Wedding in the woods | Zsófi & Laca

Two artists opting for a wedding in the woods

Zsófi and Laca decided to make a wedding in the woods that was nothing short of show performance. And the selected locations, from the Medieval Cistercian church of Bélapátfalva to the De La Motte Castle and finally  Oxigén Hotel in Noszvaj, were a perfect choice. As can be seen in the wedding video, it was a bit challenging but also extremely rewarding to do our videography work in these beautiful locations. It is actually natural for their wedding to be rather eccentric, given that the bride and groom are both artists. Zsófi actually started her singing career at an early age and ever since music is her life and passion while Laca is, too, a musician, playing the guitar. At the moment, the couple is living in Austria, where they further pursue their passion for music. The two of them also surprised the guests by singing and playing songs themselves during the wedding. They held mini-concerts oftentimes during the party, including at their wedding dance.

Arriving at the wedding ceremony on horseback

Another artistic aspect was the groom’s outfit: because he has been passionate about horseriding since his childhood, Laca adopted apparel that reflected this hobby. In addition, while Zsófi was lead to the altar by her father, Laca arrived at the church riding a beautiful horse. Here he saw Zsófi for the first time in her wedding dress, so the couple’s first look actually happened in front of the altar, in one of Hungary’s oldest medieval churches. In fact, this was their desire, to prepare individually and then to meet at the ceremony. This whole scenario offers also excellent options and angles for us to film at this lovely wedding in the woods.

Medieval church of Belapatfalva, wedding in the woods - Eger, Hungary

The church is actually, one of the most well-known touristic attractions of the area, was home to the Cistercian order beginning from the XIII century. Inside the building also lies the oldest organ from Hungary, a reason to host many yearly concerts. As can be seen in the wedding film, the civil ceremony itself took place on the ancient ruins that date from those centuries.

Filming creative shots our wedding in the woods

After the ceremony, the wedding continued with a reception at the De La Motte castle, a beautiful property situated in Noszvaj. The castle, built in the XVIII century, exhibits a collection of wonderful paintings. Here we filmed many of the sequences of the highlights video, while photographer Lisa Prins held a short photo-shooting. Lisa, originally from New Jersey, met Zsófi and Laca because of their common involvement in the non-profit sector, more specifically charity. Besides, many of the guests were friends that are active in this field. The wedding was quite small, with around 80 guests. The party was held at Oxigen Hotel, the same place where the bride and groom prepared for the ceremony. In addition, many guests were accommodated there overnight. Before the dance started, there were several speeches, most notably from the godfather of the bride. The music was a combination of typical wedding songs and the genre preferred by the couple.

The nice story behind the custom made wedding rings

An interesting detail is the story of the wedding rings, or for that mater, the custom made rings for this wedding in the woods by the groom himself. And even more interesting is the place where he created them: at the dental lab that belongs to one of his friends. For two days, one month before the wedding, he melted his grandmother’s wedding ring and some of his mother’s jewellery into two identical wedding bands. At the party, he joked with his friends that a dental lab can be more useful than a jeweller. And here our story about their event ends with this thought: that a wedding can be eccentric, but still simple and authentic.

Wedding ceremony at Roman-Catholic church in Belapatfalva, Hungary


Mountain wedding the Southern Carpathians | Andreea & Iustin

We love filming weddings that are in serene places, and the beauty of the Parang Mountains, one of the highest mountain ridges in the Southern Carpathians, was hard to rival in the case of this mountain wedding. Andreea and Iustin celebrated their wedding in Petrosani, a city surrounded by a deep green landscape, with lush forests and beautiful churches. The couple has been for many years together until they decided to get married. Thus, they wanted their wedding to be something really special. And indeed it was.

Mountain wedding - shooting with the couple

We had our first discussion with Andreea and Iustin via Skype. We still remember how easygoing it all was, and how down-to-earth and nice they were. Fast forward a couple of months and we were on our way to this mountain wedding together with our friends Stefan Fekete and Dumitru Andra. They are a couple based in Cluj and they are amazing wedding photographers. The road to Petrosani was incredibly congested due to heavy traffic, so we were all very relieved when we finally got to the hotel and met the couple for a short briefing.

