Mountain Wedding? Elopement?
What were we actually doing on the mountain in Tyrol? Was that a real wedding? A styled shoot? An after-wedding session?
In terms of character, it was an elopement - a real wedding in a very small circle. All around it was an adventure session - after all, we had to get up the mountain first. And down again. You do not know exactly. It was definitely beautiful. But let me start at the beginning. Because how did we actually get together and how did this “Adventureous-Mountain-Elopement-Wedding-Styledshoot-Inspirational-After-Wedding-Dings” come about?
Jessi fell in love with her dream dress in Cologne. It was soon ordered - over a year before the wedding. But it didn't fit when trying on. Tailoring was the order of the day. 4 weeks later the next fitting appointment and still too tight. The game went on for a while and instead of a suitable dress there were sports tips. Jessi actually got married in a different wedding dress that she was able to find nearby at short notice - also beautiful, just in time and also suitable. None of that harmed the wedding.
The dream dress came soon - barely 8 months after the wedding. But at least it worked. That was reason enough to talk about ideas for an after-wedding session in a dream dress.
The next day, the weather made a first dash for us - real dog weather, so to speak. But that's not really surprising for the beginning of October in the Zillertal. When it was raining or snowing, a hike of several hours up the mountain made little sense - especially since we would probably have arrived at the bridge without sight. Instead, we strolled through Mayrhofen and treated ourselves to a hot chocolate or two. The thing about the Palatinate wine was also great to delve into in this weather. With that, of course, the pressure increased - it had to work the next day!
For the next day, however, the sun was announced and Getting Ready started early, while David went to fetch the bouquet.
With two cars we drove towards the toll road to the Schlegeisspeicher. Our enthusiasm quickly took a turn for the worse. The toll road was closed. Actually, it should have been open for a few more days, but the operators had simply brought the winter closure a few days earlier due to the snowfall the day before.
There we stood now. We wouldn't have made it in time to walk from there to the bridge - if it had been possible at all. We didn't want to wait for the next day either - who said the road would be open then !? So we unceremoniously packed six people and a dog into one car - if there was a parking ticket, then at least only for one (I have Swabian blood) - and drove around the barrier over the closed toll road to the reservoir. We never got a ticket.
The dress spent the way up the mountain well tied on David's back. It finally appeared at the bridge. And while Carmen was finalizing the makeup for Jessi, the photo of the dress hanging on the bridge was taken unobserved - one thing between us boys. Jessi would not have approved that.
Speaking of Jessi ... she's actually afraid of heights. That somehow got lost in the planning.
A special feature of the suspension bridge at the Olpererhütte is that the photos give you the impression that you are floating at infinite height above the reservoir. In reality, the bridge is only a few meters long and leads at a height of less than 3 meters over a mountain stream, which only drops steeply into the valley behind it. So you don't need a drone for the spectacular photos, they are created comfortably from one of the many rocks a little further up in the creek.
That's why the bridge is so popular with Instagrammers. In the season, however, that makes the bridge unattractive. Videos are circulating online of people queuing up on the bridge for a photo - not a good place for an intimate elopement. But that's not what the bridge was built for either, it was already in mind as a photo hotspot. Because just a few meters further up, the stream would be much easier to cross. Only the look would not be the same.
Whatever you call this project, it was an all-round successful campaign - an unforgettable experience with a lot of emotion, great photos and no losses. Afterwards we cooked together and the matter with the Palatinate wine was finalized. Completely finished, but incredibly happy, everyone went to the cozy beds of our old farmhouse. And yes, it took a bit of luck that everything came together so well. Luck and the fantastic people who took part. Thank you all!
By the way, the next day we went up the mountain again. This time deep into the snow for an after-wedding session in the crevasse. But I'll show you this story another time.
Below you can find many more photos of this elopement on the mountain. One click is enough.
Have fun browsing!
Celebrant: Christina Feix "Für immer immer"
Hair and MakeUp: Carmen Habl
Wedding Dress: Madam Burcu
The Dog: Hugo (der Watz)
Holiday Home: Siglaste (Ginzling, Tirol)
wenige Meter oberhalb der Olpererhütte
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