Monthly Archives: September 2017

Anissa and Benoit’s rainbow wedding

There were plenty of rainbows near Thiers that Saturday, to celebrate Anissa and Benoit’s wedding !

After getting officially married in Chauriat, we drove to Rémy sur Durolle, near Thiers, to spend our day at La Chaponnière (their website).

Anissa and I are both members of Blogovergne, a community of bloggers in Auvergne (her blog here)

When we met for our pre-wedding interview, I remember Anissa mentionning she didn’t want confettis or lavender to be thrown at the end of the ceremony. Instead, she wanted yarnballs. YES YARNBALLS !

 Being a knitting addict, I was so excited by this idea, that I went and prayed the Sheep and the yarn gods, to be choosen as their wedding photographer.

And here I ammmmmmmmmmmm (seems like it worked, nice, right ? 🙂 )

I just couldn’t wait to be there !

Ok, in my excitement, I forgot that in between all these yarn strings, I could be stock in the middle while trying to take photos (the wood stick in my hair get stocked in the yarn while trying to moove to take photos !) 🙂

That was fun ! I want more !

Bride and groom, yarn, photos, yes, this is perfect to me, a dream job ! 🙂

Now give me more yarn ! 🙂

Hera mariage, an awesome wedding planner, helped to decorate the place and put rainbows here and there. As for the party, don’t expect to stay on your seat, Patrice  was there to entertain us. And waouw, what a party !

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Hairdressing by Angely’s coiffure, make up by Heia home, and a pretty tailor made wedding gown. The last accessory missing to this perfect outfit was the very colorful bouquet, by  Vertige d’arum 

As for dinner, we were very lucky and really pampered by Anissa and Benoit : they cooked the cocktail food (what a huge amount of work they accomplished !), then, there was a yummy burger foodtruck for dinner, as for dessert….

Well, dessert…. waouwwwww dessert !!!!!

A rainbow cake, baked by the bride and groom (yes, they did it !), as pretty that it was good (and it was VERY pretty !)

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What a treat for their guests !

That evening, there were rainbow everywhere, kindness and simplicity in their way to express it, and a lot of fun !

When you start to dance before the end of dinner, you know it’s going to be a great night !

So let me show you the rainbow we saw at Anissa and Benoit’s wedding….

 

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Exploring the Pilat on a vintage moped

Do you know where the Pilat regional park is ? It’s a natural park located between St-Etienne and Annonay, South of the Loire County, nearby Ardèche and Isère.

The Loire tourism office  and the Pilat one were organising, with the  igers St Etienne community, a day trip to discover and visit the Pilat area, with a few tasting included. All of this was organised for the instagram community  (my account here )

I’ve been to these kind of events in the past (a fantastic Blueberry harvest in Forez, and a great  snow day), and these 2 experience were awesome !

And for this new event, the theme was : MOPED !!!!

I’ve always dreamt to ride a moped and own one but never did (being epileptic when I was a kid, of course, I wasn’t allowed to 🙁 ) So when I saw that that day trip would be about riding a moped and explore the area, I was so excited, and made sure I would be available for this event. 🙂

I live 2 hours drive away from the Pilat, but really, to meet a group of instagramers, travelers and curious people like me, it was ohhhh soooo worthhhh it !  I’ve spent  the day meeting people, discovering places, learning new things and tasting yummy food, and in between this, riding a moped to go from here to there. HELL YEAH, I’ve loved it !

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And as usual, the organisers were just really good at planning that day : everyminute was awesome !

If only every tourism bureau could work as well and promote as well their territories just like they do, the rural world and small business will appreciate !

So thanks again for this awesome day and bravo for your amazing work !

Between my desire to really enjoy the day, and my will to take pretty photos I’ve decided to try to do both : I’ll enjoy the day and chill, but will not take 20 pounds of photo gear with me, but only my small camera and only work with my 50mm lense (ok I took another cheap one too). Visiting the Pilat park, but most of all enjoy the sun on my face, the wind in my hair, and enjoy the view first…. and then, take photos…

 

I really suggest you try this experience, go and visit the Pilat. Memories are to be lived to exist… photos is just a way to remind you of them.

