Hungarian wedding

My First European Destination Wedding

As a wedding photographer, I think it’s safe to say that every wedding photog dreams of shooting a wedding in Europe. It is #goals for pretty much anyone in the wedding industry. But to be honest, I didn’t expect it to happen to me in only the second year of my business, and here we are, it’s 2019 and I’m blogging about my first European destination wedding.

My friends Lisa & Richard were long distance dating for about a year. He lived in London while she was here in NY. One week he came to visit and we all went out for dinner, and I jokingly said that if they do get married and have their wedding in Europe I’d totally be their photographer. I had no idea that Richard (who is actually from Hungary) was planning to propose a few months after I had said that. And later that year in December I found myself on a flight to Budapest for the first time ever. It was everything I could have imaged.

The venue was an old mansion that belonged to an old Hungarian family that goes back to the 18th century. It was converted into a hotel but still retained some of the rooms as part of a museum. It was full of treasures left behind from the family including personal items, clothing, typewriters, etc. This wedding was special because I am actually really good friends with the couple. Lisa is by far the goofiest bride I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. I especially loved her request for a goofy shot before the first look which I’m sure you’ll catch below. But she was such a beautiful and classic bride. As for Richard, he was as dapper as could be. Lisa was walked down the aisle by her son Justin who also shared a teary-eyed first look with his mom and her maid of honor was her gorgeous daughter Juliana. Everything from start to finish was so special and beautiful. Because it was a destination wedding, it was intimate with only the very closest family and friends in attendance.

This wedding will be forever special to me and my career as a wedding photographer. It has given me a desire to experience more weddings abroad as well as the cultural experiences that come with shooting in different countries. I know this career of mine will certainly continue to take me places. Congrats again to Lisa and Richard and a huge thank you to them for giving me the honor of capturing their fairy tale wedding!

P.S Did I mention they’re expecting their first child in September! *Gasp!!! Congrats to them!