aiola im schloss

Aiola im Schloss Wedding Photography Graz Austria | Nina & Maximilian

Once again we photographed a wedding at Aiola im Schloss, in Graz. Just a day before we attended a wedding in Slovenia at Brdo, a beautiful Slovenian wedding venue. We only slept for two hours before we were, heading towards new challenges. This time accompanied by Nina and Maximilian, who found us through wedding photography that we took at Brdo last year, that delighted them. With confidence, they shared their wishes and dreams with us to turn into a reality. Which wedding photographer anywhere, not just in Graz, could turn that down?

The summer was slowly waving goodbye, and the fall had started to offer the warmth of its colors. Thus our lens helped us catch a thread of warm brown tones, with a cute palette of events, meetings, and hugs from that day. Even before the stunning bride in white arrived at the scene, we played with the raw squares, cold beams and the austerity of the brick walls, twinning them with high ceilings and arches to give just enough space to the light. The bride’s elegant minimalist styling further enhanced contrast and romance.

We accompanied the future Mrs. on the streets of Graz, where shadows and reflections met, then on to a hotel nearby for a brilliant time of socializing for the bridal party. We eagerly awaited the magnificence of the ceremony in the church, that didn’t take away the warmth of colors due to its spaciousness and the light playfully shone through the colorful stained glass adding a touch of magic to the ritual “I do!”. The icing on the cake came straight after, in the garden, between arches semi-covered in darkness.

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The celebration then continued in  Aiola im Schloss, Graz. We were surprised by a fantastic dark and square (not sure what you mean by square here) ambiance, interspersed with hanging lights and warm, passionate shades of red. Dim lighting helped to create a pleasant atmosphere, enriched by the bride and groom, whose warmth and kindness shone into the hearts of their guests (and didn’t escape the sharp eye of a Graz wedding photographer either!) Fantastically different with a thick thread of warmth! All of that is proof that even two sleepless nights in a row and many, many hours work don’t prevent you from creating a remarkable wedding story, with an eye constantly on the lookout to capture moments before they happened.

Why choose Aiola im Schloss as a wedding venue?

Aiola im Schloss is a pretty, sought-after castle wedding venue high in the hills of northern Graz. Situated in beautiful, green grounds, this stunning 19th-century castle location boasts tons of space and wonderful views across the Graz countryside – perfect for an outdoor wedding with spectacular wedding photography.

There is access to two spacious and bright floors for your wedding, featuring floor to ceiling windows, exquisite decor, and picturesque views. Aiola im Schloss has much to offer including gorgeous preparation suites for the bride, groom and bridal party, two garden terraces overlooking the breathtaking, lush Graz countryside, an open-air bar, lots of outdoor seating, room for up to 110 wedding guests and plenty of space for the day’s festivities.

This elegant venue has a number of wedding packages available, as well as your own dedicated wedding planner. Aiola im Schloss can supply all the extras that you need for your special day, from wedding flowers to sweet stands and wedding venue decorations.

With award-winning, locally sourced traditional and contemporary Austrian food to choose from, you can create your own delicious wedding menu or select from one of the numerous menu options available.

For your guests, there are plenty of grounds to explore and 150 parking spaces on site. A brilliant venue for an unforgettable destination wedding with spectacular wedding photography.

Why choose Graz, Austria for a destination wedding in Europe?

Graz is a top destination and Austria’s second largest city. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, its roots go all the way back to Roman times and it is one of Europe’s oldest and prettiest cities.

The River Mur is the beating heart of the city, perfect for plenty of relaxing riverside cafe culture. This beautiful city of red roofs and white finished buildings boasts impressive architecture spanning everything from Renaissance to  Baroque and modern styling. Rolling emerald hills on all sides make dazzling views easy to find and countless opportunities for magnificent wedding photography.

Steeped in history, there is so much to see here. From its 34 museums to its castles, the largest collection of armor in the world and cathedral – Graz has lots to offer. Take a trip to see the astonishing Eggenberg Palace with its mathematical features, including 365 windows, 31 rooms, splendid peacocks and resplendent grounds.

For a 360 degree view of the city in all its splendor, climb Schlossberg to see Graz at its best. Uhrturm, Graz’s historic 28 meter-high clocktower is the last vestige of Graz castle and well worth a visit. 

Graz is renowned for its fresh cuisine and was recognized as a City of Culinary Delights in 2008. From Kaiser Josef Farmer’s Market to its many restaurants, bars, and cafes, there is enough to impress even the most seasoned foodie.

Not to be missed is the fine treat that awaits at the top of Sporgasse. Ascend the pretty cobbled street with its charming colorful buildings to reach Hofbackerei, the former imperial bakery that is still turning out baked goodies fit for a king.

For more about getting married in Austria visit: Austria Info

Thinking about getting married in Aiola im Schloss or somewhere else in the world? Give us a call, or use the enquiry form below! We love capturing all of the magical moments for your wedding day naturally  – without intruding or staging fake poses. We shoot destination weddings across Slovenia, Europe, and the world. Based in Slovenia,  we know all of the top Slovenian wedding destinations inside out, follow the links below to find out more!

