them.