Monthly Archives: July 2017

A bohemian wedding in Provence

I grew up in Provence, in Var area, but don’t know that well the higher part of this region. Verdon gorges, Moustiers Sainte-Marie, Ste Croix lake, so many places I’ve heard about but that I havn’t explored yet, since I’m a traveler and photographer.

When Amy and Ed contacted me for their wedding in  Salernes, I thought this was  a great chance to explore Provence.

I still remember our skype interview, in December, when they were traveling in Nepal. A love at first sight kind of interview. Just looking at them, I knew  there was something very special between them. On their wedding day, Amy said she never thought she’ll get married, and then she met Ed.

I think that sums up everything perfectly. 🙂

When these 2 look at each other, the world can fall appart, it’s magic. They’ve created a bubble of kindness around them, but also towards their close friends and family, it’s quite amazing to look at. And their wedding was special like this.

Amy and Ed get married in Amy’s grandmother’s house. A place that really matters to Amy, since she spent all her vacation there, as a child, but also as a grown-up.

It’s always difficult to guess or imagine a place, especially when the personn who tells you about it, is so fond of it. And that was the surprise I’ll have on that day. I have to say, this place is magic indeed.

Some of the guest were camping on part of the garden, a mini-yourt was set up for kids for later on in the evening… all these little things that makes that day not only a special one, but an experience lived together instead.

From the nature all around us (despite the big heatwave on that day), to guests being musicians, the ceremony, where a stone has been passed through the guest for them to cover it with love vibes, and then given back to the couple and hold tight during the hand fasting.

A very emotional wedding celebration, that started with the sound of  one of my favorite song, played by a group of their musicians friends.

And a special high five to  Honolulu Brass band, who made every body dance, later on at night, for the ball

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The rest of that day can be shared in photos…

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Marjorie & Michael’s wedding in Courpière

It’s in Courpière, in Puy de Dôme, central France, (between Thiers and Clermont-Ferrand) that we celebrate Marjorie and Michaël’s wedding.

A wedding day full of emotions, between the stress of the forecast weather (rain was planned to fall in the afternoon but it never did !), and the 2 love speaches of these 2 lovebirds, let me tell you that on that day, eyes were red and guests were overwhelmed just as much as I’ve been.

Thanks a lot to you, Marjorie and Michaël, for all this love, that was such a lovely wedding day !

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From that great celebration day, I want to remember the weather, that wasn’t so bad afterall (it’s never good to worry too much about things you cannot control, and that’s a good example), and then, feelings… When Marjorie, the bride, talks or is with her grandpa, and that lovely couple getting married, with their 2 awesome love speach, followed by a little silence in the audience, everybody trying to shed a tear discretly 🙂

 

The brand new venue in the village of  Peschadoires, enhanced by Marjorie’s hand made decoration, that very caring couple, their group of friends waiting for them outside the church, and a very happy tribe of portuguese friends and family…

And of course, the photos of that event, to remember how great that day was 🙂

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Hairdresser :  Gilles Dupuy Concept , make up by Aurélie Decombas

Catterer (very yummy !) : Le cocotier

DJ : Music & Lights

 

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Fontfroide Abbey

Fontfroide abbay is a  12th century cistercian abbey. I’ve heard about it thanks to my friend Jean, who created the Gregorian Chorale of Luxembourg and is also a member of the  Paris gregorian chorale

When he mentions Fontfroide it felt like this place was breathtaking, and each time he went there to sing, I guessed on Facebook how much he couldn’t wait to be there, and how much he loved that place.

But I didn’t have a clue where it was ! 🙂

Fontfroide is in Occitanie (ah ah, now you know more, right?), it’s just a few kilometers away from Narbonne, in south West of France (in Meditterannee side). Not far from Carcassonne either. Now I guess you can have a clue what I’m talking about ? 🙂

 

I recently spent the weekend in Leucate to take photos of a wedding and I noticed that Fontfroide abbey was just half an hour drive away from there.

