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...
Santa Barbara Anniversary Wedding Shoot – Jeanette & Justin

Santa Barbara Anniversary Wedding Shoot – Jeanette & Justin

If you’ve been following on social media (Facebook:  www.facebook.com/JFreyPhotography or Instagram: @jessicafreyphotography) you’ve seen some sneak peeks of this epic Santa Barbara photo shoot with Justin & Jeanette!  I was so excited to get an email from Jeanette when she knew I was heading back to California to schedule a special photo shoot in Santa Barbara that incorporated Knapps Castle and the beach.  We met up on a Freyday and spent 3 hours together first at the Biltmore Four Seasons, then to the beach to stuck our toes in the sand, and finally we drove the fun/scary drive up to the castle ruins in the mountains above Santa Barbara known as Knapps Castle.  This was my third trip to the epic and slightly hidden destination and it never fails to inspire me and provide the most dramatic views and sunset.  If you ever have a chance and are in the area, look it up and make the trek!  Here’s a look at part 1 of their photo shoot at the Biltmore Four Season and the beach.    Come back soon for part two full of Knapp’s Castle photos! Part 2 coming to the blog soon! —– Now booking Fall 2016 & 2017 Weddings in Austin, Texas and Destination! *I’ll also be back in Central California/Yosemite/Bass Lake June 30-July 9th and LA/Bakersfield for a week in November if you’re looking for a photo shoot! Email for availability and investment information: Jessica@jessicafreyphotography.com ——...
Hawaii Wedding – Honolulu Waikiki Bride & Groom

Hawaii Wedding – Honolulu Waikiki Bride & Groom

Happy Anniversary to Shana & Chris!! I can’t believe over a year ago we were saying Aloha and celebrating their beautiful Honolulu Waikiki wedding day!  It was full of family, laughter and celebration and I’m so thankful to have had the opportunity to capture it for them!  Shana and Chris are from Hawaii and planned their wedding day while living in California. After a year of marriage, I asked these two a few questions for future couples out there planning their wedding day, especially for destination weddings and this is their advice: 1) What is the best advice that was given to you when you started planning your wedding? Don’t wait to book your venue. We had our hearts set on our venue and ended up moving our date because the date we wanted was already taken.   2) What is one thing you think every bride and/or groom should know that you learned while planning your wedding? Get a planner, especially if you are having a destination wedding. Having our wedding in Hawaii and getting a planner early on really helped us to stay on track and make sure that all of the little details that we didn’t know about, our planner was able to make sure was taken care of. Our planner made a strict timeline that we stuck to, from sending invites to booking vendors, and it really made everything go smoothly. Also, having a team there on the day of to direct all of the vendors gave us the chance to really sit back and enjoy the day.   3) What were your wedding colors and...
Louisville, Kentucky Wedding – Aaron & Angela Part 3 – Henry Clay Reception

Louisville, Kentucky Wedding – Aaron & Angela Part 3 – Henry Clay Reception

Grab some sweet tea, pull up a chair and take a 10min. break to enjoy these fun Henry Clay wedding reception photos!! Angela & Aaron threw one heck of a party full of fun details, great music (yeah Chuck!) and some pretty epic dance moves!  It was such an honor spending the day in Louisville, KY with these two and their families and I feel so blessed as I look back on their day!  Wishing you two nothing but adventure and love! If you missed the first two blogs, make sure to scroll back up here after viewing these photos and then click here: Blog 1: http://jessicafreyphotographyblog.com/louisville-kentucky-wedding-aaron-angela Blog 2: http://jessicafreyphotographyblog.com/louisville-kentucky-wedding-aaron-angela-part-2 I love that the girls all changed into their comfy shoes for the reception!!  How fun (practical) is that?! Aaron & Angela’s enterance into their reception was so much fun!  They were surprised by Aaron’s lacrosse teammates lining the room with their lacrosse sticks! This first dance may literally ‘take the cake’.  It started off slow and unassuming, especially for two dancers…they threw off their family and friends by not doing anything.  That is until the music changed.  It was really epic and I cannot wait to see the video!! So many awesome chair-lifts!! This is what happens when the entire men’s lacrosse team is at your wedding?!?! We all got to enjoy an ice cream bar of Graeter’s Ice Cream! It was delicious!! The last song of the night was so special as all their family and friends gathered in a send-off circle! Congratulations Aaron & Angela!!!!! —————– VENDORS: Ceremony:  Louisville Seminary –  Caldwell Chapel            ...
Louisville, Kentucky Wedding – Aaron & Angela Part 2

Louisville, Kentucky Wedding – Aaron & Angela Part 2

You guys….this ceremony was wonderful and full of love not only for one another, but for the Lord.  I always feel so blessed to get to hear each couple’s ceremonies and promises that they make in front of their family and friends and this one was no exception.  The minister was wonderful and you could see how much Aaron & Angela were ready for their life-long commitment to each other.  To the Littlefield and Benz families – thank you for being so gracious to work worth, it was an honor to come to Louisville for this special day!  Enjoy some of my favorite images from the ceremony, the wedding party and Aaron & Angela! If you missed Part 1, scroll back up here and click this link: http://jessicafreyphotographyblog.com/louisville-kentucky-wedding-aaron-angela (Beautiful photos above and below by Elizabeth Langford!) I tried my best…these two totally out-did my ‘crazy’ pose!! Love it! Naturally, a trip to the nearest playground was next up.  Who doesn’t love a good swing and photo-bombs with kids?! I had to share….sometimes you’re in a park full of people and this happens.  Gotta laugh it off! ——— Wanna know what’s going on here once we made it back to The Henry Clay for the reception?!  Come back on Monday for more photos!! (Thanks, Elizabeth for this epic capture!  I love that Lauren is only mildly amused…she knows James better than I!) VENDORS: Ceremony:  Louisville Seminary –  Caldwell Chapel                          Reception: The Henry Clay Dress Designer:  Jim Hjelm                        ...
Louisville, Kentucky Wedding – Aaron & Angela

Louisville, Kentucky Wedding – Aaron & Angela

Last Saturday was a wedding day full of joy, laughter, fun, dancing and lots of love!  Aaron & Angela were full of beautiful energy and laughter and their wedding design reflected their fun personalities!  They had a beautiful, classy wedding coordinated by Karen Allen at the Louisville Seminary & The Henry Clay with friends from all over the country there to celebrate!  I’m so thankful I was able to head to Louisville, Kentucky for this Austin couple and know they’ll have a lifetime of adventures and laughter!  Congratulations Angela & Aaron!  Below are some of my favorites (SOOO hard to narrow them down!) from the the beginning of the day.  There will be 3 blog posts full of beautiful images so make sure to come back soon for more! *All vendors and information at the bottom of the post! Stay tuned for the next blog with images from the Ceremony & Mr. & Mrs. Aaron Benz! VENDORS: Ceremony:  Louisville Seminary –  Caldwell Chapel                          Reception: The Henry Clay Dress Designer:  Jim Hjelm                                                Dress Store: Serendipity Bridal Bridesmaid Dresses:  David’s Bridal                                 Tux: Men’s Warehouse Floral:  Joe Brotzge with Colonial Designs                      Wedding Planner: Karen Allen Hair & Makeup:  Faux Finish Studios                    ...
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