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How To Get Married In Paradise

I still cannot believe that it’s over already.

In March, Tobi and me started well packed and with high expectations to wonderful La Digue, Seychelles.

We were looking forward to almost two weeks of vacation, including a wonderful project—producing a promotion video for Torsten Dickmann, THE specialist for outstanding, wonderful, special, personal, intimate, and spectacular wedding photography on the Seychelles. Try Google on “Hochzeit Seychellen” (stands for ‘wedding Seychelles’ in German) and you will find him!

 

In 2011 when planning our honeymoon, I first saw his web site, my little heart made an extra beat, and thus we knew where to spend our honeymoon.

As you might already know, this was a wonderful time. During honeymoon, we took all our photos on ourselves. On one hand due to lack of budget, but also as—thanks to Dirk—we were equipped with lots of photography equipment. For us, this was an advantage, we had the opportunity to spend our honeymoon in privacy and intimate togetherness.

But I continued to wistfully look at Torsten’s pictures, commented them and eventually started to talk to him, until we came up to the topic of a promotion video.

Roughly nine months later, we were waiting at the check-in queue, completely equipped with wedding dress and all, and full of pleasant anticipation

Although our flights were without worries, our baggage spent a little extra time in Abu Dhabi (almost got a heart attack!), but half a day later, a wonderful island welcame us with blue skies, turquoise seas, colorful flowers, ripe and juicy fruit, exotic smell, singing birds, and wonderful beaches and bays right next to the green rainforest.

Our first day we simply spent relaxing, in the evening of the second day, Torsten and his cameraman Markus Schneeberger arrived. (The latter by the way also shooting magnificient, soul-touching wedding photography and being available als photographer and camera operator in Austria and wordwide.) Together we spent a culinary evening at the buffet of Island Lodge in ‘downtown’ La Passe.

This evening was followed by several days with filming, photo shooting, pouring rainfall, desperation, fun and excitement. After all, Tobi and me had the chance to repeat our “Yes” to each other on the most beautiful beach of the world, Anse Source D’Argent.

Simply watch the video to see the results!

Besides our activity during the shooting and filming, Tobi and me went on a day-trip to the smaller islands in the surrounding, Curieuse Island and the Sister Islands, Coco & Felicite.

We visited a tortoise breeding station, watched giant tortoises in the wild and were even able to pet them, saw the Coco de Mer palm tree, and finally saw a great shark in the Laraie Bay. Snorkeling close to Coco, we came very close to a sea turtle. This was our first encounter with this animal and a true magical moment, having this creature breathing fresh air on the surface as close as one feet in front of me. For me, time stopped in this very moment, full of peace surrounded by glistening water.

But also corals and fish were wonderful to look at and, other than on the shores of La Digue, there was no surf, so the water was crystal clear.

Pretty exhausted, but at least not hungry, thanks to the lunch on the catamaran Catalina, we returned to La Dige and went to bed very early, as we had planned to perform a sunrise shooting at Grand Anse and Petit Anse the next morning.

We resided, by the way, in our honeymoon hotel, the Patatran Village, which provided cordial and hearty service and very good food.

We also tried the L’Ocean restaurant close by, which excelled with great meals and quick and friendly service.

If someone doesn’t want to spend too much on food: The take away in La Passe, close to the harbour, is a real meal-deal. Good food, very very low prices, combined with familiar service. And don’t forget to buy banana chips and island-style crisps!

Now I’m sitting here, sorting through our photos and waiting for our luggage (which actually gets it’s lost day of vacation). We had a wonderful trip and I’m looking forward to seeing the photos made by Torsten, which I will of course present to you.

Have a wonderful week!

xx – S.

Find further information about Torsten on his web site (link above) and specifically for Seychelles: photographer-seychelles.com

 


Ich kann kaum glauben, dass es schon vorbei ist.

Im März starteten Tobi und ich vollbepackt und mit großen Erwartungen Richtung La Digue auf den wundervollen Seychellen.

Knapp 2 Wochen Urlaub standen uns bevor und ein wundervolles Projekt – dem Werbevideodreh für Torsten Dickmann, quasi DEM Hochzeitsfotoguru, wenn es um herausragende, wundervolle, besondere, persönliche, intime,  außergewöhnliche und spektakuläre Hochzeitsfotos auf den Seychellen geht. Googlet man nach „Hochzeit Seychellen“, man findet ihn.

2011 als es um unsre Flitterwochenplanung ging hatte ich zum ersten mal seine Seite entdeckt, mein Herzchen schlug höher, schnell wussten wir beide, wo wir unsre Flitterwochen verbringen würden.

