#FrenchBride n°16 - Anne-Claire
What a beautiful winter wedding! The elegant Anne-Claire said "Oui!" to Etienne in December 2015 in Metz, in the East of France. The big day was shot by Sébastien Arts. Anne-Claire tells us everything below!
Etienne and I first met in 2011, through common friends, in Lille. I was completing my studies and Etienne had arrived a few months earlier in Lille for his first job. Our story started just two months before I left Lille for a traineeship in Brussels. My initial plan was not to have a ‘high speed train relationship’, but who knows in advance what life has planned for you! During 18 months, we commuted almost every weekend between France and Belgium and finally we moved in together in Brussels. For more than 2 years, Etienne was still commuting every day to work in Lille and then had to learn Flemish to find a job in Brussels, such a big proof of love! No doubt anymore, we would spend our life together!
After moving in together, we both knew we would like to move forward together and were quite frequently talking about getting married. Early 2015, he organized a romantic weekend in the Belgian countryside. A relaxing spa, a nice restaurant and a night in a Bohemia-style caravan were at the program. During the dinner in our caravan, he suddenly became silent - which is not really in his habits - and took a metal ring from his backpack… I immediately guessed what was happening… and immediately said ‘yes’! At the end of the same year, we got married.
A French bride for you is…
A discreet, elegant and chic bride, modern but embracing traditions at the same time. As in daily life, less is more for make-up, jewelry and hairdressing.
Your dress and style
As we live in Brussels, I chose a dress from a Belgian creator (Rembo Styling). My dress was quite structured, fairly close to the body and comfortable, while having a ‘couture’ spirit, with Calais lace and fine tissue. As we got married in December, long sleeves were my must have.
We got married where my parents live, in Metz (Lorraine) in early December. We took this opportunity to enjoy the warm and cosy atmosphere of St Nicolas day and Christmas markets which are very popular and beautiful in Eastern France. The church, which was magnificent and colourful, is the one where my parents got married 28 years before us. The venue was a charming farmhouse located in a small village where my family has its roots.
We both love ‘old stones’ and French ‘terroir’ and thus wanted a simple and elegant wedding, not spending too much time on little details as we only had 10 months to prepare the big day. The old farmhouse therefore matched perfectly our expectations. As we chose to get married in winter, instead of flowers we played a lot on lights to give a cosy atmosphere to the venue with many candles. We also added firs around the dance floor. We started the dinner with a soup bar with seasonal products, which was mostly appreciated in this cold but sunny day.
The most wonderful moment of the day
The religious ceremony was definitely for us the highlight of the day… even if I was freezing in the church! Enjoying memorable moments with all our family and friends, sometimes travelling from all over the world to be with us is an amazing feeling and a unique moment, which provides a huge dose of love and gives energy and positive vibes for many weeks afterwards.
Right after the wedding, we spent a long weekend in Budapest, Hungary. We fell in love with this charming city, with relaxing spas and tasty wines and food to discover. A few months later, we travelled to Thaïland, for our honeymoon organized by one of our témoins who lived there. I strongly recommend to take a few days off just after the wedding to enjoy relaxing time with your very new husband!