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...
Laguna Beach Tower Photo Shoot – Tiffany & James

Laguna Beach Tower Photo Shoot – Tiffany & James

Epic photo shoot bucket list location #8 – Check!  I was so excited to be able to find this ‘princess/pirate’ tower located on the cliffs of Laguna Beach, California last week!  I spent 2 years living in Dana Point (just south of Laguna) and managed to never see this…..except in fellow photographer’s photos!  I’m so happy that I was able to watch the brilliant sun set over the Pacific Ocean while taking photos of Tiffany & James. We braved the chilly wind and enjoyed the salty, windy sea air!  It was wonderful being back in California again and I love that I get to go back a few times a year for special weddings!  Speaking of – I’m now booking 2017 weddings and dates are going fast for the spring/summer! I’m running a special for the month of December – all new 2017 weddings booked before the end of the year will receive a gorgeous, professional 16×20 high end canvas print from their wedding day as a FREE add-on!! (It’s valued at $300!).  Contact me today for availability and investment information: Jessica@JessicaFreyPhotography.com Enjoy this beautiful session of two people I love! Thanks James & Tiffany for a fun afternoon and evening in Laguna Beach! We love you! And because they challenged me to a retro ’80’s photo edit: Also….I seem to always get photos of myself out of focus.  Photographer problems 😉 Thanks for trying Tiffany! Laguna Beach pirate tower ———- Now booking 2017 weddings!  Email for availability & Investment: Jessica@JessicaFreyPhotography.com...
Tempe Arizona Wedding Anniversary Photo Shoot – Bryan & Stacy

Tempe Arizona Wedding Anniversary Photo Shoot – Bryan & Stacy

Anniversary sessions are some of my favorites! Celebrating marriage at any stage is a great idea, especially if you’re like Bryan & Stacy and they just had their 10 year anniversary!  I was actually at their Minnesota wedding day with all the Lester family and often get to visit them in their hometown now of Phoenix, Arizona.   I loved not only getting to catch up, but meeting them at the beautiful Phoenix Marriott Tempe at the Buttes resort for some desert/cactus beautiful morning light photos!  We braved the ‘jumping’ cacti, hiked around the gorgeous multi level pool and made the desert sand look gorgeous.  Thank you Bryan & Stacy for letting me update your photos and celebrate your love!  Congratulations!! *If you know anyone about to celebrate an Anniversary, let’s set up a photo shoot! It’s the perfect time to reconnect with your spouse, get all fancy, reminisce about your wedding day and get some great photos of just the two of you.  Email me for availability and investment information: Jessica@JessicaFreyPhotography.com I’m also now booking 2017 Austin, Texas and destination weddings! Couples that book in 2016 will receive a a FREE 16×20 professional Canvas portrait from the wedding day (Worth $300!). www.JessicaFreyPhotography.com Love you Bryan & Stacy! Happy 10 years!! —— Now booking 2017 weddings in Austin, TX and destinations around the world! Email for availability and investment: Jessica@JessicaFreyPhotography.com...
GIVEAWAY Celebration! The New Jessica Frey Photography Website is Live & Enter to Win a Couples Photoshoot in Austin!

GIVEAWAY Celebration! The New Jessica Frey Photography Website is Live & Enter to Win a Couples Photoshoot in Austin!

I’m so excited……..today is launch day for the brand NEW Jessica Frey Photography website! I’ve been working hard the past month to create a mobile-friendly, clean, easy to navigate wedding photography website that I know my future couples will love!  It’s now live and ready for you to view/share with anyone you know planning their wedding day! www.JessicaFreyPhotography.com AND. Because it’s a celebration, I want to do a GIVEAWAY!! I’m excited to announce that I’ll be giving away a FREE Couples photo shoot!  Here are the details: What – An Austin area photo shoot for 30min. for a couple….let’s celebrate you and your significant other whether you’re dating or have been married for 30 years! When – this free, Austin area photo shoot will be good until Dec. 31st 2016 and we can look at calendars to see what date works best for us both.  HOW – The all important.  There are multiple ways to gain entry for the GIVEAWAY, plus some bonus options. All you have to do is comment!  You can gain up to 3 entries per person by commenting in each of these 3 locations: Instagram:  www.instagram.com/jessicafreyphotography   (comment on the website launch photo(s)). Facebook page: www.facebook.com/jfreyphotography  (Comment on any of the website launch photos) This blog post….down below! Bonus entries can be earned by tagging a friend or sharing the post! You can earn up to 10 extra bonus entries with: Instagram: Tag a friend in the comment section that you think should see the new website. You may tag up to 5 friends for 5 bonus entries. Repost about the new website! (2 bonus entries ) Facebook: Share the photo/post/news...
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