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Castle Wedding in Rapperswil, Switzerland Elopement Photo Story Award

Wedding photography from Switzerland, at Rapperswil Castle of bride Wearing a glittering gown and carrying an elegant parasol

Wedding photography from Switzerland, at Rapperswil Castle | The bride is Wearing a glittering gown and carrying an elegant parasol

Wearing a glittering gown and carrying an elegant parasol, Alexandra approaches Alessandro for the first look. Alessandro, overcome with emotion at seeing his bride, wipes away tears. Amused by his touching and genuine reaction, Alexandra smiles and laughs as she approaches her husband-to-be. 

Like many other couples, Alexandra and Alessandro had to change their definition of a dream wedding due to the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic. When it became clear that they would not be able to host the grand affair that they had been planning, they opted for a simple ceremony in Rapperswil, Switzerland, where they were allowed to have 15 guests per local COVID-19 restrictions and regulations.

Switzerland Elopement Photo of the groom and his brother sharing a celebratory cognac

Wedding Picture of Groom in Switzerland | to quell those pre-wedding jitters

In order to quell those pre-wedding jitters, the groom and his brother share a celebratory cognac.

Switzerland Castle Bride Wedding Photography showing her gown and an elegant pair of high heels

Switzerland Castle, Bride Wedding Photography | The bride is Wearing her wedding gown and an elegant pair of high heels

Wearing her wedding gown and an elegant pair of high heels, the bride walks down the steps of her parents house holding her bouquet as she prepares to leave for the wedding ceremony.

Castle Weddings Image from Switzerland of couple's parents surprise gift before their wedding ceremony

Castle Weddings in Switzerland | The couple's parents surprised them with a gift before their wedding ceremony

The couple's parents surprised them with a gift before their wedding ceremony, and the sweet gesture brings a smile to both of their faces. The contents of the box remained a secret, something for the two of them to share on their special day.

Romantic Castle Wedding Pic from Switzerland w emotions of joy, excitement and anticipation written all over brides face

Romantic Castle Weddings in Switzerland | emotions of joy, excitement and anticipation written all over her face

With the emotions of joy, excitement and anticipation written all over her face, the bride arrives for her ceremony in a classic car. She is ready to begin this next chapter with the love of her life.

Castle Marriage Tearful Pre Ceremony Wedding Pic of brides father removing glasses to wipe away a tear

Castle Marriage Tearful Pre Ceremony Wedding Pic | The brides father removes his glasses in order to wipe away a tear

Alexandra's father removes his glasses in order to wipe away a tear. He is at a loss for words after seeing his daughter in her wedding gown for the first time.

Rapperswil Switzerland Castle Wedding Image of The couple as well as their guests wearing masks

Rapperswil Switzerland Castle Wedding  Photos | The couple as well as their guests wear face masks

Alexandra and Alessandro are married during a small and personal civil ceremony in Rapperswil, Switzerland. The couple as well as their guests wear face masks in accordance with local COVID-19 guidelines.

Romantic Wedding pic from Rapperswil Castle of miracle candles to congratulate the couple

Romantic Wedding at Rapperswil Castle | miracle candles in order to congratulate the couple

After the ceremony is complete, a small group of family members and friends wait outside the Rapperswil castle with miracle candles in order to congratulate the couple. 

Elopement Wedding Photo from Switzerland of wedding guests participating in Swiss balloon ceremony

Weddings at Rapperswil Castle | the newlywed's address is attached to balloons before they are released into the air

The wedding guests participate in the traditional Swiss balloon ceremony, in which the newlywed's address is attached to balloons before they are released into the air. The hope is that anyone who finds one of the balloons will send the couple a small gift as a way of congratulating them. It's a tradition that connects strangers to one another and helps a new couple cherish this special time in their lives.