Maria and Matthias are a seriously jet-set couple – Maria hails from near New York whilst Matthias is from Germany, and they currently call San Francisco home, however they chose to host their dream wedding in London followed by a reception at Danesfield House.
Maria and Matthias’s Traditional, Timeless Wedding
Somehow the stars aligned and despite growing up very far apart, Maria and Matthias met in New York whilst Maria was living and working there and Matthias was studying. They had an instant connection and bonded over their shared love of The Simpsons and classical music.
They spent a year and a half together enjoying everything New York has to offer and falling in love, when Maria secured her dream of completing a master’s degree in the UK. She was concerned about the impact of having a long distance relationship, but couldn’t give up on her dream. She moved and for just under three years the couple’s relationship continued across different time zones and the Atlantic Ocean.
As soon as Matthias finished his PhD in New York he relocated to San Francisco and invited Maria to move with him. She was hesitant at first but soon found work there and came to love it as her adopted home. They discussed marriage before moving, and as soon as Matthias asked her to clear her schedule for a long weekend away, she had an idea of what was coming.
They visited the wine region in California and they went for a picnic – Maria was sure the proposal was imminent, but she was wrong. Matthias saved it for after dinner – he popped the question whilst a fire roared in the hearth and they enjoyed champagne and truffles.
Maria’s Bridal Beauty Regime
Maria hired bridal beauty expert Kylie McMichael to help her get ready for her wedding, and found her to be phenomenal.
Ahead of the big day, the bride-to-be had one trial. Maria flew in from the US the night before and her skin wasn’t in the best condition from travelling. The makeup artist soothed it with rose water and Maria felt transformed!
Maria wanted a look that was still ‘her’, but a dressed up version. She didn’t want a look that was so different to her day-to-day look that Matthias wouldn’t recognise her, but she still wanted to feel glammed up.
Kylie did an amazing job of interpreting Maria’s brief. She created a smoky eye and a neutral lip and played around with the intensity of the eye makeup to make sure it was perfect for the big day.
Bridesmaids in Blue
Maria asked four of the most important girls in her life to be her bridesmaids. Each one had been very important to the bride throughout significant phases in her life.
The bridesmaids wore Monique Lhuillier dresses in a striking slate blue shade, which worked with Maria and Matthias’s colour scheme. They were a silk chiffon fabric with ruched detail and some ruffles across the bodice.
Maria’s bridal squad was international – she had a bridesmaid in Texas, New York, Australia and Germany, which made dress shopping slightly more challenging but Maria found the dresses on her own and relied on the maid of honour to help with trying on sessions.
Luckily on the day all the dresses fitted perfectly!