Heatwave wedding

It was a scorching hot day for Elena and Goran’s wedding at the Four Seasons des Bergues, and I was glad to take refuge for a few minutes in the splendid hotel lobby before heading up to photograph the Salle des Nations. As the scheduling was tight, the hotel had managed to prepare the room and tables in time for me to take most of the detail shots before the day started. The details were something that Elena and Lucie, from Bliss Wedding & Events, had worked hard on in the months leading up to the big day and so it was good to have the time to document their hard work properly.

Exterior of Palais Eynard
Statues in the foyer of Palais Eynard

Civil Ceremony at the Palais Eynard

The civil ceremony took place at the very picturesque Palais Eynard in central Geneva. The city was in full bloom under a deep blue sky. Too hot to stand for long in the sun, guests sought out the coolness of the old palace and were very glad for the cold drinks supplied to keep everyone hydrated. Poor Goran hid in the caves to keep cool in his three-piece suit and calm his nerves. The ceremony itself took place in the beautiful Salon Bleu, with the sun streaming through the windows. Elena looked radiant in her wedding dress and the bright colours of her bouquet. It was a friendly, happy service kept short and sweet because of the extreme heat but filled with laughter and emotion. Afterwards we showered the happy couple with rose petals and quickly got everyone together for a full group shot before retreating back into the shade.

In the Gardens

I prefer to shoot family groups in the shade because it is the best way to see everyone’s faces and avoid squinting. In the heatwave it was the best place for us. Although there were lots of group combinations to get through, the couple had planned time for the photos and it was a fun family affair with lots of laughter. Elena and Goran had planned a tour of the city by tourist train for their families, many of whom did not know Geneva. As we waved them off our tuk-tuks arrived to take us up into the old town for photos.

Bestman fixes groom's tie in the mirror of the Palais Eynard
Wedding in the Salon Bleu at the Palais Eynard
Exchange of vows in the Salon Bleu of Palais Eynard
Rose petal wedding exit at the Palais Eynard
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Tourist train for wedding guests in Geneva

Geneva old town by bike

It was quite a hike up to the old town on the bikes but mainly in the shade and on the steep parts myself and videographer Aurélie jumped out to ease the strain. We tried to find quiet locations either in the shade or close by to make sure that the newly weds didn’t get too hot or tired. Staying hydrated is always important on your wedding day, especially in the middle of a heatwave. I would normally advice 30-40 minutes for couple photos but in this case we decided to work quickly because it was going to be too tiring for the couple to be outside for a long time. Because I had met up with Elena and Goran the week before to look at some locations for their photos we already had a good plan in place and were able to get the shots they wanted quickly.

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Groom in blue suit
A bouquet of peonies and lilies in peaches and pinks
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Bride & Groom Geneva
Bride & Groom Geneva Cathedral

Cocktails on the balcony

Back in the Four Seasons des Bergues in the Salon du Lac, and in the air conditioning, the band were in full swing and Lucie and the hotel team had created a wonderful ambiance for the cocktail hour. Signature cocktails were served out on the hotel balcony overlooking the jet d’eau and the guests took full advantage of the breeze to cool off and congratulate the happy couple.

View of Geneva old town and cathedral from Four Seasons des Bergs
Signature cocktail menu and shakers
Signature monogram cocktails
Four seasons des bergues bride & groom

Pretty and elegant design

The Salle des Nations and wedding dinner were a wonderful blend of elegance and simplicity. The combined efforts of Bliss and the team at the Four Seasons des Bergues created an atmosphere and decor that were in perfect keeping with Elena’s grace and style. Lots of little touches meant that, even though the wedding party was quite small, the room felt as if it were made for an intimate gathering as much as for a large party.

Joining two families

There was a wonderful spirit during dinner and speeches, with a real sense of two families coming together as one. The hotel catering team had laboured long to create Elena’s dream tiered wedding cake and it was a great success. After the first dance the party really started with more signature cocktails amid clouds of dry ice for a really unique experience.

Wedding set up at the Four Seasons des Bergues with chandelier and crystals
Table settings in cream and peach
Wedding table florals in white, peach and pink with Swarovski crystals
Guest book and instax camera at wedding
Sparkler entrance by bride and groom
Bride laughs at wedding slideshow
Toasting the bride and groom
Black and white wedding first dance
Four-tiered wedding cake in white and gold
Wedding cake entrance with large sparklers
Test tube cocktail shots and cocktail buffet with dry ice
Four Seasons des Bergs at night with flags