FRENCH COUNTRYSIDE WEDDING
Photos and copy by Anne Claire Brun
A carefree afternoon wedding in the company of friends and family.
According to their wedding photographer, Anne Claire Brun, Amélie & Christophe have their own universe. "That’s something I loved about them and their wedding. It was definitely unique." Amélie is an actress, but she also works in the wedding world on her personal blog. They spent lots of time preparing their wedding trying to make it “anti-traditional,” just like them. "During the ceremony, listening to their story and other songs sang by their friends, I couldn’t help feeling that these two really found each other. You know, like when you feel that two people are truly made for one another? That feeling was great, and maybe a little bit overwhelming. Their vows made me cry, although I can’t remember now what was said. It was beautiful and moving."
Amélie & Christophe wanted a rustic chic wedding in the countryside with a lot of DIY, a touch of vintage, antique porcelain and wild flowers. The wedding was a relaxing and fun affair with zero stress. All of the guests had fun!
After the city hall part in the 3rd arrondissement of Paris, guests left for Emma’s Barn in the French countryside where the ceremony, cocktail and reception took place. The barn offered a large backyard where tables were set under the pear trees, with antique porcelain, pieces of lace tablecloth and endless wild flowers installed by wedding planner Les Cocottes. There were games and animations like a Manouche jazz band called Gypsy Cooker, a pizza truck for the diner, tattoos, masks, and pétanque.
In the afternoon, most of the guests were sitting on the blankets on the grass sipping their drinks, while eating the French cheese and a cocktail, or some ice cream from the pizza truck. Everybody was covered with fake tattoos and having fun just like kids. In the middle of the grass stood a cardboard castle made by the groom, which he was very proud of!
Other fun details were the groom’s socks that had dinosaurs showing. The names “queen” and “king” written on origami dinosaurs hung from their chairs, and the 'Name Game' played with Amélie being the queen for the day. The fact that Amélie was marrying “a king” (the family name of the groom means “the king”) was an added touch. The tattoo of an origami Squirrel on Amélie's forearm and their dog, Gommette, a two years old french bulldog were also unique and fun to experience.
At night, the garlands were lit and friends sang another song. Later on, people moved to the inside of the barn for the cake and entrance of the bride and groom, plus the first dance. Guests lit up their sparklers and formed an alley for Amélie & Christophe to walk through toward the cake.
Then there was the dancing, but unlike other weddings where you can feel the pressure of the day disappearing and people starting to relax. At this wedding, it didn’t happen like that since it was already fun and stress-free. It was such a beautiful wedding that it inspired guests to want to get married, or get married again, just to have a wedding like it!
Destination Wedding Photographer: Anne-Claire Brun
Hair & Make up: Charlotte Lecumberri Astruc
Flowers: Les bouquets d’Aster
Wedding Dress: Custom made by Violette Tannenbaum
Bride’s Shoes: Miu Miu
Accessories: Flower headband + Veil: Pauline Dröm // Dreamcatcher bracelet: Les Etoiles de Lily
Groom’s Attire: Faubourg Saint Sulpice // Shoes: A.P.C
Groom’s Boutonniere: Pauline Dröm
Wedding Planner: Les Cocottes
Caterer: Kitchen barn (cocktail) + food truck (pizza) (diner)
Wedding Cake + Cupcakes: Mon Grain de Sucre
Music: Gypsy Cooker (Gypsy Jazz band)
Venue: Emma’s barn
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