So, are you ready ? Grab your helmet, and LET’S GOOOOOOOOOOO !!!!

Exploring the Pilat on a vintage moped ! 

Early morning, we grabbed our vintage moped at  L’Echappées Brelles  , in Bourg Argental (their Facebook), and after a short lesson to learn how to deal with these old ladies, we were ready to ride ! (these vintage moped are older than me ! )

Let’s go to  Les Bonbons de Julien, a candy maker in Bourg Argental too, for a little visit of their kitchen, and of course, a tasting !  ( their Facebook page here)

Oh since I am a wedding photographer, and you may be a couple about to get married : you’ll find in that shop a huge bunch of yummy candies and colorful treat for your guest, or for your decoration (candy bar anyone ?)

These are locally made, natural without any chemical colors or whatever bad chemical things you’ll find in supermarket. These candies here are local and natural, and YUMMY !

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The Candy chef was really great at explaining things, I guess he was also pretty awesome with kids, regarding the way he behaved and explained everything. It was great to have him tell us about his work and how candy were made, I really recommend a visit. (to learn, to see and to taste…. and smell too because the smell there was delicious !) 🙂

And seeing how stripes on berlingot were made,

C’était ptêtre moins drôle pour lui par contre, d’être entouré par notre équipe de paparazzis 🙂

And then, something magic happened : I FINALLY get to understand how stick were put in lollypops ! (that’s this old machine’s job !)

Another childhood wonder that found its answer that day 🙂

Some funny photos before we hit the road again !

And then, we rode our vintage moped to Ferme du Prince, in Colombier.

The road goes up the hill, and I just notice that you need to pedal the moped  if you want it to keep working (and my cardio went up the hill too !) 🙂

Laughing my guts out everytime someone passed me, and looking at the smile of the car drivers who saw us was worth the experience too ! 🙂

So it was the perfect timing for me to jump off my moped and give it to another driver, and seat in a car to take photos, pretending I’m a famous Tour de France journalist 🙂 (at least I tried ! 🙂 )

The landscape was beautiful, and so was the road 🙂

 ferme du Prince  is a farm that raise “highland cattle” and pigs for delicatessen.

I love deli ! When I was living in USA that’s the thing I missed the most -with bread. Since I’ve been living in Central france, I’ve mange to meet more local producer, farmers, and understand now what kind of junk food they sell in supermarket, under the name of delicatessen. It has nothing to do anymore with the original taste.

So here, no additional ingredients. This is pure, this is natural, this is hand-made, and very local.

And this is extraordinary good !

Tasting was mandatory, and visiting the fields with the cows and later on with the pigs, was a must, in order to discover how passionate these people are with their work, and their animals. No extra fancy things, just simple and good (and that’s exactly how I like things !) 🙂

Once again, after this visit I think I’m going to have a hard time to buy deli at the grocery store from big brands… Local producers can do this so much better.

So I had to bring some souvenir in my bag 😉

And then, an hilarious thing happened : on our way to the pigsty, me in a car, at the end of the moped group, our group or riders  was far from each other, and the last one didn’t see the right turn the others did and kept driving to the wrong direction.

“Should we  follow him and try to let him know it’s the wrong direction, or will he see, at some point, that he’s trying to reach a group in front that is not in front ?” 🙂

We decided to follow him, laughing so hard, and trying to honk intensively to make him understadn “hey there, it’s not this way, come back to us, we go the other way !” 🙂

But nope, he didn hear us, too focused on the road and the pretty landscape. In the end, it took us 5 big minutes, until he noticed us, when he stopped at a crossroad. An attempt to escape that failed, well played but try again Mister 🙂

We laughed so much at this ! But I totally can relate to his feeling of freedom and being so in love with the surrounding landscape… that’s how I felt again as soon as I sat back on my vintage ride ! 🙂

Ok now, do you want to see the pigs ?

