Today’s beautiful Swiss wedding comes to us from Dominique Bader, who I’m excited to have on Snippet & Ink for the first time! If I haven’t convinced you by now, maybe Vanessa and Andrew’s wedding will prove my point: with a stunning venue, there’s no need to make yourself crazy with little details. See what I mean…

Sewn into Vanessa’s dress was a piece of her mother’s wedding dress, hand stitched with Vanessa and Andrew’s names and wedding date.

Says Vanessa, “Walking down the aisle with my dad squeezing my hand was amazing. One of my favorite parts of the day!”

Vanessa and her mom made jam with blackberries from her parents’ garden. There were also linzer cookies with the bride and groom’s initials on them.

Some details from the lovely bride!

Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  We wanted a location close to home, that felt cozy and that would showcase the beautiful landscape of Switzerland’s wine country.

Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  If you don’t think you need it or you’re not sure why you’re doing it, skip it. We didn’t print a program for the day or an order of service for the ceremony; we just wanted our loved ones to take it all in as it unfolded and be surprised! Similarly, we didn’t print a menu – the servers announced dishes as they were served to each table as well as the accompanying wine. We made a playlist for dinner, and later a playlist  for dancing – many hours of setting start and stop times and using iPod’s crossfade!

Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  My mum is originally from Iran, so we had a small “Sofreh Aghd” table in the corner of our dining room: a traditional Persian wedding spread of symbolic items representing joy, love, prosperity, fertility, etc. for the newlyweds. As another small tradition, three happily married women hold a cloth over the newlyweds’ heads and rub sugar onto the cloth to bring the couple sweetness in their married life.

What advice do you have for other brides?  Don’t worry so much, it will all be beautiful! It poured with rain after the ceremony and it honestly didn’t matter! If I thought about rain before the big day I’d get so worried about my hair, that it might ruin the day for our guests, but in the end it really was the most beautiful day ever.


Photography: Dominique Bader / Venue: Chateau le Rosey in Bursins, Switzerland / Bride’s Dress: Rosa Clara / Bride’s shoes: Jimmy Choo / Hair accessory: Emmy London / Groom’s suit: Paul Smith / Flowers: Les Jardins de Benjamin / Catering: Le Sesflo by La Famille Frutiger


See tons more photos on Dominique’s blog!

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  1. Simon Partridge

    What a beautiful wedding. That bus is amazing!

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  2. Dominique

    Thank you Kathryn for the lovely feature and your kind write up! x

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      Thank YOU Dominique! So excited to have you and your work on Snippet & Ink!

  3. Rosie Parsons

    Absolutely gorgeous, love Dominique’s work. Big fan!

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  4. Theresa Furey

    I agree with Rosie, big fan. Stunning and timeless. Well done Dominique and brillantly planned Vanessa & Andrew. You are a gorgeous couple.

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  5. didi

    heart switzerland and this beautiful wedding. less is more and it shows how elegant a wedding can be with out all the crazy details.

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  6. Mary Herrington – Forever & Ever Events

    Congrats to the couple! And of course to Dominique! – lovely photography as always! x

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  7. Josh Gruetzmacher

    I love it! The photos are so natural, and really show the couple being themselves. +1 fan for Dominique.

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  8. Alex

    Shot with great sensitivity!

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  9. Ed Osborn

    Beautiful wedding and great photography.

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  10. Nikole Ramsay

    Beautiful photography Dominique, what a gorgeous setting and lovely couple! They look so happy and you have captured it beautifully x

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  11. Stephanie @ Little Wed Hen

    This is just so simple and elegant. How beautiful.

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    I just love this wedding. The glowing bride, homemade jam, simply gorgeous bridal bouquet brimming with roses…So sweet and perfect!

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  13. Grace

    Wowooooo I love this wedding!Simple but sweet and warm from my heart~her dress is stunning~And I also miss my hometown~Sunshine,fresh air,blue sky…my childhood~So moving,so truly~

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  14. Barn Weddings

    Thanks for sharing some advice. I wish to have a beautiful wedding like you have. :D

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  15. Vanessa

    Wow how amazing to see our big day up here with all these incredible, beautiful weddings! Thank you for all the lovely compliments :) Andrew and I were SO LUCKY to have Dominique as our photographer – she is an absolutely phenomenal wedding photograher. She captures every moment and emotion and really tells your story :) We were blown away when we received our photographs from her! On top of all that – Dominique and her wonderful hubby Samuel are such a fun, kind, sweet and hilarious couple!

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