By Jacquie Cutler
I often find that it’s photos of mountain weddings that inspire people to come and get married in the area. Pictures of ceremonies on the edge of Lake Montriond, or with snow-covered peaks as a backdrop usually capture people’s imagination. I’ve photographed so many weddings in the surrounding area that my portfolio is good inspiration for couples.
When couples get in touch, the first step is usually a meeting, either in person or on Skype if they don’t live locally. I think it is really important that a couple trust me and we get to know each other a little so that on the wedding day, there isn’t a stranger in front of them with a camera. You can really see the difference in the pictures!
With each couple we compose a list of ‘must have’ photos and I go through their timings to make sure everything is achievable. In the final week before the wedding we do a walk through to make sure everyone is comfortable with the plans. I offer four different photography packages based on the number of hours I’m required on the big day.
My favourite spot for a wedding is Lake Montriond. It captures both the lake and the mountains and can’t be beaten. I’d also suggest asking a local for help when planning your wedding as personal recommendations are really important and very valuable! Also, if you’ve invited family and friends over to celebrate your wedding with you, have them arrive a couple of days before the wedding, rather than the week before. You’ll find you still have so much to organise and it can sometimes be stressful if there are too many people around!”