Once again, that was interesting to learn about how they are raised, because indeed, since we eat some food, I think it’s important to know where it comes from, and learn from the worker and career people have doing this kind of job. 🙂

And that was only the beginning of the day ! Amazing !

Hop, let’s jump on our vintage moped again, a smile up to my ears, a beautiful weather, and an amazing view.

It was even more enjoyable since this time, the road went down the hills ! 🙂

On our way to ferme des Grillons for lunch, but on our way, we laughed, we tried to pass in front of each other, and we took photos of course !

The road is diving, between woods, and view points, to pretty houses, I love to drive and driving a moped, now I know it, is even more enjoyable ! 🙂

Tears on my eyes, but only because of the wind 😉

La ferme des Grillons is a guest house table d’hote. Local food, from their garden and field, delicious !

They also produce crickets (“grillon” in French). They were on the meny but as much as I love to travel and curious to learn and see things, when it comes to food, I’m not an adventurer. So I skipped my turn. 🙂

A few minutes to enjoy the fresh air outside, and have a look at the place and decoration, and then, hop on the road again !  🙂

and that will be our last stop of our trip in Pilat, Domaine Farjon, is a vineyard, and we, of course, visit the place and taste the wines ! (Facebook page here )

With a very pretty view on Pilat and the “3 dents” (3 teeth)  🙂

On our way back, we stopped in the vines to have a look at the view… that’s the end of the day and the sun feels warm on our face, delightful !

Malleval, a pretty village down the hill

And here are already the last kilometers ! The sun goes down, and we are on our way back to Bourg Argental, a smile on our face (and flies too ! 🙂 )

An awesome day, in a landscape that was equally awesome. That’s these kind of trips that makes me love a bit more what I do and who I am : curious to discover and explore new places, to meet new people and to learn and share this experience and this trip here and there.

I now have the feeling I know a bit more the Pilat area after such a lovely day, and I just can’t wait to be back there (and WANT to drive a vintage moped again !). That experience was way above my expectations and a vintage moped is really an awesome way to visit a new place : easy, no intense activity required (but a little bit of effort still, sometimes, let’s be honest here), funny, and not dangerous, well depends how you drive though 🙂

That’s something I really hope to do again someday, and will definitely look forward, when visiting a new area.

I can’t wait to be back in the Pilat Park too, that’s for sure !

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You can have a look at the photos taken by other participants on their facebook or instagram account here :

 

Pilat parc régional,    Loire Tourisme  /  En_Instantané Jcg48 Amiga de la foto Blandinette 42 /Leszed / RemybobphotographyGeorges Magand / Dine4285 / Mummumvf 

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Celine and Sebastien’s wedding in Sologne

 Ecuries de Villeneuve,is a pretty venue for a wedding in Sologne.

I’v been before in this area to take photos of a wedding in Sologne   and this time it was closer to Blois than  from Orléans, that this pretty wedding celebration will take place.

In couple for many years, Céline and Sébastien wanted to spend their wedding day surrounded by their 2 kids.

Very inspired by Pinterest, I have to admire Céline’s intensive work to create details of their decoration.

Hair stylist :  Salon Barbara, in La Ferté St Aubin

Make up: Une heure pour soi, in Olivet

Venue :  Ecuries de Villeneuve (their website here )

Flowers : Quartier fleurs, in Olivet

Catterer : La Petite Folie

Singer during the cocktail party : Wonderful Rose

the Volkswagen combi was owned by a friend of the family, and so is not for rent (what a shame, right ? !) 😀

That week-end was on a heatwave alert, so the temperature outside was very very hot.

so grab a bottle of water, the rest of the day is told in photos :  🙂

 

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A week-end in Leucate

Leucate, is a small town and peninsula in South of France, about 40min drive from Perpignan and an hour to the Spanish border.

