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#FrenchBride n°13 - Philippine

The shining Philippine said "Oui!" to David in June 2017 on the Île d’Oléron, a charming island on the Atlantic Coast. The big day was shot by Odile Motelet. Philippine tells us everything below!


Your story

David and I met in Berlin in 2008 while we were both studying abroad. Since then, we moved to Paris, started our professional lives, traveled a lot, and we haven't left each other.


The proposal

We had already often talked about marriage, and I was absolutely sure he would propose during a weekend in Istanbul that we had organized to celebrate our 7th anniversary. But no! He took me by surprise. The proposal happened a few weeks later, in Paris. I had been really sick all week and he convinced me to go out on Friday evening. We met at the Pont Alexandre III, the golden bridge between the glass palace of the Grand Palais and the dome of the Invalides, overlooking the Seine and its houseboats. He proposed in this magical place. We were surrounded by amused tourists looking at us, taking pictures, etc. That was a very romantic choice because I cross this bridge frequently as I cycle to work. And every time now, I remember that day!

A French bride for you is…

A French bride is a mix of simplicity, elegance, and details that represent her personality. Some brides lean more towards the “party and fun” side while others are more about “refinement and chic” - and this can be seen at first glance.


Your dress and style

I liked famous French designers like Laure de Sagazan or Elise Hameau. However, I wanted a unique dress so I asked to Ségolène de Guibert, of Dessine moi une robe (“draw me a dress”) to create it. It was a wonderful experience! Ségolène’s speciality is precisely this – designing the dress that the bride has always dreamt of.

As my dress was gorgeous, I wanted something very simple for my hairstyle and one of my témoins did my make-up. The wedding was partly set on the beach, so I chose white wedge shoes to better walk in the sand.

The location

I was lucky enough to spend my summers, since I was a child, on the Île d’Oléron, a charming island on the Atlantic Coast, famous for its gorgeous nature and delicious oysters. David also loves the place. We decided to organize our wedding at the 18th century fortress of the Citadelle du Château d’Oléron. We held a secular ceremony on the beach presided by a very close friend, and the cocktail took place on the battlements. It was perfect!

Your inspiration

The location was stunning, so the atmosphere had to be very simple. We took the flowers in my parents’ garden and chose the most minimal tableware from our caterer. The “theme” was Berlin, where we met: we put some photos in the dining room, tables were named after Berlin’s clubs, etc.


The most wonderful moment of the day

The whole day was magical, it is impossible to pick only one moment! It could be the speech of our témoins, or when we entered the dining room and our families and friends were already dancing and applauding us, or when we started the party at the end of the diner, etc.


Your honeymoon

Right after the wedding, we stayed a few more days on the Île d’Oléron and then went back to Paris. A few weeks later, we flew to Mexico and traveled in the country for almost 4 weeks. We wanted a destination with a lot of history, amazing and various landscapes and also, because it was special holiday, we wanted to end our trip on a paradise island: Mexico was the ideal choice!

Vendors & addresses

Venue: Citadelle du Château d’Oléron | Photographer: Odile Motelet | Wedding dress: Dessine moi une robe | Shoes: Minelli | Hairdressing & makeup: Home made | Caterer: Grégory Coutanceau | Florist: Home made | Music: Sonopro | Stationery: Cotton Bird


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