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A Rustic-Glam French Wedding: Daniel & Caroline

Daniel & Caroline were married in Chateau Puits es Pratx in Ginestas, in the south-west of France. The gorgeous surroundings provided the perfect backdrop to their rustic wedding.

“The Chateau is only a few miles from Dan’s dad’s house in a nearby town, so it is an area of France we have visited often and know well,” the bride told me. “We knew from the off that we wanted our friends to help us celebrate our wedding in this beautiful place and the Chateau fitted our requirements perfectly – cottages on site, and a self-contained venue for a long weekend of fun! We wanted the weekend to feel like a party in a stunning venue, with good company, great food and endless wine. Simple!”

“I worked closely with the team at the Chateau to organise the day. We met her twice, but most of the planning was done my email – the food, the flowers, the decor, everything. My theme was French rustic-glam and I sent her mood boards of my inspiration, details of what I was making and collecting, and she used her talents to pull it all together. As it was a celebration for our friends and family as much as ourselves, we wanted them to be part of weekend as much as possible. Our friend Hilary is a broadcast journalist and acted as the celebrant, which was very special. Other friends did readings and we made everyone sing a rendition of Stand By Me.”

“Our only near-disaster was the wedding tree, which formed the central part of the ceremony. I’d had it printed in England before we left, but didn’t realise it had been damaged until about three hours before the ceremony. Luckily our coordinator has a degree in Fine Art, immediately picked up her pencils and drew the most beautiful tree as a replacement. I was very, very touched. The tree was framed and placed on an easel for the ceremony, pencils attached with lace. We put our thumbprints on the tree during the ceremony, as did our parents, with the guests adding theirs during the course of the day.”

It was important to the couple that their friends and family were as involved as possible with their day. “My mum stitched a swag of fabric for the arch we married under, which was fastened with bunches of flowers and a chandelier I bought on eBay,” Caroline continued. “Vintage paper parasols – again, sourced on eBay and flea markets – were provided for the guests. I drew the chandelier for the Order of Service cards which were designed and printed by my twin sister, Kelly.”

“When I walked into the courtyard for the wedding meal I was blown away by how beautiful it looked. The team at the Chateau had made it look incredible. Jugs and glass bottles filled with flowers sat on each table, and the lighting was stunning. There were candelabras hanging from the trees, fairy lights woven through the branches and Chinese lanterns strung high above the tables. I drew a lot of my inspiration for the table decor from the local area, and I was keen to use mini-blackboards, like in the markets. I found some pretty fabric-trimmed ones from Gisela Graham which were placed on mini-easels for the table numbers. Ironically, the French soap favours were bought at my favourite shop, RE in Corbridge, and not at the local market in France as planned! They too perfect to resist.”

Food and wine was a big part of the weekend so the couple decided to provide two meals on the wedding day. “The first was a pre-wedding picnic which was held in the garden at the Chateau. We brought charity-shop sourced blankets from the UK and bought picnic baskets from the local market in Olonzac which were filled with home-made quiche, cheese muffins and salads, served with wine spritzers and jugs of beer. The parasols were put to good use by lounging guests as it was very hot in the midday sun. Other guests played boules and splashed in the pool. It was everything we had imagined – good friends having a good time together.”

“The wedding meal was a buffet spread of suckling pig followed by a ‘buffet of desserts’ presented on vintage cake stands and mini blackboards I bought from a little shop in Seahouses, Northumberland.”

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Barbie & Ken Finally Get Married

When this photo shoot landed in my inbox with the description “Barbie and Ken’s wedding” I thought oh Christ…what’s this?! However I’ve got to say that as soon as I saw the photographs my initial scepticism and preconceptions were totally eradicated. I laughed as I looked at each photo, set up to show Barbie and Ken getting married and photographed in the way an actual wedding might be. The quality of the photos is totally brilliant – and there lies the hilarity.

French photographer Béatrice de Guigné has set up each shot and photographed it like it would be with a real life couple. There are certain photo set-ups that you see all over wedding photography (the shoe shot, the dress shot, the bridal portraits just after she’s got ready, the groom getting ready with his boys etc…) and the whole set just made me laugh!

Maybe I’m going a bit mental from looking at so many wedding photographs every day!? This may well be funnier to wedding photographers and bloggers who do look at weddings all day long (the ‘portraits’ are particularly accurate!) but I hope you all get a little chuckle out of these…

“Barbie and Ken were married at Faraway Castle, in Plasticity,” Béatrice told me. “The bride bought her dress from The Fairy Godmother shop and her shoes from the Cinderella Store. The groom wore a suit from The Prince Charming Emporium. The couple met more than 50 years ago (yes I know they look young). Barbie was tired of waiting so she asked Ken to get married.”

