Saint-Michel Chamonix Church Wedding
Elvire & Carlos
This Mexican groom and French bride, who now live in Los Angeles, wanted a little bit of everything for their big day. A Saint Michel Chamonix church wedding, a surprise trip with their guests to altitude for cocktails, and a cozy cabin reception in the valley.
They choose Chamonix because Carlos proposed on New Year’s Eve there at her parent’s house. They both agree that Winter in the French Alps is the best season! They created their own custom wedding design which was of the skyline Alps from her parents’ house and used this on the champagne bottles, welcome packets, the wedding invites, menus, and more.
The guests were welcomed to their Alpine hotel with bags filled with Chamonix maps, tours, Jordan Almonds, local Chamonix orange cookies local, and an itinerary for the fun wedding weekend ahead.
The morning before the wedding, guests from all over the world visited a local brewery that uses glacier water to craft their beer and all mingled before the wedding weekend.
The bride rocked faux fur over a beautiful lace sleeved wedding gown by Monique L’Huillier, that she had custom made with a beautiful full skirt and long train. Like more and more modern brides, she did not want a veil but quickly changed her mind once she saw it on! She paired her ensemble with her something blue, a pair of beautiful Manolo Blahniks. Her something borrowed was a gift from her mom, beautiful diamond earrings. She was glam and ready for the big I do!
The ceremony was a beautiful catholic Saint Michel Chamonix church wedding located right in the center of this famous ski resort town. They incorporated their culture into the wedding readings and they also included songs in French, Spanish, and English!
They wanted a touch of adventure after the ceremony and surprised all of their guests with a gondola lift up the mountain to the top of Brevent. They all sipped champagne and watched the sunset over the mountains that was so breathtaking that day.
As night fell the couple lit Chineese lanterns and watched them drift towards the moon with the snow capped mountains gleaming in the moonlight. After taking photos to capture every thrilling moment they headed back down from altitude on the cable car.
For the dinner reception, the couple choose our favorite cozy cabin-inspired venue for an intimate post-wedding bash.
They included family photos at the reception, such as their parents’ wedding photos by their guest book to celebrate their love. Her aunt and cousin sang and played guitar at the ceremony – it was a true family affair!
The next morning everyone gathered to celebrate again at a local restaurant known for the deliciously healthy and vegan options. The rest of the wedding weekend was filled with Alpine adventures not soon to be forgotten. Congrats E&C!
“The most memorable part of our day was being at the top of the mountain outside in the sun and then sending the Chinese lanterns into the rising moon. The moon had just come out from behind the mountain, and the lanterns took off high into the sky. My lantern was climbing higher than Carlos’ and our friends begin to chant Carlos’s name in hopes that his would eventually regain more altitude. We all laughed it was a wonderful memory.” – Elvire & Carlos