Destination I Do
Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Destination Wedding Austria

Words by Courtney Kellar
Photos courtesy of Whitney Bower Imaging

Brittney, our bride, hails from Arkansas and Mac, our groom, grew up in Louisiana. So where did these star-crossed Southerners meet? In Innsbruck, Austria, of course! The two met there while studying abroad and knew it was the perfect place for their fairytale wedding. The now Denver, CO natives knew it was going to be a big trek for their family and friends so they planned a whopping one-and-a-half years in advance to ensure everyone would be able to make it. 

Brittney was ecstatic from the get-go, “My overall experience of planning a destination wedding was amazing. We got to return to the place where we first fell in love to start the rest of our lives together. We got to share this incredible experience with the closest people in our lives, who may have otherwise never had an excuse to travel to Innsbruck.”

The couple was determined to make travel smooth for their guests, so while Innsbruck has an airport, the couple recommended their guests fly into Munich as it’s much more cost effective. “…For all guests arriving in Munich, we arranged for a shuttle from the Munich airport to Innsbruck which took guests to their hotels. This was also a great way to see the countryside between Germany and Austria while visiting and catching up with everyone on the bus – a great way to start a wedding adventure!”

Brittney and Mac made a similar trek a year previously to scout for locations, meet with some of their vendors and select the hotels they would recommend to their guests. Not surprisingly, the couple had a very specific vision in how they wanted their “fairytale wedding” to come to light. “Our inspiration came from the magical experience when we first met and fell in love in Innsbruck: the mountains, Old Town and Swarovski Crystals,” says Brittney. “We wanted to incorporate the pastel colors from the beautiful Tyrolean buildings in Old Town with the gray background provided by the incredible Alps.”

The gray bridesmaids’ dresses contrasted beautifully with the corals and pale pinks of the bouquets and the Alps were also represented in the couple’s printed materials like their Save the Dates and menu cards. Not quick to forget the crystals, Brittney had Swarovski pieces sewn into a custom-made veil. As the Swarovski Crystal factory is just outside Innsbruck, this was a detail which couldn’t be overlooked. 

Since their guests were traveling so far and many for at least a week, the couple went to great lengths to ensure everyone had an “unforgettable, intimate experience.” Thus each guests was gifted with a welcome bag which included an Innsbruck Card which allowed access to all the major tourist attractions in and around town. As if the gorgeous Austrian setting wasn’t enough, Brittney and Mac also added several personalized details to their W-day.

The sentimental couple made their gorgeous ceremony, which took place in an 800 year-old Ambras Castle, even more meaningful by flying in Brittney’s childhood minister to officiate the marriage. The bride also wanted a red velvet layer to their wedding cake and when the Austrian chef didn’t know how to make it, she quickly sent along her Granny’s very own recipe. For Mac's sweet tooth, the couple opted for a gelato card in lieu of a groom's cake.

While the couple is quick to admit that planning a destination wedding was no easy fete, they wouldn’t have done it any differently. “Planning a wedding from so far away, I wasn’t exactly sure how everything would turn out or if it would be at all like I was expecting,” recalls the bride. “I just decided to enjoy every moment and remember what really mattered to us: that everyone we love and care about was there to celebrate our marriage and were able to share in this experience with us. Everything turned out better than I could have imagined!”

Photography: Whitney Bower Imaging
Wedding Planner: Britta Eugen of Family Business
Ceremony/Reception site: Ambras Castle/The Villa Blanka
Florist: Barbara Held of Luminaria
Catering: The Villa Blanka
Bride’s Gown: Enzoani
Groom’s Clothing Designer: Calvin Klein, Men’s Wearhouse
Bridesmaids/Groomsmen’s Clothing Designer: Watters & Watters/Calvin Klein& Men’s Wearhouse

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