I did however want to ask Béatrice a semi-serious question to see where she got her idea for this ‘shoot’ from. “I don’t know why I wanted to do this but I did!” she told me. “Everything started last year when one day I wanted to make some boudoir shots I had in my mind, but nobody to pose for me except Barbie. So I photographed her and published the photos on my blog. Everybody laughed about it and found it was a nice idea. After that, everytime I wanted to test some ideas, I took Barbie as my model.”

“One day she said to me ‘Hey Béatrice, now that I have my boudoir, can you be my wedding photographer?’ LOL. So I started this crazy adventure! More seriously it was weeks and weeks of preparation, three days to shoot everything, a lot of sweat and finally a wedding day! I’m laughing alone looking these photos, so I hope it’s the same for people looking at them! Or I think I’m totally crazy!”

Well I’m laughing with you lady. I love them! Pretty genius I say.

What does everyone else think?

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Pierre & Christine’s Circus Themed, French Wedding

Part two of today’s continental invasion comes from French photographer Davidone who sent over Pierre & Christine’s Circus themed wedding just last week. Christine is a famous illustrator and Pierre is a photographer himself, so needless to say their wedding was going to be super creative and beautiful captured.

Christine wore a Pronuptia dress while Pierre wore Vivienne Westwood. Their fun and quirky nature really does come though in all these images, especially the fun portrait session. As photographer David explained,

“… Alice in Wonderland ….this is the first feeling that came when I began to view images from the photo shoot of Christine and Pierre. A colourful session, with energy, humour, a touch of poetry … and above all a great morning of “laughter”.  The shoot tool place on the morning of their wedding day, but Christine and Pierre were as motivated as ever. In a word, I would call this morning: TOP!”

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Candice & Dave’s Budget-Friendly, Parisian-Themed Wedding

I’m coming over all Français today, with not one but two real wedding features with a French flavour. The first, Candice & Dave’s, took place in South Africa but had a distinctive Parisian infusion.

Photographer Jacki Bruniquel explained, “They were on a tight budget and really made the best of what they had and made their wedding ‘their own’. They had a Parisian theme running through the day as this is where they got engaged, but through in a bit of local flavour too. Friends pulled in to help and Candice made many of the details herself.”

“Candice and Dave live in Umhlanga, a seaside village near Durban South Africa, so they had their creative shoot and reception in their home town and included the icon of Umhlanga – the big red and white lighthouse. The boys all surf so we started the day with some surfing pics.  On the actual day this crazy storm came up and instead of getting into a sulky panic we just embraced it and let the wind take them away! Who says an Armageddon like storm is all bad on your wedding day?”

The wedding was held at The Breakers Resort at Umhlanga Rocks. The tight budget meant that the wedding was full of fantastic DIY elements, as Candice explained, “We did a lot of DIY! It was a good opportunity for all the bridesmaids to get together and hang out a bit. We made the: 1. hand fans, adding lace and tassels  2. the candy apples 3. the ring pillow 4. the aisle runner – This was so easy! We just bought a long piece of white fabric, stitched the edges and stenciled a pattern along the sides using fabric paint. We saved a lot of money and had fun in the process! The best part was creating the table centerpieces to look like Parisian street lamps. We sourced a whole lot of lanterns and had “lamp post” stands made for them. We then named each table after a street in Paris and had the street names hanging from the arms of the lamp post – It looked awesome, and each street was one that we had actually visited when engaged in Paris!”

“Because we were working to a budget, we had to decide what we couldn’t skimp on and what we could – priorities! One thing on top of the list was that we wanted all of our friends there to celebrate with us, as that is what this day is all about! So we needed a big venue, and our numbers were quite high. We managed to find a great venue that looked beautiful and had a great menu, but was really reasonably priced. Also we knew that the one thing you keep after your wedding day are the photos! We knew that a brilliant and talented photographer was the only way forward – Thanks to Jacki Bruniquel (Who is the best in our opinion), we now have the most beautiful memories to last a lifetime, capturing our characters so brilliantly and truthfully – wow. There were other things we could save costs on, hence all the DIY elements! But the result was that we got to have a wedding within our budget that was everything we wanted it to be!”

