Vintage wedding in Budapest | Martina & Roland

Outdoor wedding in the vicinity of Budapest

In June 2017 we had the opportunity to film a very special vintage wedding near Budapest, held outdoor in a small town close to the capital. Both the story of the wedding couple and the story of the location are remarkable. We met the Béki family, the owners of this lovely place, two years ago, when the elder sister was planning her wedding. She saw some of our videos and decided to choose us as wedding videographers. We were very happy to hear about it, as it was our first event in Hungary. Meanwhile, we stayed in touch, and soon afterwards her younger sister, Martina, proposed us to be videographers at her wedding as well. Martina is a racing pilot, practising it in her free time, having won several regional contests. She also has a line of trophies and diplomas exhibited on the wall. Thus, speed and cars are an important part of her life. So it was only natural that she and her husband Roland arrived for their religious ceremony in a vintage, convertible Mustang.

Vintage wedding venue near Budapest

The venue behind the vintage wedding in Budapest

The lavender is a very beloved plant, with a romantic touch that transports us to the lila fields of Southern France. It is also very often used at weddings, most frequently for decorations and the bride’s bouquet, but also for wedding favours, for example in the form of small bottles filled with lavender flowers. Therefore, this plant is highly popular, and the Béki family decided to start a business in this field. This was happening at the same time when the elder sister was looking for a wedding venue. Having already the necessary space, the family decided to build Levendulás: the perfect restaurant for a rustic outdoor wedding. As a funny fact, in 2015, two weeks before the first wedding, we visited the family and saw that the restaurant was still under construction. Nevertheless, they finished it on time and the event ran smoothly. So this will become one of the best venues for a vintage wedding around Budapest.

The venue is ideal for people who love nature. It is approximately 30 km away from Budapest, on the outskirts of the town Inárcs and next to a forest. It features an outdoor ceremony area and a vintage reception hall, with separate bar and kitchen. The restaurant is decorated primarily with wood, creating a cosy and home-like atmosphere. And the beauty of the building is complemented by the beauty of the lavender plantation, which blooms in May, July and the second half of August.

Vintage wedding Budapest - Venue near the Hungarian capital

The wedding ceremonies

Martina prepared at home, while Roland’s preparations were in a small wooden house near the restaurant. This house is available to the couples for preparations as well as the night after the party. The religious ceremony was held at a Roman Catholic church nearby, and the civil ceremony in the specially designed place. This was decorated with tens of candles, torches and led lights so that the ceremony took place after sunset and culminated with fireworks, a surprise from Martina’s parents. Before the ceremony, the guests could take pictures with the bride and groom, socialize over a cocktail or taste different lavender syrups. The photographs were taken by my colleauge and friend from Transylvania, Tar Attila. As for the party, it was full of dancing, animated by the good music and the lavender perfume.

Travel themed wedding in Transylvania | Luminita & Madalin

Accessories of the travel themed wedding

As videographers, we enjoy filming not only weddings but also beautiful cities and countries, so a travel themed wedding is a nice combination of these two. We simply love to travel, and so weddings that have a travel theme are always close to our hearts. Thus, we were very glad when Luminita and Madalin proposed to us to be videographers at their wedding in Satu Mare, at Crystal Restaurant. The event was organized by wedding planner Ioana Mihet and included plenty of elements about travel. The guests were not seated at regular tables but instead “visited” islands such as Seychelles or the Island of Cuba. In addition, the decorations included a stylish miniature travel suitcase on the candy bar and an Earth globe. But our favorite accessory was a wristwatch whose hand ended in the form of a small airplane. All the details were perfectly in line with the couple’s personality, as Madalin runs a specialized travel website with tips & tricks about plane tickets and other travel tips, which can be accessed at

