Nov 2013

Leslie + Fred

Creative Wedding in France, a Trandom and a Bunch of Happy Friends

When there’s two ceremonies (eg. civil & religious/ secular), I always choose to show one only, to maintain a good consistency and make it easier for the reader to understand what’s happening. Today however, sorry but I couldn’t get rid of one single moment of their day; it looks like the newly weds thought about everything to make it extra special! They wanted a creative wedding, where everybody could enjoy themselves, they wanted people to gather for a joyful moment.. and I think they pretty much nailed this! Also, I encourage you to read the story of how they met, maybe my preferred one so far. Photography by Céline Hamelin (YES the same Céline who’s offering a free couple session in New York, it’s still time to participate!).



The wedding took place on July 24th, at the Domaine de Tih in Loubieng (in front of the mountains of the Pyrenees). I absolutely love their story (these guys met the actual Cupidon!!).
It was the very beginning of Spring 2005… Both of us, still strangers one for another, were celebrating the end of the exam time. A few glasses of rosé, some wanderings and a bit of luck later, there we were, in the same night club.
Just an ordinary story, until Cupidon had some fun with us… that night, he took the shape of a 40 year-old, with glittering eyes and an unsteady gait. The guy grabbed my harm, kindly took me to a group of girls and called one of them: “I-dont-know-who, let me introduce you to I-dont-know-who!”. He then laughed out loud and left our lives forever, though he never knew he actually changed them forever.
First eye contact. First time we see each other. Then came our first smile, our first laugh and first laughter. Our first words exchanged… and our first kiss!… So yes, we had the chance to meet Cupidon that night and all we know is he hadn’t been taking it quite easy on mead!!!
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Name one thing you regret…

Nothing we deeply regret, besides the dessert buffet maybe… We let a dedicated confectioner handle it, but didn’t really check whether the caterer knew exactly what he had to do with it. As a result, the dessert table was prepared by the caterer without the confectioner being there, and it didn’t really matched our expectations in terms of presentation.

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

Our invites, designed and created by us two and more generally, all the little paper details we did ourselves; the save the date video that we made (thanks to our friends for the camerawork); the unforgettable bachelor & bachelorette party; on the D day, the outdoor ceremony—under the old oaks, listening to the musics that made our story, the triplet, bubbles, some friends playing for us, the wind, and us two faintly exchanging our vows in front of a moved audience…—until now, the most beautiful 30 minutes of our lives! We’re also really happy about the implication of our friends, everybody enjoyed what we had prepared, which created a great atmosphere during the whole week-end.

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The word of the photographer.

I knew from the beginning on that we would get on well together. Fred is voluble and a lot of fun, Leslie’s always smiling and caring. Two people that are really great together, with tons of ideas in their heads and tons of travels in their photo albums (the first night, we were talking Island and NYC for an hour drinking wine!), and a lot of “handy” energy! They spent nights and weekends of the past year inventing everything, creating, printing, sharing, antiquing… We got to know each other better during a fantastic photo shoot on an Eiffel bridge with their favorite objects… We had a lot of fun during their bachelor and bachelorette party where I was invited to by their friends… which ended up in a wonderful shoot on the beach… And then the D day, bucolic and fresh, lots of emotions, attentions and surprises for their guests. Authenticity, originality & happiness! What else?…
Oct 2013

Anaïs + Jacopo

Playful French-Italian Wedding in France

You know it, I like weddings where “something happens”, I like to feel the energy of the day and the couples’ love. This wedding was simple, but it seemed that every moment was super special. I love that there was a pig on the grill, that there were games and then that all of a sudden, everybody’s dancing in single line. Anyway, both the couple and the photographer will tell you about this day better than I will, so I let you now enjoy the photos and their stories. Photography by Yann Audic for Lifestories Wedding Photography.



The wedding took place in Saugues, France. From the bride:

We met in Italy, where I was spending the year being part of the Erasmus program. Our first kiss: on the stairs of the Duomo in Ferrara. How did he propose? One night, in one of our favourite restaurant in Bordeaux, without thinking about it even 5minutes: “What if we got married?” I nearly died eating my pesto & parmesan carpaccio! :)


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Name one thing you regret… 

That there are only 24 hours in a day!! It went too fast! But hopefully, there are the photos to remember everything that happened. Speaking of which, we noticed a few days after the wedding that we had no family photo with my parents and brothers, which is one big regret. We were too busy enjoying the moment! One last thing, I wish my father didn’t care so much about everything being perfect for me and had enjoyed the wedding more serenely.


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

We’re happy we were able to have a wedding that corresponded to us, that was both friendly and warm. All thanks to our families, our friends and people from the village. Every detail I could have thought of during the months previous to the wedding finally took its meaning, everything went as we could have imagined it! It was so good to have all those people we care about, together in this magical place that we love so much!


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The word of the photographer.

As soon I arrived in Auvergne, my eyes were all itchy due to the lack of sleep and the long road stretching from Paris to la Haute-Loire, a dream ! I’m a “seaside” guy, from the beach and the ocean, I only know inland France from watching it through the window of the train! But to be sincere I was speechless when I arrived in Saugues; and now I’m just talking about the landscape.

Putting aside the setting, there was such a great atmosphere at this wedding: simplicity, friends, elbow grease, DIY (quite a lot actually!). Everything that gives a unique taste to a wedding. We didn’t physically meet before with Anaïs and Jacopo, but it felt so natural straight from the beginning. When the preparation began, Jacopo’s entire Italian family was there to guide him: the mama, the grandmother, the auntie, all his friends, like this, no wait, like that, laughter and great photos to take. I could actually write an entire chapter about Italians at weddings, we should always have Italian guests: they’re super handsome and really relax.

Then, as Anaïs told it, the wedding was organised in the family village (from the father’s side) and the effort put into renovating the barns and decorating them was huge and contributed for a large part to adding this “homely” dimension to the event.

Anyway, this goes without saying but I need to say it anyway: I really spent a wonderful day. From the photographic point of view, everything was perfect: one great light this day and I think that the quality of the air really helped getting such good conditions; pristine and rugged landscapes to give some depth to the images and of course, one super in love couple (-: There are many ways to have a beautiful wedding, I really liked theirs!

Thanks a lot for welcoming me, grazie mille !

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