#FrenchBride n°1 - Emilie (me;))
Thanks to Angelyn Factory for the stunning pictures!
Olivier and I met for the first time in Paris in 2012 but the magic didn't work then. In 2016 our paths crossed again, thanks to mutual friends, though without any recollections of the previous meeting. Since then, we haven't left each other. We moved in together very quickly, traveled around the world and shared many adventures and projects.
We knew that we wanted to get married one day but the proposal came when I absolutely did not expect it. The day after my sister's engagement, we started climbing a mountain that I love for its high altitude and its superb view of the Alps, where I grew up. At the top, Olivier asked me the famous question, and offered me a very pretty sapphire and diamond ring while waiting for us to choose the "real" engagement ring together;)
A French bride for you is…
When I imagine a French bride, I see an elegant woman. French brides want something that is “discreetly chic.” They search for simplicity but refinement, impeccable cut and highest quality fabrics and lace. Less is always more. And last but not least, a French want a dress that reflects her personal style!
Your dress and style
I wanted a wedding dress that was both simple and elegant but also light for a hot summer day in the South of France. I found it in a small boutique – named “La Femme Ecarlate” - located in the 7th arrondissement of Paris, near the Eiffel Tower. An haute couture dress in lace guipure and silk muslin, that corresponded in every way to what I imagined.
On the accessories side, I wore white pumps from Minelli (wedding collection) for the ceremonies then high white sandals for the cocktail and the evening (Minelli wedding also). A comb created by the French brand "Les fleurs Dupont" in dried and stabilized white hydrangea flowers fixed my veil above my hairdress.
We purchased our wedding rings in a boutique in the 15th arrondissement of Paris (La compagnie des Gemmes), where my Art Deco-inspired engagement ring also comes from. I am lucky to have two wedding rings: one in diamonds and one in simple gold for travel and adventure;) On the wedding day, I also wore white pearls earrings and a white pearls bracelet belonging to my mother.
We lived in Paris but we wanted to get married on the French Riviera where Olivier comes from. We love the sun, the Mediterranean sea, palms and laurels, the colorful and lively atmosphere, long Summer days…We decided to plan the religious and civil ceremonies in Biot, a wonderful provençal village with a sea view and then the cocktail and dinner at the Château Colbert Cannet.
With its large gardens and terraces, surrounded by tall palms and olive trees, its ancient church and lavender, that venue was incredible. This château, located in the heart of Provence, smells like the South of France. Colors are incredible and everything is beautiful and elegant. Our cocktail in the park was very chic and thanks to a wonderful and warm weather, our dinner took place outside, on the terrace.
We wanted a chic but simple wedding with touches that recalled the South of France. We envisioned something joyful, warm, elegant but not over the top.
Regarding the decoration, we had in mind an elegant white theme. We wished to let the location and the French Riviera play their magic without overburdening the place with decoration. We found a roll of liberty cloth that we liked and therefore used it as repeating motif on the home-made jam pots for the guests, children's belts bow ties and hair knots as well as the bestmen's pocket squares.
The most wonderful moment of the day
The entire day was incredible! The ceremony at the church was especially moving but we enjoyed as well every moment of the day with our guests.
Right after the wedding, we spent a few days in Corsica – a French Island in the Mediterranean sea. Our program comprised beach, sun, swimming, walks and rest. For the “real” honeymoon, our guests voted during the cocktail party: everyone had to suggest a destination by noting it on a paper plane to fold and slide into an urn. The counting a few days after the wedding revealed lots of excellent ideas!
As we flew in September 2019 to live two years in the United States, we have not yet decided the destination of our honeymoon! One thing is sure, it will neither be Afghanistan nor North Korea as proposed by some guests;)
Vendors & addresses
Venue: Château Colbert Cannet | Photographer: Angelyn Factory | Video maker: Alexandre Vallée | Wedding dress: La femme écarlate | Hair accessories: Les fleurs Dupont | Shoes: Minelli wedding | Hairdressing and makeup: Camille Albane | Caterer: Gaudefroy Réceptions | Florists: Inflorescences (bride’s bouquet and pins) and Marie Myrtille (flowers for the castle) | Music: The President (Band) and Deejay Prestige | Stationery: Rosemood