We will never forget about Karoline and Daniel, lovely couple from Cologne, Germany. First time we met them in June 2011, when they come to Prague to choose their wedding planner. Ceremony and reception location was basically done, they falled in love with St. Nicholas church and Villa Richter, but for comparison, they asked to see a few more venues in Prague. Nothing better was found…
I was the last planner they met on that day, it was already early evening, but when we saw each other, I knew there is some connection. Karoline, really pretty lady and Daniel, very nice and good looking young men. Their wish was to have nice wedding for them and their guests that were coming mostly from Germany, enjoying a few days together in Prague. Villa Richter has an amazing view, which was one of the main reasons why to celebrate there, plus the plan was also boat trip, Sun breakfast and dinner, rehearsal dinner, all in different locations to show people the beauty of Prague.
Next day we were informed to be chosen as a wedding planners, which made us really happy and we could start! Both couple did visit Prague again in a few months, so we could meet all vendors, taste the food and discuss flower design. Karoline has a great taste, so it was easy and we put many pieces together while their visit.
Karoline and Daniel god legally married in September in Germany, it was really nice, elegant and chic wedding. In December 2011 we also made a trip to Cologne to visit them, not much work, but a glass of hot wine was really nice with them.
Unfortunatelly life is not easy and bad things happen…Couple stoped to react in March, which was very unusual, as we did exchange with Karoline emails regularly and her answers were always prompt.. In a few days after Daniel called me and informed about Karo´s mum, who left them. This was tragedy that none expected. Mum was also best fried of Karoline and for her it was very, very difficult…..Couple decided not to cancel the wedding and continue, even it happened short before the wedding. We decided to take a break from the planning, it just wasn´t possible to continue.
2 weeks before the wedding was time to continue again, so we came back into the planning and finalising of last details. All vendors and venues were already booked long time ago, but to come back to planning after 2 months wasn´t so easy. We were in touch almost 24/7 to finalise all.
And then – on Tue before the wedding couple arrived! We came to Villa Richter to choose the wine and champagne. Honestly, I was really worrying about this first meeting, but it was nice to see them again. Karoline was slim already before, but now she really did lost lot of her weight. She was sad, but so pretty. And I will always admire Daniel for his support and never ending love he gave to Karoline. He is real fortune!
Well, we chose the wine, Karo tried hair and make-up on Wed, was very pleased with Kamila, the stylist. Final meeting with florist was on Thu morning and then guests started to arrive, so the couple had lot of to do (but managed to enjoy massage together). Friday morning we went to St. Nicholas church, where we met the priest, father Pfeifer. German living in Prague, nice men, who made the ceremony really calming and relaxing.
The first official event started ton Fri evening – rehearsal dinner at Lokal, local restaurant with typical czech food, as we Czechs remember from our childhood . Sopsky salad, pickled camembert, czech sausages and Prague ham for starter, followed by traditional potato soup and goulash with dumplings as main course. Of course lot´s of beer and then typical czech dessert kremrole. And we were all full…The number of guests was at the end a bit lower then originally expected, but more then 50 guests showed up.
And – the BIG day was here! Karoline and Daniel, and also many guests, stayed at hotel Barcelo Old Town, with great location art Celetna street, nearby the Old Town Square. This was ideal place to meet up before the ceremony, have a drink and leave for the ceremony. Daniel was welcoming guests and Karoline did enjoy here time with the other girls in their lovely suite, while the stylist Kamila was doing beautiful hair and make-up for them.
Many guests brough the clothes to get changes in the evening, so there was prepared car that collected all the clothes and delivered it to Villa Richter.
Daniel and all guests left hotel at 11.15 a.m. and walked across the Old Town Square to St. Nicholas church. Karoline stayed in her room, waiting for vintage car that first picked her father. They used cool Tatra Plan from 1947, which perfectly fitted to their chic vintage theme.
I already mentioned Karoline has a great taste, so flowers were gorgeous! The theme was vintage look with the touch of meadow flowers, adding a bit of modern look at Villa Richter and the colour scheme was white, pale pink, soft peach, cream, turqouise/light blue as a detail. Also, Karoline loves Krtecek – little moul, who is traditional czech toy and was printed on the menu cards and was given as a gift to little children.
Karoline has amazing bouquet made from roses, English roses, peonies and ranunculus, we also prepared smaller version to throw, as bride would like to keep her bouquet as a memory.
Daniel had corsage made from English rose, we also prepared corsages for 2 best man, small rose bud for fathers and beautiful ribbons with rose for sisters and bridesmaid, which they wore on their hands. It looked creally classy! Little cute flower girl had flower wreath and basket with rose petals to throw in the church.
Church was decorated by lots of candles different sizes that were placed at the altar, as well as 2 bigger flower decor which we used later at Villa Richter. Lovely small bouquets in glass vases were tied to the benches. Florist used for all the decor roses, English roses, peonies, ranunculus, hydryngeas, annemone, antirrhium, veronica and nigella. It was a mixture of vintage, country and romantic style, which perfectly matched together.
Music was very important to the couple, they met in NY, so it was a must to play Empire state of mind by Alicia Keys. We wanted to hire grand piano to the church, but there was a concert just before the wedding, so there wouldn´t be enough time to bring and tune, so we decided to use good keyboard. Very tallented musician David Hlavac played the keyboard and Zuzana Vlcekova, excellent singer, made the wedding ceremony very special. In addition to Alicia Keys was also played Romantic wedding march by Miranda Wong (for entrance of the bride), Hide and seek by Imogen Heap, I say a little pray for you and for going out Tri orisky pro poleku, song from the most famous Czech fairytale, very popular in Germany too. Guests also had a chance to sing together with organist and Zuzana 2 songs during the ceremony. Music was really great. We like combination of modern and classic.
