This week we are featuring our bride Tanya who got married in Rosswald, Switzerland wearing Driate by Pronovias. Her beautiful photos are by Alex Wilson photography.

Tell us about the dress

I wore Driate by Pronovias. The dress is a fitted tulle and lace wedding gown with a sweetheart neckline in Georgette with a beautiful illusion effect on its long sleeves and back, crafted in crystal tulle with lace, thread embroidery and gemstone appliqués. A design filled with subtleties. It is a feminine dress with a central split in the full skirt with a train. It has a removable lace bolero with a high neckline and full length sleeves – these were my favourite features of the dress!!

I had a full length veil which went with the stunning dress bought at Brides of Winchester.

How did you choose your venue?

We wanted to do it somewhere unique, so this was the perfect location in the mountains.

It is a small ski resort in Rosswald, Switzerland with a Hotel & Catholic Church – so everything is within walking distance and the views are outstanding.

My husband lived in Geneva when he was younger so knew this area well and his parents have a chalet in Rosswald. We really enjoyed visiting Rosswald on our holidays and had met the hotel owners a few times before. They are fun and outgoing and it was an easy decision for us to have a wedding there.

How did you choose your photographer?

We  already knew the photographer as he had taken some photographs at my Husband’s exhibition/conference in London – so we knew the quality of his work.

We did an engagement photo shoot in the New Forest- where he captured some amazing moments! It was also good to do a practice run and get a feel for what it would be like/get comfortable in front of the camera.

We discussed what group shots we should have and that we wanted to do documentary/natural reportage style photography on the day.

Who did your hair and makeup and where did you find them?

My wonderful university friend, Emma, curled my hair in the morning of the wedding. The hotel owner, Lilo, styled my hair and arranged the flowers, she also did the bridesmaids hair. She used to be a hairdresser before she started working at the hotel so she was really keen to do it herself.

I did my own make up as I left it a bit late to find a make-up artist in Switzerland. I went for a very au natural look – with very minimal make up.

What flowers did you choose?

  • Bride and Bridesmaids Bouquets- Sunflowers, Roses, Ivy and Gypsophilia
  • Buttonholes – Roses and Gypsophilia
  • Table Decor- Sunflowers and Ivy

I knew that I wanted to have sunflowers at the wedding as they are such beautiful, happy flowers. From this we were able to figure out the colour scheme for the wedding which was a burgundy red/yellow theme. This colour scheme is also very Russian/Swiss. My mum created giant free- standing sunflowers and roses which we transported to Switzerland for wedding décor.

How did you feel on the morning? Walking down the aisle and during the ceremony?

A little nervous but excited. I stayed with my parents in their chalet and my bridesmaids came over early in the morning to get ready. We each had our hair styled by Lilo the hotel owner and applied our own make up. We all had a glass of prosecco and the photographer came to take some photos of the dresses.

We didn’t have any transport taking us to the Church as it was only a 5 min walk away – so it was really fun taking a stroll past all the chalets in our wedding attire. It was wonderful having lots of people, who were visiting Rosswald, waving and watching us as we walked there.

It was such a special moment entering the church with my Father and everyone looking over at us.

I felt incredibly emotional and loved up when our friends Ellie and Millie played the Ukulele and sang for us the song by Elvis – Can’t help falling in love with you in the Church.

What was your first dance?

We didn’t manage to choose a song for the first dance

We did have the Geneva Jazz Band, who were amazing, playing outside on the terrace but due to a rain shower we had to move them inside the hotel in the bar area. We had our first dance there but I can’t remember to which Jazz song it was!

What was the funniest moment of the day?

Cutting our wedding cake with the samurai sword as I was not expecting this!

What was the highlight of the day?

My highlight was stepping outside the church and having confetti thrown at us. After this, we spent some time alone with the photographer capturing some wonderful shots in the forest and reflecting on the beautiful ceremony.

Another highlight, was having all our close friends and family together enjoying our special day with us and having a great time.  

The Russian challenges, which my dad created, in order to win the bride were definitely a highlight. One being, getting my Husband to chop a massive log of wood – this was not an easy task!

Venue/Cake/Catering – All provided/supplied by the Hotel in Rosswald
Hotel Klenenhorn –
Flowers- this was arranged by the hotel which I think we bought in Brig, Switzerland. The two main florists are:
Lambrigger Blumenwelt –
Blumen le Ballon 
Bridesmaid dresses – the Bridesmaids got to choose their own dresses in burgundy colour.
 Hair and Make up – done by the hotel owner and myself.
Photographer – Alex Wilson photography
Band – Jazz Band Geneva

Thank you so much for sharing Tanya x

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