02
Jun 2014

Cynthia + Arnaud

A Couple Shoot at an Abandoned Area Close to Paris

Jean-Laurent Gaudy, the author of this series of pictures is one of my favorite French photographer. We got to physically meet last November, and he and his lovely wife Caroline (who owns a blog at littlecrazyme.com) quickly became friends. A few weeks ago, he was looking for a couple for the one-to-one session he was going to have with Willy Brousse and kindly thought about Marcio and I. I was back then 8 and a half months pregnant, hence maybe not his best option, but my sister and brother-in-law (whose wedding you may remember) volunteered and I have to say that when I saw the result, I felt quite jealous! I couldn’t resist showing you a little extract, I hope you’ll like it as much as I do!

As I said before, those pictures were taken by Jean-Laurent Gaudy; he’s currently living close to Paris, but is leaving us to start a new adventure with Caroline in New York City. I couldn’t but recommend him if you or your friends are looking for a photographer there: he’s nice, takes good pictures AND has a lovely french accent!

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Here’s about this session from my sister’s point of view.

I have to say Arnaud wasn’t all motivated at first – he even told our friends he was doing this for me! But then the day arrived, we met with Jean-Laurent and Willy and felt so comfortable that what Arnaud thought was going to be an effort ended up being one very nice moment we had for just the two of us, without the kids: we had fun, we cuddled (!) and spent time with lovely people… And well, I guess you can imagine our reaction when we actually saw the result!! As for me, as I told my sister, I liked Jean-Laurent and Willy so much I wish we were actual friends!

 

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11
Nov 2013

Pauline + Jérôme

French Castle Wedding

What do you think of this bride’s braid? I think it’s perfect! There’s actually tons of ideas in today’s castle wedding for you to pick: afraid of being overwhelmed with things to do on your wedding day, but still you want everything to be perfect? As these two, you can prepare a notebook for your closest friends with things for them to check, not you. I think this is a great idea. There’s a lot of DIYs today actually, and I particularly love the “seating plan” in a tree! What about you? Photography by Jean-Laurent Gaudy.
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Here’s an anecdote about the day from the bride’s point of view.
About us? We’ve been together for 10 years so have tons of anecdotes… But focusing on the D day, the anecdote I feel like talking about concerns the end of the night. The taxis had just brought our last guests back to their hotel, and Jérôme, my bridesmaid, her baby and myself were closing the castle. Just to be clear, at the end of the night, your dress is gonna be torn and all gray, your delicate princess shoes will be swapped for some comfortable ballerinas, your hairdressing is only gonna stay only because of your headband and your newlyweds glow will be gone, suggesting the two sleepless nights you had previous to the wedding. But you’ll be the happiest two people in the world. At 7 o’clock in the morning, we went back to Saint Leonard de Noblat, & I (the bride) was driving. We were expecting a very quiet trip back home, but this was without knowing there were going to be the seasonal second-hand fair in the village that day! Usually almost deserted, the streets were full of people, and believe me, hearing strangers scream “long live the newlyweds!” every 3 meters when you’re looking like, well, what I described previously, isn’t something you quite have on your program. However, this is one of the best souvenir we have of that day.

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Name one thing you regret…
To be honest not much… Maybe that we didn’t spend that much time with the guests that were only there for the cocktail: it’s an euphoric post-ceremony moment and we stayed with our closest friends, forgetting that unlike the others, they were going to be there all night long!

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

We were happy our wedding corresponded to us; here’s how we did it:
– I wanted to recognize myself on the pictures, I put the makeup myself on;
– We wanted there to be only our dearest friends & relatives and have no more than 80 guests, we just ignored the people who wouldn’t understand;
– We wanted paper hats menus and a decoration with second-hand glass pots, we didn’t let people talk us into flower center pieces;
– Not big fans of sugar almonds, we replaced them with marshmallow teddy bears, and wrote on the bag “it’s like sugar almonds, except it’s teddy bears” – even grandma liked it!
We went to the city hall the day before, so we had less things to do on the wedding day and got to spend more time with our friends who stayed the whole weekend. The D day should be about the bride and groom; we had a little organization book with a to do list for for every close friend! (We were lucky though, to have such fantastic friends and families, it’s only thanks to them that the day went so well.) You have one year before the wedding: take this opportunity to get things at the right moment (we got our garland lights after Christmas!) Last, don’t mess with the photographer! Everything that stays after the wedding, from the atmosphere to the decoration, will be his photos! When we look at ours, we instantaneously live the day again!

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The word of the photographer.

When I met Pauline & Jérôme for the first time in a bar next to the Montparnasse Station in Paris, I knew we would make a good team. In the end, the reason these pictures totally look like them isn’t only because the wedding was sumptuous, well thought, and because their families and themselves were at their best, no, there was more than that! Our meeting, our common wishes and before all the relation we built during this year were crucial. When the day of their wedding finally came, I said to myself while starting the car: “How cool, I’m going to the wedding of some friends.” I think this explains pretty well why we had fun all day and part of the night.

More pictures here!

25
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.

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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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