The other day a wedding photographer asked me on facebook why my blog was called English Wedding Blog when it covered the whole of the UK. (He thought he was being clever, I think.) I explained it’s just a name… and I do like to break my own rules now and then, with ventures to Wales, Scotland, Ireland and today a gorgeous wedding in France.
It took me a matter of seconds to say yes to French wedding photographer Freddy Fremond when he showed me the images of Laura and Stuart’s wedding. The details speak for themselves… and they’re such a fabulous couple. Best of all, the wedding is in two parts, with a civil ceremony followed by a more formal service. So I bring you two wedding dresses (and I adore the first: Laura’s little shift dress is so beautiful!), tons of amazing detail ideas and bags of French style.
Another favourite wedding… and I know you’ll love it too! Enjoy. Claire xxx
A beautiful wedding in France! Laura & Stuart
- Mairie de Vulaines sur Seine (civil ceremony)
- Eglise de Samoreau (Church)
- La Grange aux dimes (reception) in Samoreau
Wedding photographer: Freddy Fremond
How would you describe your wedding style?
Rustic chic – we wanted a laid back style that suited the French venue and the surroundings.
We wanted to bring some English traditions and mix them up with some French styles (the favours were mini jam pots covered in blue and white gingham, tied with garden twine, filled with Confiture au Lait.
We also wanted it to be dinner party meets party.
A little about the wedding ceremony:
We had a civil ceremony (which is obligatory in France) followed by a church wedding with a local English vicar.
The civil wedding was reserved for family (35 guests) and everyone else joined us at the Church (85 guests in total). The church service was still very intimate and also in English but in an amazing rarely used French church.
Which readings did you choose?
Corinthian 13:4 8A and an Irish Wedding Blessing
Tell us a little about your wedding venue styling and details:
The Grange aux Dimes is a 13th century tithe barn, it is a beautiful rustic building and we made it look very classic yet simple. We used ivory table cloths, chair covers and tied navy ribbons around them, which matched the bridemaids’ dresses.
We also had some lace details to cover the stage area and my Mum echoed that in the cake she made, which was the main fabric of my dress. we kept the dance area quite small and central which made it look full at all times and made it difficult for people not to get dragged up!
Invitations and reception stationery:
We used Vistaprint, it was very reasonable and did very simple yet elegant designs. We ordered Invitations, Menus and Thank You cards and were more than pleased with the quality and service they offered, as well as the price compared to most wedding stationery.
Wedding music and entertainment:
Julien Roman (DJ Air) was our DJ, he was great, we met him before hand and he played all the music we requested. He was French but has an English mother so understood our eclectic music tastes. He put on some 1920’s French music during the garden drinks and some excellent music choices to get people dancing with all sorts of tastes.
Maggie Sottero Doreen dress, Jimmy Choo shoes, accessories by Krausz jewellery
A custom made suit by Moss Bros, Prince of Wales check, 3 piece tailored suit.
Memorable wedding day moments:
The cutting of the cake was very memorable, it wasn’t something we expected, the DJ suggested we have some music as in France it’s tradition that the Croquembouche is rolled in to music. So we took his advice and everyone gathered round, he played a dance version of Pirates of the Caribbean and it was amazing, it kicked off the disco, we had a champagne fountain and it really got the party started!
For me (Laura) – entering the church and seeing all my family and friends there, the majority of them having travelled over from England, it was very emotional, and then seeing Stuart, just the best feeling!
For Stuart – (apart from the beaming smile on my face seeing my wife) it was dancing to some cracking dance music and looking around seeing my friends, cousins and even my parents dancing along. It was just the best night out but with absolutely everyone you know there! Seeing people’s faces when each French wedding surprise came out, the trou normand (calvados with sorbet after the first course), buckets of French wine, etc.
Wedding day advice:
Make time to spend time as a couple, have people who can control the day for you, so you don’t have to worry about a thing, enjoy it and do hire a good photographer because they are photos you can cherish forever!!
Freddy was great, there are so many photos that make up our album that we didn’t even now he had taken. Do something different to surprise your guests.
Recommended wedding suppliers:
- Krausz jewellery www.krauszjewellery.co.uk/
- Freddy Fremond wedding photographer http://www.freddyfremond.fr
- DJ Air (French wedding DJ) http://www.djair.fr/
- Go Bridal (wedding dresses, Birmingham) www.gobridal.com/gobridal/GoB-Bir/
- Jimmy Choo wedding shoes www.jimmychoo.com/collections/bridal-boutique/icat/bridalrw/