El Matador Beach Engagement Photos – Matt & Hanna

El Matador Beach Engagement Photos – Matt & Hanna

Congratulations Matt & Hanna on the next adventure of your lives as you plan to share forever together!! I am so thankful that our paths crossed in Austin and can’t believe the small world this is that we have friends in common!! Matt actually went to high school in Thousand Oaks, CA with my brother-in-law and I’ve photographed several of his friends’s engagement/weddings!  A California couple, they’re actually getting married in Austin this summer at one of my favorite Texas Hill Country venues, Pecan Springs Ranch! Thank you for meeting me in California and any chance I get to travel and photograph couples in meaningful locations, my photography heart is happy!  Matt actually proposed to Hanna on the beach in Malibu! I was so happy to go back to El Matador State Beach which is where I did my Little Mermaid styled wedding shoot for Disney Weddings!! (wanna check that out? scroll back up here and click here: http://jessicafreyphotographyblog.com/the-little-mermaid-inspired-teal-coral-wedding ) Here’s a look at some of my favorites – we had the most perfect (warm) beach weather and the love and silliness and giggles and smiles made for a perfect afternoon!   Rivalry? What rivalry? Love that these two have a healthy competitive spirit 😉  Funny sidenote – if you followed our adventures this day on my Instagram Stories (@jessicafreyphotography) you saw the absolutely rediculousness of the amout of photo shoots happening on the beach!  Our favorite was these two guys doing a swimsuit photo shoot so we just had to capture it and share it with you all….   Ok, back to these two being super cute and in LOVE!...
The Venue at Waterstone Dallas Wedding Reception – Jerod & Kiersten

The Venue at Waterstone Dallas Wedding Reception – Jerod & Kiersten

Looking for a beautiful, Texas barn wedding?  Look no further!  Kiersten & Jerod chose The Venue at Waterstone in Celina, Tx (North of Dallas) to bring their family and friends together for a day of celebration as they said I Do for forever!  With the Texas heat in the summertime, the indoor ceremony and reception was perfect and the transformation during Cocktail Hour/pictures was seamless and beautiful!   Since the bride herself is a wedding coordinator for Altar Ego Weddings, I knew it would be just perfect – and it was! Enjoy a look at part 2 of Jerod & Kiersten’s wedding day below and make sure to leave them some comment love!  You don’t want to miss a photo-bomb by Swany, their gorgeous 28-person wedding party, the Last Dance or sparkler exit!! Having a private Last Dance while you’re guests line up and prep for your exit? Sounds like perfection in my book! btw – there were cookies in here.  I may have grabbed 5 bags left at the end of the night.  SO delicious and thoughtful!  Lesson 1: Do not light an entire handful of sparklers all at once.   Glad he’s okay! Hazzah!!!!   The happy parents ‘end of the wedding’ photo may be my new favorite to make happen! Love it!  Here is Part 1 in case you missed it: The Venue at Waterstone Dallas Wedding – Jerod & Kiersten   VENDORS: Location: The Venue at Waterstone           Coordinator: Altar Ego Weddings (Kiersten/Heidi) Wedding Dress:  BHLDN, Willowby by Watters Rosalind  Bridesmaid Dresses:  Jenny Yoo for BHLDN  Annabelle (Seaglass ) Hair:  Diana...
Should You Hire a Travel Agent For Your Honeymoon? Uptown Events & Travel

Should You Hire a Travel Agent For Your Honeymoon? Uptown Events & Travel

Hello amazing followers! Since there are a lot of you following me who are planning a wedding or know some who is, I’m bringing back my interview series and hope these blog posts provide you with some awesome professional insight into the world of planning a wedding!  Today, I have owner of Uptown Events & Travel, Jessica Upton answering questions about hiring a travel agent for your honeymoon (or anniversary/or for your destination wedding!)  Check out her advice below to some of the most frequently asked questions and make sure to contact her for your honeymoon travel needs! 4 Questions About Using a Travel Advisor for Your Honeymoon Ladies, lets be real- you’ve probably been totally swamped in wedding planning and passed the task of booking your honeymoon onto your beau. You can’t wait until the day you can leave all the overwhelming details behind and hop on a plane to your dream destination. The only thing holding you back is your handsome groom has no idea where to start and doesn’t want to make the wrong decisions. Fear not! Set your man up for success and recommend he use a travel advisor. 1. How does the process work?     To start, I will want to have a thorough conversation about what you both envision for your honeymoon. We will discuss destination ideas, activity preferences, budget, and dates. From this conversation I will begin to put together recommendations for you. 2. What’s the first step? Although every honeymoon has its unique characteristics, generally I recommend booking your flights first. If your dates are flexible, confirming your flights first...
Neuschwanstein Castle Wedding Photos Part 2

