Celebrating 10 Years in Vienna and 15 Years in Austria: A Journey of Gratitude and Emotions Through Photography

A decade ago, I embarked on a remarkable adventure that would forever shape my life – I arrived in Vienna with a heart full of dreams and a camera in hand. This city, with its captivating streets, awe-inspiring architecture, and vibrant art and culture, not only became my muse but also marked the beginning of my career as a photographer.

Reflecting on these past 10 years in Vienna, gratitude wells within me for the opportunities and growth this city has offered. Each cobblestone street, hidden corner, and lively café has been a wellspring of inspiration I’ve captured through my camera’s lens. These photos, however, held a special significance beyond personal admiration.

As a Wedding, Lifestyle Portraiture and Event Photographer, my lens has been dedicated to capturing not just the scenes that make up Vienna’s essence, but the profound moments of those who have graced these scenes. From the enchanting streets to the iconic symbols like Schönbrunn, Belvedere, Albertina, St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the Opera House, the finest Hotels and Palais, our stunning city Parks, and numerous other remarkable locations, my lens has framed stories of couples becoming spouses, engaged partners, families sharing moments, and even private, corporate, and diplomatic events. These images encapsulate the emotions and dreams of my clients, making Vienna’s beauty a backdrop to their personal narratives.

While my journey began here in Vienna, my roots in Austria run even deeper. Before my arrival a decade ago, I had the privilege of living on Lake Neusiedl’s eastern shore in enchanting Neusiedler See National Park, Burgenland. Daily, I was inspired by the lake’s changing hues and exquisite sunsets. This region was my training ground, where I honed my craft amid its poetic reflections and twilight dances. Those years remain etched in my heart—a time of profound transition, where nature’s embrace guided me toward my true calling: photography.

Continuing my journey through Vienna’s streets and Austria’s cities, I’m committed to sharing the joy and inspiration these places bring me and evoke in my clients. May my photographs bridge those who share my affection for this city and country, capturing a life transformed by surrounding beauty. Through images, frozen moments, I express profound gratitude for these 10 years in Vienna and 15 years in Austria – a time shaping not just my career, but my very soul.

To all the wonderful souls I’ve met in these 10 years – friends, colleagues, wedding and event planners, vendors, and especially the clients who entrusted me with their special moments – my heartfelt thanks for being part of this incredible journey.

Embracing the Fall-Winter Unions’ Charm

As the air turns crisp and the colors of nature transform into a breathtaking symphony, a new chapter of romance beckons. Welcome to a realm where the enchantment of autumn and winter intertwines with your love story, creating a tapestry of warmth, emotion, and splendor.

Embracing the ethereal beauty of fall and the delicate charm of winter, I invite you to embark on a journey through the captivating world of Vienna‘s autumn and winter weddings. Every image captured is a moment suspended in time, a fragment of a love story that unfolds against the backdrop of opulent settings and the city’s skyline.

From the intimate preparation moments suffused with opulence, to the exchange of vows on a rooftop terrace that witnesses your commitment, each frame holds the essence of your journey. Surrounded by loved ones and adorned with the elegance of the season, your love, along with the companionship of your bridesmaids, paints a canvas of warmth and joy, leaving an indelible mark in the hearts of all who bear witness.

Are you envisioning your love story illuminated by the enchanting glow of autumn and winter? I specialize in capturing these intimate moments, creating timeless images that mirror the emotions you hold dear. Whether you’re planning your dream wedding or seeking a couple/engagement shoot that encapsulates the magic of your connection, I’m here to craft visual tales that resonate with your heart.

Discover the splendor of seasonal unions through the lens of my camera and allow your love story to become a part of Vienna’s rich tapestry. I invite you to explore the cherished moments that await, and to take the first step in preserving your forever memories. Connect with me today to unveil the possibilities and inquire about my bespoke photography packages. Your timeless journey begins here.


