The highlight of my summer was traveling to Switzerland to photograph a wedding.
I met Greer & Beat last year when they visited Vancouver. They are good friends with a local client of mine and it was her that referred the couple to me for an engagement session during their vacation. The three of us hit it off and I jokingly said “Soooo, if you need to book a wedding photographer, give me a shout.” Fast forward several months later to the day that Jamie and I were at the breeders picking out our puppy when I received a phone call from a number that I didn’t recognize. I let it go to voicemail and checked the message on our way home. It was Greer calling to ask if I was available to photograph their July wedding. I couldn’t wait to call her back to chat some more about it. The next thing I knew they were booked!
I soon learned that planning a wedding in Switzerland is very, very different than planning a wedding here in Canada. The bride and groom choose their wedding party and it is those friends who plan the wedding day. Of course the bride and groom have some input, but everything is left up to the wedding party. Everything from the location of the photos to the decor to setting up day of. These four friends were b-u-s-y and absolute rock stars to work with!! Thank you guys for being so awesome and so kind!!!!!
It is common for the bride and groom to do a first look and wedding formals before the ceremony. Now, when I arrived in Zurich it was pouring rain. You’d think that since I’m from Vancouver I know what rain looks like, but I tell ya….it was P-O-U-R-I-N-G! I’d been told that they hadn’t had much of a summer, but lo and behold the weather on the day of the wedding was dry just when it needed to be.
Since the wedding party was busy making sure that everything was in order, it was just the three of us for photos.
Right before we were about to head to the church for the ceremony, Greer and Beat took a special moment to read their personal vows to each other – another Swiss tradition.
Even though the couple had already seen each other, that didn’t stop the tears from flowing as Greer walked down the aisle. The ceremony was lovely and full of music and singing. Greer even had a surprise for her groom and sang a lovely song to him. Not only is this woman gorgeous on the inside and out, but she also has an amazing voice!!
Directly following the ceremony was a special party for all of the guests in attendance. Of course, yet another Swiss tradition. I loved this idea as it gave the couple time to casually mingle with all of their friends and family. First on the agenda was the cake cutting. I have never eaten such delicious cake in my life! It was made by Lindt, so you can only imagine how good it was!! Directly following the cake cutting was a chance for everyone to eat, drink, socialize, and listen to live music.
A few hours later, it was time for the newlyweds to head to the reception. This part of the evening was reserved for close friends and family to celebrate the couple’s nuptials. As I said, the bride and groom had left the decorating in the hands of their wedding party, so they had no idea what they were walking into. The venue had been sealed off to all guests until the couple was ready to enter. At that point, the doors opened and the bride and groom were the first to walk in, followed by a line of their guests. This gave the couple an informal opportunity to see their vision come to life. Another idea that I loved!
My time in Zurich was a whirlwind, but I couldn’t have imagined spending it with anyone other than this couple. They are two of the sweetest, most loving and kind-hearted people I know and I am so grateful that I was given the opportunity to meet them and capture their wedding day. The two of them and all of their family/friends made me feel so welcome and for that, I am forever thankful!