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#FrenchBride n°6 - Marie-Ange

What a shiny wedding in the South West of France! The beautiful Marie-Ange said "Oui!" to Jérôme in July 2019 in the Château de Poudenas. These magical moments were captured by Nicolas Grout (Studio Mémories for Life). Marie-Ange tells us everything below! 

Your story

Jérôme and I met while studying law at the University in Paris. Our gazes would often meet but it took two years before we would actually first talk to each other, during a party organized by a mutual friend. Since then, we haven't left each other.


The proposal

I was really looking forward to this day. It finally happened during a weekend in Arcachon that we had organized to celebrate our 7th anniversary together. Choosing such a moment might seem predictable, maybe too predictable…that’s why I didn’t expect it at all! Jérôme likes surprises, and so I would have bet on a moment that was not one of these "perfect moments". The surprise worked!

The proposal took place on the beach in Arcachon in April. It was raining, we were freezing but we were alone in the world (that’s particularly rare on this beach)! I heard music that both of us really liked coming from Jérôme’s backpack. He pretended to open his backpack to turn off this “unexpected” music (that he had in fact programmed). I hadn’t even started to wonder why he had brought a woofer for the weekend that he had already kneeled on the wet sand and asked me to be his wife. The rainy and cold weather suddenly didn't matter! The end of the weekend, that fleeting moment before the official announcements where the future bride and groom alone share this secret knowledge, was timeless.

A French bride for you is…

For me, a French bride is a subtle blend of elegance, refinement as well as a hint of sexy and stylish chic! The silhouettes are fluid playing on a scale of silk, lace and transparency. Hairstyles and make-ups are also a clever chemistry of sophistication and naturalness - a kind of perfect “nude”.


Your dress and style

I'm so lucky to have a gifted mum who sewed my wedding dress. What a challenge and what a wonderful symbol! We were inspired by famous French designers like Laure de Sagazan and Fabienne Alagama. For the hairstyle, I wanted something structured and chose a low bun sublimated by an elegant porcelain-comb careful crafted designer Lizeron.

The location

We love the South West region of France where a part of Jérôme's family comes from. The location was obvious. We fell under the spell of a 12th century castle listed as a historic monument. Located in a tiny village in the Lot-et-Garonne, the Château de Poudenas overlooks the entire valley. The view is awesome. We loved the soul that emanated from these thick stone walls, this magnificent interior courtyard and the lush vegetation that surrounded it. My dream was to have joyful outdoor moments. The location fitted perfectly and we were so lucky to have an ideal weather on our big day!

Your inspiration

The wedding colors were white, cream and eucalyptus green. We wanted to have a natural atmosphere with materials such as kraft paper or wood. For decoration, we opted for very refined, almost minimalist, elements. I'm also lucky to have a sister-in-law who is a very talented florist!

We wanted our wedding to feel like a great family and friends getaway. We started the festivities on Friday evening with a very relaxed dinner with our close relatives, the wedding took place on Saturday and we finished this wonderful weekend on Sunday with a brunch that featured a Bagel food truck and an IceRoll stand, everyone loved it!

The most wonderful moment of the day

Without any hesitation, the most wonderful moment of the day was the secular ceremony presided by two of our témoins. We knew the outline of this ceremony but discovered all the little surprises and attentions that our friends and relatives had prepared.

Your honeymoon

We were supposed to have our honeymoon in Japan in May 2020. Unfortunately, the coronavirus outbreak forced us to postpone it – we hope - to next year. Thankfully, we enjoyed a few magical days just after the wedding: a trip to Arcachon and the Cap Ferret, just the two of us, as a pilgrimage that took us back where the proposal happened.


Vendors & addresses

Venue: Château de Poudenas (Lot-et-Garonne) | Photographer: Nicolas Grout – studio Mémories for Life | Wedding dress: created by my mum - inspired by Laure de Sagazan & Fabienne Alagama | Hair accessories: Lizeron | Shoes: Minelli | Hairdressing and makeup: my self for the make-up (after following bridal make-up classes by Bobbi Brown), hairstyle by a local hairdresser | Caterer: Villacreces Traiteur | Florist: bonjourmicheline – floral studio (my sister-in-law) | Music: Bruit de Scène - Toulouse | Stationery: L’Art du Papier, Paris


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