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Aleks & Irena


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manilla turku wedding photographer

Manilla Turku Wedding Photographer | Paulina & David

One of the most significant roles in the history of Finland belongs to its oldest town Turku, which has been there through all the historical events and turning points that have marked the life of the city and the country itself. Even in our story, the city of Turku had a valuable role since it offered a cue for the narrative of another breakthrough, this time a Manilla Turku wedding photographer story. Charming Finnish bride Paulina and her compassionate David from Germany wanted to affirm the love they have for each other in the city. They wanted a venue that tells a tale of them belonging to one another and of mutuality, but must at the same time include freedom, connection, and friendship bond. The day we arrived in the city was a cold and windy August day, but the scenery was harmonious. The next day brought a change of dynamics, a new working rhythm, but most of all it brought warmth and affection to all of us who were there to create a one of a kind wedding event.

Give the meaning to the wedding photography

For the making of portraits, we chose a famous archipelago Turku, or more precisely the Ruissalo peninsula, where there are vast regions of oak woods which are included in programmes for preservation and protection of nature. In the affection of these robust old oak trees, symbols of stability, persistence, and durability, Pauline and Davids hug represents primal ritual of the words »I do.« Archipelagos see at the bottom is splitting the hug, broadening it and connecting it to hope, to something new and do something unexpected. First spontaneous moments that only an eye of an experienced photographer acknowledges help with finding a meaning to making an unforgettable wedding story. That is how we managed to capture a moving moment of the couple with a boat which had Finnish flag on it.

75 storytelling wedding photos captured at Manilla venue

When coming back, Manila venue took over a part as a center of events for our newlyweds. We, too, left behind the mystics of the forest and transformed ourselves to urban wedding photographers in the Manilla venue. The city gave us a real graphical challenge with its minimalistic and industrial style. With the help and organization of the bride and grooms family and friends, the center of scenery came to life with details, which wanted to tell the experience of the young couple uniquely. The guests made a relaxed, happy scenery and we managed to capture wedding memories that tell a real story and express genuine affection between the guests. We managed to take photos of intimate moments of the young couple and experience some unforgettable moments of wedding photography.



Turku, with that extra something special for a wedding

The wedding venue, Manilla in Finland, is a beautiful example of why contemporary wedding venues and destination weddings are becoming more and more popular. This was an international, modern wedding, so the stunning, vibrant city of Turku was a perfect choice. Using The Manila Factory at Manillas Works, Turku for the wedding venue, added that extra something special. Here’s why The Manila Factory at Manillas Works, Turku is a top choice for a destination wedding to remember in Finland.

Situated along the banks of the River Aura, Turku is a beautiful, energetic, medieval city with bags of culture, character, and charm. Finland’s oldest city has been a sought after destination for over 800 years. This beautiful town with the river running through its center dates back to the 13th century, so you are guaranteed to have stunning views and plenty to see and do. Selected as the European Capital of Culture in 2011, it is no surprise that this is the wedding location of choice for so many who want a memorable wedding in Finland.

 This thumping, modern city is the perfect mix of old and new, enabling it to ooze, so well, with contemporary style. From the beautiful ship and restaurants along the river to the charming cobbled streets, captivating museums, gorgeous parks, theme parks and cathedral, Turku is a picturesque hub of activity that has something for everyone. The West Bank is the center of it all, with Turku Castle, the Forum MarinumMaritime Centre, Turku Art Museum, the Main Library, Pharmacy Museum, and Market Hall all located here. On the opposite side of the river, the East Bank also has lots to offer. Home to the Aboa Vetus and Art Nova, Sibelius Museum, the Old Town Centre, the Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum and the Waino Aaltonen Museum of Art, Turku’s eastern flank should not be overlooked.

So, top must-sees in Turku? Take a ferry, car, bike or waterbus to tour some of Turku’s famous archipelago. A collection of 20,000 glorious islands and skerries, all easily accessible from the shores of Turku. These impressive natural wildernesses are dotted with tiny villages, dazzling sea life, magnificent views, sporting experiences, golf courses, adventure trails, and divine spas. With its distinctive design and tall spire, Turku Cathedral in Turku’s Old Great Square is a historical landmark. Built in 1300, Turku Cathedral is Finland’s most famous historical building and treasured possession.

A perfect location for a destination wedding photography

Featuring stunning architecture, frescoes, three organs and a striking Victorian altarpiece by the Swedish artist Fredrik Westin, Turku Cathedral is an excellent place. The burial place for many, many prominent national figures, this much-loved structure on the banks of the river, is also home to The Cathedral Museum. The museum is a well worth a visit and details the history of the building and local area, over the last 700 years. Built around 1280, Turku Castle is a fascinating structure, filled with lots of things to keep everyone entertained. Despite being over 700 years old, it is one of Finland’s oldest working buildings. This top attraction boasts a children’s tour, re-enactments, endless rooms, beautiful exhibits and a variety of events, all detailing Turku’s rich historical and cultural past. Combining contemporary art and archaeology, The Aboa Vetus and Ars Nova is one of Turku’s star attractions. Go below the city to learn about its unique history, then return to higher ground to view the best of its more recent artistic delights.

