The Perfect Mix of Modern and Romantic at Lake Lucerne in Switzerland

The Perfect Mix of Modern and Romantic at Lake Lucerne in Switzerland

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[field title=”Wedding Colors”]Soft blues and light greens with white[/field]
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My parents have spent a lot of time in Switzerland since I was young. They have a house about 5 minutes away from the wedding venue. While we were dating, Jeff and I would fly over to visit my parents every summer and explore. I’m happy to say that Jeff loves this beautiful mountainous hidden gem of a country just as much as my family and I do. It had always been my dream to get married there, and thankfully Jeff and his family loved the idea. We were encouraged to reconsider a destination wedding, but I’m so glad we were able to have our dream wedding. Special things are worth waiting for. My very talented wedding florist, Tabea Maria-Lisa, described my vision as “a boy’s baby shower”; I laughed and said that I felt confident that she understood my vision! She tweaked and embellished my ideas and created the most lovely whimsical garden for our ceremony. I wanted a long table with lanterns and candles for our wedding party, and she gave me everything and more! It was spectacular. Holly Hollon created the most beautiful bespoke letterpress invitation suite with a gorgeous crest for our wedding. It included an accordion folding card with a beautiful illustration of the lake and venue that listed the events of the weekend, a detailed map of relevant destinations around Lake Luzern for our guests, as well as a welcome booklet with various watercolor illustrations.

[field title=”Proposal Story”]Jeff proposed on December 27, 2019 just a few days after Christmas. He had just been gifted a drone and spent those two days mastering his pilot skills so he could propose and record us all at the same time! He’s a very quick learner. Anyway, we were driving up to meet all the Rapp’s in Lake Placid for the New Year, and we decided to stop at the Rapp Family Lake House to stretch our legs (something we frequently did on the long drive up from Boston). As I was throwing snowballs for our Labrador, Moose, Jeff was suddenly proposing to me with my mom’s ring! It was exactly right. Just Jeff, Moose and me (plus the drone footage for the families & Instagram).[/field]
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I had no idea where to start with this! All the blogs said to go to Pinterest, so that’s what I did! Slowly, I started to notice a trend and pattern in the dresses I would pin, and that’s how I found the genius who is Berta. I fell in love with the Berta collections online, so I did some searching and I found a store in Miami that carried the designer. Five bridesmaids and I piled into my SUV and drove an hour and a half for a Berta Trunk Show at Chic Parisien in Miami. We had such a fun day shopping together and I was lucky enough to find my wedding dress! Months later, my mom and I returned to Chic Parisien to try on a second dress that we had seen in a campaign for a newer collection. It was the perfect “second dress” and I became a two-time Berta Bride. My wedding shoes were sparkly white Christian Louboutin heels. My earrings belonged to my aunt and were also worn by her daughter on her wedding day. My engagement ring is my mom’s original engagement ring, and my wedding band belonged to my maternal grandmother. I had all of my most important women with me in some way.

[field title=”Bridesmaid Dresses”]I had 9 bridesmaids and they divided perfectly into 3 groups of 3: 3 childhood friends, 3 college friends, and 3 sisters-in-law. I envisioned all my friends in one shade of blue, and then my sisters in a complimentary blue/green shade. I also wanted my Maid of Honor to stand out, so we went on a special shopping endeavor to find her the perfect beaded blue dress. I love how all the dresses blended together to create a cohesive bridal party look.[/field]
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Jeff wore a floral Dazi bow tie and Swiss suspenders. His tuxedo was made by Blank Label in Boston. He changed into a white smoking jacket for the reception, also made by Blank Label. He wore Stubbs & Wootton velvet slippers. The groomsmen wore tuxedos organized through the BlackTux. It was a simple classic look that I was able to add some flair to with Swiss suspenders and colorful bow ties. Similar to the women, I had the 5 friend groomsmen wear Dazi bowties in a soft blue and the brother groomsmen wear ciel blue bowties from the Tie Bar. The fathers of the bride and groom also wore Swiss suspenders and matching floral bow ties.

