Zurich, Switzerland Wedding Ceremony + Reception

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Today we’ve got part two of Lindsay and Adrian’s beautiful wedding in Switzerland!  Yesterday, we shared with you their civil ceremony with a stunning yellow wedding dress and now we’re getting a peek into the big day they shared with more friends and family, complete with a church ceremony.

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The church wedding took place in a small local spot built in 1510 in Kandersteg, Switzerland, a tiny village high up in the Swiss Alps!

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The bride opted for a second short lace wedding dress (that we love!!), but this time in white.

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It may have rained on their wedding day but that didn’t stop the celebration and is sure to bring them good luck!

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After their Catholic ceremony, the group poured into the pouring the streets for some fun photos and to get the party underway!

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For décor at the reception, the couple actually used different fabrics throughout that they had gathered during their engagement to use to decorate the tables and walls.

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But this was a group celebration so Lindsay and Adrian asked their guests to each contribute too – with a piece of art that they each created, writing postcards of love to the couple, which lit up the reception space with personal touches.

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This two-day wedding was quite the adventure for the bride and groom, through the Alps and rain, and despite the weather, an amazing time was had by all!

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Jenny Smith & Co

Wedding Vendors: Caterer: Restaurant Samses, Dress; Romona Keveza, Cake: Baeckerei Tea Room Marmotte, Other: Vin du Mur

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Wedding in Switzerland with a Yellow Wedding Dress!

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Lindsay and Adrian said I do outside of Zurich, Switzerland in an intimate civil ceremony with close family to bear witness. In Switzerland a civil ceremony is actually required before you can have another wedding so this couple broke up the festivities into two different days of celebration!

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Their civil ceremony took place in an old castle in a town called Greifensee, just across the lake from where Adrian had grown up.

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How fabulous is the bride’s yellow lace wedding dress!?!  We love!

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It was in the Landvogtstube room (that even had the bride’s last name in it) that the ceremony took place while the larger group gathered in the courtyard to cheer the newlyweds on once they exited the building.

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It was then off to a brunch celebration, after which the group boarded a coach bus and headed to the Alps for a grand wedding the following day.

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Stay tuned for tomorrow’s story when we bring you the big bash of the darling Jennifer and Adrian and their sweet church ceremony.

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Jenny Smith & Co

Wedding Vendors: Caterer: Restaurant Samses, Dress; Romona Keveza, Cake: Baeckerei Tea Room Marmotte, Other: Vin du Mur

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Greece Wedding Inspiration

Dreaming of marrying the love of your life with the inspiration of Greece? It has the perfect touch of romance for a wedding day or an option for an unfortgettable destination wedding in the homeland. Incorporate the country colors with gorgeous blue wedding shoes to go along with your white wedding dress. Adding olive branches and flowers along the buildings of your venue can give it a special touch for a wedding inspired by Greece. Also, if you’re doing a destination wedding there is nothing more special than being surrounded by the beautiful white buildings that are unique to the lands of Greece. Instead of the traditional corsages and boutonnieres consider using lavander to give your wedding party an authentic touch. A beloved tradition for celebration in Greece is to break plates! For your reception set up a stand for your guest to start the party with the breaking of plates. To enhance the beauty of your wedding cake, add olive branches for a simple but beautiful look that brings greek inspiration. Have your flower girls wear a headband with flowers native to Greece, along with lavender and olive branches to tie in the beauty of greek culture. You won’t regret celebrating your big day with the unforgettable details that the greek culture has to offer!

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 {Photos: Shoes: Anna Roussos via trendybride, Building: Vangelis Photography via Brides, Boutonnieres:Beaux Arts Photographie via Elizabeth Anne Designs, Plates: Larissa Cleveland Photography via SMP, Cake: Yiannis Alefantou via SMP, Flower Girls:Brookelyn Photography via Grey Likes Weddings }

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An Engagement Session in Switzerland

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Today’s shoot is a stunning engagement session that took place in Salzburg, Switzerland!  Krista and Gury were traveling abroad and decided to take advantage of that time together and plan for some fabulous photos to be used in their wedding planning.  Krista shared with us their adventure.  “Gury and I were traveling to Europe for a cousin’s wedding, and we decided it would be the perfect way to celebrate our engagement and our first Europe trip together to have our engagement pictures taken abroad.  Salzburg was our final destination on our trip, and we had planned a romantic few days there together.  After luckily finding Claire Morgan online, and browsing many of her beautiful engagement sessions we had a wonderful day visiting some beautiful locations all over Salzburg for our photos.”

