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“Isn’t it that you ARE already married?”, our friends are asking us these days, smiling. So what’s that thing you had there at Weissensee Lake in Carinthia, then (except it looked really good ..?). Well. It would not be the Paschinger family, if there wasn’t some degree of travelling involved in getting married. While it’s true that Georg and I are technically already married (we had a civil ceremony last year in Weissenkirchen, in the Wachau valley near Vienna), it’s also true that this wasn’t really “the party” for me. 38 weeks pregnant with our #LittleLiam then!
Ever since Georg proposed, I have been dreaming about “a big party” with all of our friends and family (one where I could dance and drink again ..!). Naturally, we would do that after Liam was born, and thought of some time in 2020. At least until March.
Then came the current crisis situation due to COVID-19, and all of its restrictions …
Well over two months, we weren’t really sure about what to do, just as many other couples regarding their planned wedding celebrations for 2020. What would be allowed, what not? Was it too risky for everyone involved? We even made it to TV, and went on the national news in the middle of April to speak about our plans, feeling quite confident still. At the end of May, the rules concerning private parties, such as weddings or baptisms, were finally released (and loosened), and we grow even more confident about our proposed date, 8 August, 2020. What followed were dozens of emails and phone calls with our tremendous wedding planner Christine ( “Herzalzeit” ) to check what we could (and had to) do in getting around 50 people together and organised for the big day, in less than two months. Including a dog, a baby, two toddlers and a child. Manageable.
… and not just for us: Literally everyone we talk to about our wedding location is immediately enraptured. “What a beautiful, beautiful place”, is what we hear all the time. It is. I do love Weissensee lake during summer as much as I love it during winter: A place of silence, reflection, and natural beauty of a kind. We last travelled here with my family during late summer 2018, and finally calculated that Liam was there too somehow – two or three weeks old inside my belly. So Weissensee lake, it had to be once more. Kudos to our highly efficient, and super well organised wedding planner Christine, who helped us to think EVERYTHING through and did a fantastic job in making a wedding party dream come reality.
Here are some of our most beautiful photographs, then. They will make you smile and likely stun you, as they include such unceremonious captures of Georg and I “doing our Taekwondo thing” (it was, after all, thanks to the Korean martial art of Taekwondo that Georg and I met ..!), as well as a few photographs of our little sunshine, our darling boy Liam, who I don’t normally publish too much about. THANK YOU to our wonderful wedding photographers Sabine & Rene, who have really exceeded the mark and made us very happy with the result. We do hope you get to feel just what we felt during that special day celebrating with our friends and family.