Photography: Elena Azzalini
Planning and organisation: @helloweddingbox
Location: The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna @ritzcarltonvienna
Dresses: Elfenkleid
Dressing Gowns: Vossen by Eva Poleschinski
Attire Groom: Vondru
Jewelry and Ring: Ceramics by Mevisto
Make Up & Hair Bridesmaid: Elnaz Visage
Make Up & Hair Bridesmaid & Bride & Groom: Lore Stellek
Make Up Bride: Sarah Chvala
Cake: Das Tortenstudio Andrea Kargl
Decoration: Raphaela Ramler Venus Weddings
Florist: Florian Griessmaier
Stationary: Nani and Paul PhotoGraphics
Print: Druck im 12ten

Model Bride: Sarah Chvala
Model Bridesmaid 1: Sandra Seidl
Model Bridesmaid 2: Anna- Maria Schlintner
Model Bridesmaid 3: Ivi Stojkovic
Model Bridesmaid 4: Conny Sporrer
Model Groom: Markus Schnabel

Heiraten in der Albertina

Wedding venue Vienna - Albertina Museum

Modernes Weltmuseum, aufwendig restauriertes, einstiges Wohnpalais der Habsburger und Wiens feinste Eventadresse zugleich. In ihrer europaweit einzigartigen Pracht bieten sich die Habsburgischen Prunkräume als so außergewöhnlicher wie idealer Rahmen für Hochzeiten aller Art an. Das Einmalige dabei: Kunst und Event lassen sich wunderbar verbinden.

Auch für Ihre Hochzeit ist die Albertina der ideale Ort. Sagen Sie „Ja“ zur standesamtlichen Trauung in einem außergewöhnlich stilvollen Ambiente. Voller Einfühlvermögen für all Ihre Wünsche, Pläne und Anliegen stehen wir Braut und Bräutigam beratend, unterstützend und engagiert zur Seite. Unsere Hochzeitspackages umfassen eine exklusive Aufenthaltsdauer von 2,5h für Ihre Trauung und die anschließende Agape in den traumhaften Habsburgischen Prunkräumen.

Das Team der Eventabteilung hat ein ganz klares Motto: Wir lassen Träume wahr werden! Vom ersten Gespräch, über eine gemeinsame Locationbesichtigung bis hin zum Tag Ihrer Veranstaltung betreuen wir Sie rundum. Sie gestalten Ihr Event ganz nach Ihren individuellen Vorstellungen und wir kümmern uns um die Umsetzung.

Seaside Elegance: A Boho-Inspired Styled Shoot

Nestled near the enchanting city of Venice, Chioggia boasts pristine beaches and breathtaking landscapes that served as the perfect backdrop for a recent styled photoshoot. Capturing the essence of simplicity and elegance, the photographs showcase a beautiful model adorned in graceful silk wedding gowns, set against the tranquil beauty of Chioggia’s shoreline. This boho-inspired styled shoot marries the elements of nature with the sophistication of bridal fashion, resulting in a harmonious blend of styles that will surely inspire brides-to-be seeking a unique and stunning aesthetic.

Bohemian Chic Meets Seaside Splendor: The Styling

In the heart of Chioggia, where the Adriatic Sea meets the land, a vision of bohemian chic was brought to life. Our model, with her flowing brown waves and sun-kissed skin, personified the essence of relaxed beauty. Adorned in simple yet elegant silk wedding gowns, she effortlessly embodied the charm and allure of a beachside bride.

The styling of the shoot embraced a bohemian spirit, evident in the bouquet that she carried. The bouquet was a masterpiece crafted from a medley of local flora – a combination of dried leaves and branches native to the area, entwined with fresh blooms. This unique blend exuded a sense of rustic romance, infusing the scene with an authentic touch of Chioggia’s natural beauty.

A Tranquil Seaside Ambiance

As the gentle waves of the Adriatic lapped against the shore, our model strolled along the sandy expanse, creating an idyllic scene of peace and serenity. The timeless elegance of the silk wedding gowns perfectly harmonized with the serene surroundings, evoking an atmosphere of quiet romance.

The interplay of the boho styling and the tranquil seaside backdrop created an ethereal ambiance that spoke to the free-spirited bride’s desire for beauty and simplicity on her special day. The photographs captured not just the beauty of the model and her attire, but also the enchanting allure of Chioggia’s coastline.

