Back in March I had the pleasure of photographing Ed & Viki’s wedding in Zermatt. I knew Ed from a while back when I used to run the ski school at Sheffield ski village and Ed was studying at Sheffield uni while working part time as a ski instructor.
Ed and Viki first met in Zermatt while they were doing a ski season out there. Both having a huge love for the snow and Zermatt being very special to them it was only fitting that they had their wedding in Zermatt. I have been to Zermatt a few times for various ski instructor courses and knew they had chosen a stunning place to get married with snow-capped peaks and the famous Matterhorn Mountain as a backdrop.
In the days running up to the wedding there was glorious sunshine but the weather report wasn’t looking too promising for the wedding day with cloud and high winds forecast. The morning of the wedding, Zermatt woke to a nice covering of fresh snow in the resort but with a huge cloud covering the mountain. Ed, Viki and I spent the day before the wedding doing a recce/engagement shoot and had chosen some locations in case the weather wasn’t going to be the best. (These photographs can be seen in the ‘engagement session in Zermatt’.)
The day was perfect for a wedding in Zermatt, with the clouds breaking and the sun coming out just as Viki and her father left the chalet in the horse and carriage. There are no motor vehicles in Zermatt. Apart from the electric cars, horse sleighs and carriages are the only allowed means of transportation so Viki had a wedding horse and carriage to take her to the town hall.
Wedding in Zermatt
The ceremony was lovely with had a very unusual reading from the registrar about foxes meeting rabbits etc etc. lol After the ceremony we took a trip though the town in the horse and carriage before heading to the ski lift to put our skis and boots on, Ed and Viki received loads of cheers from the people in the street as it is not every day you see a wedding in Zermatt. Having done the recce the day before we headed straight up the lift to an area with a tepee. One of my favourite wedding photographers are a company called Alpine image Co based in New Zealand. This is where I looked for some inspiration as they take the most amazing shots of the bride and grooms with stunning snow capped mountains in the background. After a short snowball fight, we started to make our way to Zum See Restaurant. Full credit to Viki, as she firstly skied with no poles, in her wedding dress, and mostly without her fur jacket.
Due to the winds picking up the wedding breakfast took place inside Zum See but this didn’t spoil the atmosphere. The food was truly amazing and the wine flowed, which led to some funny and emotional speeches by Ed, Viki’s father and the best man.
We finished off the day with some photographs around the restaurant before a ski down to the Apre bar ‘Hennu Stall’for their legendary Ski shot rack. (an a old school ski with shot glasses stuck to it and everybody has to drink the shot simultaneously.
Back at the chalet Ski Total had done an incredible job in turning the chalet into reception area with a huge buffet and a wedding cake made by the staff. This I think was Ski Total’s first wedding in Zermatt. Even the cake cutting was done with a Swiss Army knife which I thought was a really ‘cool’ ideal and a great way to finish the day before some hysterical ‘shirts off’ dancing took place. (less said about that the better) haha
As usual, here is a selection of some of my favourites from Ed’s and Viki’s Zermatt wedding. Please feel free to share on social media, or leave a comment.
I had an amazing week and would like to thank Ed and Viki and their friends and family for making me feel very welcome.