For more artistic wonders, head to the Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum to discover life in the 18th century. Experience old Turku in all its glory, from its homes to its wide range of traders, walk the streets as they were, and see skilled craftsmen in action, working as they did all those years ago. For something comprehensive, the Turku Art Museum houses the country’s most prestigious collection of over 7000 pieces of dating from the past to today. This magnificent building, designed by Professor Gustaf Nystrom, is a work of art itself, with a gorgeous cafe that boasts fabulous views across the city. For family fun, there are plenty of options.

Discover Finland’s fascinating nautical history at the Forum Marinum Maritime Centre. Home to Finland’s national maritime museum, this is an astonishing array of boats, exhibits, and experiences that will delight even the youngest members of the group. With Flowpark Ecological Adventure Park, Moomin World, and the Kurjenrahka National Park to enjoy too, there is plenty to keep everyone entertained. And that is only the beginning! With so much to do and see in this desirable location, it is no wonder Turku ticks all the boxes for a top, contemporary destination wedding in Finland. When you top it off with a wedding at The Manila Factory, Manillas Works, then you have the perfect combination for a contemporary wedding to remember.

Manilla contemporary wedding venue

If you are looking for that extra something special for your modern wedding, Manilla Turku is a wedding venue that is at the top of everyone’s list. Sitting on the east bank of the river, it soon becomes clear why Manillas Works is also known as The Manila Cultural Factory. The Manila Factory is a unique multi-venue site, boasting event spaces, galleries, meeting rooms and more. Situated by the river, within easy reach of all the best that Turku has to offer, this beautiful site is a lovely choice for a destination wedding in Finland. Built in the 1860s, The Manila Factory was a wine factory, then later, Finland’s first rope factory.

Since its renovation in 2001, Manilla Truku has become one of Finland’s top locations for music, art, and theatrical events, as well as contemporary weddings. This gorgeous venue’s most modern wedding space, The Old Vineyard, is spread across two floors - perfect for a dramatic entrance as you descend the stairs. High ceilings, an abundance of bright, light space and neutral decor, means that this is a flexible venue, that you can use however you like for dinner, dancing, and the ceremony.

Weddings at this brilliant venue

Space has an on-trend contemporary feel, with exposed brickwork, feature lighting, a glass loft, partly glazed floor, and splendid views. The atmosphere here too is as modern as you would expect. Relaxed yet professional, attention to detail yet accommodating, the perfect blend that you need to create the personalized, modern wedding of your dreams. Arrive the day before, with family and friends in tow, to get the venue exactly as you want. Use the splendid riverside surroundings and nearby archipelago for stunning photos. Bring in your catering and drinks, plus the entertainment of your choice, then turn up on the day to enjoy all of your meticulous plans! With all of the facilities that you need, in a superb, sought-after location, ManillasWorks is a top choice for a unique destination wedding in Turku, Finland.

Need someone on-hand to capture it all? Then please get in touch to see our availability on your special day! We are experienced destination wedding photographers, who specialize in capturing every one of your unforgettable moments so that you can look back and remember all of those beautiful feelings from your special day.  


Altaussee Austria Wedding

Altaussee Austria Wedding

Altaussee Austria Wedding

We could easily say; for us moments are everything, they give the meaning and feel how it was! And the most important they are unique nonrepeatable series of events. Oh boy! This wedding was full of them. Everything started last year when we received a beautiful letter from Michelle and Alex, saying "we are a couple coming from NYC, and we will marry at Altausee Austria." Michelle finds us on Instagram and immediately fall in love with our work. True connection! So there we are driving towards Altaussee Austria Wedding, to capture two days of Michelle and Alex wedding. Michelle wish was to do a portrait session a day before. So we decided to choose Hallstatt. Old Austrian style of the city, with a lake in the middle and huge mountains around, which give a beautiful backdrop to create our frames.

Altaussee Austria Wedding Photographer

The day after started with preparations at the local hotel of Altaussee Austria and continued with a ceremony at an old church in the middle of the city. Where guest expect a bride escorted by her father, who gently held her dress. Meaningful moment! Afterward, the celebration moved to a venue across the lake. The couple arrives standing on a boat, in the middle of raindrops which fall from dark clouds. Surrounded by beautiful mountains, creating a nonrepeatable moment. Moments, which followed long into the night.

Allow us, to thank you sincerely, Michelle & Alex, for inviting us to your fantastic Altaussee Austria Wedding, we had a beautiful time! We wish you both all the best for the future!

If you are looking for an Altaussee Austria Wedding photographer or if you are planning an Altaussee Austria Wedding, please get in touch!

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