Laurissa & Pierre
We have been lovingly calling this couple Mr. & Mrs. Clause. The bride was British and the groom was half French, half British. They have family from all over Europe. They both love Christmas and spending time with loved ones around the holidays. So for them, a Winter Christmas-themed wedding sounded nothing short of a jolly good time.
The morning started with the groom at their family chalet, getting dressed with the guys in a space that felt homey. The bride and her ladies all got ready in a luxury hotel just steps from the chapel in the center of town. The bride wore a beautiful long-sleeved gown and accented it with an elegant fur shawl and flowing veil. The groom wore a 3 piece tux with a checkered waistcoat that really added a chic detail to his stylish attire.
They incorporated sentimental Christmas music into every special moment. The ceremony had handbells and an organist playing holiday classics. The ceremony songs included O Holy Night, First Noel, Once in Royal, O Come All Ye Faithful, Have yourself A Merry Little Christmas, Hark the Herald, and of course the classic All I Want for Christmas.
After saying I do in the historic chapel, they headed out across the way to the oldest French bars in Chamonix. Everyone enjoyed sipping hot cocoa and cider while listening to the handbells ring through the courtyard.
Then the real adventure began! Everyone was welcomed aboard a charming red cogwheel train that took them from the valley up to the altitude of 1913 meters. The 20-minute unforgettable journey provided stunning views of the north faces of the Grandes Jorasses and the Leschaux glacier before reaching the grand finale of the Mer de Glace. It is truly spectacular. Everyone took a while soaking in the views from the terrace before heading inside to the cozy reception located in a refurbished refuge dating back to the 1800s.
The bride wanted to make sure the reception was decked out in sparkling string lights. We framed the beautiful arched entrance that looked so elegant over the cake table. We hung lights on the walks to create stunning backdrops for sitting areas and lit candles in all the windowsills. The bride and groom were presented at the reception with the song It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year playing throughout the altitude venue. They danced in, excited to meet their guests for an unforgettable party! Everyone was staying up at altitude so they could really let loose.
The tables were all assigned with the 12 days of Christmas. The groom made a speech and after, he encouraged everyone to take a ski shot. Then, they all sang the 12 days of Christmas together with each table standing up for their part. It was a really fun interactive moment that had everyone laughing.
After a delicious dinner of French Alps specialties, everyone headed to the dancing area; a long room enclosed in glass so you could dance under the light of the moon. The live band really turned up the tunes. For late-night activities, everyone enjoyed espresso martinis, a candy bar with sweets from all over the world, a fire pit for roasting marshmallows, and of course a wide array of French and British cheeses with bread. The party lasted all night long and everyone woke up to the smell of brunch waiting for them downstairs. They enjoyed a slow morning before heading back down to the valley with a whole new appreciation for Christmas. Congrats Mr. & Mrs. Clause.
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