Rosie + Stefan – Allgäu / Neuschwanstein

Rosie and Stefan flew in from the US to celebrate their wedding among family and friends (from all over the world) in beautiful Allgäu.  He proposed to her at the top of the Eiffel Tower and to complement that, their chosen location was – Neuschwanstein – the beautiful fairytale castle in the clouds.  And there were clouds right from the beginning of the day.  This is the castle which served as the inspiration for Disney’s Sleeping Beauty castle.

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Once we arrived, we took the horse carts up to the castle.  You can also choose to walk, but it’s 1500 meters up, and the slopes aren’t gentle either.  Even with the horse carts, we still had to walk around 200 to 300 meters more to the castle.  The entire bridal party, family and guests went for a tour of the castle, and ended the tour with a photoshoot on the castle’s balcony which gave an awesome view of the Foggersee and landscape below.  Truly breathtaking.  I can only imagine that was what Ludwig 2 (the king of Bavaria who built the castle) was seeing everyday.

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Next stop – the Marienbrücke – which would give a nice view of Neuschwanstein and allow us to take some portrait pictures with the castle as a backdrop.  Did I mention that we would have to walk some more to the bridge?  Although the signs said 15 minutes, when you add a bridal gown and high-heel shoes into the mix, it’s probably going to be a little longer.  At some point, Rosie gamely took off her shoes (pretty pink bejewelled Valentino shoes) and walked barefoot with a huge smile on her face.

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We got some nice shots of the couple, and you’d never guess that there was absolutely no space to take the shot (Bridge width is around 1,5 to 2 meters maximum).  Or that the entire bridge was full of tourists.  You can make see the picture below where they were trying to get off the bridge and imagine how many people there were on the narrow bridge.

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Stefan decided to carry Rosie down the slope to the stand where we had to wait for the horse carts.  🙂

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Neuschwanstein – Castle in the clouds.  I decided to process this picture in the style of a chinese painting mixed with a little of Van Gogh.  A fusion of east and west.

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At the ceremony location where we could see both Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau, which is an older bavarian castle.  But beautiful nonetheless.  Before the ceremony, it was time for a change of dress and hairstyle.

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And Allgäu, being Allgäu, it started to rain.  But no worries, they held the ceremony in the main room of the reception hall, which was already prepared for such an eventuality.

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The rain stopped after the wedding ceremony and it was time to release the pigeons.  And as you can see, it decided to rain again.  But no matter, the rain made a beautiful scene just more awesome!

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After everyone left for the evening location, I wanted to get a few more shots of the couple.  And for the first time that day, the sun decided to appear.  Perfect timing indeed!  5 minutes later, we were off.

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The next part was shooting the couple while they were travelling up on the ski lifts.

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At the top of the hill, next to the restaurant, there were alphorn players welcoming the guests and couple.  Also, you can get a good view of the Foggersee from here.  The sun came out at the right time and it felt like a blessing for the couple.

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Another costume change, and this time in a traditional chinese dress – the cheongsam.  And with the sunset, it was another excuse to go out and get some more pictures!

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Final change of the night, into a red dress (chinese love red – it’s our lucky colour!) for a special first dance.  And a shot in the twilight sun before partying.  At midnight, sparklers, and a beautiful heart.  A perfect day.

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