St Johann In Tirol Elopement – Niki & Chris

One week ago Niki & Chris did something really awesome.
They got married on a mountainside in the Austrian Alps!

A Mountain Elopement

Niki’s dear Mum recently passed away, so while they were planning their wedding, they decided that a traditional church wedding in their local church just wouldn’t have the same meaning. Since Niki’s mum’s favourite movie was the Sound of Music, they decided to elope to the mountains in the heart of the Austrian Tirol.

Because Niki and Chris were heartbroken to leave their four dogs at home in Cornwall, Niki had replicas of their four dogs made by Shelter Pups as a surprise. With the rings around their necks, while Chris turned to watch his bride approaching, the dogs were put on the altar. Blown away by how beautiful Niki looked, Chris didn’t even notice them for a few minutes. Finally, he noticed them, his reaction was priceless.

Their wedding planner, Weddings by Kajsa, Kajsa Reisenbauer organised the most stunning location for their vows. She found an old stone altar situated half-way up a mountain in St Johann in Tirol. As a result, the couple needed to hike up to the location. But they were absolutely blown away by the views they were met with at the top. They exchanged their vows with heartfelt stories and quirky anecdotes, in front of their close friends. After the rings had been exchanged and papers signed, the only thing left to do was to celebrate Austrian style. With a glass of schnapps!

Being such great nature and animal lovers, Niki & Chris couldn’t resist capturing a few pictures of the beautiful Austrian countryside. Niki even asking a local farmer if she could get in with the sheep!

Mountain Weather

Due to an anything but promising weather forecast, the decision was taken to move the wedding forward by two hours in order to have the best chance of avoiding the heavy rain and thunderstorms forecast. Luckily the weather turned out to be beautiful despite the forecast. It definitely seemed like someone was watching over them and keeping the sun shining.

St Johann in Tirol Elopement Niki writes her vows whilst at the salon on the morning of the wedding by Wild Connections PhotographySt Johann in Tirol Elopement bridesmaid Charlotte writes down Nikki's vows as Nikki dictates to her by Wild Connections Photography St Johann in Tirol Elopement Niki gets emotional as she thinks about her vows by Wild Connections Photography St Johann in Tirol Elopement the pages of vows on the tabletop by Wild Connections Photography St Johann in Tirol Elopement Shakespeare sonnets rolled in to flowers on hairclips by Wild Connections Photography St Johann in Tirol Elopement Charlotte paints Nikki's nails at the salon by Wild Connections Photography St Johann in Tirol Elopement a locket and rings from Nikki's mother by Wild Connections Photography St Johann in Tirol Elopement Nikki's dress hangs on the balcony by Wild Connections Photography St Johann in Tirol Elopement Nikki's shoes sit on the balcony by Wild Connections Photography St Johann in Tirol Elopement Nikki's jewellery lies on top of her hand written vows by Wild Connections Photography St Johann in Tirol Elopement Nikki looks in the mirror as Charlotte laces up her dress by Wild Connections Photography St Johann in Tirol Elopement the view from the ceremony location by Wild Connections Photography St Johann in Tirol Elopement a stone altar under a large rock face by Wild Connections Photography St Johann in Tirol Elopement an edelweiss flower buttonhole for the groom by Wild Connections Photography St Johann in Tirol Elopement shelter pups felt dogs as the ring holders by Wild Connections Photography St Johann in Tirol Elopement the four shelter pups dogs by Wild Connections Photography St Johann in Tirol Elopement two four-leaf clovers sit in a vase on the stone altar by Wild Connections PhotographySt Johann in Tirol Elopement Bride Nikki hikes up the mountain to her elopement ceremony by Wild Connections Photography St Johann in Tirol Elopement Chris smiles as he sees his bride Nikki approaching by Wild Connections Photography St Johann in Tirol Elopement Nikki & Chris hold hands during their elopement ceremony by Wild Connections Photography St Johann in Tirol Elopement Nikki & Chris smile during the stories told at their ceremony by Wild Connections PhotographySt Johann in Tirol Elopement the felt dogs holding the rings sit on the altar by Wild Connections Photography St Johann in Tirol Elopement witness Charlotte looks on by Wild Connections PhotographySt Johann in Tirol Elopement Chris takes the ring from the dog's neck by Wild Connections PhotographySt Johann in Tirol Elopement Chris places the ring on Nikki's finger by Wild Connections PhotographySt Johann in Tirol Elopement Nikki reads her vows to Chris by Wild Connections Photography St Johann in Tirol Elopement Nikki laughs as she reads her vows to Chris by Wild Connections Photography St Johann in Tirol Elopement Chris reads his vows to Nikki as she smiles at him adoringly by Wild Connections Photography St Johann in Tirol Elopement best man Dave films the vows on his phone by Wild Connections PhotographySt Johann in Tirol Elopement Chris makes Shaun of the Dead references in his vows by Wild Connections Photography St Johann in Tirol Elopement Nikki laughs at Chris's vows by Wild Connections Photography St Johann in Tirol Elopement Nikki's bouquet with edelweiss, lavender and paper flowers with Shakespeare quotes by Wild Connections PhotographySt Johann in Tirol Elopement a silhouette of Nikki and Chris with the valley behind them by Wild Connections PhotographySt Johann in Tirol Elopement the group toasts with a celebratory schnapps by Wild Connections Photography St Johann in Tirol Elopement homemade schnapps from the Nun living in the chapel by Wild Connections Photography St Johann in Tirol Elopement the party walks back down the mountain after the ceremony by Wild Connections Photography St Johann in Tirol Elopement red and white markings on the trees mark the hiking trail by Wild Connections Photography St Johann in Tirol Elopement a hiking trail sign in the woods by Wild Connections Photography St Johann in Tirol Elopement Chris helps his bride down the steep trail by Wild Connections Photography St Johann in Tirol Elopement view across St Johann by Wild Connections PhotographySt Johann in Tirol Elopement Nikki & Chris go for a walk in a field by Wild Connections Photography St Johann in Tirol Elopement Nikki finds a field of sheep and asks the farmer if she can meet them by Wild Connections Photography St Johann in Tirol Elopement Nikki and Chris stand in a field of sheep with mountains behind them by Wild Connections Photography St Johann in Tirol Elopement as Nikki leans in to Chris, he kisses her on the head by Wild Connections Photography St Johann in Tirol Elopement Nikki wears a locket with a picture of her deceased mother inside by Wild Connections Photography St Johann in Tirol Elopement Nikki and Chris embrace by a mountain lake by Wild Connections Photography St Johann in Tirol Elopement the party holds the felt shelter pups dogs by Wild Connections Photography St Johann in Tirol Elopement the party poses with the shelter pups dogs in front of a mountain lake by Wild Connections Photography St Johann in Tirol Elopement the clouds roll in and hide the mountains by Wild Connections Photography

Niki and Chris, it was such an honour to be invited into your lives and welcomed with such warm hearts. I hope that you enjoy the rest of your time in Austria. Menno is getting the BBQ fired up. He’s eager to try bananas in bacon! 😉

Credits:

Wedding Planning & Coordination:
Weddings by Kajsa

Hair & Makeup:
Intercoiffeur Pock

Flowers:
Innenleben

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