When you have the highest mountain in Styria as the location for your wedding photoshoot, you’re guaranteed the most epic photos! That’s one of the great things about Tatum and Colin’s destination wedding in Austria - having a fun photoshoot on the mountaintops, but aside from that, there are tons of other factors that made this wedding day so epic. Read on as we take you to their wedding story - from planning to the exact day of the ceremony.
Planning their destination wedding in Austria
Tatum and Colin reached out to us a year before their wedding. From the very beginning, they wanted an outdoor ceremony in Austria with breathtaking alpine scenes in the background. As a professional photographer, Tatum is not new to events, but it’s always nerve-wracking and anxiety-inducing when it’s your own wedding that you’re planning, especially when it’s a destination wedding in a different continent!
That’s where Vanessza, our wedding planner in Austria, came in. Tatum and Colin did not have to fly to Europe personally at any time during wedding planning because Vannesza was their eyes and ears in Austria.
Making their dream wedding come true was not a walk in the park. Although the couple’s vision was clear right off the bat, they hit some bumps on the road along the way. The photographer backed out barely three months before the wedding, and they faced some issues with the original venue as it did not meet some of their requirements.
These are examples of unexpected scenarios in wedding planning where you badly need a professional wedding planner to handle the inconveniences on your behalf while calming your chaotic nerves down.
Fortunately, Vanessza was able to book a great Salzburg-based Austrian photographer for them, and she found an ideal venue where Tatum and Colin had the most epic lakeside ceremony. Planning their wedding was not at all smooth and stress-free, but every bump in the road led to the best day of their lives in the most scenic place they have ever been to.
About the wedding venue
Breathtaking is an understatement for the alpine scenery in the hunting lodge where Tatum and Colin tied the knot.
It’s a popular recreation area in Ausseerland Salzkammergutes, located exactly along Lake Altaussee. The hunting lodge owes its popularity to the breathtaking alpine scene around it that radiates from spring to autumn.
Imagine witnessing the impressive Dachstein, Styria's highest mountain with an altitude of 2,700 meters, right in front of you with its stunning alpine backdrop and panoramic views. On the opposite side is Lake Altaussee, one of the most beautiful lakes in Salzkammergut that was chosen as a shooting location in the James Bond movie, Spectre.
To complete the unparalleled alpine scenery around the hunting lodge, there are impressive meadows along the lake that glitter during winter. Ceremonies here happen along the lake, an area that can accommodate up to 80 persons, but is most ideal for intimate weddings with a handful of guests.
Our couple and their small group of special guests enjoyed every minute of this vibrant summer elopement in Austria, thanks to the natural beauty of the lakeside lodge.
Pre-ceremony photoshoot atop the mountains and at the lake
Unlike most of our couples, Tatum and Colin had their photoshoot before the ceremony. They hiked first to the mountains where they had the first leg of their photoshoot. The resulting photos were just stunning, with the couple holding hands as they walked to appreciate the beautiful views right in front of them. They were literally on the clouds! They stood on top of the mountain, and in front of them was another mountain range, taller and with vibrant greens at its peak.
After conquering the mountains, Tatum and Colin had a romantic boat ride above Lake Altaussee where they witnessed the beauty of the crystal clear water, enchanting meadows, the mountains, and the alpine villages of Ausseerland Salzkammergutes. A perfect way to cap their wedding photoshoot.
The romantic wedding day that was
A ceremony for only 15 guests, Tatum and Colin’s wedding was one of a kind. Amid the stunning alpine landscape, they exchanged their vows on a fine afternoon with the clear lake waters in the background.
Their outdoor ceremony is one for the books with the lake and the mountain range competing in beauty. While the lake glistens in front of them, the Dachstein mountain range fascinates with its majestic form covered in fog and thick forests.
The intimate ceremony included the bride and groom’s select circle of friends and family. Even the officiant was one of their friends. When you have your dearest people on your wedding day, it surely is more fun and stress-free.
For Tatum and Colin, that means being completely themselves the whole time, without feeling any nervousness because they are surrounded by people who know them best. There was so much laughter in the air as they took photos with their guests before and after the ceremony, giggling, jumping, and kissing each other as they posed for photos.