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#FrenchBride n°10 - Sarah

The delicate Sarah said "Oui!" to Fabien in July 2019. A sunny and elegant wedding that took place at the Château de Malmont to the sound of cicadas. The big day was shot by Jérémy Bismuth. Sarah tells us everything below!

Your story

Fabien and I met in Paris as we were both studying for professional examinations. We had seen each other in class but we started speaking one evening after a library session and realized that not only were we from the same city (Montpellier), we had gone to the same high school and our parents were working in the same place and actually knew each other. And the rest is history: we started studying together before becoming a couple. After less than a year together, we were posted in different cities in France: every weekend one of us would jump on a train to meet the other. After two years, we managed to reunite in Paris, moved in together and have been together ever since.

The proposal

We both love Italy and the first time we went there together was for a romantic weekend in Rome for my birthday in 2014. Three years later, for my thirtieth birthday, I was surprised with another romantic weekend in Rome. While we were celebrating in this wonderful and romantic restaurant I thought: “this is it! He is going to propose”. Well he didn’t! Fabien always had a great touch for surprises. After that I forgot about it and we went on with our weekend. Two days later, as we were visiting the Palatino, under beautiful pine trees and the sundown light of Rome, he asked me to marry him. It was a perfect proposal.

A French bride for you is…

For me a French bride values simplicity and elegance. She also wants the wedding and the dress to reflect her personality and that of her couple.

Your dress and style

I started looking for my dress very early on but when I found Mathilde Marie, I fell in love with her designs and the way she cared. She was very keen to find the dress that would fit me best. And she did. I loved the idea of dresses made of a separate top and skirt but I also wanted a dress fitted at the waist. Mathilde Marie had both although she had never combined before: a high waist fluid skirt with a separate silk and lace top. Other than the dress, I kept it rather simple: no veil and no hair jewels. I wore a very discreet necklace my parents had given me for my birthday. However, I allowed myself one touch of color on the shoes that were tailored made by Aymée with a pink suede and a champagne border.

The location

A church wedding was not an option for us but we didn’t want to have an independent secular ceremony either. We were simply planning to have the civil (and mandatory) ceremony. Since that would be the only kind of celebration, we were looking for a nice city hall (mairie), close to where we grew up. I had always imagined a wedding accompanied by the sound of cicadas! We celebrated the wedding in a typical traditional village with a small but charming city hall. After the ceremony, we had the cocktail and dinner at Domaine de Malmont, which was a gorgeous well renovated traditional house. One of the biggest advantages was that we were renting out the whole house for the entire weekend, with accommodation for 30 people and a gorgeous swimming pool for the Sunday brunch. We also organized a barbecue on the day before the wedding, turning it into a long weekend of friends and family reunion. It was perfect.

Your inspiration

The venue was already gorgeous and didn’t require much decoration. We included some references to the region: wines from Southern France, a lavender and olive branches bouquet on each table and a lavender pouch as a gift for each guest. And as a reminder of the proposal, we drove a red Fiat 500 to the ceremony.

The most wonderful moment of the day

That day was just magic, and I would want to live it again from beginning to end. But if I had to pick a moment, I would say it was when we entered the dining room. It was a big achievement for me because I had been very reluctant to this grand entrance and Fabien had to convince me. Everyone was waiting for us and, as is often tradition, we were waiting outside to enter. The music we had picked (Magic System, Magic in the Air) played as we were going around the tables. After the round our friends surrounded us and we both ended up in the air, carried on our best men’s shoulders. It was a magical moment, being surrounded like this by all our friends and family, carried by the moment and the music.

Your honeymoon

We asked our guests to vote between three destinations and they picked Japan. But we still have to organize that trip! However, we did a “mini-moon” of three days right after the wedding in Luberon, one of the most beautiful places in France. It was such a blissful moment spent talking again and again about the wedding and looking at the first pictures and videos we had.

Vendors & addresses

Venue: Château de Malmont | Photographer: Jérémy Bismuth | Wedding dress: Mathilde Marie | Shoes: Aymée | Hairdressing and makeup: Céline Carles and Julie Frontera | Caterer: Traiteur Grand | Florist: Hélène Jean| Music: Jean Villeneuve | Stationery: Rosemood

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