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#FrenchBride n°5 - Flavie

The shining Flavie said "Oui!" to Thomas on July, 27th 2019. A bucolic and lovely wedding that took place in a little - and so typical - village of the French Alps. The big day was shot by InstanThé​. Flavie shares everything with you below!

Your story

Thomas and I met through a group of young Catholics in Grenoble – in the French Alps, over spring 2016. We got along right away! Then, we went through the different stages: we started as friends before falling in love over the summer, and in the fall we ended up introducing each other to friends and families. Thomas proposed, we moved in together, we got engaged on August 5th, 2018 and finally married on July 27th, 2019.

The proposal

On October 25th, 2017, the day of my 28th birthday, Thomas invited me for diner in a restaurant. On the way back, he absolutely wanted to drop by the Basilica where we met for the first time. After a few very touching words, he proposed, taking out of his jacket a ring that perfectly fitted my tastes. I was surprised and delighted!

A French bride for you is…

For me, a bride is a pretty young woman who is fresh, smiling, elegant, sweet as well as lovely. Regarding style, I think that less is more. I prefer a simple and light dress to a big meringue-dress with integrated hoops and too much satin. The most important thing is that the bride feels good in her dress and that her choices are in harmony with herself.

Your dress and style

For years, I have known exactly what type of wedding dress I wanted! I made an appointment in a boutique in Paris that had been recommended for its high quality and fancy gowns. The only issue: the seasonal selection was limited and we had to decide quickly. So I bought my wedding dress in the first shop I went to, without family or friends to advise me. The wedding dress I chose was magnificent, especially its lace, but I already knew that I would need to find a good seamstress who could do all the necessary changes to make the dress exactly as I imagined it. Then, the seamstress I chose spent several months redesigning the dress. I loved these moments in her workshop. She changed the collar for a boat neck, added ¾ sleeves, broke the mermaid shape for a princess shape, cut the long train as well as adjusted the dress to my size. A significant job, especially since it was the first wedding dress she altered! The seamstress also sewed my veil: a long one with a lace-covered outline.

For the shoes, I did not hesitate and I opted for white pumps from Minelli wedding collection. My hair was styled in a braided bun. I wore a fresh-flowers wreath paired with my bridal bouquet. On the jewelry side, I wore my mom's white pearl necklace, which has a lot of sentimental value for me, and a pair of white pearl earrings as well.

The location

I wanted to get married in my native village, in the Southern Alps, between mountains and countryside. We organized the civil ceremony at the town hall and the religious one at the village’s church. It made sense to me, it was consistent with the French tradition to get married in the bride family’s region and I was so joyful to see the village full of our guests coming from everywhere in France.

Regarding the reception, as there are a few wedding locations in the region, we opted for a venue that offered a terrace, a large room, sleeping arrangements and a tremendous view of the mountains. This choice was made for practical reasons as well as for its geographical location for our guests.

Your inspiration

Our wedding was of bucolic inspiration. My husband wore a dark blue suit over a waistcoat with a toile de Jouy motif. My lace dress had something retro and timeless.

We had a lot of flowers at the town hall, at the church, on the reception tables as well as in buttonholes, in my bouquet and in my crown. Wheat and fresh lavender bouquets crowned every church bench. On the dinner tables, we also had germinated wheat pots surrounded by lace, wooden logs, table runners in canvas and lace, candles ...

For wedding day colors, we chose a palette of royal blue, white, pale pink, beige and light green that matched with our invitations and mass book. Most of our close guests were dressed in royal blue and the men wore the same bow tie. For the venue decoration, we used golden garlands and tulle hanging from the ceiling.

The most wonderful moment of the day

The most beautiful moment for both of us was the celebration at the church. Having our families and friends around us, seeing the church full, listening to the choir, the guitar and the flute as well as saying “oui” (I do) under God’s eyes and in front of Thomas' uncle - who is a priest - were unforgettable. The newlyweds exit was also a beautiful moment, we were showered with wheat and lavender. What a joy to be married!

Your honeymoon

A few days after our wedding, we went to Sardinia, an Italian island in the Mediterranean Sea. We loved this 10-day vacation. We rested, talked largely about the wedding but also visited the island, which turned out to be a nice surprise between paradisiacal beaches and Italian traditions and gastronomy. The adventure is just beginning: we expect a baby for the beginning of May 2020!

Vendors & addresses

Venue: Domaine de Messenas | Photographer: InstanThé​ | Wedding dress: La femme écarlate ​& seamstress: Fil d'Argent | Shoes: Minelli wedding | Hairdressing and makeup: Le Saint Julien | Florist: Papyrus Fleurs | Caterer: Dauphiné Gourmet Traiteur | Stationery: Rosemood

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