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[field title=”Food & Drink”]Amongst the things we had for dinner:
– romana salad hearts with roasted sunflower seeds, thyme grissini, air-dried Grand Cru ham and apple balsamic vinaigrette
– homemade truffle ravioli with fava beans, artichokes and parmesan foam
– creamy poultry soup with truffled dumplings
– brüggli salmon trout from saddle with Ticino polenta and spring vegetables
– tarte au citron with meringue and mango sorbet[/field]
[field title=”Florals & Decor”]My vision was blue hydrangeas and white roses!

Tabea did an incredible job creating a garden-feel, with lots of greenery and plenty of florals.

My bouquet had white roses, light blue hydrangeas, and seasonal flowers in different
shades of white, ivory and light blue.

The shape of the bouquet was round but with a lush look and tied in a structured way. Stems were tied with hand-died silk ribbons in blue tones.[/field]
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We had a 5-tier cake with 3 tiers of different flavored cake. The cake was white with a waterfall of white roses, blue blowers, and greenery. At the top sat a little figurine of our dog Moose.

[field title=”Readings, Ceremony Music, Reception Songs”]It was a generally secular ceremony with splashes of religion that we felt were important to us. Jeffrey is Christian and I was raised Jewish. To honor my Jewish heritage, I had my mom read the 7 Hebrew Wedding Blessings (in English), and Jeffrey broke the glass after we exchanged vows and rings.

A string quartet played at the ceremony, we had “Wildest Dreams” played when the
bridal party entered and the classic “Canon in D” when I entered.

Our first dance song was “Jackie & Wilson” by Hozier. Jeffrey didn’t have too many super strong opinions about our wedding plans, but when I asked if he had any thoughts on what our first dance song should be, he announced that he’d picked it out years ago. I thought it was so sweet and fully accepted his choice.

The father-daughter song was “God Only Knows” by The Beach Boys, while the mother-son song was “Mama Said (There’d Be Days Like This)” by the Shirelles.[/field]
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I think we both agree that the vows were the most important part of the day to us. We had been legally married since October of 2019….so this was finally our chance to voice our commitment and individual promises to each other. Saying our vows was like putting the final stamp on our marriage in front of all our loved ones. My brother Lance was our officiant and he did such an amazing job. It was really special having him play such a big part in our wedding day. Our ring bearer was our dog Moose ! He wore a fancy Swiss leather dog collar embossed with gold metal Edelweiss. He looked quite handsome and was a perfect gentleman. He made his way down the aisle with poise and then took a seat by the groom’s feet. The most touching moment was probably when I hugged my other brother Jonathan after the ceremony. He and Jeffrey were both so emotional! It was very sweet. Jonathan has always been my best friend, and seeing the emotional impact our wedding had on him meant a lot to me. He also gave the greatest speech at our reception. Not a dry eye in the place!

[field title=”Special Detail #2″]Another very special detail: the surprise boat ride my parents planned for us. I think the photos from the boat are some of the most beautiful photos from the whole day, so I am very grateful for that. Mailys got right on the boat with us and took so many wonderful photos!

My dad also surprised us with the most amazing fireworks I have ever seen. It was just another way for my parents to express their shared excitement and joy with us and it was absolutely breathtaking.[/field]
[field title=”Special Detail #3″]About our honeymoon: we originally wanted to go to Indonesia, but it was not an option due to Covid restrictions. Instead we went to Santorini, Greece for 5 days, followed by 5 days in Split, Croatia, and then back to Switzerland to pick up our dog from my parents house. Santorini was so beautiful and romantic! We had the best time and Jeffrey planned the best activities for us! He took me horseback riding through the caldera, wine tasting at a local vineyard, and sailing on a romantic sunset catamaran cruise. Once we were fully relaxed in Santorini, we were ready to sightsee our way through Split! It was the perfect balance of relaxation and adventure.[/field]
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Photography: Maïlys Fortune Photography | Videography: 2Become1 | Wedding planner: ToGather Weddings by Valerie | Floral Design: TML | Tabea Maria-Lisa | Stationery: Holly Hollon | Band: K-Trio Jazz | Venue: Vitznau | Bridal makeup & Hairstylist: Sinem Yavsaner | DJ & Singers: Kudos Sound | Fireworks: Feuerwerkszauber | Photobooth: Photobooth System | Rentals: Options | Sound & Lights: Spark Events

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