Today I invite you, as a wedding photographer in Frankfurt am Main, to follow this civil wedding in Römer Frankfurt.
The Römer is the most popular places in Frankfurt am Main to get married. At first I was tempted to write that is one of the most popular but then I realised that it’s without doubt the most popular! Otherwise its’ important historic meaning (It’s more than 600 years old) The civil office Römer is situated right in the heart of Frankfurt, In the Altstadt.
Right across is Römerberg and in the middle of the Square is the famous Justitia Brunnen. Der Platz am Römer is an immense attraction for all the tourists and inhabitants of Frankfurt am Main.
Did I mention the Asian tourists? They add to the special flavor of the place and a wedding in Römer wouldn’t be the same without some Asian tourist willing to photograph the newly wed couple!
At the beginning I felt a bit overwhelmed with all the tourists around me but quickly I realized that they belong there and I started to embrace the whole crowded atmosphere. Even is this not my type of photo shoot (in crowded spaces), I started to like it. Of course, if I want a photo shoot in an empty Platz am Römer I could only dream of, or come really early in the morning to catch that empty.
Other thing that make the Frankfurt Römer unique, is that it is the only civil officein the whole Germany who has a wedding doorman. You may ask, what in the world is a wedding doorman. Well, he is a gatekeeper from the civil office Römer in Frankfurt am Main. His job is unique in the whole Germany because no other civil office has one.
The doorman guards the door that leads to the ceremony hall. He knows all the couples who get married that day, knows the specific hour they get married. Before entering the building, he welcome the couple, lead them to the Wedding Hall and inform the couples about the rules in the town hall. I think that he is the man who has seen the most newly wed couples in the world. 3000 couples are celebrate their wedding every year in Römer, from monday to Saturday every 20 minutes.
Other attraction point for all the newlywed couples is that the Römer is located in the middle of the old town. Almost all of the main attractions are nearby. The famous Eisener Steg Bridge is right across the street.
I didn’t saw one couple not willing to go there and have a photograph with the famous Frankfurter Skyline. Yes, it could be a little tricky to photograph on the crowded bridge but tourists would kindly make place and wait until you finish the few shots you wish to make there.
After you cross the bridge you can take a walk on the Main shore, there are so many photographic opportunities there. If you prefer something else there is another option. You can walk towards the Old Opera Haus or the Schirn Kunsthalle. You can choose between old and modern architecture.
Did I mention that right under the Römer Platz is a big underground parking ? What could a couple would wish for more? You go out from the parking place right in front of the Römer Standesamt! It’s not cheap but a 10 euro for a couple of hours, totally worth it!
There are also near some of the best restaurants in Frankfurt so a wedding there would be a good logistic decision for a party after the ceremony.
Now let’s get back to my wonderful couple.
They were so lovely that day and I could read easily the emotions on their faces! There were just them alone with their families.
I remember a funny story, the bride’s father had a camera on a tripod that right before the ceremony refused to work. Luckily on the second try it started and everything went perfect. But I could see the emotions on his face. He was well prepared and had also a second video camera with him!
The ceremony was quick – the same as all the civil wedding ceremonies in Römer – and classic, followed by the paper signing.
Standesamtliche Trauung im Römer Frankfurt
After the ceremony, the formal group photos and the Sektempfang, we went for a short photo shoot near the River Main. There was a rainy day but luckily we had some rain pauses when we could photograph without getting too wet. We took the Mercedes Oldtimer and used it for a couple of wedding photos. They even had a red umbrella. “HAD” – because the wind flew it away!
The old city center was unfortunately after a Music show and the stage was still there along with a lot of trucks. It was so tricky to get an angle without the scene and the trucks! But here my experience came in play and I found the perfect angle to show the couple in the Frankfurter Altstadt.
What do you think? Are you getting married in Frankfurt am Main and you don’t know for sure where to celebrate your civil wedding? Römer mught be the perfect place for you!
Have fun with the photos now and see you next time!