I didn’t know this part of France, until I was in charge of taking photos of  a wedding in Leucate.  And since now, Fall is coming and winter is just around the corner, I watch the photos I took when visiting the area, and I’m again craving to see the mediterranean sea again.

So here we go,

I’m not going to show you wedding photos this time, I’m going to share with you my exploration of Leucate, the peninsula, and what I’ve seen for a week-end in Leucate.

I already show you Fontfroide abbey,  but this time, let’s really focus on Leucate and La Franqui.

I’ve loved this week-end there, on this very windy piece of France.

Hiking all along the cliff in La Franqui.

I started my hike at 7am. It was the end of June and on a heatwave, so even at 7am it was already really hot outside.

I’m grateful for the wind on the cliff ! 🙂

Arriving at the lighthouse, wind blowing in my hair, with an exilarating feeling of end of the land !

Let’s breath, and enjoy the view 🙂

And hike on the way back to La Franqui, where it all started

Have a walk in  Leucate village 🙂

hike up to the  castle, to enjoy the view, and say hi to the very pretty statue of  Françoise de Cezelly (hero of Leucate, she sacrified her husband to save the city, invaded by Spanish in 1590)

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Wander in  Port Leucate, have an ice cream, while listening to the cliquing sound of strings on the boat’s mast

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and then go back to La Franqui, and sit down to stare at the  kite surfers, or cute doggys being silly in the sand, all wet and with sand on their nose 🙂

I just couldn’t get enough of these sunset…

I hope you enjoyed these photos, and they helped you to feel more peaceful.

I just can’t wait to be back there !

 

 

 

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Wild animals decoration for M & L ‘s wedding

Wild animals for a wedding ?

Yes but no, but in fact, YES PLEASE ! 🙂

When I met Marie and Loup, a bit more than a year ago, Marie (she is a vet’), told me how important it was for her, to be surrounded by animals and nature on her wedding day.

And  château de Féligonde, a few kilometers away from Clermont-Ferrand, is the perfect place for this, since it’s also a horse lodge (board ?). No surprise then, that this couple decided to celebrate their wedding there !

Cats, horses, swans in the castle’s parc, and a decoration made with a bit more wild animals for that pretty wedding !

Decoration was hand-made by the couple, and if you love wild animals, you’ll love it ! 🙂

Owls, bear, fox and some other of their friends were on the tables  !

Paintings drawn by Marie, and the seating arrangement map too. What a challenge (for me at least), to figure out what track match to which animal to be able to reach my seat. Fun ! I really loved how original this was, but also the huge amount of work this is. (don’t count on me to draw a fox !) 🙂

And also, these sweet  berlingots ! 🙂

An awesome day, between laughing and curious situations, on the 12th of August 2017, there was lots of love around château de Féligonde !

About that day, I want to remember,

Marie’s beautiful red hair and her pretty  bouquet 

 

Grasshoppers in her dress 🙂

The official celebration at the city hall of Clermont-Ferrand  🙂

and then, the ceremony, between laughs and tears  🙂

And then, when about to exchange vows, the bride and groom decided who will talk first, by playing rock paper cissor ! 🙂

Guests, warned by the couple, who were kind enough to really let me take photos and not be in my way. This is rare enough to be mentionned. Thanks for that ! I only saw that you took photos of the celebration, when, once at home, I processed the photos. You were kind enough to stay in your seat and not disturb the ceremony (but also be in my way), and that made a whole difference. THANK YOU !

And then, the cocktail party, in the sun, laughing and… oh wait, is that a horse ? 🙂

Those who won’t drive back home tonight and sleep here 🙂

My unstopable laugh, when a guest suddenly jump out of the crowd to catch the bouquet ! 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

The king of tatami 😉  but also a yummy meal  (catterer :  Jean-Michel Labonne) and cute cake (pastry chef : L’atelier gourmand)

 

A very lovely wedding, with wild animals, a sweet couple, and plenty of love !

 

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