Wie ihr wisst, waren die auch wunderschön. Unsre Fotos vor Ort selbst hatten wir damals mangels Budget und Dank Dirk, der uns mit allerlei Fotoschnickschnack versorgte, ausstattete und bestückte mehr schlecht als recht selbst geknippst – was Vorteile hatte, da wir unsre Flitterwochen so in aller Ruhe und Zweisamkeit genossen.

Wehmütig schaute ich dennoch immer wieder die Bilder von Torsten an, kommentierte und kam letztlich mit ihm ins Gespräch, bis wir irgendwann auf das Thema Werbevideo kamen.

So standen wir nun also knappe 9 Monate später am Check-In, mit Brautkleid im Schlepptau und voller Vorfreude.

Unsre Flüge verliefen unspektakulär, unser Gepäck machte einen längeren Zwischenstop in Abu Dhabi (Schock des Lebens) und einen halben Tag später empfing uns eine noch schönere Insel mit azurblauem Himmel, türkisfarbenem Meer, bunten Blumen, saftigen Früchten, exotischen Gerüchen, zwitschernden Vögeln, wundervollen Buchten und Stränden direkt am frischen Regenwald.

Den Ersten Tag verbrachten wir damit die Seele baumeln zu lassen, am Zweiten gegen Abend kamen dann Torsten und sein Kameramann Markus Schneeberger (der im Übrigen auch wundervolle, berührende Hochzeitsfotos macht und neben dem Filmen allgemein als Fotograf in Österreich und international gebucht werden kann) an, mit denen wir einen entspannten und leckeren Abend am Buffet der Island Lodge „Downtown La Passe“ verbrachten.

Es folgten mehrer Tage mit Videodrehs, Fotosessions, Wolkenbrüchen, Verzweiflung, Spaß und Spannung. Neben alledem bekamen Tobi und ich nochmal die Chance uns das Ja-Wort am mit schönsten Strand der Welt, der Anse Source D’Argent, zu geben.

Das Ergebnis könnt ihr im Video sehen 😉

Außerdem haben Tobi und ich zum ersten mal einen Ausflug zu den kleineren Inseln in der Umgebung gemacht – Curieuse Island und den Sister Island, Coco & Felicite.

Wir haben eine Schildkrötenaufzuchtsstation besucht, Riesenschildkröten in freier Wildbahn gesehn und gestreichelt, die Coco de Mer Palme gesehen, einen riesigen Hai in der Bucht zu Laraie (Laraie Bay) und vor Coco sind wir dann zum ersten mal mit einer Wasserschildkröte geschnorchelt. Es war so ein magischer Moment, dieses wundervolle Geschöpf keine 30 cm von mir entfernt an der Wasseroberfläche Luft schnappen zu sehen und den Moment des Zeitstillstandes, des glitzernden Wassers um uns herum zu genießen.

Die Korallen und Fische waren wahnsinnig beeindruckend und das Wasser anders als vor La Digue aufgrund der fehlenden Brandung glasklar.

Völlig geplättet und wohlgenährt ging’s dann mit unsrem Katamaran Catalina zurück nach La Digue, wo wir früh für unser morgendliches Sonnenaufgangsshooting am Anse Petit und Grand Anse ins Bettchen fielen.

Gewohnt hatten wir übrigens wieder in unsrem Honeymoon Hotel, dem Patatran Village, mit herzlichem, familiären Service und wie gewohnt gutem Essen.

Dieses mal haben wir auch mal das sehr empfohlende Nachbarrestaurant Patatran im L’Ocean getestet, mit ebenfalls leckerem Essen und schnellem, freundlichen Personal.

Ein Tipp für die von Euch, die günstiger essen gehen möchten: der Take-Away in La Passe hatte auch richtig gutes Essen, zu wahnsinnig günstigen Preisen und freundlichem Service. Unbedingt auch Bananenchips kaufen und diese Mehl-Knabberspeise .. nicht vergessen! 😉

So nun sitze ich hier, unser Gepäck hat den fehlenden Tag Urlaub natürlich noch nachgeholt und sortiere Fotos. Ein wahnsinnig schöner, Urlaub liegt hinter uns und ich freue mich und warte gespannt auf  unsre Fotos, die ich Euch dann auch nicht vorenthalten werde.

Ich wünsche Euch allen eine wundervolle Woche,

xx -S.

Mehr Infos zu Torsten findet ihr auf seiner oben verlinkten Homepage oder speziell zu den Seychellen auf: photographer-seychelles.com

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