All is bright

After exhausting their search for their perfect venue in the UK, Tom and Abi knew they’d found what they were looking for when they came across The Farmhouse and stunning Lac Montriond in Morzine. 

Like opening a fairy-tale book, the winter setting of the lake and mountains sparked a world of inspiration. The bridesmaids’ wellie boots tucked under their sparkling blue dresses, the ‘something borrowed’ white fur coat from the mother of the bride and the startling red roses; these are just a few of the creative touches chosen carefully by the couple to bring the crisp white wonderland to life. 

After the ceremony, when the last guests had left for the reception, I did a 30 minute shoot with Tom and Abi. In the stunning snowy woodlands they enjoyed their moment and each other. 

The serene setting was perfect for the anticipation and sentiment of the ceremony. In charming contrast, the warm and cosy farmhouse invited a wonderfully relaxed vibe for the reception. This was a magical wedding, which beautifully reflected the couple, their sense of adventure and feelings for each other. 

Photography - Eight Bells - Wedding Imagery | Video - Studio Polly | Venue - The Farmhouse, Morzine | Flowers - Suesanna Molony - The Floral Kitchen | Celebrant - Kay Evans, Always Number One | Ceremony Place - Lake Montriond
 

Two days later

Watercolours

Weddings are often the perfect example of how unexpected events can lead to the most beautiful and spontaneous moments in life. After two days of rafting, climbing and barbequing with family and friends in the glorious sunshine, Xian and Craig woke to the sound of raindrops drumming on the window and rumbles of thunder on the morning of their wedding. 

In place of an open-air ceremony by the lake, the couple said their vows in the atrium of the 19th century farmhouse, La Ferme du Lac, which was their chosen venue to host their wedding reception. 

The intimate space was the perfect hideout on a stormy day, and was just big enough to contain the warm, big-hearted vibes from friends and family who read, sang, played instruments and gave blessings. The team effort and re-shuffling of the morning had only served to deepen the connections of this already tightly knitted bunch. With so much love in the room, it’s no wonder the ceremony was the bride and groom’s favourite part of the day. 

Although the weather patterns were not quite what the couple had in mind, this was by no means an indoor wedding. Working with the changing sky throughout the day, I photographed the couple in various natural settings in cloud, rain and rare moments of sunshine. The low midst travelling over the mountains and lake created a beautifully rugged and romantic backdrop. The resulting images are striking and totally unique to the Xian and Craig’s day.  

Photography - Eight Bells Wedding Imagery | Video - Studio Polly | Venue - La Ferme Du Lac Vert | Flowers - Sonya Floral Design | Cake - Le Cacen | Location - Montriond, Morzine, French Alps | Dress - Flossy & Dossy | Kilts - MacGregor and MacDuff | Band - Rip-It Encore | Chef - Sharif Gergis at Guerrilla Dining