They say that marriage is a journey, so what better way to start off this fabulous adventure of matrimony than by getting a bit bold when choosing your venue? We’re thinking of a place that’s big, beautiful, historic, filled with art, and rich in culture. The spot we’re talking about is Kloster Eberbach a stunning Romanesque and Gothic abbey found in the heart of Hesse, Germany. This stunning spot has been in existence since the 1100’s and is considered today to be one of the largest and most impressive monastic sites in Germany!
When we heard that the über-talented stylists and photographers from Belathée Photography worked on a styled wedding shoot at this gem of a spot, we knew instantly that we wanted…sorry, that we HAD to have all of the deets! With publications in top magazines including, Martha Stewart Weddings and Real Simple, this crew of boutique wedding photographers and stylists clearly knew what they were doing and by the looks of it, this day was just too perfect. From the gorgeous gardens to the unique design elements of the antique buildings, this property has proven itself to be plucked straight from a dream.
To live vicariously through everyone that was involved in making this day so special, check out the scoop that we were able to snag!
Words + Photography by Belathée Photography
Tell us a little bit about this historic venue.
Eberbach Abbey (German: Kloster Eberbach) is a former Cistercian monastery near Eltville am Rhein in the Rheingau, Germany. On account of its impressive Romanesque and early Gothic buildings it is considered one of the most significant architectural heritage sites in Hesse, Germany. In the winter of 1985/86 the interior scenes of The Name of the Rose were filmed here. They can host events up to 500 people (and likely more)
Tell us a little bit about the event you photographed?
It was a styled shoot with a german friend and florist Christiane from Flora Nova Design that actually grew up on the property. It had been a dream of hers to return and work on the grounds and we made it happen by involving local and US based industry vendors.
What were some of the highlights of your experience at the venue?
The setting and variety of backdrops were really stunning. Its a grand property and can easily handle a larger even without feeling cramped. From the wine cellars to the Monk dormitories, Eberbach Abbey is a historic and unique place to unite family and friends
What were your favorite design elements of the venue?
The Gothic architecture
Were there any areas you thought lighting was the best?
The dormitory, an early Gothic room about 70 metres long containing vaulting and short columns with sculptured capitals, and one of the few such rooms of this size and quality remaining in Europe. The north wing, refurbished in the 18th century and containing the refectory, with a Baroque stucco ceiling.
What do you think makes Eberbach Abbey a great gathering space?
The size, accommodating people, its proximity to Frankfurt International Airport and the setting of the famous wine region around. The light had always impressed me as a photographer and we were able to utilize many spectacular rooms and backdrops for our vision.
Did you enjoy any special drinks or eats in the local surrounding area?
Famous wine bars and local fare is served all over the area
Did you meet anyone at the venue that you connected with or made a lasting impression?
Miriam Esser! She is in charge of the events at Kloster Eberbach
Okay, you can pick your jaw up from off the floor now. We know this spot is pure exquisiteness. Yes, that's a word when it comes to this spectacular spot. Everything from the historic European feel to the winding vineyards and lush gardens makes this property an elegant and memorable setting & backdrop for your big day. What makes it so amazing is that you too can tie the knot here!