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Castles of Bellinzona, Switzerland Elopement Photo Story Award

Castles of Bellinzona - CH Wedding Photo of the mayor performing the couple's private ceremony

Castles of Bellinzona, Switzerland Elopement Photography | the couple sits at a table together with their eyes on the mayor

Here, the couple sits at a table together with their eyes on the mayor, who performs the ceremony.

Choosing to get married in a unique setting like that of a castle is not for everyone, but Kathy and Ivan have exceeded all expectations. Their wedding took place along the Three Castles of Bellinzona, registered since 2000 as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The civil ceremony took place at the Castle of Sasso Corbaro, also called the castle of Cima, where the mayor of Bellinzona formalized their union. Immediately afterward, we went to the Montebello Castle for a very short photo session with the newlyweds.

Switzerland elopement picture of the Bride as the hairdresser adds a bit of hairspray before the ceremony

Switzerland Elopement Photo of Bride | The bride sits patiently as the hairdresser adds a bit of hairspray

The bride sits patiently as the hairdresser adds a bit of hairspray to finalize her look before the ceremony.

Switzerland bride prepares to step out of the car in this Wedding Image

Wedding Image of a Switzerland Bride | The bride prepares to step out of the car

The bride prepares to step out of the car as she arrives at the castle for the ceremony, smiling in anticipation.

Switzerland CH Castle Wedding picture of the bride and her father walking to the ceremony

Castello di Sasso Corbaro - Bellinzona (CH) Wedding Picture | The bride and her father walk together towards the castle ceremony

The bride and her father walk together up a long, cobblestone walkway towards the castle, where the ceremony will take place.

Castello di Sasso Corbaro Wedding photo of the groom as he hugs his bride

Castello di Sasso Corbaro - Bellinzona CH - Bridal Wedding Image | The bride and groom finally get to see each other for the first time

The bride and groom finally get to see each other for the first time on their wedding day, and the groom hugs his bride on top of the castle surrounded by their excited guests.

Bellinzona CH Wedding photo from inside of the castle as the bride and groom enter

Bellinzona (CH) Wedding Photography | The inside of the castle is made up of rustic stone walls

The inside of the castle is made up of rustic stone walls, and the large, wooden doors stand open as the bride and groom prepare to enter, hand in hand.

CH Funny Wedding Couple picture of the groom as he leans over to the bride

CH Elopement Image | as the couple is seated at the table where they will be married, the groom leans over to the bride

In a comical, lighthearted moment, as the couple is seated at the table where they will be married, the groom leans over to the bride and they give each other a funny look.

CH Elopement Ceremony image from Switzerland of the bride and the groom with witnesses

Switzerland CH Elopement Couple Ceremony Picture | The bride and the couple’s two witnesses applaud for the groom

The bride and the couple’s two witnesses applaud as the groom excitedly shows off his wedding ring.

Switzerland Wedding Couple Portrait Session with the bride and groom

Switzerland Elopement Couple Posed Portrait | After the ceremony, the bride and groom have a small photo session

After the ceremony, the bride and groom have a small photo session on top of the Montebello Castle, surrounded by mountains. The newlyweds stand together, smiling.