Chalet Garden Wedding
Hua & Paul
Paul’s family has been coming to Chamonix for many many years hence the pull for this young couple living in Shanghai to come back to Europe for their destination wedding. Hua Yu’s family traveled from China to share in this very special day and guests gathered from around the globe to cheers to their love.
The morning with the guys was relaxing with beers in the mountainside hot tub of the chalet. The ladies sat around and shared memories in the sun before getting glammed up together.
The ceremony was held in a chalet garden with views looking up toward the Aiguille du Midi, Mont-Blanc and Bossons glacier. Chamonix never has a shortage of views. The couple had an accordion player and violinist play ‘Café de Paris’ style music for the ceremony and cocktail hour.
Then they took a scenic ride through Chamonix center on a little red train. Of course, they brought along the live music! They learned all about the history of this beautiful village turned ski resort in the valley. A guide pointed out some of France’s largest glaciers, where the first Winter Olympics was held, and a charming old chapel. Then they returned back for the intimate reception.
They incorporated so many fun personal touches to their wedding such as a Karaoke session during the dance party which apparently is all the rage in China!! 🙂 Then the guests all stayed for the weekend to enjoy the town together.
We wish Hua Yu & Paul all the happiness in the world!
When we initially chose Chamonix as our destination, we (well just Paul really) didn’t think a wedding planner was necessary – Paul speaks French and has family nearby that we could rely on. However, a quick chat with Monica helped us understand the time, level of planning and attention to detail required to make a good wedding work, especially as we live in Shanghai. Combine this with the stress weddings invariably put on family and the cost seemed much more manageable. The planning procedure was very smooth. Monica provided amazing choices for restaurants, musicians, photographers etc., and ensured each was booked well in advance. Particularly useful was Monica’s ability to turn our vague and not-especially-helpful ideas into awesome things that actually happened! All we had to do was write the occasional email and hold short fortnightly calls with Monica from our sofa. It meant our families could contribute ideas without actually having to get involved, reducing stress. Monica’s real value came