Travel themed wedding with decoration in Satu Mare

Wedding planner for a carefree event

As mentioned above, the travel themed wedding was organized by I, a wedding planner from  Cluj-Napoca. Ioana’s service was a gift from the godfathers after they have been thrilled with her services and planning skills at their own wedding. From the preparations at City Hotel to the religious ceremony at the Orthodox Cathedral and the first look in the small wooden house of the hotel’s courtyard, everything ran smoothly and without haste. After the religious ceremony we held a shooting at the Cathedral before we headed to the restaurant. The party was very animated, also because of the cover band Aldo Blaga & Tzika Sax and the renowned DJ Dacian Codreanu. Overall, we felt that the presence of a wedding planner was a very welcomed addition at this travel themed wedding. We were especially happy because there was sufficient allocated time for each part, which also helps us with planning and the bride and groom were perfectly relaxed and confident that everything will be fine. Moreover, Luminita and Madalin could enjoy their big day without worrying about every detail or small aspects of organising things. And Ioana is not only a meticulous professional but also a very communicative person with great attention to detail, who, in her words, tries to move past cliches and create a very customized and unique wedding.

Greek wedding near Thessaloniki | Oana & Thassos

Outdoor Greek wedding near Thessaloniki

Greek weddings are famous for a reason and this Greek wedding was no exception. We had the opportunity to explore it on a sunny day near Thessaloniki, the charming city in north-eastern Greece. Here, Oana and Tassos celebrated their wedding on the lively rhythms mixed by the DJ’s at the Aroma Zois restaurant, a lovely outside place perfect as a destination for enjoying the warm Greek nights. The story of this couple is one that is very special and spans three different countries and cultures.

Details and outdoor venue at Greek wedding


Oana is from northern Transylvania, while Tassos is from Thessaloniki. They met in college in Brussels, Belgium, through a student association called BEST. Sharing the same passion for travelling, they decided that their greek wedding would be an event that reflects that.  So, their guests got a very special wedding invitation – in the form of a boarding pass. And that was really suitable, because many of them were from far away countries: Sweden, Germany, South Africa, – and the list goes on.

The adventurous route leads to the wedding

Our first discussions with them were through Skype, as they were still in Belgium. In the wedding clip, there are actually moments from their two events, one in her city and the big celebration in Thessaloniki. But we will focus on the latter one in this post. After all the details were planned, not much time passed and we found ourselves on the way to Greece, passing through the Balkan countries I so enjoy visiting. Before arriving at the destination, we stopped for a couple of days at Meteora – one of Greece’s top attractions – for a filming project.

The restaurant is situated just outside Thessaloniki and, besides the big elegant garden, it features a lounge, a cocktail bar and a selfie corner (always great fun for the guests). Of course, the core of the event was outside, where everybody danced on the different genres mixed by the DJ’s. Regarding the music, it reflected the diversity of the event, with Greek, retro but also modern rhythms. The highlight was the song “Simply the best”, which is also the hymn of the “BEST” association where the two met. So the whole group of friends sang along, making for a truly special moment.

Shot of the White tower of Thessaloniki in a Greek wedding videoIn a more chronological order, the event preparations started in Tassos’ apartment. We arrived earlier, however, this turned out to be great fun. Tassos’ mother spoiled us with delicious cherries and traditional Greek deserts (which we can write a whole other article about). Meanwhile, his father invited us to watch along the 2016 European Championship.

After the preparations, there was a short religious ceremony the majority of guests also attended. The start of the party at around 8 was marked by a special dance of the wedding couple. It then went on in full motion, with a lot of dance and fun.

An interesting and enriching experience

This Greek wedding was a very interesting and enriching experience for us. From traditional things such as roasting lambs outside to the specific Greek music and dances, everything was a welcomed novelty. But there were other particularities as well. At the event held in Transylvania, the couple wore minimalist connected wedding crowns. And for math enthusiasts, their wedding rings were engraved with cos2t and sin2t which (refreshing high-school memory) equals 1.

At the end, the parents also took the time to thank us personally, which we were very grateful for. But looking back, we feel that we are also the ones who should be thankful, because we have the opportunity to follow our passion and attend such amazing events.