#FrenchBride n°3 - Astrid
What a charming countryside wedding! The elegant Astrid said "Oui!" to Arnaud in September 2017 in Normandy, close to Giverny where the Impressionist painter Monet came for inspiration. These magical moments were captured by Angelyn Factory. Astrid tells us all about her big day below!
Arnaud and I met on-line in 2013. Our first date took place in « La Fontaine Saint Michel » in Paris. It was a cold winter evening. When I glanced at him for the first time, I felt something really special. His eyes were filled with tenderness looking at me. Immediately, he made me feel warm and comfortable.
We started spending time together and I was able to connect with him in a way that I had never experienced with any other man before. He was special. We moved in together and kept nurturing our relationship traveling the world, talking, dancing…
The proposal happened during a trip on the island of Madeira (a lovely Portuguese island in the Atlantic Ocean). One day, we were visiting a small harbour called “Camara de lobos”. It was a sunny late afternoon with a special atmosphere, fishermen coming back from their day and many local children jumping in the water. It was warm. Arnaud took something in his backpack, I suddenly turned my head looking at him while he was opening a little box which contained a charming diamond necklace and asked me the magic question. A foretaste before the official engagement ring…
A French bride for you is…
A soft blending of taste and elegance… a kind of natural and inspiring woman.
Your dress and style
I was looking for a dress with refined lines and structure. In the end, I only tried two. My choice rapidly fell on a dress from the French designer « Victoire Vermeulen ». I love her dresses which are elegant and with a real sense of couture. Mine was made in raw silk, with a deep bare back and with a pleated belt tied forming a nice knot. My bridal veil was made in plumeti which gave some romantic air combined with a soft and floral hair style.
We live in Paris and we love spending weekends in Normandy, a region known for its bucolic and picturesque landscapes. We chose a countryside place called « Le domaine du Chesney » close to Giverny, where the Impressionist painter Monet came for inspiration and established his workshop. We were captivated by this location with its century old trees which overlooked the Seine valley. The religious ceremony took place in a small charming church where time appeared to have stood still…and with our vintage car « 2CV », the magic kicked in!
The place was perfect for a country chic atmosphere. We wanted to decorate the room ourselves to make it authentic and to our taste. We decorated our tables with retro objects and country flower arrangements disposed in bottles. We gave homemade jam to each of our guests. And for the conviviality of the dinner, we used string lights and ivy garlands. In terms of fabrics, we used the same blue liberty fabric to decorate the wedding flower children dress code, the bridal urn and the menus.
The most wonderful moment of the day
What a difficult question! There are two that I fondly remember. A first moment full of poetry, tenderness and emotion was when Arnaud, during the dinner, read me a poem he had written.
The second one was the ball opening. We worked so hard to offer a tango dance. I confess, at the beginning I was a bit scared that he would fall on me ;) but step by step he relaxed, progressively we were one with the music transported by our body language. It was a moment I will always remember.
The day after the wedding, we flew to Corsica to spend a memorable week in a hotel called “A Piattatella ». In Corsican, « A Piattatella » means hideout... just what we needed !
Vendors & addresses
Venue: Le Domaine du Chesney | Photographer: Angelyn Factory | Wedding dress: Victoire Vermeulen via Fortunée | Hairdressing and makeup: Camille Albane | Caterer: L'atelier de Brun'Oh | Florist: Fleurs en Seine | Music: Le Trio Jazz (Band) and DJ Gwen | Honeymoon: A piattatella