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Priscilla + Richard’s spring adventure wedding in Berchtesgaden National Park was truly a dream. Eloping in the picturesque German Alps was the perfect fit for Priscilla and Richard, world travelers and mountain seekers. From the incredible scenery, to the stylish details, and guests from both Costa Rica and Ireland, it was an experience everyone will cherish for years to come.
Elopement Day Timeline
This adventure wedding in the German Alps was split into two parts. The first half, Priscilla and Richard spent together, exploring in the mountains. For the remainder of the day, the pair celebrated with close family and friends at a scenic venue. Their wedding was jam-packed from start to finish, and absolutely unforgettable.
- 5:30 am - Getting Ready
- 8:00 am - Drive to the lake, and first look
- 9:00 am - Boat ride across the Königssee
- 10:00 am - Hiking, exploring, and portraits
- 12:00 pm - Catch boat back to town
- 1:15 pm - Arrive back at venue, HMUA touch-ups, guests arrive
- 2:30 pm - Father/daughter first look and exchanging gifts with family
- 3:00 pm - Ceremony and champagne receptions
- 4:00 pm - Group photos, and the cake cutting
- 5:30 pm - Catered dinner
- 7:30 pm - A few evening portraits
- 8:00 pm - Day ends, say goodbyes
To kick off Priscilla + Richard’s day, the two got ready at their respective locations. Priscilla was staying at the beautiful Salzbergalm, which would also act as the venue later in the day. Richard stayed at another local hotel, so they wouldn’t see each other before a first look later.
Despite heavy rains being predicted for the entire day, the sunrise shone brilliantly over the green spring landscape. Lisa, with Styling by Lisa, worked carefully on Priscilla’s hair and makeup, making sure everything would hold up during the adventure to follow. After photographing the wedding details and Priscilla getting ready, it was time to meet Richard and do the same.
By 8 am, we were driving Priscilla and Richard over to the lake separately, and preparing them for the first look. The two were ecstatic to see each other when the time came. There were lots of hugs, tears, and excitement. Time was short, so before we knew it, we were walking toward the Koenigssee to catch our boat ride.
Elopement Adventure on the Königssee
During the planning process, Priscilla and Richard shared that they wanted to spend some time outside in the mountains. They had previously trekked around the globe, including to Everest Base Camp. The pair were looking forward to exploring somewhere new and beautiful. Ultimately, it was decided we’d take the famous boat trip across Königssee (lake), in Berchtesgaden National Park, and then hike to a smaller lake nearby.
Because of the wet weather forecasted, the boat was less crowded than usual. We moved between seats, trying to get a peek at the dazzling views. The ride was smooth, and along the way, an employee shared facts about the region. After an hour, our stop had come. Despite being in the Bavarian Alps, it felt like Norway due to the towering mountains and fjord-like channel of water.
The next few hours flew by as we explored the landscape, took photos, and ate snacks in the warm sun. For a while, the trail was quiet, but as the morning wore on, it quickly grew busier. Luckily, as the crowds grew, we were already wrapping up. It was time to join friends and family at the venue.
Micro Wedding in Berchtesgaden
Post-lakeside adventure, Priscilla and Richard had a full afternoon and evening planned with family and friends. While we had been away, Vanessza, with Peach Perfect Weddings, and Svenja, with the Salzbergalm, had been busy setting up decorations and organizing the ceremony. While the ceremony was initially going to be outdoors, at the last minute, it got moved to a glass, inside-area due to threatening storm clouds.
When it was time for the ceremony, everyone gathered in the beautifully decorated glass room. Florals donned an arch, and live musicians played. Yvonne Beck, a wonderful celebrant, led the ceremony. Priscilla and Richard gave gifts to their mothers, exchanged vows, and lit a unity candle together. Everyone was glad plans had moved indoors, because throughout the ceremony rain poured down, and thunder rumbled. By the time things were over, the rain had left too.
Afterward, the group had a variety of pretty foods to snack on, and a small champagne reception while dinner was prepared by Haus und Hof Catering. While this was going on, we also took group photos.
Soon, the guests gathered in the dining area, lit cozily with candles as live music played by Lukas and Sara if In:Soul.
The night was coming to an end, but Priscilla and Richard wanted a few more photos before the night was through. The sky was dark, in part, because it was almost sunset, but also, because more rain was on the way. After 15 minutes outside laughing, we ran back inside as the first large drops began to fall. Perfect timing to an incredible day.
Tips for Your Adventure Wedding in the German Alps
Are you thinking of getting married or eloping in the German Alps? Here are a couple of helpful tips:
- If you want to get married in Berchtesgaden National Park, I’d highly recommend the off-season, such as spring or autumn. This region is incredibly popular, and Priscilla and Richard’s location is normally crowded.
- For couples thinking of planning a micro wedding, you’ll most likely need to rent a venue. In Bavaria, there are numerous small mountain wedding venues that are perfect for this.
- Elopement planners can be a great addition to your wedding vendor team if you’re holding a destination wedding. A planner can help you secure a venue, organize decorations, food, and more.
Real Germany Elopement Experience: A Review from Our Couple
‘’Huge thanks to Christine and Scott (Made in the Mountains) for a perfect day. They did such an amazing job to capture all the moments, big and small. The service was so professional, we had the best communication and they understood and delivered on all of our ideas. The whole day went so smoothly, they had planned everything down to the smallest detail. We still had time to take in the moments, it never felt rushed. We had so much fun on the hike with them. During the ceremony and the reception they managed to get the best shots without interrupting anything. They were everywhere they needed to be while, at the same time keeping everything flowing, natural and spontaneous. The photos exceeded our expectations, they really are stunning. We will have these beautiful memories for the rest of our lives. Thanks so much Christine and Scott! 10/10’’
-Priscilla + Richard
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