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


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


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  


Honeymoon in Switzerland

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Julianne and Phil were married in August 2011 in Winter Park, Florida.  But the big destination for these two lovebirds was their honeymoon – to Zurich, Switzerland!  The newlyweds jetted off to Europe just after the big day and when they touched down, a fantastic photo shoot was held!

But let’s back up a minute first.  Why Switzerland?  This couple planned their vacation keeping in mind exactly what it was they wanted to experience, and so they found a locale that balanced a relaxed city culture and beautiful natural backdrops.  Julianne and Phil “wanted a honeymoon that offered opportunities to enjoy natural landscapes and have the option to go out on the town and experience a different culture. Zurich offered both of these,” honeymoon photographer Abby Liga tells us.

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Abby actually traveled with the pair specifically assigned to capture their moments of love, laughter, and a lot of relaxation as they unwound from the wedding.  As their wedding photographer in Florida, this team knew it would be a piece of cake (and a lot of fun together too).  If you have to have a party of three on your honeymoon, make it count and opt for fabulous photos to remember it by!

“Julianne and Phil, realizing the importance of capturing all of these one-of-a-kind events in life, invited me along to photograph a glimpse of their honeymoon beginning in Zurich. How can a girl say no?  We met up in the beautiful city just 2 days after theirwedding. After a day of travel and acclamation, Julianne, Phil, and I met right in the Old Town District and picked up right where we left off at The Winter Park Farmers Market.” 

Given this was their third shoot together, the couple eased right into their everyday life, just in front of the camera.

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The bride even tossed in a subtle theme to the shoot.  Rather than adding in props and distractions from the natural beauty of the day and the couple, Julianne simply incorporated the color of yellow – a color woven into their engagement session, wedding, and now honeymoon.  Smart!

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Then a change of clothes and off to get a pint!

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The bride even packed up her wedding dress for the long flight, just so she could wear it one last time!

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They certainly had a fun day out exploring on their honeymoon, and now the couple has some amazing photos to share it and remember it back home.

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Liga Photography

Wedding Dress: Anne Barge purchased at Solutions Bridal


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Photo by Robert Evans Studios