Inspiration for Brides

For brides-to-be seeking a wedding aesthetic that fuses the elegance of bridal fashion with the charm of natural elements, this styled shoot provides a wealth of inspiration. The combination of silk gowns, the boho bouquet, and the stunning beach setting showcases how a seemingly diverse palette can come together to create a breathtaking and cohesive look.

Whether you’re drawn to the simplicity of silk, the allure of boho styling, or the romance of a seaside wedding, this styled shoot offers a glimpse into the possibilities that await. Chioggia’s beach serves as a testament to the fact that sometimes, the most stunning beauty is found in the simplicity of nature itself.

Photos © Elena Azzalini Photography
Model: Shirin Jaber
Bridal gowns: AnnaTi by Blu Zaffiro, Chioggia (Venezia), Italy
Make-up: Oriana Tiozzo / EOS Center, Chioggia (Venezia), Italy
Cake: Dagmar Pauser / Kuchen mit Stil, Vienna, Austria
Favors: Bijoux Mignon, Chioggia (Venezia), Italy
Planning & styling: Massimo Fabris and Elena Azzalini 
Location: Chioggia (Venezia), Italy 

A Captivating Tale of Elegance and Love: A Dreamy Wedding at Schloss Hetzendorf, Vienna

Enchanting wedding at Schloss Hetzendorf in Vienna

Nestled in the heart of Vienna, the historic Schloss Hetzendorf played host to a wedding that was nothing short of a fairytale. Against the backdrop of this enchanting palace, a tale of elegance, love, and togetherness unfolded, as a radiant couple embarked on their journey of eternal companionship.

The Prelude: Getting Ready Amidst Grace and Glamour

As the sun rose over Vienna, the air buzzed with excitement within the walls of Schloss Hetzendorf. The bride, surrounded by her bridesmaids, indulged in moments of laughter, anticipation, and pampering. Their reflection in the grand mirrors revealed a glimpse of the enchanting beauty that would grace the day’s events.

Meanwhile, the groom and his closest friends shared heartfelt conversations and laughter in a room adorned with history. As they donned their impeccable suits, the atmosphere was a blend of camaraderie and excitement for the momentous day ahead.

A Sacred Union: The Religious Ceremony in Vienna’s Heart

The ornate bells of a historic Vienna church resonated with joy as the couple, accompanied by their loved ones, gathered for the religious ceremony. With every step down the aisle, the bride exuded a timeless elegance in her gown, while the groom stood tall, exuding a mix of nerves and sheer happiness.

As they exchanged vows under the awe-inspiring arches of the church, their commitment was sealed amidst the soft glow of candlelight and the harmonious melodies of the choir. The ceremony was a testament to their shared values and the promise of a lifetime of love and unity.

A Whimsical Interlude: Refreshments and Radiant Photos

Following the ceremony, the celebration continued amidst the natural splendor of the Hetzendorf park. The newlyweds mingled with their guests, savoring delightful refreshments amidst blossoming gardens and serene water features. The camera captured their joy and the radiant glow that only a wedding day can bestow.

Photography became an art form as the picturesque surroundings lent themselves to breathtaking portraits. Against the backdrop of the palace’s ornate architecture and the vibrant greenery, the couple’s love was immortalized in a series of stunning images.

An Opulent Affair: Dinner Amidst Frescoed Grandeur

As the sun began to set, the festivities shifted indoors to the resplendent dining hall of Schloss Hetzendorf. The room was adorned with intricate frescoes that seemed to come alive as candlelight danced upon them. Guests entered in awe, their footsteps echoing through history.

Amidst the clinking of glasses and the echoes of laughter, the couple enjoyed a sumptuous feast that mirrored the opulence of the setting. Heartfelt speeches, jubilant toasts, and a palpable sense of unity filled the air, as friends and family celebrated the couple’s love story.

Epilogue: A Night to Remember

As the night sky adorned itself with stars, the festivities continued, enveloping Schloss Hetzendorf in an aura of romance and joy. The couple’s first dance was a mesmerizing spectacle, a culmination of grace and affection that encapsulated their journey thus far.

This wedding at Schloss Hetzendorf in Vienna was more than an event; it was a testament to the power of love and the magic of elegant celebrations. Against the backdrop of history and surrounded by loved ones, the couple began their new chapter with an unforgettable, enchanting wedding day.