This Is What A Wedding In The Middle Of Nowhere Looks Like

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By Annika

Benjamin and I met when we were 15 years old, through a mutual friend. We were friends for a long time, and it was complicated and awkward until our friend announced that we obviously loved each other and would make a great couple. We've been inseparable ever since.

Benjamin and I are both from Germany, and since our families still live there, we decided to get married in a little art village near our hometown, Bremen. Planning a destination wedding was quite a challenge, but we had great help from our parents. We pictured a laid-back wedding with just our closest friends and family (we ended up having around 70 guests), and Tuscan-inspired decor with a warm feeling — rustic, yet elegant.

We will never forget our wedding day; it was truly one of the best and happiest in our lives so far.
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Bride's flower crown: Die Blumeninsel Worpswede.



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Windmills, greenery, and brick? Could this venue be more picturesque?
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Despite the gray skies, this day looked pretty picture-perfect.
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This gorgeous, Victorian hotel used to be a farm but was renovated, turning old stables into little houses for guests.

Getting-ready location: Hotel Eichenhof Worpswede.
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This quaint church was built in the 13th century.

Church: Church St. Jürgen, Lilienthal.
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Music: Lena Wischhusen & Arne Henseleit. Stationery: Bride, who is a graphic designer.

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Talk about a perfect frame.

Officiant: Pastor Henner Flügger.
Bouquet and boutonnieres: Der Blumenladen in Bremen.
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Groom's shoes: Cole Haan.
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Really getting that "in the middle of nowhere" feel here.

Bride’s gown: Designed by the bride and made by Kim of Misdress.
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Decor: Annette Mieling, bride's mom.
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The couple opted for a grand entrance rather than a grand exit — with a boat ride to the reception.

Groom's suit: Tommy Hilfiger.
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Guests were welcomed to the reception with a signature drink — cucumber gimlets.

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Reception music: DJ Uwe vom Ballerman.
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Almost all of the decor was handmade by the bride's mother, who sewed the table runners and napkins. She placed hydrangea plants and olive branches on each table, along with an assortment of herbs.

Reception location and catering: Tietjens Hütte.
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Homemade or not, this cake looks both rustic and delicious.

Cake: Annette Mieling, bride's mom.
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