I had to have a look at that place on my way back home then !

And I’m glad I did, because without knowing it yet,  Fontfroide is now among my very favorite places in France.

I am not religious at all, but I love old stones and I’m very sensitive to what’s surrounding me too.

Because I’ve lived in USA for a while, I also know how lucky I am to be French, a country with so much history, and very old architecture.

Oh Fontfroide, you mooved me, healed me and helped me to find inner peace with so many little details.

If I didn’t have 4 hours drive to come back home after that, I would have loved to stay a little longer… just a little longer please 🙂

Come on, can’t we stay a little longer please  🙂

So here are, in photos, all these little things that made me a bit happier that day, when visiting Fontfroide.

and no doubt that I will be back there !

At the entrance, there is a kennel space for visitors and their pet. I’ve never seen such a thing in all the touristic places I’ve visited and I think that idea is brillant. Especially since on that day, weather was really hot.

The color of the stones used to build this place is amazing ! It feels like sun is on the walls : amazing shades of yellow, oranges and even pink.

That door, and all the ironwork in there is gorgeous !

pretty lamps…

And of course, the cloister… a beautiful place that led me speachless, with shiny eyes and feeling totally mellow. 🙂

How I love this place ! I’d be curious to come back there in wintertime to feel the different mood of the season…

The chapel, maybe the place I’ve enjoyed the least at the abbey, because a group of tourist has just arrived. Until then I was quite alone in the place (few visitors here and there but nothing to annoying). But this time that was about 30 people in the room. So I run away from the chapel.

And came back in the cloister… until I hear some divine singing coming from the chapel…

a treat for my ears, so I walked back there and realised that the group of tourist was actually a choral visiting the place. They decided to improvised and sing there. How lovely. Now I know how amazing this place is for singing.

Ok that’s a good lesson learnt. Thanks life for that, I will not complain about tourist and crowd anymore.

(thanks for this lovely moment)

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And then, and then… the garden and the rosegarden !!!

Of course, since  it was the end of June, it was an explosion of colors and smells (and bees !). Exquisite way to walk around and avoid the heat, surrounded by trees…

So, when do we go back there ?

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Emilie and Antoine’s wedding, with SouthWestern French accent

I havn’t taken photos of that many weddings in Southwestern France, I barely explored the area around Rodez and the Lot departement, and that’s a shame because a part of me thinks I’m going to love that area.

So when Emilie and Antoine contacted me to be their wedding photographer, near Leucate, I jump for joy, knowing it will be a good way to explore the area around (and this, you will see in my next blog posts) 🙂

Silly as I am, I’ve scheduled  a mole surgery just 4 days before driving there, and so was strictly forbidden to swim.

Yep, that’s silly of me…. but at least, if you were among the guest, you now why that bandaid on my neck was for. Nope, that wasn’t a vampire attack, in my area, in Cantal (central France), we only have cows and sheeps 🙂

But no regrests, sun is good, but protecting your skin is important, and in the South West, on that day (did you notice the amazing transition ? 🙂 ) the weather was hot, very hot. They even declared a massive heatwave during these 4 days I was around.

But it was ok, the day celebrating was great, and the south western accent of all their guests sounds perfect to me ! 🙂

 

Emily and Antoine set up a color theme for their wedding : a touch of green, since Antoine proposed in Ireland, they wanted to be reminded of that on that day.

A great hairdresser and make up artist :  Bulle d’hair (in Caves)

A group of musician very rock : Parallels

(I really tried not to sing along when taking photos but failed) 🙂

No caterer, but devoted parents, Congratulations to you for this impressively huge amount of work (and a yummy work too!) 🙂

Wine bottles that rested in the water of the pond in Leucate since they were engaged, a very caring bride, especially for kids invited to the wedding.

A very small church, and guests trying to hide from the sun.

And a very developped sense of PARTY !

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So now take your fans on, here are, in photos, a little sum up of that day….

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