After 45 min couple exchanged their vows and left the church. A couple pics were taken in front of the ceremony, also group picture was done there, but shortly later newlyweds left in Tatra Plan and guests were escorted to the historical tram tour. It was a great fun for all guests, especially with czech beer . Newlyweds in the meantime arrived to Villa Richter and enjoyed a bit of privacy. They walked around the St. Wenceslas wineyard and took pics, which are realy fab. Guests finished their tour at the Prague castle, walked through the crowds and came to Villa Richter for welcome drink.
Couple decided to serve wedding cake in the wineyard during the welcome drink, which was pretty unusal, but very nice idea. Old swings were played by musicians during this time to get guests in the mood. The 3-level cake was done by Zatisi catering and was really tasty. Daniel had lovely speach and as a memory for mum of Karo, we put 80 white ballons in the air. Everyone had tiers in eyes…
Waiters served sparkling wine, spritz aperol (yummy), beer, softs and of course coffee and tea with the cake.
Sun was shining, it was really amazing day, so we spent outside more than 2 hours. But, everyone got hungry, so it was time to move. Dinner was sent in lower part of the villa, in a tent with beautiful view. One of the best views in Prague, really! Karo and Daniel wanted long rectangular tables, which looked really great with flowers. We made hand written name cards, one of the main highlights was wishing tree with ranunculus and origami elephants (also Karo´s favourite). Florist also made memorial table with flowers and pics of mum. Guests were welcomed by a text written on a big blackboard and on one of the trees we placed swing, decorated with ribbons and pompons around. It looked very beautiful and couple of lovely shots were made there.
Karo and Daniel arrived as the last one and made czech tradition – breaking of the plate. Speaches were planned in between the courses and sister of the groom with her partner prepared funny quiz for a couple. There were quite a few children, so one of the rooms at Villa was arranged for them as playing and sleeping area. Babysitter was arranged so parents could also enjoy the evening. Which they did .
We agreed with Karoline that for her vintage theme Villa´s modern china is not that perfect and hired lovely vintage Bernadotta china and amazing crystal glasses, which brought totally different look to the tables. Guests had salad as a starter, beef broth (which was served in one plate for newlyweds – they fed up each other with one spoon – another czech tradition). Main course was top rump beef in a cream sauce with cranberries and a delicate parsley dumpling. Delicious! Of course nice wine, beer and other drinks were served during the dinner. Another highlight was sweet bar with ice cream, fruit tower, choco mousse, wedding cookies, and different mini desserts. It looked really sweet with all the flowers, candles and glass.
Pictures of Karoline and Daniel were played on a big screen and after that was already time to move to Piano Nobile, where we planned the rest of the night. Beautiful room with glass wall called Sklenik was used for dancing. We used extra special lighting to create the atmosphere inside and also lighted the trees outside – fabulous atmosphere! Couple asked their favourite DJ to come from Germany and play at their wedding, he was really good, playing international and German songs.
Next room with bar was always occupied by guests , the other room was also very interesting – we put there table with black jack, oh gosh, people loved it! And to feed up all drinkers, midnight snack was prepared – cheese plates and goulash soup.
Everyone was either dancing, drinking or playing at casino (by using fake money with pic of Karo and Daniel), atmosphere was really great. After midnight left first guests, and because it was a long day, shuttle was ready to bring them back to their hotels.
Since the beg couple adviced they plan to finish early in the morning – last guests left almost at 5 a.m.! No wonder that not everyone did attend togethers breakfast at Barcelo hotel. But still – presence was pretty high . Another event followed in the evening – guests spent with newlyweds lovely time while having dinner on the terrace at Hergetova Cihelna, with amazing view.
Most of the people didn´t stay just for the weekend, so we planned boat tour with buffet lunch on Mon noon, which was also highly appreciated by guests. Most of the people then left on Mon evening, but Karo and Daniel stayed for few more days. They took pictures with Stepan Vrzala on Wed, enjoying different locations. Kamila made again make-up and hair for Karo, florist made another bouquet and that lovely wedding gown was used one more. For those who have time to do it, I can only recommend this option. You do not need to leave your guests for some hours on the wedding day, but still have your romantic Prague shots.
Karoline and Daniel will always stay in our hearts. We met them before they left and are still in touch. We wish them lots of love, happiness and luck and hope the bad things are already behing them and they will enjoy their life together.
Last – enjoy this amazing video done by Martin Linhart, really cool!
Wedding planning and coordination: ExclusiveWeddingsInPrague
Wedding ceremony: St. Nicholas church
Wedding reception: Villa Richter
Photo: Stepan Vrzala
Video: Martin Linhart
Hair and make-up: Kamila Simankova
Flowers: Inspirito by Marketa Motlova
Music in the church: David Hlavac
Welcome cocktail band: Charles bridge band
Transport minibuses: Sebatour
Vintage car: Mr. Rus
Wedding Cake: Zatisi catering
Sweets for minibar: Radka Zneikahova
Lighting: Mr. Brumlich
Casino: Mobilni casino Praha
Boat – Prague boats
Rehearsal dinner: Lokal
Sun dinner: Hergetova Cihelna
Hotel: Barcelo Old Town