First off, this wedding was my first destination wedding outside of the New England area. Basically it set me up for wanting to do this all the time. Second, I actually know this couple very well as my boyfriend went to architecture school with the groom Matt. So even before the wedding day started, I knew this wedding would be special.
The day started off with a morning hike up to the top of the mountain next to the hotel where the wedding was being held called Duftbräu. I came back a little bit early from the hike to prep and then I was able to capture some location shots of this stunning location in the heart of Bavaria.
The getting ready process for both Jacky and Matt was super relaxed and fun, just like the two of them. Jacky’s sister did her makeup and a local hairdresser did her hair. Matt got ready with his two brother Malcolm and Charlie, and the start of the day was just peaceful.
Following the getting ready process, all of the guests got together in the pavilion on the hotel’s property to wait for Matt and Jacky. In one of the most unique and fitting entrances, the bridal party and Jacky walked in to the song “Life on Mars’ by David Bowie. The ceremony had readings done by Matt’s brothers, and Jacky’s twin sister Jenny (one reading in English and one in German). One of the most interesting moments was when Jacky’s mother Therese talked about the rings that Jacky and Matt were exchanging. These rings were fused of a new ring, and a ring that was passed down in Jacky’s family. Her grandfather smuggled this ring in his underwear to propose to his wife. These rings were such a beautiful symbol of how the wedding day ties together to past, present, and future.
After a beautiful exchanging of vows, and plenty of cheers, these two were officially announce married. We grabbed some family and friend group portraits outside with the rolling hills in the background and then we walked off for Jacky and Matt to have a little time to themselves (with me tagging along taking photos of course). We walked down the road where it was just local farms and then to the other side was the mountains. It seemed like there was just no way to capture a bad photo because the background was just stunning. I asked if the two of them wanted to exchange a dance and tried to put on some romantic music, and of course what decided to play instead was DMX’s “Ruff Ryders.” We all had a good laugh after that one.
The sun was setting and the guests started heading into the reception room. There were so many fun moments surrounding dinner including speeches, a slideshow of Jacky and Matt through the years, and finally concluding with a game. The game consisted of their friends holding up a sign that described a certain group of people, for example all people with glasses, to stand up. Matt and Jacky then had to guess what the similarity was in the group. From each correct guess they earned a puzzle piece, and the finished puzzle led them to special gift from their family and friends.
It was such a beautiful day and I couldn’t have asked for a kinder, and more beautiful wedding to be my first destination wedding. Congratulations again Jacky and Matt, it was such a wonderful day!