Inspiration

I know we're all finally enjoying Summer but you just HAVE TO see this snowy wedding in the Swiss mountains. Not only is the scenery incredibly breathtaking, but the love our Bride & Groom share will ignite your soul and make you feel all fuzzy inside. They literally can't stop smiling at one another, which has made for some incredible portraits captured by RMW faves Modern Vintage Weddings. Also making my heart skip a beat is Bride Harriet's Suzanne Neville 'Camellia' gown. We've been swooning over this gorgeous gown since Suzanne Neville launched their Songbird collection and it's so lovely to see a real bride wearing it. Especially one as beautiful as Harriet who looks the picture of elegance and as though it was design for her. There is SO much more to marvel at and swoon over. So sit back relax and enjoy every last detail.

The Dress

Harriet the Bride: Anyone who knows me will tell you how indecisive I am, so choosing my wedding dress was not going to be an easy task (or a quick process for my bridesmaids and mum)! I thought I knew exactly what I wanted, a very simple a-line gown, however finding this style actually proved a lot harder than I had thought. I visited about 12 different shops in search but couldn’t find anything that hit the mark. The Camellia dress by Suzanne Neville was completely different to what I had envisioned, it had lace, sleeves and beading, all elements I had hated in previous dresses. It managed to sneak its way into my fitting room by either my mum or bridesmaid (as I would have never picked it out myself). This dress completely trumped the plain simple gown I had in my head and I’m so glad I actually committed to it! Getting married in the mountains meant that moon boots were compulsory (and at £12 off Ebay were a bargain!) I had always also wanted Jimmy Choos for the day and I’m glad my now husband splashed out on a pair for me.

The Grooms Fashion

Everyone who knows us knows how much I love TK Maxx so it was fate that Elliot managed to find his and the groomsmen suits there. They wore dark blue suits with a grey tweed style waistcoat.

The Venue

We originally looked at venues in the UK, they were all lovely but we wanted something a bit different and unique to us so we opted for the Swiss mountains. I wanted a barn venue, although in Switzerland, all of the barns are used for cows and not as venues so this proved a difficult search process. My mum actually found our venue and we booked it before seeing it and thankfully it was perfect. We rented the local mountain train to transport guests from the church to the bottom of the cable car, this was my mum’s idea and I am so glad I didn’t veto it because it was great and a really unique place to have the drinks reception.

Colour Scheme/Décor

I wanted a rustic theme with lots of DIY involved. I sent friends out on expeditions to find pinecones and tree branches to create the look I wanted. I made hundreds of candleholders from jam jars, borrowed a lot of my mums antique boxes and goodies to get the look.

Entertainment

The Dominos played during the evening and were amazing (they even managed to get all their kit to the top of the mountain which was in itself impressive!)

Food

We always wanted fondue as its one of our favourite meals. We had both cheese and meat fondue so everyone had a pot to enjoy and then loads of sides to dip in! Our cake was very well travelled. I decided I didn’t want anything fancy from our cake but something plain that we could dress up. I therefore bought a stackable cake from M&S and shipped it over to Switzerland in the back of my mum’s car (along with my dress which may have been a bad combination!). We then dressed it up on the day with flowers and an antler cake topper.

Photographer

David from Modern Vintage Weddings was recommended to us and immediately after checking his website we loved his style. I stalked all of his other weddings and was blown away by how romantic and beautiful the images were. It’s safe to say we made the right decision and absolutely adore all of our pictures, he managed to capture every moment and we couldn’t be happier.

Written by Lorna Shaw

Dress Designer: Suzanne Neville - Camellia | Jewellery: London Rocks | Bridal Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Moon Boot | Headpiece: Claires | Venue: Berghaus Rellerli, Schönried | Wedding Cake: Marks and Spencer | Entertainment: The Dominos | Transport: Golden Pass | Bridesmaid Dresses: Debnenhams | Grooms Suit: TK MAXX

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