Allison & Ben decided to elope in Germany after discovering that planning a wedding in another country (the US, where Allison is from) was too much. In this peaceful, inspiring, and relaxed autumn outdoor wedding they stuck close to home (near Berlin) with their new baby, Ariel, and unrolled a day that embodies this new chapter of their lives together.
This story is about Allison & Ben. These two met while Allison was studying for her masters degree in Berlin, where Ben was living. He grew up in Germany. They met through a mutual friend and immediately hit it off! If you ever meet them, you MUST ask them their meeting story. It’s cute and hilarious and totally charming.
One thing I love about these two is that they knew what they wanted and went after that, even if it was nontraditional. Allison and Ben both wanted to have kids and Allison wanted to get started sooner rather than later. Within months of meeting, they had already decided that their first priority was having kids and getting married, while an inevitability, was just not as high up on the list.
So they just went ahead and had their first child before even getting married. That’s how they ended up with the cutest little baby, Ariel, during their elopement!
Since having a child, Allison & Ben have settled into a quiet little suburb outside of Berlin, though still very accessible to town. They had their fun city living and wanted a more peaceful place to raise Ariel.
For this autumn outdoor wedding, we meandered through their favorite spots in Kreuzberg, eventually landing in a beautiful park nearby their home where they love to take Ariel for walks.
An elopement doesn’t have to be in the most “epic” location you can think of. I love how this location had such special meaning to these two. They spend a lot of time here enjoying the fresh air and beautiful aspen trees while spending quality time together as a family. To elope in Germany in this tranquil location really allowed them to focus fully on each other and enjoy this beautiful autumn day.
Allison and Ben actually had a courthouse elopement in their suburb of Berlin, Kreuzberg. To elope in Germany as a German resident, you are required to get married in a courthouse by law! They got in touch with me to do their wedding portraits afterwards.
We met up in the afternoon to get to know each other over lunch at a waffle place. It was soooo good! Definitely different than the Belgian waffles I’m used to, but I loved the different sweet and savory options available.
Afterwards, they introduced me to their neighborhood. Eventually we ended up in the park where we took most of the photos.
I was so impressed by these two. They are truly a team. They are on the same page and work seamlessly together. They both put equal effort into caring for Ariel and each other. They are considerate of each other and treat each other with love and respect. It wasn’t a flashy love, but a gentle, deep love that impacted how they look at, speak to, and treat each other. I was honored to be able to witness this.
This day really shows how many flavors there are to adventure. How it means something different to each couple. An elopement is an opportunity to make a day that feels authentic to you.
For some people, that means hiking up a to a hidden alpine lake and saying your vows at sunrise. For others, that means having a slow, relaxed day meandering around your favorite places where you live. All are beautiful and worthy of being captured beautifully!
I love how this elopement also shows that you can do more than one thing for your elopement – you can have a courthouse elopement while still having that fresh, autumn outdoor wedding of your dreams.
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