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“I have used the engagement photos our save the dates, and have received so many compliments on them.  I also plan to put them in our guest book, and create a slide show at our wedding reception.”

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“Gury and I will be having an Indian fusion wedding, and I had this idea that I wanted to have some photos of us doing bhangra (a tradition type of dance from Punjab) to include on our save the dates. I want our guests to immediately feel like our wedding is going to be a fun celebration full of dancing.  So Gury and I danced around while Claire took photos and they came out amazing!  I also loved our final photo location, we raced to a lake nearby and managed to catch the end of the sunset and ended up with beautiful photos. It was a quite moment together where we caught some beautiful natural moments together.”

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The couple plans to wed in San Jose, CA in the fall.

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Congratulations to the soon-to-be newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Claire Morgan Photography 

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How to Get Married in France

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Today we take you all the way to Europe to look at what getting married in France looks like for those of you considering a destination wedding or elopement in this oh-so romantic country.  To get the 411, we chatted with French wedding planner and officiant who is an expert at all things saying “I do” in the country, Pierre-Henri Therond of Love Gracefully.  We asked him how to wed, how to elope, and how to infuse the romance of the country into your big day and here’s what he had to say.

JF: What does it take to legally get married in France?

PT: France is a secular country, so no religious minister can legally marry you. The only person who can legally marry a couple in France is a French state official. He or she is always the mayor of the city in which you live in. So, if you don’t live in France, you can get married in France but you’ll need to prove residency for 40 days in a row in the city in which you want to get married. All the paper work has to be done in French, so you’ll need a bilingual lawyer to help you go thru the process. And patience…

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JF: What are some great alternatives to legally tying the knot there?

PT: Since it’s a real pain to go thru the entire legal process, all foreign couples get legally married in their own country and, then, come to France to celebrate a symbolic ceremony! A symbolic non-legal ceremony can be done in a church by an American priest such as the American Church in Paris but what most couples prefer is to tie the knot outdoors, amongst the free exquisite romantic locations that Paris has to offer, with a secular celebrant. The idea here is to celebrate a real personalized ceremony that matches the couple’s values and beliefs mixed with the French romanticism. The ice on the cake being the French accent of the celebrant…

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JF: What are your favorite spots for a destination wedding in Paris or across France?

PT: In Paris, the 2 most popular spots are the garden of the Eiffel Tower and the garden of Notre-Dame’s Cathedral. I enjoy them both very much but there are other locations such the garden of the Luxembourg garden that has tons of flowers all over or the garden of the Rodin Museum that would be my favorite for it’s gorgeous sculptures. Outside of Paris, the French Riviera will always be my favorite spot. The landscape and the sea, the villas and the sunlight produce magic. There, I celebrate a lot of ceremonies in the city of Nice, on a hill overviewing the entire bay and city; a dream view for a magic kiss…

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JF: What are some creative ideas you’ve executed to make a destination wedding feel infused with the local culture?

PT: French are known to be romantic. I can’t explain why it’s like that but romanticism will be all over my writing…And since I write only personalized ceremonies, I always create a new text specially made for that particular couple and, therefore, am naturally creative with my writing. So, my text will be full of French quotes, using a rhythm and a poetry that triggers love in the heart of people. Also, with my French accent, you know you are in France. I don’t know why but it has a deep impact for the people who hear it, a bit like their heart melts…

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JF: Favorite places to stay in Paris for the honeymoon or night of the wedding?

PT: Nothing looks more like a hotel than another hotel, so my recommendation is to choose and hotel that convey that uniqueness you are looking for. Literally in front of the Eiffel Tower, the Shangri-Là Hotel would be my favorite; imagine being in bed with the Eiffel Tower at your window…If you have less of a budget, the Terrass Hotel is on top of Montmartre, the only mountain in Paris, so they have suites that overlook the entire city. And if you prefer being the heart of old Paris, in a very homey environment, the hotel Pavillon de la Reine is a must, in front of the gorgeous Place des Vosges to feel like a queen…

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Thanks so much to Pierre-Henri Therond of Love Gracefully for sharing his insights, information and fave places to wed and stay in Paris and beyond!  For more information about elopements, officiating ceremonies or destination wedding planning in France, be sure to check out his site here.

Photo Credits: Ceremony with Couple Laughing: Maria Cabrelli, All Other Images: Jacques Mateos

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