Outdoor wedding in the vicinity of Budapest
In June 2017 we had the opportunity to film a very special vintage wedding, held outdoor in a small town close to Budapest. 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 materials 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 afterward her younger sister, Martina, proposed us to be videographers at her wedding as well. Martina is a racing pilot, practicing 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.
The story of the vintage lavender restaurant
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 familty 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.
The location 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 cozy and homelike 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.
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 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.