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Swiss Alps, Swiss chocolate, and shooting with my friend Andrea Langer – The wedding of Alexandra and Tomas – St. Moritz, Switzerland – September 2011

Life is a pretty amazing thing I must say…you never know what is waiting for you around the corner and who you will meet. And as a photographer I feel this happens quite often.  For me, I try to keep an open mind and heart with every person I meet. Two years ago, while attending Elizabeth Messina’s “A Lovely Workshop in France, I had the pleasure of meeting and working with a group of wonderfully talented photographers from all over the world.  We ate, drank, photographed, shared experiences for 6 straight days all while staying in a magnificent french chateau. It was quite a dream.  I could go into many stories from that trip, but for times and ADD sake, I’ll move forward. During our time in France, we would have scheduled shoots and then in the evening, meet downstairs for cocktails and dinner.  All of us made friends that week and still keep in touch to this day.  I remember one couple in particular that I would always end up talking with over wine and cheese, (what can I say, I love France!) Their names were Andrea and Marcus, two fantastic photographers from Zurich Switzerland.  We hit it off right away. I can remember loving Andrea’s style, with her signature red Chanel lipstick, porcelain skin, and platinum blond hair, very striking and quite fitting for her. And yes, I was a little jealous that she could pull off that look. Hey, I’m Italian, with brown hair, and olive skin, ain’t no way I’m pulling off platinum blond hair, unless my name is Donatella Versace. Getting back to my story, among meeting Andrea and Marcus as well as all of the other friends I made while there,  not only did I leave with amazing memories, beautiful photographs, and about 5 lbs. heavier (darn croissants), I also left with several new friends and connections that I would cherish and value for years to come.

Fast forward a couple years later on a quiet Summer evening in Orlando, Sanford and I are sitting on the couch watching a movie and low and behold I get a Facebook message from my dear friend Andrea asking if I’m available to help shoot a wedding with her in Switzerland.  Marcus was unavailable and she turned to good ole Facebook to reach out to who other than…ME?!?  And not just any wedding, but none other than the CEO of the famous Sprungli Swiss chocolate maker. I literally hit jackpot…all the Swiss chocolate a girl could want! Quite honored and excited, I happily accepted the job (who’s kidding who…mini vacation) and three weeks later, I grabbed my trusty passport and hopped on a plane to Zurich. And henceforth, this is why I say…you never know what is waiting for you around the corner. Not only do I get to see and photograph with my friend Andrea again, but I also get to explore the beautiful country of Switzerland.  Being there literally took my breath away. I remember opening my hotel balcony overlooking Lake Zurich and shedding a few tears in awe of the beauty before me. Here’s the view I’m talking about:

Amazing, right?

I have to say that it was such a great experience having the opportunity to work with my amazingly talented friend Andrea Langer.  We had a blast, worked hard, and made many unforgettable memories.  On this note, I want to say to my fellow photographers, no matter what stage you are at in your career, you can always learn something new from someone else. That’s what makes us all unique and individual as artists.  I believe that learning from your fellow photographers can be nothing but helpful in this ever evolving art form. Second shooting is quite different from being the main photographer. 1. I get to stand by and document more candid shots and details since I’m not the one in charge, something that was so niiiiiice to experience. Not as much pressure and spotlight on me.  2. I put on my “I’m here for whatever you need Andrea” cap and anticipated what she needed from me at all times. From a bottle of water to photographing random details, I was on it.  It’s good to be on the other side sometimes, it keeps you on your toes.

The weather was absolutely amazing and the sky was bluer then I’ve ever seen. Photographing weddings in different countries is so fascinating because you are exposed to different cultures and rituals which is something that I love learning about. I sat back and observed everything from the rehearsal dinner to the wedding and then brunch the next morning. The couple was so lovely too, which made it all the more enjoyable.  Alexandra and Tom are not only easy on the eyes, but even though I couldn’t understand one single word of German, I could sense they were genuine.  Their getting ready and reception took place at the 5-star St. Badrutt’s Palace, one of the most historic hotels in the world, where politicians, royalty, and other prominent people stay. We met Alexandra in the President’s Suite which pretty much blew my mind. It was equivalent to a penthouse NYC apartment on 5th Avenue.  Alexandra wore a stunning Elie Saab gown and Jimmy Choo shoes. Andrea and I had so much fun photographing the dress and details.  The suite had sooo many options.  Tomas got ready at a house just a few blocks away. The view from there was absolutely exquisite. The ceremony was held at Old San Giau Church in the town of Celerina, just outside of St. Moritz. The church was out of this world, about 400 years old and sitting atop a lush green hill with the Alps standing in the background.  Although hard work, everything that day was a treat to photograph.  Here are my images from Alexandra and Tomas’s wedding. A special thanks to Andrea Langer of Andrea + Marcus for inviting me to such a beautiful country and amazing wedding. I will always remember it!

