May 2013

It's Been 6 Months

It’s Been 6 Months (and Time You Know a Bit More About Us)!

It’s been 6 months, we’re more than 2000 on Facebook—please don’t make me talk about my Twitter account…—and I’ve had for the first time someone I was introducing myself to (and truly admire) respond to me “we’ve actually been following your blog for some time”. This has been growing faster than I could ever think; it’s been 6 months, but it seems it’s been forever!




It actually all started back in 2011, with our own wedding. Of course, I was back then a total newbie, and had been following the blogs for a very short time… But, it was a total BLAST! And after spending over 6 months taking really close looks at other people’s weddings, I know now we had the few ingredients that will make us love our wedding day no matter what: it was a day full of emotions (to be honnest, wine helped), love, and most importantly, we had FUN! This sounds classic but well, sometimes there’s no need to reinvent the wheel. So, I may today not be particularly proud of everything I prepared (wait for my sister’s wedding), but as much as I love details and wedding design, I wouldn’t change a thing.






I realize you don’t know much about me. To simplify, let’s say I’m a researcher in a scientific area close to mathematics (oh you can say it, I’m a nerd), and until a few months, a repressed artist at heart. Starting the blog wasn’t easy, for many reasons that could all be filed under “insecurity issues”. Starting my own project, with everything than can come with it—critics, lack of consideration and respect—possibly amplified by the fact that I’m using a language that’s not even my native one, could have broken me. I’m not quite sure I realised this back then but well, fortunately this is not what happened! I actually had to deal with very little negative feedbacks (to not say I was greeted like a ROCK STAR – seriously guys, thank you!), and I may even have saved enough nice words now to face the inevitable coming critics… [Sorry but who wouldn’t brag about quite a few mentions on this blog (yeah… that’s 7 links) at such an early stage of existence, and then this one?] You’ll also notice I finally found some courage to talk about my own self.

Starting this blog was a life-changing experience, something that, no matter where this is ever gonna lead me, is making me a different and hopefully better person. When I wrote my first email to ask if could publish this wedding, that for this very reason will always be special to me, I didn’t have a proper email address, nor a website to show! Then we launched it, and this was so very comparable to a starting gun for me. In the first miles, I was literally short of breath (the excitement wouldn’t let me get some sleep, and I had a headache for weeks!). Then, I realised this is not a sprint, it’s a race that hopefully will last for some time, and I’d better save my effort! But, all good things come to those who wait, the situation eventually became stable: I am now a cool-headed blogger, and I am happy with the direction this project is taking!


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It was important to me that the accent be put on photography and I’ve been hearing this became pretty clear to you also. Good! Besides, I have to say I’m not confortable being some kind of “wedding guide” for all you future brides and grooms; I don’t want to give you specific advice and I actually think nobody should. Quite paradoxal for someone running a wedding blog, I hear you say? So here’s my one advice, from me to you: run away from good advice! :) It’s your day anyway, your personality… The thing is, I truly believe in your own creativity and think that the photos here speak for themselves. There’s a lot to get inspired by in every wedding we publish, I really just want you to take a look at it, pick what touches you the most, and create your own thing on this basis!

So, I am personally happy with the direction this project is taking “technically” speaking, but also from a human/ relational point of view: I feel very honored to be part of this little world, have an excuse to contact some of the best photographers (and coolest brides and grooms) in the world, start a chat, and sometimes even end up making new friends! I also want to add that, as a quite new and necessarily less followed blog, having posts of quality that were not already reserved for the bigger blogs was for me a challenge, that ended up less complicated to achieve than I thought. Of course I’ve been ignored and rejected sometimes and maybe I just like to focus on different things compared to most wedding blogs, but my point here is that I was quite surprised with the amount of people that actually believed in me straightaway. Life isn’t perfect though, not even for wedding bloggers, and I also happened to be involved in a few less pleasant situations… But, more about this some other time, lessons were learned and I truly believe all this is making me a more humble and respectful blogger – never forget where you come from!




For those who read this until the end, I would love to have your feedback on the blog and our orientation so far. Please, go ahead, remember I’m now a cool-headed blogger! ;)

As for me, I’d like to end up saying that these past 6 months, I’ve had the time of my life, and I owe it all to you!…


Feb 2013

M + J

French-Brazilian Wedding

No, M + J does not stand for Marcio and Joana! But here’s the wedding of another French-Brazilian couple, Brazilian bride out of Amazonia and French groom out of Poitou-Charentes. The wedding took place in France, which makes it the very first french wedding on the blog. Uhuuuu! Photos by Jean-Laurent Gaudy.



When Amazonia and Poitou Charente meet, what does that give? A bride’s family late at church, but who cares? After his “oui” and her “sim” being exchanged, everybody gathered in the middle of the church to sing Gonzaguinha’s Viver e não ter a vergonha de ser feliz (live and be happy without shame) samba song, which is basically the Brazilian national anthem. A ceremony ending in Brazilian rhythm under a typical French lavender rain!


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Name one thing you regret…

No regret… Sun was lacking at the end of the day, though this was more an issue for our Brazilian guests than for the French ones. Let’s just say this was the touch of exoticism seen from the other side of the Atlantic Ocean!


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… And one thing you’re really happy about / proud of.

All our guests left the wedding with a typical ring from Amazonia made out of Tucumã wood, which symbolises love and fraternity. This was our gift to them and today, what a pleasure to see them all wearing it!


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Feb 2013

Kati + Matt

Canadian Wedding with Lots of Beautiful Details

I don’t want to tell you the end of this story before you even start reading it, but this couple managed to gather all the ingredients a couple could dream of for their wedding:
1/ The place. I mean, did they manage to rent a whole region for their wedding?! And those mountains… 2/ The venue – an ancient wooden waterwheel at the ceremony and a dinner under the open sky. 3/ The weather, so that the dinner under the open sky actually turned into a dinner beneath the stars. Not to talk about the a.ma.zing light that flooded around the couple for their pictures. 4/ Details, details and more details (in love with the sheet music placemats). 5/ Style: love the groom’s attire and the bride’s headpiece. 6/ Rad photographers.
Did I forget to mention something? Oh yes, sure, the car. Photography credit: Cole and Jakob of Nordica Photography (Vancouver, Canada and Stockholm, Sweden).



Kati and Matt’s wedding took place in an Okanagan village called Keremeos, about 5 hours east of Vancouver, Canada. In the words of the newlyweds:

Our wedding was a dreamy, intimate celebration with a sunset ceremony and dinner at dusk.


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Name one thing you regret…

It was perfect, we wouldn’t change a thing.


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… And one thing you’re really happy about / proud of.

Every last detail was a reflection of Matt and I as a couple, from the vintage sheet music placemats to the organic vegetarian family style meal.  We wanted all of the senses to be enticed with wonderful smells, soft linens, warm dessert air, twinkling lights, and delicious food.


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