When I first clapped eyes on Olivia and Marc’s French and Swiss wedding I was instantly hooked.
In fact, in the thirty minutes following my ‘first look’, I must have fired off at least seven emails to Charlotte professing my love for in no particular order… Olivia’s hair (if you like fishtail plaits then you’re going to die), the sexy hot chap wearing pink Chinos (trust me folks he wears them well), the vintage cream Mercedes (Adam also had major car lust here) and the rain.
Seriously I honestly don’t think I’ve ever seen a black and white rain-drenched photo like it. The perfect end to the most glorious day – all captured by the wonderful M&J Photography.
The lovely Jonny from M&J photography is going to take us through all the gorgeous details of Olivia and Marc’s day.
Jonny The Photographer: We were looking forward to photographing this wedding from the moment we were booked by Olivia and Marc. The prospect of spending a few days exploring Switzerland and the surrounding area for the first time as well as shooting a wedding at the amazing medieval Chateau d’Avully Brenthonne was really exciting!
Relaxed and Incredibly Stylish
When we arrived at the Chateau and met Olivia and Marc for the first time we knew our job wouldn’t be too difficult. They were a really relaxed, stylish and incredibly photogenic couple who had obviously planned a beautiful wedding in stunning surroundings that would be a lot of fun for them as well as all of their guests.
With Switzerland being the international place that it is, many of the guests and wedding party had traveled from abroad. Therefore, close friends and family were all staying for two nights in the various rooms dotted around the large Chateau, which centered around a huge cobblestone courtyard. This made for a great atmosphere whilst we photographed the preparations.
An Intimate Setting
The 20-minute drive through the countryside to the Church in the village of Collonge-Bellerive meant crossing the border into Switzerland, but it was worth it for the sweet and intimate setting for the ceremony. Outside of the church after the ceremony, the guests waved off the bride and groom in incredible style.
A family member had kindly leant Marc an immaculate vintage cream coloured Mercedes convertible for the day so Olivia sporting a white headscarf and dark Ray Bans looked like a 50’s movie star as she traveled back to the Chateau with her new husband and their little boy. The French Alps made the most stunning backdrop.
Back at the chateau, guests were greeted with Champagne and ice cold fruit cocktails just in front of the main drawbridge before passing through the courtyard for more drinks and canapés in the rear gardens amongst the topiary mazes.
Music was by a young female violinist who played along with the DJ through a wireless microphone system. This not only made for some great, rather unique music but it was also a real spectacle to see the young violinist in cocktail dress and heels strutting and dancing amongst the guests as she entertained them.
Hidden away behind the trees in one corner of the garden, guests were given the opportunity to write or draw a message to the bride and groom on a chalkboard.
Each message was then photographed by the bridesmaids, who then presented the photos as a really fun slide show later in the evening in the dining room.
Just as the rain was beginning to come down before the wedding breakfast, all the guests were gathered in the courtyard for the tossing of the bouquet.
Olivia was able to do this from a perfectly placed balcony high up in the walls of the chateau. Despite there being over 120 dining guests, the medieval dining room provided a warm and intimate setting for the evening festivities.
A Theatrical Display
Olivia and Marc had provided fitting details on the tables, such as classic silver candelabras, theatrical masks for the younger guests and a newspaper report of their own wedding in the form of a medieval scroll. Disposable cameras for guests to capture their own moments on film were, as always, a great idea. The evening was filled with emotional speeches, hilarious slide projections and all kinds of fun and games involving all the guests.
Reception Venue: Chateau d’Avully, Brenthonne
Ceremony: Eglise de Collonge-Bellerive, Switzerland
Brides Dress: Elite by Rosa Clara
Boutique: Wilton in Geneva
Photography: M&J Photography
Food: Traiteurs du Val
Save The Date: Paperless Post
Invitation and Menus: Faire Part Creatif
I honestly don’t think I’ve ever seen a wedding with so many achingly hip guests? And trust me when I say there’s even more in the gallery.
Yes more folks…you heard me.
I also think that Marc and Olivia’s little boy should win an award for sweetest pageboy ever. Who’s with me?
Congratulations you gorgeous pair, your wedding has most definitely stolen a small piece of my heart.
All my love Lolly xxx