Sabrina & Sabrina // Gleichgeschlechtliche Hochzeit am Bodensee


Als die Anfrage von Sabrina und Sabrina im vergangenen Winter den Weg in meine Inbox fand, stieg mein Herzschlag sofort an. Denn zu diesem Zeitpunkt war es schon mehrere Jahre her, als ich die letzte gleichgeschlechtliche Hochzeit von zwei Frauen fotografieren durfte. Und sehr gerne würde ich vermehrt gleichgeschlechtliche Hochzeiten festhalten.

Damals konnte ich die Bilder der Hochzeit nicht öffentlich zeigen – da die beiden Frauen eine negative Wirkung auf Ihren beruflichen Werdegang fürchteten. Solche Dinge machen mich sehr traurig – denn niemand sollte sich und seine Liebe für seine sexuelle Orientierung verstecken oder gar negative Konsequenzen fürchten müssen. Die Zeit ist (über-) reif für die “Ehe für Alle” in der Schweiz. Liebe ist etwas wundervolles, ein Geschenk. Liebe soll keine Grenzen, Einschränkungen oder Geschlechterbilder kennen – sondern frei und schön sein.

Umso toller finde ich, wie offen Sabrina und Sabrina ihre Liebe leben und zeigen. Beide Sabrinas sind richtig tolle, zuvorkommende udn liebenswürdige Menschen. Als wir uns in Zürich für ein Kennenlern-Gespräch trafen, redeten wir über fast alles – aber kaum über ihre Hochzeit. Die Sympathie war auf beiden Seiten sofort da – weshalb ich mich über Ihre Zusage enorm freute. Bei der Love Session im vergangenen Herbst lernten wir uns noch besser kennen und meine Vorfreude auf Ihre Hochzeit in der Ostschweiz wurde noch grösser.

Was für ein toller und schöner Spätsommer-Tag es doch war:
Nach dem First-Look direkt am Bodensee ging es zur Villa Felber, wo die komplette Hochzeitsfeier stattfand. Den Moment, als ihre zwei Väter die beiden zum ersten Mal sahen, war wunderschön. Solche Momente bildlich für die Ewigkeit festzuhalten ist nicht nur für mich sehr berührend, sondern auch eine grosse Ehre.

Die freie Zeremonie wurde von Anita Lusti abgehalten – einer meiner Lieblings-Zeremonienleiterinnen. Diese war – wie von mir erwartet – sehr persönlich und emotional. Nicht nur die Sabrinas, sondern auch viele der Gäste (und ja, ich auch) mussten die eine oder andere Träne der Rührung sich von der Wange wischen. Umso freudiger ging es anschliessend zum Apéro, während die Sonne sich langsam hinter dem Bodensee absenkte.

Die Auszeit während den Paarfotos genossen beide Sabrinas sichtlich. Zwar wollten beide nicht allzu lange von Ihren Freunden und Familien fernbleiben, aber waren schlussendlich dankbar für die paar Minuten Ruhe und intime Zweisamkeit.

Der Abend wurde begleitet von verschiedenen Beiträgen, Reden und (erneut) einigen Freudentränen. Die Sabrinas feierten zusammen mit ihren liebsten Leuten bis tief in die Nacht ihre Liebe. Ohne Einschränkungen oder Rücksicht – genau so, wie es sein soll.

Salym & Scott // Mountain Elopement in Switzerland, Scuol // Hotel Castell

Only a few weeks before Salem and Scott elopement at the Hotel Castell in the Engadin, the two sent me an e-mail that they would elope just in the company of their best man and the bridemaid, their two little girls.

At that time I was just in England and Salym and Scott were about to migrate from the USA to Switzerland. Somehow, we did not manage to meet in person before their elopement.

On the day of their elopement I drove from Zurich to Zuoz, in the Engadin. The connection with them was there immediately and I felt how personal and intimate the wedding ceremony would be. The weather forecast promised lots of rain in the afternoon – just when the two were about to make their marriage vows.

The wedding ceremony, which was conducted in the open tower by their best man, was incredibly emotional. I too had tears in my eyes. And just as the two kissed, the first raindrops fell into the open tower. A sign from Scott’s mother who recently passed away, as he said with tears in his eyes.

Only seconds later it was raining cats and dogs, flashing and loud thunder could be heard again and again. The plan to take the couple photos around the Albula Pass was simply impossible and too dangerous due the weather conditions. After an hour at the bar we decided to drive to the village of Zuoz in order to find some shelters. Back in the warm and dry hotel we allowed ourselves a hot drink.

A little later the rain was not so strong yet it was still drizzling. Nevertheless, Salem and Scott and I went outside for a few minutes to take some pictures at the Art Lake. So we still had a (weather-wise) peaceful end of a great and very moving day.

Sabrina & Sabrina // Same-Sex Gay-Wedding in Switzerland


When the inquiry from Sabrina and Sabrina found its way into my inbox, my heartbeat immediately started to rise. After all, it has been several years since I was allowed to photograph the last same-sex wedding of two women. I would really like to photograph more same-sex weddings to be honest.

Back then I was not allowed to publish the pictures of that wedding – because the two women feared a negative impact on their professional career. These things make me very sad – nobody should have to hide herself/himself and her/his love for her/his sexual orientation or even fear any negative consequences. The time is more than right, well , actually over-due, for “Marriage for All” in Switzerland. Love is a wonderful thing, a gift. Love should not know any boundaries, restrictions or gender roles – love should be free and beautiful.

Even happier was I to see how openly Sabrina and Sabrina live and show their love. Both Sabrinas are really great and lovely human beings. When we met in Zurich for a get-together, we talked about almost everything – but hardly about their wedding. The sympathy was immediate on both sides – which is why I was very happy about their booking. At the Love Session last autumn we got to know each other even better and the anticipation of their wedding in Eastern Switzerland became even greater.

What a great and beautiful late summer day it was:
After the first look directly at the Lake Constance we went to Villa Felber where the entire wedding took place. The moment when their two fathers saw them for the first time was simply wonderful. To capture such moments for eternity is not only very touching for me but also a great honour.

The no-religious ceremony was held by Anita Lusti – one of my favourite ceremonial masters – which was – as I expected – very personal and emotional. Not only the Sabrinas, but also many of the guests (and yes, me too) had to wipe the one or two tears of emotion from our cheeks. As emotional the ceremony was, as joyful and fun was the aperitif afterwards. All while the sun slowly set behind Lake Constance.

Both Sabrinas clearly enjoyed the time out during the couple photos. Although they didn’t want to stay away from their friends and families for too long, they were grateful for the few minutes of peace and intimate privacy.

The evening was filled with various contributions, speeches and (again) some tears of joy. The Sabrinas celebrated their love together with their dearest people until deep into the night. Without restrictions or limitations – just the way it should be.

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