“Love Under The Gastlosen” … Do you know what are the Gastlosen ? A natural border, a vertiginous wall, a 15km long mountain range that separates the canton of Fribourg and the canton of Bern. On one side Charmey and on the other Jaun. All dressed in limestone, these peaks conceal beautiful singularities. Cracks, Large, Very large. And every year, they give rise to an incredible spectacle called the “Grossmutterloch” (grandmother’s hole ). It is a unique and rare event that takes place every year at the same period. Almost at the same time and on the same day. I would really like to go next winter to attend. But this is not the event that I have linked to above that I am going to talk about today.
Nah, you’ll have understood it when you see the title today I’m going to talk to you… WEDDING! M&J, their love of the land, their desire to get married at the foot of mountains so impressive that I’m in love with them! Their unusual and unforgettable wedding.
First of all this wedding is a meeting with Emmanuelle Cavigelli, Cavigelli Wedding from now on. A woman, a mother, an entrepreneur. In fact I can say that it was a mutual love affair and the beginning of a beautiful story. She hardly knew me and entrusted me with her sister’s wedding. M. But so grateful to life for this encounter !
That’s why, as a fan of unusual and unforgettable weddings, I found myself photographing Love Under The Gastlosen in the middle of August…
As for all my future little married couples, I had met them in the heart of Fribourg on a Sunday afternoon. The smile of M. The kindness and the phlegm of J. A love at first sight again! And then we organized the photo session called “Engagement” but who knows what kind of engagement his name is… I’m thinking of changing that for 2021! We ended up with our feet in the Sarine in a beautiful place cut off from the rest of the world !
Then came the time of Love Under The Gastlosen. As usual I met the bride and groom for the preparations. Once is not customary, in the chalet overlooking the Val de Charmey, I found a bride and groom in full effervescence with all the complexity of not crossing each other! I think these are the places I have preferred to photograph the preparations for all my weddings. Maybe it was the dynamic that morning? I don’t know!
When the preparations were finished, we exceptionally took over the direction of the couple’s session. Indeed, photographing Love Under The Gastlosen and even in the middle of August, brings some difficulties… The shadow takes very quickly ground and we had to find solutions not to end up with too dull photos. My work as a photographer also consists in anticipating this kind of problem. Knowing the place, the topography allows me to find the best compromise for beautiful photos.
Then we took the road to the Gastlosen … An incredible moment in this refreshment bar of Sattels. Emmanuelle knew how to enhance this picturesque place to make it a perfect receptacle for their love. No right to miss you when the bride is your sister!
A lay ceremony led by a master’s hand by another of his sisters. All in French and German. Exchanges of vows under the benevolent gaze of the Sattels and to the sound of the Armaillis. Tears, laughter and emotion, the recipe for a successful union!
The end of the day requires no words. The photos speak for themselves. In the meantime I thank Emmanuelle Cavigelli and M&J for their confidence and to let me share some pictures of this unusual and unforgettable wedding of this Love Under the Gastlosen.
Finally, if you are getting married soon, in 2021 or 2022, and you want an unusual and unforgettable wedding or you simply liked my photos, contact me via my form, I will be happy to answer you.
Love Under the Gastlosen