A wedding full of emotion at l’Auberge du Parc in Orgon, Provence

The bride and groom chose to get married in the church of Grans, a village near Salon-de-Provence, in the South of France. It was a sunny saturday afternoon of August, and their guests came all accross the country from North of France to meet the bride and groom in sunny Provence.

The beautiful bride was supposed to arrive in a fancy old car, but it broke down! So Agathe got to the chruch a little late, in her Cymbeline wedding dress, her Rose Tea bouquet in hand. An emotional moment as she walked down the aisle with her father…

The couple incorporated live music and readings throughout the ceremony, performed by the priest from their hometown, who also came all the way to Provence for the wedding.

After stopping in some typical Provence vines for bride and groom portraits, the wedding continued at l’Auberge du Parc, in Orgon. Located at the bottom of the cliffs, between the Luberon and Alpilles natural parks. The 18th century building is surrounded by a small river and greenery, a perfect venue for a Provence wedding.

The newlyweds made their big entrance for the reception with a ton of energy and a big grin on their faces, which set the tone for the whole night!

The traditional romantic first dance was soon followed by the famous “Time of my Life” song from the movie “Dirty Dancing”. And the party was on!

Then came the magnificent croquembouche and the bride and groom made a speech to thank everyone for coming all this way for their big day. The couple then took part in a tradition from their native land: the vivat flamand: a song with half-French half-Latin lyrics in honor of the newlyweds. During the song, the bride and groom sit down while their loved ones pour champagne on a tissue over their heads.

Singer Enrico Macias used to sing it so well in “Les gens du Nord”… the people from North of France are very friendly! It was a pleasure to photograph Agathe and Tim’s wedding in Provence!


A French-Danish wedding in a castle of the Loire Valley

This fairytale started a few years ago when Carine, a French young woman, met Emil, a Danish gentleman. Cultural differences made their love stronger and the two decided to settle in Odense, Denmark.

Nevertheless, the couple chose to get married in France. They wanted to offer their guests, who were travelling from various countries for the wedding, the opportunity to discover the beauty of Carine’s birth country. They fell in love with Domaine de la Fougeraie, located near Tours, in the heart of the Loire Valley. An elegant and charming venue with its beautiful park and its 19th century castle.

Carine was relaxed on her big day, while her friends, mother and makeup artist were turning her into a real life princess.

In the meantime, Emil was putting on his suit with the help of his brother and sister.

Then came the first look. Carine came down the staircase of the castle before Emil’s wet eyes…

While their guests were arriving, we took some couple pictures with the bride and groom who were on cloud 9.

The outside ceremony was held in the park and was officiated by the lovers family members.

Before exchanging their vows, the two tasted the four elements – the sour, the bitter, the hot, and the sweet – four tastes symbolic of the elements of marriage.

The ceremony came to a close with Carine’s friends covering the song “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran.

The newlyweds then walked under French and Danish flags held by their guests.

Time to celebrate!

It’s been a real pleasure to capture Carine and Emil’s multicultural wedding at Domaine de la Fougeraie and to visit this beautiful area of France that is the Loire Valley and its magnificent castles.

Nous avons été ravis de notre choix ! Le feeling est tout de suite passé avec Marie, nous nous sommes sentis en confiance et avons apprécié son professionnalisme (devis clair, réponses rapides). Le jour J, accompagnée de Romain, elle a su capturer les moments clés, nous donner des directions quand nous en avions besoin et se faire discrète le reste du temps, et le fait qu’elle parle parfaitement anglais a bien aidé la communication avec nos invités étrangers. Nous avons reçu un aperçu des photos quelques jours seulement après le mariage et l’ensemble des photos en un temps record. Marie et Romain ont sur capturer les moments clés, l’émotion de la cérémonie et l’ensemble des invités durant le vin d’honneur. Nous la recommandons sans hésiter !

Carine V.

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An intimate British-American destination wedding in a French village near Paris

Saul is British, Madison is American. Love brought together those two families on a beautiful Summer day in a small village in the French countryside near Paris for an intimte wedding of just 40 guests.

The celebration was held in the garden of Saul’s family’s vacation house. The place was filled with flowers and a wooden ladder has been designed as a beautiful arch.

While the first guests were arriving, welcomed with drinks and delights, Madison was getting ready with her Mom inside the house.

The vows and rings exchange ceremony, officiated by Saul’s sister and Madison’s brother, was emotional and funny at the same time.

After congratulations and hugs, everyone had some champagne and appetizers in the garden.

