Anna & Gareth | Intimate Swiss Wedding on Lake Geneva

How darling is this couple? And don’t you love the bride’s short dress?! Dominique Bader captured their intimate courthouse nuptials near the shore of Lake Geneva, Switzerland…

Says Anna, “Gareth and I got ready together as our lives have been intertwined already for a while. I had something blue, something old, something borrowed and something new (I bought the dress two weeks before the wedding!).”

The couple’s closest friends and family met up with them outside the courthouse.

Everyone returned to the bride’s parents’ home on Lake Geneva for cake and cocktails.

The parents of the bride surprised the newlyweds with Swiss alphorn players!

Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  We wanted it in the town where we live and that we love. My parents had just renovated their house and we wanted to use it and its beautiful surroundings to their full potential.

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? We wanted something simple and elegant for this small wedding. We are having a bigger celebration at the end of the year in London but we wanted the civil wedding to be intimate.

What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  It’s hard to choose. I loved walking around town doing the pictures in all the places we love, I loved when my father gave us his speech and I loved ending the day with at an amazing Chinese restaurant with dim sum and Peking duck!

What advice do you have for other brides?  Have fun! Don’t worry! Everything will just fall into place! It doesn’t matter if it rains, that will just make it more special!

Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day? We were so lucky to have everyone close to us around us on that day! Gareth’s family came from Wales, his witness from Oxford, my family from the States, our photographer from London… all to meet up in a little town in Switzerland.


See lots more from Anna and Gareth’s intimate Swiss wedding in the gallery.

Vendor Credits

Photographer: Dominique Bader / Venue: private residence on Lake Geneva, Switzerland / Bride's Dress: Oscar de la Renta / Bride's Shoes: Christian Louboutin / Groom's Suit: Zegna


  • There is something just absolutely perfect about this wedding. I think it’s the simplicity of it all. And the couple truly looks to be in love and very relaxed. Too often there’s SO much going on in the wedding, you almost cannot see the simple love of the couple. Not so here. Simple beauty and love shines for sure. The photos are exquisite, capturing not only the love and elegance, but the natural beauty surrounding. This is a really special post. Thank you for sharing it with us!

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