Real Wedding: South of France Town Hall

My now husband proposed to me on the top of the Eiffel Tower so we decided to get married in France surrounded by family. The town we selected in the South of France is where my husband’s family spend their summer vacations. Scroll to the bottom of the blog to read the entire wedding story and see our vendor list. Photo and video credit: La Paire de Cerises.

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The Full Gallery

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Wedding Video

Click the image below to view our wedding video created by La Paire de Cerises

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Vendors

Photography and Cinematography: La Paire de Cerises | Day Of Wedding Coordinator: Manue Reva Wedding Planning | Catering:  La Verdoyante | Floral Design: A Fleurs Depot | Transportation: VTC Platinium | Hair: Lucien Hair Salon, Hôtel Byblos | Makeup: Martine Meric (Institute de Beauté) Wedding Dress: Watters, Love Couture Bridal | Calligraphy: Caren Milman

The Story

During the legal wedding ceremony, our officiant shared stories about us as a couple in French and English. After the ceremony, my mother-in-law had a surprise waiting for us: a very old, medieval French tradition. Performers were dressed in traditional outfits and sang old French songs to us. It was a fun contrast to our non-traditional wedding (my husband and I walked down the aisle together).

After the ceremony, the groom and I had a surprise waiting for our guests. The surprise included playing a traditional French game called pétanque. Then we toured a very old town, which was built in the 13th century and overlooks the Mediterranean Sea. Finally, we headed to cocktail hour followed by a three hour, six-course dinner.

Instead of a bridal party, my groom and I each had two witnesses. I requested that all of the witnesses wear an orange accessory and all of them executed the “pop of orange” theme flawlessly.

Many of the details on the wedding day were DIY projects. Each guest and vendor received a welcome bag that I hand-painted. The welcome bags were filled with goodies from around the world. I designed the day-of wedding stationary, from a weekend schedule brochure to an English translation of the ceremony. I also created all the signage for the day, including the table names. Instead of a guestbook, our guests wrote messages on postcards and placed them into a mailbox that I created to mimic a French mailbox. My mother made orange ceramic plates that were placed at each setting with an apricot on top. The restaurant, which overlooks a vineyard, added a grape leaf to each place setting.

Prior to eating chocolate cake for dessert, guests enjoyed a cheese course. The cheeses were selected by my father-in-law, a cheese connoisseur. Instead of a traditional wedding cake, my father-in-law and the restaurant owner stacked wheels of cheese to look like a cake. I was really impressed and pleased with my dream wedding “cake.”

Finally, we ended the night at a dance club. I really enjoyed dancing in my wedding dress in the middle of a lively club. It was a very unique day and experience. Overall I loved spending so much quality time with my new husband and our families.

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