Then, the newlyweds took me to a neighbor’s who allowed us to take some photos in his stunning garden. The perks of the countryside just an hour away from the French capital, Paris.

Dinner was served outside in a relaxed atmosphere. The bride and groom opened with a speech, followed by Madison and Saul’s Dads.

The party started right after dinner with some dances on the terrace and went on till the wee hours of the morning. A very successful intimate multicultural wedding!

Oh Marie those are SO beautiful! You really captured the fun, loving spirit of the wedding. I cannot tell you how incredibly happy we are with them. They are so wonderful and magical and exactly the type of pictures that we were looking for. Thank you again for capturing our day so beautifully!

Madison B.

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A Levallois-Perret city hall + Paris countryside wedding at Domaine de la Vallée aux Pages

Cécile and Marc decided to tie the knot in the gorgeous city hall of Levallois-Perret, near Paris, France.

Cécile, looking stunning, put on her Pronovias dress at her parents’ house, while Marc got ready at the couple’s apartment in Levallois.

The lovers wanted to discover each other at the ceremony: a very emotional moment.

The couple chose yellow and green which were seen everywhere from Marc’s tie to Cécile’s bouquet, including the confetti!

After the parisian civil ceremony, the newlyweds and their guests headed to Domaine de la Grange at the Vallée aux Pages for cocktail hour catered by Grand Chemin Traiteur.

The barn repurposed into a large reception room fit the color theme perfectly. A true countryside wedding just an hour away from Paris!

Throughout dinner, speeches, songs and slideshow kept everybody entertained until the impressive croquembouche made its big entrance.

The bride and groom’s first dance was an unexpected tango, and soon they were joined by all their guests on the dancefloor!

Marie was our wedding photographer and she did a great job ! She is very professional, flexible, discreet and kind. Her pictures are really amazing ! Thank you very much for your wonderful pictures Marie !

Cécile V.

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Provence fall wedding at Domaine de Blanche Fleur

Late October in Provence, Fall warm colors are all over, but the sun is shining as if it were Summertime.

Pooneh and Etienne met at a mutual friends wedding 3 years ago. 4 months later, Etienne decided to follow Pooneh who was going to live overseas… 2 years later, Etienne made his big proposal on summit of Ben Lemond mountain in New Zealand. The two, in love with the beauty, colors, smell and taste of Provence, chose Domaine de Blanche Fleur, in Chatêauneuf-de-Gadagne near Avignon, to tie the knot and gather all of their friends and families coming from accross the world. After a visit of the “Provence Colorado”, of Gordes and the beautiful Luberon nature park the day before, the big day was here!

Pooneh was in the middle of getting her hair done by talented Eric Léturgie when I got to the Domaine, accompanied by my second shooter Romain from Lerox Photography. We took a quick look around, then started shooting the relaxed couple enjoying champagne glasses!

Then Pooneh, surrounded by her Mom, sisters and niece, put on her elegant Aire Barcelona Beach dress found at the Couture Mariage store and her Mademoiselle Rose sparkly shoes. The makeup artist was none other than the bride’s sister, Parastoo.

In the meantime, Etienne got into his Jonas & Cie suit in another apartment upstairs.

The two lovers had chosen to do a first look in the Domaine de Blanche Fleur courtyard. An emotional moment followed by a couple photo session in the garden, in the vines and the olive trees.

The civil ceremony was then held at Chatêauneuf-de-Gadagne’s city hall.

Back to the Domaine de Blanche Fleur where refreshments were served to the new husband and wife and their guests before the vows and rings exchange ceremony. The beautiful floral design from the arch to the reception room, as well as the bride’s bouquet were made by La Fabrique d’Étoiles Filantes.

A magnificent table filled with delights from Iran was put up by the arch to symbolize Pooneh’s family’s origins.

Speeches by family members, translation in 3 languages, the ceremony was filled with tears of joy and laughter and ended with the couple’s vows and rings exchange.

After a few formal family portraits, the bride and groom joined their guests for cocktail hour catered by Brunet Frères.

The newlyweds made their grand entrance in the Orangerie with a perfectly executed dance which the 120 guests enjoyed very much.

Dances went on all night long, with various music styles being played by DJ Julien from TF Event, from the 80’s hits to today’s big successes, including Iran’s top hits as well.

For desert, instead of the traditional croquembouche, the bride and groom hired Made In Cake to make them a beautiful and tasty naked cake. A big hit!

What a pleasure we had capturing Pooneh and Etienne’s wedding at Domaine de Blanche Fleur! Congratulations to the newlyweds!

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