Dream Winter Wedding Overlooking Ski Slopes in France
September 27, 2017
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I cannot imagine a wedding that captures the magical essence of winter more than this one right here. The couple, who live in Abu Dhabi, enlisted the help of the Haute Wedding team to create a glamorous, snowy celebration at a picturesque French Alps chateau, Courchevel. Photographed by Le Secret D'Audrey, get lost in this alpine wedding, with even more awaiting you in the film below by Airsnap.
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From Haute Wedding... K and A have known each other since they were two years old, and over their adult years, their relationship blossomed into a beautiful love story that many people can only dream of. K and A live in Dubai, grew up in the UK, and chose to marry in the fairytale setting of Courchevel with the snowy mountains, chic hotels, and endless miles of skiing surrounding them. The ceremony was held on a beautiful terrace overlooking the ski slopes. Fairy lights, candles, and snowfall made this twilight ceremony absolutely magical! The black-tie dress code was up to par with red-carpet glamour, with guests dressed to sheer perfection. The reception at the authentic chalet restaurant, with huge windows and exposed beams, boasted excellent French cuisine, top-notch service, and a unique mountain setting that winter weddings are made of!

The Bride and Groom prepared for the big day surrounded by their dearest loved ones. The Bride put on her custom gown inspired by Elie Saab and just dripping in Swarovski crystals, then she delicately buttoned up her gown and put on her beautiful Sarah Jessica Parker satin bow shoes. She had a moment with the women closest to her before she revealed the dress to her Bridesmaids. Their faces lit up as they ran into the room to celebrate together. Easy to say it was the perfect morning in the ladies suite. Meanwhile in the Groom’s suite, all of the guys were cheering to the good years and all of the new adventures yet to come. Straightening their bow ties and buttoning their tree-stamped cuff links, these gentlemen came prepared. After swapping a few stories, all the guys patted the Groom on the back – he was off to finally see his Bride for the first time. The Groom was overlooking the white mountain side, past the snow covered chalets and over the quiet town in a moment of calm before the big day when his Bride walked up quietly. He turned around to see his gorgeous Bride gleaming as bright as her gown! They shared those few precious minutes together as they prepared for their forever moment.

From the Bride... Alex and I met at an early age – two and four to be exact! We have been family friends for over 20 years, but it wasn’t until our parents decided to set us up romantically that we actually got to know each other. That was over six years ago. Since then, I have moved to Australia for one year to study, followed by London to join Alex in the city, and now we are living in the Middle East! We chose Courchevel 1850 due to our love of skiing, the snow, and the beautiful alpine setting. Genepi on tap was also an added bonus! It is also a contrast to where we live now in Abu Dhabi.

Our wedding was faultless from start to finish, thanks to Haute Wedding. It was a logistically difficult venue to access, however what we saw as a challenge, we turned into an adventure. We were surrounded by friends and family at a picturesque venue, snow on cue during our vows, elegant flowers, candles, fabulous jazz band, and French food and wine to die for. All readings and speeches were both emotional and light hearted and words that we will treasure forever. We have been so lucky to capture all of this thanks to Audrey Paris and Airsnap, with our timeless photos and videos.

Despite the formal black tie dress code, our wedding was relaxed and laid back. We wanted to make all guests feel comfortable, focusing on happiness and love rather than the formality of the wedding. We did this by allowing guests to bring alcohol into the ceremony, choosing upbeat modern songs during the ceremony, hiring an MC who made everyone cry with laughter (also a very close family friend), and offering a round of Genepi to get guests in the mood for a lot of dancing!

This magical day was followed by another seamless, magnificent day spent at Le Cap Horn. The food was outstanding, the weather was cold but sunny, and everyone was in high spirits.

Living in Abu Dhabi and getting married in Courchevel sounds like no easy task, however Monica and her team made the whole process an enjoyable and seamless one. Monica was always on hand to answer any queries and provided only the best suppliers. Thank you again, Monica, for finding us our dream wedding venue and creating such a memorable and magical wedding.  We really appreciate the amount of effort you put into making our wedding the “wedding of the year” and “an unbeatable wedding” ( quoted by our friends, not us!).