The Adventure of a Lifetime
"I feel goosebumps everytime I see snow-capped mountains, the indescribable beauty of nature makes you acutely aware of how tiny we are in the world." - Miriam
This wedding was unlike any I had done before. I was invited to travel to the French Alps to cover Miriam & Jonny's celebration of love over a 3-day period! One of my personal highlights of the trip was getting my own private chalet with a ski lift right to my room and having the freedom to explore the small ski village, all the while in constant communication with my bride. While I explored, my second shooter - a highly skilled skier - travelled with the bride and her family on the slopes.
I will share some of the scenery captured on the first two days, but in the interest of privacy will not be posting their activities. What you will see below covers the amazing wedding day from the morning preparations in their chalet, to the private bridal shoot around Lac de Montriond, to the ceremony overlooking the frozen lake, all the way to the top of Mont Chery for the reception.
Having the opportunity to spend 3 days with the wedding party, allowed me to become a part of the special celebration so that the guests were all familiar with me and they treated me like I was a guest too. Which I believe made all the difference on the day of the wedding, allowing me to capture it as naturally as possible.
I hope you enjoy the adventure I've captured below :)
THE INCREDIBLE SCENERY
On Day 2, while the bride and loved ones hit the slopes on the perfect Blue Bird day, I set about capturing the bridal decor and details so that on the day of her wedding I could focus all my energy on capturing the best images of the celebrations to come. Miriam decided for her wedding she wanted a bouquet that would not only last, but more importantly would tie together two important elements. The musical notes, on the custom-made origami bouquet, that form the petals pay homage to her being the director of a musical school in Hull, and the buttons belonged to her late grandmother.
"D-Day has arrived." - Jonny exclaimed on the morning of the wedding
After a quick hearty breakfast with the family, it was finally time to begin with the morning preparations. I stayed with Miriam and her bridesmaids in Les Gets while my second shooter captured the groom and his groomsmen. After hair and makeup, I captured some beautiful images of Miriam in her wedding dress, before we set off for the ceremony at Lac de Montriond.
Bride & Bridesmaids shoot at Lac de Montriond
On the first day, I travelled with Miriam & her sister to the frozen lake to scope out the best spots for a quick and fun shoot to take place shortly before arriving at the ceremony. So on the day of her wedding we had a lovely time in the snow covered landscape and we pulled off stunningly beautiful images!
A Truly unique, one of a kind, Ceremony
Capturing the ceremony is both the most stressful part of wedding photography and yet equally my favourite section. A chance to really demonstrate my documentary taking skills, this is the part that will be shared and cherished above all else. And what a magnificent setting! At a cafe, on the edge of Lac de Montriond, overlooking the frozen lake with the valley converging and revealing the stunning Mont Chéry mountain.
The guests gathered around and with Jonny waiting patiently for his beautiful bride, the sun beaming down on us, the air was so crisp and fresh. I'll let the pictures below speak for me!
The Couple Shoot
The first couple shoot after the joy of the ceremony was an incredible experience for both myself and the newlyweds. Easily some of my favourite ones ever, given the jaw dropping scenery. From the far away shots showing the scale of the scenery to the close-up funny and intimate shots of the couple embracing.
Travelling to the Wedding Reception
I knew beforehand that we would be heading to the top of Mont Chery, what I didn't anticipate was the need for me to go via snowmobile, in advance of the wedding party, to capture the venue in all its glory. I've decided to add on a very short video of the journey before we continue :)
Sorry for the interruption, let's continue!
Here are some images of the view from the top of the mountain, with an absolutely stunning view of the Mont Blanc Mountain Range and some shots of the magnificent reception venue before the guests and newlyweds arrival.
The Reception and Speeches
After taking in the beautiful scenery, I continued capturing images of my wonderful couple as they interacted with their guests. And then it was time for the emotional speeches from the father of the bride and the groom.
Couple Shoot #2
I mean, how could we not do another shoot with the stunning sunset over the mountain range?! Had to be done! We kept it super quick though, as with the sun going it was quickly getting freezing cold (-12c) and we all wanted to huddle in the cosy venue with the crackling fireplace.
Cutting of the Cake & The First Dance
Back in the comfort of the warm venue, I captured the last remaining moments in the beautiful setting from the cutting of the cake to the first dance before everyone joined on the dance floor to the live band.
Couple Shoot #3
For the final send-off before heading back down the mountain, we had some fun with sparklers, involving the family, under the moonlit and star filled night sky.
A final word
This was an experience I will never forget and knowing that I gave these beautiful images to my couple to cherish for the rest of their lives is honestly the best feeling in the world. I hope you enjoyed these and if you are planning to have your own special celebration get in touch via the form on my main page.
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