We had a chance to catch up with our gorgeous Real Bride Mari-Louise after her amazing elopement wedding in Switzerland, read below what her bridal journey was like.
How did you meet your husband and how did you get engaged?
I met my husband in our second year at varsity, I met up with mutual friends who was also his mutual friends. We met and stayed acquaintances, only waving when we walk past each other on campus and then started dating about a year and a half later.
We got engaged in Paris France, my husband cashed in his life savings, bought a ring (without my knowing) and took me on my first ever European holiday. We started our holiday in Germany, continuing to Paris and ending in Switzerland. He asked me on oit first night in Paris a top the Eiffel tower around midnight – there was a fireworks display across the whole city and the moment was nothing but perfect.
Where did you get married and why did you choose that venue and time of year for your wedding?
We got married in Vitznau, Switzerland. We chose this venue actually at random. We knew we wanted to elope and get married somewhere significant and small and special. Switzerland has a dear place in our hearts and we decided that it would be the most romantic venue with the mountains and the lakes and the green lush surroundings. We got married at Park Hotel Vitznau- the venue literally takes your breath away. It’s unbelievably picturesque. Think huge white hotel at the foot of a serene blue lake nestled in green floral gardens and old trees. We chose summer as it is our favorite season in Europe and we wanted to get married outside next to the lake.
What was the vibe of your wedding?
Our wedding vibe was probably classic and romantic with an alternative feel.
How did you hear about The Wedding Collective?
I wanted to get married in a Janita Toerien dress since I got engaged. Wedding Collective houses her dresses and I found them through a link she posted.
What made you choose your wedding dress?
The designer – the look I wanted was a two piece with a skirt and a top. It was customized to all my hopes and dreams and fit beautifully.
How was your wedding dress experience from fittings to the final product?
Very good. Marie and the team at Wedding Collective were so accommodating with times for my dress fittings and helped alter everything up to the smallest detail to make it perfect.
Do you have any advice or tips for new brides-to-be looking for their perfect wedding dress?
Find a style that you would like to try on, and then try on as many other styles as possible to make sure you confirm what you want and don’t want. Also trust your team designing and creating your dress – they are professionals and I think we tend to sometimes forget that.
Who was your wedding photographer?
Anandi Photography – 12/10 recommend. She is professional, creative, insanely talented and pays so much attention to detail. She can make any person look like a model. She also has a special ability to capture a moment and the essence of a couple.
Any other vendors you would like to recommend to new brides-to-be?
Lorean Jewelry created the most beautiful ring for my husband.
Lily Young made small invitations for our guests that we gave them as a keepsake. They really hit their brief with ease.
The Lollipop League for gourmet and beautiful lollipops that we gave our guests as a thank you
I can also recommend Swiss vendors:
Katrin Spiegel for the most timeless hair and makeup.
Blummen Art for the peonies of my dreams
Park Hotel Vitznau for their 3 Michelin Star catering and wedding plannner Anna-Lena. Nothing was asking too much.
What was your most memorable part of your wedding day?
Our first dance was on a huge marble balcony overlooking Lake Lucerne and as we were dancing it started raining and all our guests just continued to dance in the slight rainy drizzle.
Do you have any advice regarding the overall planning of a wedding?
Yes – elope. Go somewhere significant, take your favourite people and pay for an experience rather than an event.