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Jodie & Virginien’s Fashion & French Inspired Wedding

A bride in lace gloves and two bulldogs dressed up for the occasion? Oh yes, Jodie & Virginien’s wedding makes my heart sing! Photographer Britt said she wasn’t 100% sure I’d think their wedding was Rock n Roll enough for a feature when she sent it over, however I had to disagree straight away. I am loving the cute, quirky touches through out in this day – it’s not all about tattoos and pink hair on this blog!

The wedding was held at Overnewton Castle in Keilor, Australia. “Our inspiration was what we love and who we love!” explained the bride. “We wanted everything to be exactly as we imagined which meant having to make most things our self. We wanted things to be different, unique, but still whimsical and fairytale like. We love Alannah Hill, Disney (yes I know its Corny..but we’re obsessed), diy tutorials, The House of Frankie Stuart fabric shop, Ralph Lauren, and all things French.”

“Virginien and I met at a party in Australia after Virginien arrived for a working holiday only 5 days prior”,  Jodie continued. “We instantly feel in love…Virginien didnt  speak English..but that didnt matter, he still managed to woo me with his French accent…that was two years ago. We were separated for a total of 4 months when Virginien had to go back to France to get a visa to marry me…that was really hard…but we made it through in the end. 20 of Virignien’s family and friends were able to travel to Australia to share in our marriage. Thank you we love them all!! Virginien proposed to me one year ago. I came home opened my room and there were like three big Alannah Hill bags and boxes and flowers. I was so overwhelmed. He had brought me an entire outfit, right down to matching stockings and a hat from my absolute favorite store! I opened the card and it said be ready in your new clothes in one hour. A limo arrived and took us a beautiful restaurant where he later proposed to me with my ring on our soufflé! It was a big surprise!”

“Our gorgeous little animal friends are our beloved pets who we wanted to have a share in our special day. My burmese kitty cat is called ‘Neelix’ and the American bulldogs are ‘Bicardi’ (girl) and ‘Texas’ (boy). My sister and I made their little outfits.”

To match their stylish pets, the couple went all out with their wedding day attire. The bride wore a Swarovski crystal encrusted gown from Bernadette Pimenta Bridal Couture which she altered herself to make it perfect for her. “I made the corset and underskirt – I pulled it apart changed the dress, added tulle, lace, Swarovski crystals, redesigned the skirt and upper bust and all the rosettes the week before the wedding. I changed the dress because  the dress didnt turn out as I had imagined it and it was the wrong colour (fabric stores mistake.) I changed it to make it bigger and lace-ier and make me happier! All the lace and flash tulle was from Tylers Fabrics and The House of Frankie Stuart – these fabric shops are simply amazing!”

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Best of Blogs – Issue 13 ~ Marianne Taylor & The Cherry Blossom Girl

This month’s issue of Photo Pro has hit the news stands and this month I’ve been writing all about the awesome Marianne Taylor and those gorgeous french weddings she’s been doing recently! Enjoy…

Finnish born wedding photographer Marianne Taylor moved to the UK in 1999. She had originally planned to stay for just five months, but after meeting her now-husband, she decided to move over here permanently. Inspired by real life, real emotions, light and colour she aspires to create crisp, clean images which have the power to evoke the emotions that the subjects themselves might experience when looking back on them.“I am all about telling the story, but in a slightly romantic sort of way,” she says, “as I try to illustrate all the emotion of the day. What inspires me as a wedding photographer is revealing all the different layers of a wedding. There is beauty on the surface, in all the details, but there is also a deeper level of beauty present, beauty in the human interactions, in the real joy and the flow of emotions that abound on such a special day.”

When starting out in her current business, her work appeared to strike an almost instant chord with the UK market, and in her first full year shooting weddings (whilst she was still working full-time in magazine design) she shot 14 weddings. After taking the plunge into fulltime photography only last April she has booked 32 weddings for 2010 and is well on her way to filling 2011. Marianne’s success has translated into magazine and blog features, with her work being showcased everywhere, from magazines such as Cosmopolitan Bride, Wedding, Perfect Wedding and Wedding Flowers through to wedding blogs all over the world including Style Me Pretty, Wedding Chicks and, of course, Rock n Roll Bride!

Blogging was something that Marianne found an instant affinity with, since she was unable to share all her thoughts and feelings by simply adding a few choice images to her portfolio and was looking for a format that would allow her to speak in her own words. “A blog gives me the freedom to post as many pictures as I wish and really show what gets captured on the day,” she says. “I don’t even think about blogging as marketing as such since, for me, it’s the way I present a client with their memories. The added bonus is that potential clients will know exactly what they can expect, which means that most of the people who contact me are already on the same page right from the start. This means that I mostly get to work with couples that are a great fit and who hire me for the specific things that I do.”

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