Anja & Lutz's live roleplay wedding with historical aspirations

February 1 |
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Photos by Sebastian Conrad

The offbeat bride: Anja, Student (education)

Her offbeat partner: Lutz, computer scientist

Location & date of wedding: St. Nicolai and Die Krone, Lüneburg, Germany — October 2, 2010

What made our wedding offbeat: We both are avid live action role players (LARP) and we met each other in 2005 in Bielstein castle during a LARP event.

IMG_7692At the time we met, we lived in the picturesque town of Lüneburg which retains almost all of its sixteenth century buildings and cobblestone streets. After playing one too many courtly game and watching one too many episode of The Tudors, we decided that we wanted a wedding with a Tudor touch. Also, having a wedding with a historical theme would allow us to spend lavishly on our wedding costumes, since we will be able to reuse them in games in the future. We then went ahead and started sewing our own costumes. Everything you see on the bride and groom is done by ourselves (except the shoes).

Right from the start we decided that everybody would wear historical-inspired costume. While not everybody could afford courtly Tudor robes, most tried hard.

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IMG_7586Tell us about the ceremony: We started out with a very traditional north German, Lutheran, protestant wedding in a gothic church with a pastor and everything.

But here we also made some changes right away: my groom is agnostic, so we toned down the "with the help of God" in his vows as much as the pastor would allow. My groom sang and then a friend sang a very catholic song ("Ave Maria"), the best man read from the bible, and the maid of honor spoke an intercession.

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IMG_7652-2To get from church to the reception, we had to cross town by foot. Friends held a canopy over our head and another friend played the bagpipes, so that every tourist that was there for the town fair that weekend would stare, whip out the cellular and start clicking away. It made for a great procession.

Our biggest challenge: Since we had to continue on with our normal lives during the planning process, we kinda ran out of time. Suddenly there was no time left. My dress was finished on the Thursday before the Saturday wedding. The groom's dress was not.

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My favorite moment: When my groom sang for me in church ("Willst du" by Schandmaul) and saying our vows.

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My funniest moment: One of the greatest surprises was the unveiling of the wedding cake. Three waitresses were needed to push in the massive 132 pound model of Bielstein castle (where we first met). There was a mountain of delicious marzipan, cream and massive one inch chocolate pillars to hold it all up.

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My advice for offbeat brides: Be prepared that something will fail, but that is no reason to get nervous or lose you cool. Just adapt and go on. This is your thing, and you deserve everything you want on this special day.

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  1. Love it… I do historical reenactment and can really see the charm, and what a great setting! We chose not to do it (its somewhat popular in our group, but since I do a middle class persona it probably wouldn't be so spectacular – plus we didn't meet there or anything). Beautiful.

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  2. What an awesome wedding! I love LARPing and would have loved to be invited to such a beautiful event! Your guests are lucky.

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  3. You guys are beautiful, and your wedding looks awesome! Also, that has got to be the prettiest dress I've seen on OBB :D
    Congrats!

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  4. Wow! You guys look amazing. So beautiful, so happy. One of my favorite things is the minimal amount of makeup you wore. Very true to the era, and you look stunning without it.

    I'm proud of you for staying true to yourselves and celebrating the offbeat love you share.

    Congratulations. :)

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  5. LARPing, costumes, Tudors, Germany, AND cake? This wedding has too many of my favorite things! I love it.

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  6. omg! i love how you followed your hearts and made the day something everyone could participate in and not only witness. how awesome!!! congratulations! :D

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  7. Wow, those are REALLY nice pictures also. They remind me of movie stills!!

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  8. ahh a german couple! yay! :D
    looks like a beautiful and happy wedding, congratulations!

    and the schandmaul song ;-; i love them. thats such an awesome song to get sung to at your wedding. we're thinking about integrating it into our ceremony as well (i'm german, my girl swedish).
    so much love~

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  9. Congratulations!
    I'm all aflutter thinking about him singing to you! I looked up the song and I have to say even the Google translation made me tear up!
    All your costumes look divine and the details are great!

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  10. Your groom serenaded you? Oh. My. Gosh. Goosebumps, for real. And that CAKE! I am in awe. What a fabulous wedding!

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  11. Thank you for the very kind and warm comments.

    We did not expect to be choosen for publication, after some weeks had passed since we wrote the entry.

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