The ceremony and the shooting on the wedding day

The next day started with the usual preparations around 12. Iustin first saw Andreea at the religious ceremony in the church where the bride according to traditions entered the church together with her father.  The whole event was very elegant but kept simple, which made for a very classy and emotional note. Regarding this romano-catholic ceremony, it was probably one of the best we have ever attended: the priest’s speech was both impressive and funny, and the conveyed ideas had a long-lasting effect. Afterwards, we held a video shooting session with the couple in some nearby locations and then headed for the party.

Hotel Rusu, mountain wedding venue

A wonderful tent to celebrate this mountain wedding

The tent where the celebration took place is located right next to Hotel Rusu and offers an amazing view, especially during sunsets which exactly matched the reception time in our case. Later on the party was very animated, with a lot of dancing. The music consisted of a classical part (played live) and the lively party songs mixed by DJ Cristian Daniel Rusu, a very talented DJ from Cluj. Another highlight was the show made by two artists who juggled with fire and torches and left everyone amazed for a couple of minutes. We remember being in awe at their skills too and thinking about what a beautiful and special wedding night we were filming.

Fire dancers at mountain wedding

Adina & Dragos | Wedding in the Carpathians at Casino Sinaia

The organizing of the event at the Sinaia Casino

The wedding of Adina and Dragos was very special to us: it was the first event where we filmed with aerial shots, and the location is a paradise for videografers like us: the Sinaia Casino. This place, situated in the heart of the Carpathian mountains, approximately a one and a half hour drive from Bucharest, has an impressive architecture inspired by the famous Monaco Casino. The casino was once a favorite place of the royal family, and it maintains an aura of elegance to this day. And its biggest advantage is the fact that it can host all the stages of a wedding. For example, Adina and Dragos made the preparations, the civil ceremony and the party all within the casino building. Moreover, the photo and video shooting took place in the quiet and lush park that also belongs to the building. For the party, the couple chose the Mirror Hall, an astonishingly decorated space of 650 square meters that can accommodate 350 guests.

The decorations inside the Sinaia Casino and the Mirror Hall

Our description of the event would not be complete without mentioning the details of the superb decorations we had the pleasure to film. The reception of the guests was in the elegant lobby that featured a red carpet and white marble columns. A piano player welcomed the guests with classical music. The lobby connects to all the other halls, including the Mirror Hall. At its entrance there was a board that showed where each person was seated. The hall was decorated in pale pink and white, colors which matched the flower bouquets in the candlesticks and the reflected lights on the bas-reliefs on the walls. In the middle of the room was the dance floor and the stage with all the accessories for the party concerts. Adina and Dragos added to the elegant note of the event a classic black vintage car in which they arrived from the church to the party.

The religious ceremony in Sinaia

The event began for us the previous day, when we drove to the city of Sinaia with all the equipment. At 11 A.M. the next day, the preparations commenced inside the casino. The civil ceremony was held in the lobby and was followed by a short photo and video session. Before heading off to the church, Adina changed into her wedding dress. The religious ceremony took place at the Saint Ilie Orthodox Church from Sinaia. At the inauguration of the church in the beginning of the 20th century, king Carol II was present, which showed the importance of the church for the community. We were very impressed by the paintings in fresco that took two years of work, as well as by the multitude of candles that were placed inside the church. In addition, we liked a lot the discreet bride’s and groom’s table, where the couple stood with the godparents and which was elegant through its simplicity.

The party at the Sinaia Casino and a diverse team

At the wedding we worked along with fotografer Gabriela Matei from photochic, a dedicated professional who has won many awards and is part of fearless photographers. The supplier team was diverse, coming from all corners of Romania. The guests danced on the cover songs of No Stress Band from Bucharest, whose lead singer participated in the famous contest The Voice of Romania in 2014. Also from the capital were the photo suppliers and the people who were in charge of the music. The decorators and the suppliers of flower bouquets were from Cluj, and the vintage classic car was brought from Iasi. The party finished with one of our favorite moments: the launch of tens of colorful LED balloons, which took off in the sky and contrasted splendidly with the white of the casino building.