If you’re looking for the ultimate destination for your winter fairytale wedding, look no further than St. Moritz, Switzerland. Nestled in the heart of the Swiss Alps, St. Moritz is a truly breathtaking and luxurious location, renowned for its stunning mountain views, crystal clear lakes, and world-class ski resorts.
There is no one better to make your dream come true than Gianna Grieco, the premier wedding planner in the region. With her impeccable attention to detail and flawless organisation, Gianna ensures that there are many reasons to celebrate your wedding in St. Moritz and that every aspect of your special day is perfect.
And to capture all of the magic and romance of your St. Moritz wedding, look no further than Phillip Van Nostrand. This talented and renowned photographer based in New York City will perfectly encapsulate the beauty and emotion of your big day. These two talented individuals collaborated and made magic together.
What inspired Gianna Grieco and yourself to collaborate on this shoot?
“I (Phillip Van Nostrand) reached out to Gianna after meeting her at a conference in Greece in 2021. I knew she and I were going to overlap at another conference in her home country of Switzerland and I really wanted to show more international work now that I was meeting more planners and vendors from abroad. I told her I had a vision of a snowy wedding shoot with highlights of red, animals, and a carriage. We got all of that and more in the mountains of St. Moritz!”
Have you shot couples in this climate/ environment before? What was the experience like?
“I don’t believe I’ve ever photographed in the snow before. It was beautiful and bright and not that cold, actually. It was near the end of Switzerland’s winter so a lot of the snow was melting. The challenge was shooting in the right direction to show more snow and also it was challenging walking on a frozen lake that was slowly melting away! But the shoot was fun, everyone was very professional which made it easy, and Gianna really came through with so many wonderful details.”
Despite the challenges of shooting in the snow for the first time and navigating a melting frozen lake, Phillip had a fun and memorable experience. The bright winter setting and Gianna’s attention to detail added a magical touch to the photographs.
What were some of your favourite elements and why?
“On the short hike to the lake area that we photographed there is a place where you can feed wild birds with bird seed. We figured out how to get birds to land on the bride’s hand and I got so many beautiful photos of the bride looking like Snow White talking to her birds. That was so much fun! I also loved coming back and shooting and the famous Badrutt’s Palace Hotel. It is an exceptional venue with vaulted ceilings like a castle and so appropriate for our look and theme.”
From the breathtaking mountain views to the intimate moments shared between you and your loved one, Phillip’s photographs will be a timeless reminder of the love and joy you experienced on your special day. It will be something straight out of a fairytale.
Philip’s advice for couples looking to get married in St. Moritz, Switzerland:
“Make sure to come out and scout around a lot before you come. There are many beautiful secrets around the area, and you can do really amazing things like host welcome parties at the top of the ski mountain, hike to nearby lakes, feed birds off your hand, etc.”
Gianna’s advice for couples looking to get married in St. Moritz, Switzerland:
“When the bride and groom decide to come to Switzerland to get married, it is not only for the wedding day but also for the overall experience. The Engadine is a paradise for sports but also a place of inspiration and tranquillity valley of untouched nature, full of cultural treasures, all with elegance, exclusivity and refinement. Guests from all over the world appreciate the modern Alpine lifestyle and the top-class restaurants that can satisfy the most demanding one.”
When it comes to finding the perfect venue for your St. Moritz wedding, Gianna suggests the legendary Badrutt’s Palace Hotel. Opened in 1896 by the Badrutt family, the hotel is an enchanting mix of modern and traditional. It offers all the elegance, exclusivity, and refinement that you could wish for on your special day.
When deciding to take your wedding to far-off places like St. Moritz, it’s important to do your research and put your trust in people who are capable of putting your ideas to life. Planning for a destination wedding comes with challenges but professionals like Gianna and Philip will ensure you get the winter fairytale wedding of your dreams.
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