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 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! Congratulations to the newlyweds!
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