Anyone who has ever seen the beautiful villa in the park above Königstein, will imagine that it's the perfect place for a wedding. The building combines luxury with the charm and cosiness of bygone times and beautiful park invites to take long strolls that even our four-legged friend Hugo has already profited from.
For Nadine and Tim it was the special atmosphere that made Villa Rothschild "their" wedding location. The two had wanted a free wedding ceremony - in the park and with the wonderful view over the Rhine-Main area and Castle Kronberg in the background. And they hired me as their wedding photographer. Hugo, of course, had to stay at home. In the shade of the trees we took a few minutes for some first portraits.
I always like to split the portrait session and do at least one part in evening light. This makes the photos more versatile as light and location will change throughout the day. Also nobody gets bored so fast - neither the couple, nor the waiting guests. Besides that, you're always on the safe side - should the world go down surprisingly, you still have some portraits for the mantelpiece.
The wedding ceremony took place in the meadow behind the villa - red carpet, flower decoration, sunshine and views over the Rhine-Main are. The weather also played along and provided sun and the necessary amount of clouds - so that it didn't get to warm for the bridal couple and their guests. We had a great free celebrant, soulful speeches and wonderful music. The subsequent reception took place on the terrace - a relaxed Spring Festival, just like the two had desired.
The evening sun played fair. Right before dinner, we had a few minutes when evening light flooded the old entrance hall and gave the second part of our portraitsession an almost magical glow.
Meanwhile the guests gathered in the salons, where the bridal couple was welcomed with great speeches and excellent food. So the evening progressed quickly and also the photobooth massively gained momentum. After the meal everyone was surprised by an incredible dessert buffet. So the way to the party in the bar took a bit longer than expected. But everyone had enough energy to kick off on the dance floor or enjoy some gin and tonic at the Villa Rothschild bar.
The villa in Königstein was built at the end of the 19th century as a summer residence for Wilhelm Carl von Rothschild. Since its construction, it has seen countless nobles and influential figures in politics and business - including Empress Victoria or the Prince of Wales, both of whom attended the inauguration. Before the Second World War, the family fled to Switzerland and the villa was confiscated. It survived the war unscathed and served 1948-1949 under the name "Haus der Länder" (meaning House of States) as a political conference center in which historical negotiations were conducted. Since then, the villa is considered the "cradle of the German Constitution and the Federal Republic".
Today, Villa Rothschild is a member of "Leading Hotels of the World" and together with its neighboring sister hotel "Falkenstein Grand" one of the wedding locations with the most beautiful views in the region.
Even if a wedding against that massiv historical backdrop may just look like a small event, for couples having their wedding at Villa Rothschild will definitely be great. Safe bet.
Villa Rothschild Kempinski // Im Rothschildpark 1 // 61462 Königstein
+49-6174-29080 // // www.kempinski.com