Sep 2013

Anne + Harald

Colorful French Wedding with Bicycles

I have a revelation for you today: I am not a real Parisian! I actually come from a small region in France where as a French speaker, you couldn’t understand what half of the population is saying (and this number gets higher when you go to small villages like the one I grew up in). The reason for that is that there’s a local dialect that’s really close to German, and many persons still use that dialect in their day-to-day life. Today’s wedding took place in this region—that became even dearer to my heart since I left it—so if you see a strange village name that doesn’t sound French at all, it’s not a typo. I love the energy of this couple, all those colors, and of course, the bikes! Many thanks to Cécile Creiche for letting me share these pictures today!


The wedding took place in Hartolsheim, France, on August 10th. From the bride.
Hartolsheim is the village where I grew up, and my uncle (who also happens to be my godfather) got to marry us. We got married precisely 10 years and 2 days after our first kiss in Corsica. In between, we had a long distance relationship, lived in 5 different apartments and… got 2 beautiful kids! Harald proposed to me for my 30th anniversary last year, on a terrace, one Spring night… With flowers, Champagne and a beautiful ring!

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Name one thing you regret…

That we did not take enough care of the DJ. We should have given a specific playlist to him, or gone for someone else…

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… And thing you’re really happy about/ proud of.
We’re really proud that we managed to turn a very old and rustic place into something very unique and magical… All this thanks to our friends and family that helped us during nearly one week before the wedding! By the way, we loved the Summer camp atmosphere the week before the D day (and the day after, to clean up everything!). The day after we invited everybody again to have tartes flambées—the “local pizza”—, it was really nice to have some kind of extra party time. We also loved going for a ride by bike to join the party place, and are very happy with the pictures we took together with the bridesmaids and groomsmen, as well as ones taken before the ceremony – it helped us relax a little bit before this long day filled with emotions!


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The word of the photographer.
I was born in Paris, I’m a girl from the city that’s kind of allergic to the countryside (except when we’re talking holidays!). When Anne and Harald told me they were getting married in the middle of nowhere in the East of France, that the only things nearby were going to be fields and a pond, I was curious. I wasn’t wrong and this Saturday had everything of a Summer break. A ride through the fields by bike, some tonic colors, laughs & laughters. Basic life pleasure. This wedding was a real source of freshness and optimism. Thank you Anne and Harald for letting me part of this very special day!
Jul 2013

Bonnes Vacances !

Homemade Tour de France

Buf! It’s been some crazy months dealing with my day job, all the blogging related stuff, and of course my personal life… I’m the kind of person whose motivation can be stronger than her body begging to rest, and when I suddenly start wondering if I may have done a little bit too much these last months, it means I need to take a break. We’re finally taking a few days off, and I have to say I can’t wait!


Some friends are getting married on the 20th of July in the center of France and the initial idea was to leave a few days earlier to go by bike. But why stop there? We recently decided to extend this trip and actually try to join the South of France after the wedding, if our condition and the weather allow us to do so.


I hear you think out loud: who is this woman, who likes maths and thinks biking all day is a cool holiday? I happen to totally understand this opinion: Marcio had to “force” me to do this the first time (2009, we were planning our holidays in Croatia), and if I knew you back then, you’d have probably heard me whine about how much I hate biking. I won’t lie to you, it’s not always easy, but it’s definitely worth the pain and using the bike to travel is just a whole new experience. When is the last time you’ve been hungry, not its-time-to-eat hungry but my-body-will-stop-working-if-I-dont-eat hungry? And that sweet sensation of enjoying a quiet evening before going to sleep when you’re physically tired… A trip by bike is the best way to connect with your body again, with the world that surrounds you, and today I’d put the same energy trying to convince you to take the plunge than trying to get Marcio to desist back then.




After the first trip in Croatia, not only did I have to admit this was really cool, but I was the one insisting we’d do that again for our honey moon. And we did. We went to the North-East/ North of Brazil for nearly one month with our bikes.


Anyway, those trips left me with some of my best memories, and I can’t wait to leave again! The only thing is, I may be less active and reactive with the blog and emails (I’m planning weekly releases + emails will be answered when I’m back), but I’ll compensate with more pictures on Instagram, so come join me there!


Be sure I’ll be back more motivated than ever. I have some great news coming, maybe even surprises?… ;) In the meanwhile, I’d love to talk honeymoon! Those are a few pictures from ours, what was yours? What are you planning to do?



Mar 2013

Liina + Rob

Fresh Estonian Wedding Featuring a Barefoot Bike Rider Bride

I leave you today with the pictures of this simple yet very sweet wedding. I love how much fun this barefoot bike rider bride and her husband seem to have had during their couple pictures! Photographs by Stina Kase.



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