Dec 18, 2013

Our Wiesbaden Photo Session with Ashley Ludaescher Photography


Germany has absolutely stollen a piece of my heart. Our hearts, really. The adventures we've faced, countries we've explored, the experiences we've had...this place has become such a defining chapter in our book of life together. As our 3 years living abroad has started to come to a close, I knew I wanted to do something special to commemorate living in Wiesbaden, our beautiful adoptive home away from home. That's when I contacted Ashley of Ashley Ludaescher Photography (also a dear blog friend of mine) and asked if she'd be willing to hop a train from Berlin to Wiesbaden and spend the day photographing D and I around town. She happily jumped at the opportunity and made the 5 hour train journey south one lovely November morning! To say that we had the BEST FALL DAY EVER would be a total understatement. Germany is known to have some pretty finicky weather, but the day Ashley came to photograph us, the sun was shining, the air was warm (55°F in November?!), and the leaves were still clinging to the trees in the most beautiful shades of orange, red, and yellow I'd ever seen. It's as if Germany was smiling upon us, knowing how much this fall shoot meant to both D and I. 

After eating lunch at one of our favorite Italian restaurants downtown, we made our way to all the best parts of Wiesbaden to snap some photo memories. We stopped at the Marktkirche in the Marktplatz (the backdrop for every major festival & Christmas market we attended), the larger-than-life cuckoo clock that chimes twice an hour, and the Wiesbaden Staatstheater (Opera House) where we marveled at its architecture our first venture downtown. We walked the tree-lined street of Wilhelmstrasse that we stroll down often and still wonder why they prune the trees to look so haunting. We also snapped a few shots at the Warmer Damm Park where we've fed the ducks on Sundays and the famed Wiesbaden Kurhaus where we've attended squadron holiday parties. But as the sun hung low and dripped golden rays all over Wiesbaden signaling the end of the day, we stopped at our favorite park, the Kurpark, to capture the beauty of our favorite spot to picnic in. Each landmark we visited that day holds some special moment D and I shared together...just the two of us in a foreign land. I want to lock them in my mind forever. Not because I think I'll forget...it's hard to forget such an adventure as this...but to one day have something to show our children. To tell them about the amazing adventure mommy and daddy went on when they were young, carefree, and had the whole world at their fingertips. I know once D and I make the inevitable move back to the states next summer, we will look back at these photos with such happy memories of the time we spent here in Germany. As you scroll through the photos, be on the lookout for each of these special places! 

Truth be told, I had such a hard time narrowing down to sharing these select few photos. Every single image gave me goosebumps! Not only was Ashley an absolute sweetheart to work with, but she captured us and our amazing host city so perfectly. D and I gained a forever friend that day, and some amazing photos to boot! Thank you so very much, Ashley, for spending time with us in Wiesbaden, for making us feel so special & comfortable during the shoot, and for sharing in the joy of our most favorite city in Germany. If you live in Germany and want some spectacular, jaw-dropping photos taken...call Ashley. She's one in a million!

OH! Of course, we used a few of these photos in our Christmas card this year (how could we not!?). See if you can guess which 3 images made the cut (and if you've already gotten the card in the mail...shhhh! No cheating! :)) Enjoy!



41 comments:

  1. You had an awesome photog! The colors are just amazing :)

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  2. So absolutely stikin' perfect! You'll absolutely treasure those photos forever!

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  3. Oh my word. These just belong in a magazine or something.

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  4. so many of these are perfect for xmas cards! they came out absolutely gorgeous in a stunning location!

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  5. oh my goodness! you guys are such a gorgeous couple! i love how each of these gives a glimpse into your love for each other, it's clearly evident in the HUGE smiles you guys always have in your pictures! i've said it once and i'll say it again, i'm in love with these photos! she did such a great job! oh and ps anytime you want to share you hair secrets...i'm all ears ; )

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  6. these are such lovely photo's. What a great sessions and a good memory! I love your dress as well!
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    1. Thanks, Laura! We had such a fun time! And that dress is like 2 years old...finally put it to good use!! HA! :)

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  7. great pics. cute couple. you could use these for cards for many occasions. ( :

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  8. how cute and what a seriously gorgeous day!

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  9. Oh girl, these are beautiful! Such a gorgeous couple :)

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  10. Beautiful pictures!! You guys are too cute :)

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  11. I LOVE these! You guys are so cute. And you found a great photographer! :)

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  12. what beautiful photos to capture your time in Germany!!! I'm sure you will treasure these always! :)

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  13. What a beauty! I love everything about these photos, and they sure do capture the season and location and everything perfectly! :)

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  14. These are so awesome! You are so gorgeous, Casey!

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  15. Oh my goodness what beautiful pictures!!!!

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  16. Such beautiful pictures, they came out great.

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  17. Gorgeous photos! I don't even know how you could pick just one! I would replace photos all throughout my house.

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  18. Oh my goodness, every single one of these photos are STUNNING! Seriously, they are all gorgeous! The lighting is absolutely perfect, how wonderful you guys have these to cherish and commemorate this time in your life! xoxo

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  19. Amazing photos!! You too look so happy :)

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  20. You two are SO photogenic. Gorgeous!

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  21. These are gorgeous! I hope you used the last picture for the Christmas card!

    By the way, I have that same dress and those same boots, and I wear them all the time. One of my favorite outfits. If I only had your gorgeous hair, we could be twins!

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  22. These are so adorable and gorgeous! I'm so jealous of how good they turned out. They are perfect Christmas card photos as well.

    Sara
    Life as a Hughes

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  23. Gorgeous photos!! And hello beautiful hair!!! WOW!!

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  24. My goodness, these are some of the most beautiful pictures I've ever seen! You can just feel the love radiating off of you two :)

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  25. eeeee I love all of these! such pretty pictures, and such a pretty couple :) if I were you guys I'd be having THE HARDEST TIME picking out favorites! random question: was D's head freshly buzzed here? I feel like there's more scalp visible than in some of your previous pictures, but maybe it's just the light making his head look a lot lighter.

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  26. Those photos are absolutely beautiful!! Which ones did you pick for your Christmas cards?

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  27. Gorgeous photos....love love love them!

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  28. The two of you look so happy together............the photos are simply beautiful

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    1. Thanks so much, Jo-Anne!! I do love that fella! :)

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  29. beautiful! We PCS next summer as well, and we had some family photos done as well...but not as good as these! You guys look great.

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  30. These are absolutely beautiful! What a happy looking couple. Merry Christmas :)

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  31. I seriously have a mean case of the warm fuzzies right now. These are just so beautiful. They perfectly capture not only the radiance of Autumn, but the radiance of love right along with it.

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  32. Wow. These are so so beautiful! Such a lovely idea!

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  33. I love the photos of you two sweet girl.. The photos turned out amazingly!

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  34. these are absolutely gorgeous!

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  35. Beautiful. How lovely to have these memories in photo form forever!!

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