Anne-Laure and Quentin’s beautiful wedding took place on a scorching hot summer day near Bordeaux. I’ve had a little hiatus from blogging these last few weeks and really wanted to restart again with a bang – so I looked no further than Anne-Laure and Quentin to brighten up the blog again with that gorgeous countryside soaked in sunshine.
It was a genuine French wedding, not a British couple marrying abroad – French couple, French guests – so it was also really refreshing and fun to see and photograph all their wedding traditions that differ to ours here in the UK…. particularly all the games at various points throughout the day. And the food, oh my word! You have to take your hat off to French cuisine… It was out of this world.
After flying into Bordeaux the day before the wedding (and having my luggage left in Paris by Air France so no clothes or toiletries for the first day – great!) we had a wander around Bordeaux for a day-before engagement shoot, which was great fun – and really nice to get some more urban shots to contrast with the rural setting of the wedding. The next day was the wedding itself, with the legal ceremony at the local ‘mairie’, or town hall, then the reception at Quentin’s amazing family home. This place was BEAUTIFUL, so much character and such a heavenly location. It was a real family affair with everyone all pitching in to make it the beautiful celebration that it was. It was an absolutely amazing day – sun-drenched, with wonderful food and drink flowing, lots of laughter, lots of playing and relaxing (including swimming in the river!) and of course, lots of love.
I’d be lying if I said it was easy work – 14 hours straight shooting a wedding on your own with heavy equipment round your neck in 35 degree heat, speaking French all day (or at least trying my hardest to!) was no mean feat! The glamour of the guests made me all the more conscious of how sweaty and unglamorous I looked with my hair all frizzy and plastered to my forehead! But it was an amazing experience, I was made to feel very welcome, and I truly loved it. I’ve visited France regularly since I was little, and have always loved it to bits, so it was an absolute pleasure to be able to shoot a wedding there and share in their lovely traditions.
The good news if you’re planning a wedding abroad, is that the family have decided to start hosting other people’s weddings here too – check out their website for details. If you’d like to read more about Anne-Laure and Quentin’s choices, inspiration and suppliers for the wedding, do take a look at their lovely feature on Rock My Wedding, Oysters by the Riverside. But for now… put your feet up and soak up that lovely French sunshine with some of my favourite pictures from the day… Hope you enjoy!