Neuschwanstein Castle Wedding Photos Part 2

Fairy Tale castles are what dreams are made of right?? The ‘Mad” King Ludwig II had such a love for them he was also nicknamed “der Märchenkönig” (The Fairy Tale King)…..and his castle Neuschwanstein inspired one of my favorites, Walt Disney when he was designing Disneyland.  Getting to combine my love for wedding photography, sparkly crowns and castles was a dream come true.  Add to that beautiful sunshine, crisp white snow and an international love story and this bucket-list wedding photo shoot was a dream come true.  If you’re planning a visit, this website is great:  https://www.hohenschwangau.de For those that may have missed Part 1 (and the origin story) you’ll want to scroll back up and check it out: (http://jessicafreyphotographyblog.com/neuschwanstein-castle-wedding-photo-shoot) After shooting in the snow-covered field down below Neuschwanstein castle and Schwangau, we drove to park near the ticket center and prepared to hike, yes hike up a mud-covered road 5 kilometers up hill. To say that Manuel & Madison are rockstars is an understatement!  Add to that being in a wedding dress (and snow boots!) and it was 20 degrees AND she was wearing a tiara AND it took about 40min. I was impressed.  Sometimes the hike up the hill is worth it and we just kept telling ourselves how EPIC it was going to be!  That and all the tourists were saying hello, looking sideways and genuinely curious to see a princess bride walking up to the castle! What we weren’t prepared for when we finally made it to the top was for the entire front of the castle to be COVERED IN SCAFFOLDING. What.!?!?!?!  Crap.  No...
Neuschwanstein Castle Wedding Photo Shoot

Neuschwanstein Castle Wedding Photo Shoot

Neuschwanstein Castle (German: Schloss Neuschwanstein, English: “New Swanstone Castle”[1]) is a nineteenth-century Romanesque Revival palace on a rugged hill above the village of Hohenschwangau near Füssen in southwest Bavaria, Germany. The palace was commissioned by Ludwig II of Bavaria as a retreat and as a homage to Richard Wagner. Ludwig paid for the palace out of his personal fortune and by means of extensive borrowing, rather than Bavarian public funds. The palace was intended as a personal refuge for the reclusive king, but it was opened to the paying public immediately after his death in 1886.[2] Since then more than 61 million people have visited Neuschwanstein Castle.[3] More than 1.3 million people visit annually, with as many as 6,000 per day in the summer.[4] The palace has appeared prominently in several movies such as Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and The Great Escape and serves as the inspiration for Disneyland‘s Sleeping Beauty Castle[5] and later, similar structures. Ok, now that we’re all caught up on how epically amazing Neuschwanstein is, let’s dive into some of the back story of this amazing photo shoot Part 1: I woke up early Saturday morning in Munich and after packing a few essentials – like 3 tiaras in my bag, grabbing a handmade bouquet (more on that later), my ski pants and my photography equipment I headed for the main train station in Munich and bought a day pass to ride the local Bavarian train.  I had a 1.5 hour ride with one station change to visit the town of Seeg, the hometown of our groom, Miguel!  Madison (a native of Nebraska), met me...
Windsor Castle – 5 hours in London

Windsor Castle – 5 hours in London

It’s never fun getting a notice from your airlines hours before you’re supposed to board an international flight that they’ve decided to cancel the second leg of your trip.  So….huge thanks to British Airways for doing just that on my journey through London to Munich, Germany.  How to make lemonade out of lemons?? Google “I’m stuck at Heathrow Airport for 7 hours, what do I do???”  Turns out, this is pretty common and I found a lot of advice – one that struck me was going 20miles out and visiting Windsor Castle!  If you’ve been glued to The Queen (on Netflix) like I have, this is a must and something we didn’t do on our last journey through London (during our Around the World trip).  We made it to nearby Egham and Royal Halloway College for Calyx & Jacob’s engagement session, and I was excited when we went back through to remember how much fun we had!  (want to see that amazing session? Click here: http://jessicafreyphotographyblog.com/engagement-photos-in-london-england-jacob-and-calyx) First stop – join the rest of the tourists in Windsor for some Fish & Chips.  Drown your fish in vinegar and boomerang it!  Next, chat up all the friendly castle workers and meet a local dog (and his owner) who apparently gets to play with the Queen’s corgis when she’s home.  Next, adventure through the State Apartments and marvel at all the pretty things and history that’s gone down.  I also got to visit St. George’s Chapel that was currently going through a ‘deep clean’ to prep for an event the Queen was holding soon. *side note, pretty sure they filmed the Queen’s...
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