I had the chance to pack up my oldest son Morgan and all my gear and head off on an adventure to the beautiful land of the french. This was a work trip but darn it, if this is what working away from home involves I would love to do it more often!
Celine and Francis planned a very intimate wedding for their close friends and family within a matter of months. The memo read “let’s party and celebrate” and they definitely did just that.
The morning of the wedding, I showed up at the house where everyone (and I mean everyone) was relaxing, eating (because that’s what the French are really good at) and preparing for the day. With last minute preparations happening, people going in and out, I followed Celine down the village high street to the make up artist. With a Bonjour and smiles all around, I watched as Celine went from beautiful to incredibly stunning in a matter of minutes.
Back at the house the guys were getting dressed or should I say playing with the kids and their toys (it’s amazing how a fidget spinner is a universal language for both kids and adults. Just put a fidget spinner in the room and everyone speaks one language)
The ceremony was conducted by a family member who happens to be the Mayor and a small room was filled to overflowing with love for these two wonderful people.
It is on record as the hottest wedding I have ever shot, with the temperatures going well into the mid 30’s. I had heard that the French know how to throw a good party and I was not dissapointed, and so when the ceremony ended, we walked to the forest where the most amazing breads I have ever seen were laid out for their guests to enjoy, the champagne began to flow and the party was only just starting.
As the guests mingled, the champagne flowed and the laughter filled the air, the afternoon went in a flourish. With a change of venue, we then went off to the beautiful hotel Le Tulipier for the evening meal and dancing.
My favourite part about a french wedding is the food… I love food and as the several courses came out over the course of several hours, I was honoured to sit at the head table with Celine’s wonderful family. It was a true honour. I have never been so touched to be part of such a gorgeous wedding, a true celebration of a great couple.
I wish them all the best in their future together and look forward to my next French wedding!