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.


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.

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