xoxo – Abby

Location: St. Moritz, Switzerland

Ceremony:  Old San Giau Church 

Reception: St. Badrutt’s Palace

Planner: Prime Moments

Photographers: Andrea + Marcus and Abby Liga

Dress: Elie Saab

Shoes:  Jimmy Choo

   Check out a quick video of Andrea and I arriving in St. Moritz…And we couldn’t do it without Jay-Z / Kanye West playing in the background.  (Please excuse my finger over the lens…I’m not a good iPad photographer.)

And the story begins with a view of St. Moritz…

yea I know…pretty awesome.

St. Badrutt’s Palace…

The getaway car…Alexandra and Tomas’s vintage Aston Martin. It wouldn’t be a true Swiss wedding without a James Bond car right?

Details of the interior of St. Badrutt’s Palace. Loved the old oil paintings and wood work…

The lobby…

Entering Alexandra’s suite…the light was amazing!

Don’t even try to guess how much this is per night.

Ahh the details…I was a kid in a candy store!

LOVED her bouquet…so simple, understated, and pretty…

Alexandra and Tom embracing each other on the balcony…not the tradition to not see each other beforehand.  They are so excited!

Her Elie Saab dress…

Again the light!

Details of her gown…beautiful light and texture.

A quick glance at me…love her smile!

…and the back of her dress!

Two sweet moments…I was shooting through the hallway when this one happened.

Andrea and I hopped over to where Tomas was getting ready…Now, the house that you see here, is not the house we were in, but next door.  I couldn’t help but show you though. Seriously? I feel like I was channeling my old Art History days.

No, this is not a fish eye lens…

Meet Tomas…

…and his dog.

Loved the architecture and the unfinished wood of this home…and again, the light!

A quick portrait of Tomas before heading to the church…

The church was…stunning. I was blown away.

Could you get anymore Swiss than this? All you need is the Riccola men and we’re set!

The ceiling…

…and the Aston Martin made it safely!

You thought there was only one car right?…Of course not, we couldn’t not have the vintage Rolls Royce.

The bride…

One of my favorite images from that day. Alexandra and her Father making their way towards the church. I love this shot because I normally don’t get the opportunity to hang back with the bride and her Father, one of the sweetest moments to be documented in a wedding.

A quick lens change…

The ceremony…

The kiss…

Listening to an opera singer sing “Ave Maria” A Capella…and I’m shedding a few tears behind the camera at this moment.

Love…

Just married!

Had to put a few of these in black and white…so powerful!

One of my favorites…

Another one of my favorites…love the woman walking in the red dress.

Now this was something a little out of the ordinary from how we do it in the states…In Switzerland, they have two cocktail parties…my kinda wedding! Each guest congratulated the happy couple and were greeted with pretzels, beer and wine.

Everyone knew how to dress and loved the classic Euro-style. After the cocktail party, all the guests change into their evening formal wear.  Yes, it gets more formal…

 

The driver patiently waiting…

I can’t help myself at this point…

Back at St. Badrutt’s Palace and time for cocktail hour #2!

My favorite…details of the reception. Love the colors and the candlelight…

Love their blue wedding logo illuminated on the white drapery. They had the logo everywhere and on everything the entire weekend.

Speeches…I couldn’t understand them, but I pretended and laughed along with them…

So sweet…

Prost!  (German for Cheers!)

The best way to explain the “feel” of the room…

The cake in all its glory…Provided by none other than Sprungli of course…

They Waltzed…

…and partied the whole evening away. Next up, their “All White” Sunday brunch…

…and it continues. The brunch was held at the Lej Da Staz restaurant just outside of St. Moritz. The chefs prepared a massive buffet complete with roast pig, cheeses, naturist, strudel, and of course wedding cake.

Here are a few images of the setting, absolutely beautiful.

Details of the restaurant, love the rustic accents.

…and all the champagne and strudel you can drink and eat!

Guests arrived on horse and coach…

…with more fabulous designer style. I don’t recall seeing that many Hermes Birkin bags in one place.

The arrival of Alexandra and Tomas in their traditional Swiss lederhosens…

The newlyweds…

The boys…

The rain came down but the party didn’t stop.  Love the pink cocktails and the men drinking them!

Love this…only in Europe.

My last shot of the trip, a view of the Alps just before the rain came.  Andrea and I said farewell to the newlyweds and headed back to Zurich.

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