The Love Story – told by Michelle:
“As adventurers at heart, Andrew and I love the thrill of travel and reveling in the outdoors. The bigger the adventure, the better. And the ultimate adventure for us was an elopement in the Swiss Alps! We wanted an intimate and exciting experience focussed mainly on our love for one another. What better way to do that than elope in the destination of our dreams? After reading our vows to each other, we savored our first dance in a field dotted with wild flowers surrounded by snowcapped mountains—it was more than we could ever imagine.”
Watching couples live out the wedding of their dreams is always a dream come true for me. Michelle and Andrew were able to check off destinations and experiences from their bucket list while ALSO marrying the love of their life! What could be better?
We started this bucket list elopement by riding the train through Lauterbrunnen (the valley of 72 waterfalls). It was just the beginning of spring which meant the mountaintops were still capped with snow and the waterfalls were in full action!
Vows are always a sacred and emotional moment during elopements. During this exchange in the Alps, Michelle and Andrew shared vows for one another that were just as beautiful as the view!
A more nontraditional and fun activity to add to your elopement is gift giving! During your elopement trip, have a gift budget for each of you to use as you travel around town. Then, exchange something memorable (or funny) at the end of the day! These small gifts become souvenirs and keepsakes with stories to tell for years to come.
Andrew gave Michelle a beautiful necklace, while Michelle gave him some rare specialty cigars!
During our first day, we conquered the Hardergrat hike. This spot was EPIC as the trail drops on both sides to the lakes down below. Michelle took this on in her sparkly Keds while Andrew braved it in his dress shoes!
I LOVE that Michelle and Andrew made this elopement their own by bringing a piece of home with them. I’m all about personalizing your experience and tailoring it to you and your lives. Incorporating your passions in your photos is one of my main goals! This day was huge for Andrew (and the St. Louis Blues) as they won the Stanley Cup! There were tears shed for many reasons all day. Go St. Louis Blues!
Just one valley over from Lauterbrunnen is Grindelwald. This larger town looks out to crazy peaks that jut up into the sky! This valley town is full of things to do and the history is rich. ”A Village without tradition and culture is like a bird without wings…Grindelwald has wings which are firmly rooted in the past.” You can read more about all of this on Grindelwald’s website: https://grindelwald.swiss/en/summer/
The Swiss don’t mess around when it comes to food and views. After our first day of adventuring, we stopped by the best pizza spot in Grindelwald, Switzerland. And let me tell ya, it did not disappoint! This is the best cheese in the world.
Your wedding day is a celebration of love and adventure. It was so fun to pop some champagne in the middle of the mountains!
When dreaming about where to have a first dance, I think wildflowers at the base of snow capped mountains takes the cake (in my opinion). This whole moment was magical and a major bucket list item to cross off.
We took advantage of every hour of the day! Interlaken is magical at night. There’s something peaceful and intimate about having the city to yourselves at dusk or dawn. When everyone else was heading in for the night, we were continuing our elopement adventure through town! This ended day one of this elopement adventure through the alps.
We began day two with a hike to Lake Oechenesee. In total, we adventured over 7 miles. Michelle and Andrew were such troopers hiking in their wedding attire! They absolutely crushed it.
There’s always so much to find when you’re open to anything! The change of scenery with the rocky terrain also gave the couple photos with a totally different vibe without having to go far from our initial destination!
Switzerland had so much to offer Michelle and Andrew. From hiking through the mountain tops and valleys of the Alps, to riding the train through scenic Swiss countryside, this was an elopement adventure they will never forget!
Location: Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland and surrounding areas
Dress: Moonlight Bridal