I adore each and every post on SMP Living, but the it’s our travel features that truly tug at my heart strings the most. Blame it on my never ending case of wanderlust. And when I get to see a new place through the lens of someone like Molly Zaidman, consider my entire day (ok, maybe my entire week) made. See just what I mean here.
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I hadn’t realized how gorgeous and romantic Switzerland was until I began going through these stunning photos by Amanda Nippoldt. She was lucky enough to experience this elegant wedding firsthand and with her photos and the beautiful work of Soda Films, I’m left day dreaming of the Swiss countryside and lace veils blowing in the wind. The Swiss chocolate and cheese doesn’t hurt either.
From The Bride… I first met Patrick when a mutual friend hosted a dinner party and set us up. Patrick is from Texas, and the first thing I said to him was that I didn’t care much for Texas because I had just moved from there. Luckily, he saw that as a challenge to prove me wrong. He spent the rest of the night convincing me that only the best men come from Texas. Luckily, he was very convincing.
Patrick decided to seal the deal while we were visiting my family in Europe over the holidays. Patrick and I flew to Switzerland in December to spend Christmas with my family. We took a couple’s trip over the weekend to Zermatt. Patrick decided to wait until our very last night in the city to pop the question. That evening he took me out to an amazing dinner at the foot of the Matterhorn, and he started telling me how much he loved me and then he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. It was incredibly romantic! He had already told the wait staff that he was planning on proposing so they came out with champagne and dessert for us!
When it came to finding our venue, we were very lucky to have found our venue almost immediately after we got engaged. While we were still in Switzerland the week after our engagement, we went up to the Uetliberg in Zurich with my family. The location is famous for its incredible 360-degree views of Zurich and the Alps. Naturally, Patrick and I immediately fell in love with the hotel and couldn’t wait to share such an incredible location with our incoming guests.
Since Switzerland is famous for it’s the Alps, chocolate and cheese we wanted to find ways to tie all of them together, so we “treated” our guests to local delicacies, and used the phrase “love is sweet” to describe our celebration. Guests arrived to find “Welcome” letters and bags filled with local Swiss chocolates and even tried out some fondue at our cocktail hour!
It was also important to us to incorporate my Swiss heritage and my future husband’s home state, Texas. In keeping with the American South traditions, we had a bridal cake for both of us, but then Patrick had a “Groom’s Cake” that came in the shape of Texas. In keeping with our elegant vision, we went with white flowers that were all locally grown in Switzerland at the time of our wedding, so none of them had to be imported…dahlias, hydrangeas, sweet peas, roses, and of course—edelweiss!
Overall our wedding day was very personal and romantic. Patrick and I were very lucky to have shared our day with so many friends and family abroad and wouldn’t change a thing!
Photography: Amanda Nippoldt Photography | Videography: Soda Films | Coordination: Switzerland Wedding | Floral Design: Blumen Fitze | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Cake: Lienert Konditorei-Confiserie | Ceremony Venue: Kirche Enge | Reception Venue: Uto Kulum Hotel On The Uetliberg | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Maggy London | Hair And Makeup: Janine Scheidegger | Bridal Shoes: Ivanka Trump
Intimate and personal, this stunning celebration of love is just so incredibly special. With the snowy Swiss Alps setting the scene, this couple spent their big day skiing and saying I do, while the super talented Stefan Hellberg captured every magical moment. It all leaves us with a collection of images that almost seem too good to be true, and you can see them all here.
From Stefan Hellberg…I got the chance to spend a fantastic day in the Interlaken area doing what I love the most, skiing and photographing awesome people in love. This was a very intimate wedding with just a few guests. We went skiing in Mürren, apparently the most romantic village in the Swiss Alps. I did not get the chance to see much of it though as is was snowing like CRAZY.
Every now and then I long to indulge in a little taste of wedding luxury. The black tie, gilded details, extravagant cakes, fine champagne…you get the idea. And when Sandra Marusic shared her latest inspiration shoot involving all of the above, we knew it was just the ticket to spoil our dear SMPers. So what are you waiting for? Live like a queen for the day (or longer!) in the full gallery right here.
From Sandra Marusic… Our inspiration shoot in Zurich was a perfect match between luxury companies and amazing Swiss vendors. Dream venue, Zunfthaus zur Meisen was built in 1757 in the French style and in the tradition of a baroque city palace with a small cour d’honneur. It dates back to Zurich’s high period characterized by Bodmer and Breitinger and has the reputation of being the most beautiful guild house in the City of Zurich.
My inspiration was “le parfum” by Ellie Saab plus the breathtaking, gold dress by Mery’s Couture Zurich. One of my favorite elements was the absolutely gorgeous engagement ring and I also LOVED all Lele PyP’s shoes!
We used the colors combinations of peach and gold with black and white throughout the shoot. Moët & Chandon were also an extraordinary plus for our details!
Photography: Sandra Marusic | Styling: Milena Zeloni | Florist: English Rosarium | Shoes: Lele Pyp | Engagement Ring: Sutter Winterthur | Bride's Gown: Mery's Couture | Cake & Desert: Confiserie Spruengli | Decor: Idylle By Eva Graschi | Fine & Vintage Champagne: Moët & Chandon | Groom Suit: Mery's Couture | Hair & Make-up: Kathrin Tollas | Headpieces: Jannie Baltzer | Location: Zunfthaus Zur Meisen | Models: Aqua Models | Nailpolish: Estée Lauder Companies | Perfume For Her: Elie Saab | Perfume For Him: Tom Ford | Photography - Assistance: Loredana Grasso | Styled Invitation: Jupiter And Juno | Video: Francesco Corsini
Switzerland has long been on my list of vacation destinations I need to visit ASAP. And even though I have been obsessed with the idea of cozying up in a little Swiss cabin for as long as I can remember, it just hasn’t happened yet. This, my friends, is my friendly little reminder that my ticket needs.to.be.booked. Because if one week in a Swiss paradise is anywhere near as awesome as this lovely little day captured by Celine Chhuon Photography, my life will be complete. Join me in the gallery for all of the pretty.
From Celine Chhuon Photography… Sarah and Nicolas got to know each other during a one-year around the world trip. Both are fans of trecking and it was after a long climb to reach on of the highest mountains of Mount Cook region in New Zealand that Nicolas proposed to Sarah! And was then naturally that they decided to seal their love at 1,600 meter high in a nice Swiss chalet on top of a mountain in Switzerland where they’re both from. They both wanted something rustic and simple, decoration was subtle and they chose to have lots of wild flowers as main decoration. The couple spent months to hand-decorate hundreds of vases with lace, pearls, raffia and hemp strings to hold the flowers on the guests tables. Table cloth were hand-sewn too. Sarah and Nicolas are very close to their parents so they wanted to celebrate their own parents’ love by displaying their vintage photographs that they spent months to look for in the attic archives!
The day ended by lanterns in the Swiss sky with mountains as a backdrop, and a song sung by the groom for the bride!
Photography: Celine Chhuon Photography | Flowers: Les Capucines, Monthey, Switzerland | Dress: Rembo Styling By Pronuptia | Ceremony Location: Monthey City Hall, Switzerland | Reception Location: Chindonne, Switzerland | Bride's Shoes: San Marina | Groom's Shoes: Clarks | Event Planning & Design: The Bride & Groom | Suit: The Kooples