Real Wedding: Vanessa & Andrew

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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