Johanna and Gerwin’s 3 day wedding festivities started out at the historic Leonstain Schloss Hotel in Pörtschach which is 15 minutes from the Klagenfurt Austrian airport. Pörtschach is a lovely resort town that is located on Lake Wörthersee; a 3 hour drive from Vienna, Austria and in the heart of the Carinthia. The happy couple celebrated with 80 of their closest friends and family members who had flown in from all over the world. The Leonstain Schloss is a charming boutique hotel that was originally a castle built in 1492 and one of the oldest landmarks on Lake Wörthersee. Reportedly this is where the famous composer Johannes Brahms took refuge and wrote his Violin Concerto and 2nd Symphony.
After a long 10 hour flight from New York City, my team and I landed late Thursday morning into the wet but very lush Carinthian countryside of Austria. The weather forecasted a lot of rain with a slim chance of sun so we spent much of the day acclimating ourselves to the 6 hour time change. Johanna and Gerwin booked the gorgeous Johannes Brahms suite for our stay at the Leonstain Schloss which was a lovely surprise. When Friday rolled around, it was still very wet and rainy. Many of the couples’ friends and family were slowly trickling into town. We decided to head into town to scout for a few unique locations for the bridal and engagement photos. Later that afternoon, we met with Johanna and Gerwin for engagement photos on the hotel grounds, the Leonstain beach club, and around Pörtschach.
That evening, the couple had their rehearsal/welcome dinner which was a laid back Carinthian-style barbeque. We feasted on delicious and traditional Austrian fare which included sausages, baked chicken, potatoes, Carinthian dumplings which were lovely doughy pillows of heaven filled with curd cheese and fresh herbs and a very unique dessert bread with an exquisite vanilla sauce.