A Swiss Elopement

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Samantha and Dave selected Switzerland for their destination wedding – an elopement for two to be exact!  This darling couple took time to see the countryside and snap up lots of lovely photos (and video) together as part of their big day experience.

Samantha told us their story about how Switzerland came to be the spot on which they would wed.  “Dave and I went backpacking for 6 weeks around Europe only 3 months into our relationship. It was pretty much a make it or break it kinda trip. We obviously made it. We traveled to 11 different countries and out of all those places, Switzerland was our favorite (I think the pictures and video explain why!). So we decided to go back to one of the places we truly fell in love.”  So sweet!

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One of the benefits of eloping with just two?  “I do have to say that it really meant a lot to us to be able to help each other get ready. To be able to start off our marriage by helping the other.”

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A great idea when family and friends can’t be there!  “Each of Dave and I’s family members wrote us a note to read on the day of our wedding. Oh my goodness. It was perfect. These notes helped bring them with us. I never knew my mother could make me cry without even being there ;)”

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“The gloves were from my grandmother. The Wedding band was from my other grandmother. The cross was from my mother. The handkerchief was from Dave’s mother, the one she had when she was married. Each piece meant so much to me that I could have a part of them there with me.”

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Everything the bride wore had meaning!  “I knew that I wanted something that was light and vintage style. Light because we had to carry it onto the plane, and vintage style because I LOVE the vintage looking dresses. I looked online for hours trying to decide on which designers that I liked. Came across a designer based out of LA, Claire Pettibone. Her work is beautiful. Being a graphic designer myself, I appreciate the attention to detail. So I went to David’s Bridal in Reading and found a few of her dresses and picked the one from there. I was trying to talk myself out of it (bc of the price), but as soon as my mother saw it on me I believe the first words she said was, this is so you.”

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A ‘reception’ at a coffee shop was the perfect way to toast to one another after their “I do.”

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We often ask couples what their favorite memory from the wedding was.  For this couple?  It was all of it!  “I’d have to say that the favorite part of our wedding day was…the whole day! We loved every moment of it…getting ready together, walking to the train, finding a witness, our commitment, coffee shop, intimate dinner in a remote restaurant up in the Alps,  champagne on the house from our lovely server, our first dance outside the restaurant to no music, sitting on a bench wrapped up in each other to keep warm and counting all the shooting stars (we saw 5!) on our walk home, and lastly Skyping our family to tell them about our day.”

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To see more from their intimate trip together, check out their wedding video:

Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer + Videographer: Studio 213 Films


A Sweet Elopement at a Castle in Switzerland

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Daniel and Charelle held their destination wedding in Thun, Switzerland at a beautiful medieval castle, Castle Oberhofen.  World travelers who met abroad, it was only fitting they would host a destination wedding!

The couple’s wedding photographer, Marina Koslow, shared with us their story.  “Daniel and Charelle are native Australians whose jobs regularly take them to remote destinations around the world. It was on one of these trips to Africa that they met each other and fell in love. Daniel still remembers a cute fact when Charelle mentioned that sleeping in a bed with mosquito nets around (a sure necessity in that country) reminded her of childhood dreams of being a princess. Thus Charelle’s nickname was born – he calls her Princessa.”

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“And the wedding they planned would surely suit a princess. None of the family and friends traveling from Australia knew the exact details of the location – precisely that the wedding ceremony was to be held at a gorgeous medieval Castle Oberhofen on the lake of Thun followed by a fun reception at a restaurant nearby. The couple kept all their plans in secret until all the guests were transported from their hotel to the gorgeous venue.”

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“The ceremony was very simple and tasteful and it took place in one of the castle greater halls. A cocktail hour was offered afterwards and everyone had a bit of time to freshen up before the reception at restaurant Landte complete with a live band and a wedding cake made out of blocks of cheese.”

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“Having the expertise of the wedding planners was priceless: while you can legally marry in Switzerland, one has to keep in mind that the country requires a legal ceremony to take place at a courthouse. Thus a symbolic ceremony can be performed anywhere however your marriage will not be legal unless the first had commenced. The wedding planners helped immensely with navigating the system as well as translating during the civil marriage event and helping communicate with the venue the day of the wedding.”

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For the intimate wedding reception, a black, white and red palette was used.  Touches of damask popped off the tables and guests danced the night away to live music!

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“Switzerland is overall a very friendly country to visit: a great infrastructure offers ease of transportation and logistics, however you can find yourself in a real bind if your hotel hosts do not speak English! My advice would definitely be to do some internet research before heading out to get familiar with the area and what it offers. For example, we were able to stay at a lovely remote village at the foot of the Alps right before the wedding – a welcome rest after a long flight and before my busy days of shooting and all because my husband took the time to get familiar with the area.”

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Marina Koslow Photography

Wedding Vendors: Ceremony Location: Castle Oberhofen, Thun, Switzerland, Reception Location: Restaurant Landte, Wedding Planners: Switzerland Wedding  


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