Memory Lane

March 19, 2013

I've been feeling a little nostalgic lately; missing family, itching to travel and wishing my sons could play with their European cousins on demand. So when I started shuffling through some treasured cards and other stored memories, I came across our wedding invitations and was taken on a trip down memory lane. How life has changed since this lovely day! I thought you all might take some interest in the finer details of our day, so here goes...

We were married in the Loire Valley in France and were lucky enough to be able to hold the reception at my husband's family home. The invitations and maps I designed myself and had debossed on cotton card. I've always loved the whimsical feeling of different printed elements to an invitation, but we also had many lovely guests traveling from the UK and Australia to join us on the day, so a map was essential.

My husband's family home, La Grand Motte, in the quaint village of Ligny-Le-Ribault, made for the perfect woodland setting. Everything from the wine to the food to the flowers was sourced locally from Loiret producers and vendors. // Photographs Patrice Lariven Photographies.

A local from a nearby village owned this vintage Citro├źn 2CV. We literally approached him outside the Boulangerie the day before the wedding and offered him EUR50 for a ride from the church to the house. Here we are, still freaking out about the seating plan... // Photograph Patrice Lariven Photographies.

We drank French Champagne and feasted on local delicacies, most notably, a dessert buffet of Praline Gateaux, Tarte aux Framboise, Opera Cake and a tower of Macaron. We're pretty sure this is how parties go down in Heaven. The paper butterfly place cards I found at Etsy store Timeless Paper. The scene of 100 paper butterflies in the early evening light was truly beautiful. // Photographs Patrice Lariven Photographies.

I decided I'd be damned if I was going to endure the discomfort of heels on the day so opted for custom-made ballet flats by artisan shoe makers Salvio's instead. They were butter-soft, fit like a glove and kept me on the dance floor til 4am. My dress was sublime beaded chiffon, custom couture by Karen Willis Holmes. // Photographs Patrice Lariven Photographies.

This is us filled with joy - and relief that no one tripped... or objected. This remarkable photo, our most treasured from the day, was taken by our dear friend and talented photographer Laurent Faucher.


gemma [line x shape x colour] said...

wow! what a beautiful and special wedding! you look stunning x

Julie Faucher said...

Lots of love to you guys! What a beautiful memory it is for us too and we love your post about Laurent's pic ;) xx

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