Tuesday, June 5, 2012

A country wedding in Provence

On June 16th...we both said yes

How appropriate to have our "By Invitation only" June post 's theme to be our "dream wedding"since June 16th is the day I was married in my village of Clermomt Dessous, France.
As I am envisioning my dream wedding, I cannot help but reflect on my own wedding, twenty something years ago... a simple elegant wedding in my 12th century church, followed by a reception in the most extraordinary setting, a castle in ruins dating back to the 1300s. It was quite a task to bring this castle to life by clearing up an access to the castle, tenting a ceiling for rain was in the air, bringing hundreds of candles, an evening I shall never forget...

Please follow me in my imaginary wedding.

The setting, a ruin in provence

image:viewphotos.org ruines du chateau du Castela

The Church

image;Vogue magazine

The dress: Dress and Bride's maids in Morgane LeFay 

Brides' maids in white

The sweet flower girls


Ready to walk down the aisle

image:photo by Olivier Lalin

from Vogue magazine
image:Vogue magazine
Let's celebrate!

Hats are "de rigueur"

image:cote sud events.com

Champagne flowing...

image:luxury insider.com

Lunch under the shade, catered by our famous chef from the South of france:Alain Ducasse


Traditional Piece Montee by Laduree

Guests will leave with Jacqueline Morabiteau's ceramic hearts


Guests will be staying at the wonderful Hostellerie de L'Abbaye de la Celle

Off to the Maldives!!!

As I end this post, I am off to Ireland with my friend and hiking partner Judy...a week in the south of Ireland biking, hiking, visiting gardens and tasting the local ales.

A Bientot,



  1. A perfect wedding Francine... and your wedding was exactly the same from what I see and read here... A Beautiful post..xv

  2. Fabulous Francine...a perfect wedding...off to Ireland? how fun.

  3. I am in love with your 1st photograph, Francine. And, your story is the stuff of movies. What an enchanting day for you two spent in your hometown in the beautiful countryside. I cannot imagine anything more beautiful. Thank you for being with us from the beginning, and now. You are such an asset to the entire world. Enjoy Ireland with your girlfriend, and bring us some good photos from there too. xx's

  4. As beautiful as this all was (and it is exquisite--we would expect nothing less from you!), your story made me DREAM! Now THAT is a fairy-tale if ever there was one. My goodness, I can just imagine it all. And yes what a beautiful bride you were, a stunning couple!

    Travel safely and have a fantastic time in Ireland...

  5. Francine absolute perfection!! This could be my dream wedding as well!!


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  6. What a beautiful bride you were Francine!! And I adore your imaginary wedding - from the charming venue to beautiful dress to the fabulous guest quarters - thank you - I'll come!!

  7. Dear Francine,
    First of all, what a beautiful couple you are .... I think that you should have just shown us images of your wedding !!!!
    ....but, your imaginary wedding is stunning too.....I nearly used images of Kate Moss's wedding ! I think that it's one of my favourite weddings EVER.
    I adored her choice of dress, flowers, church....EVERYTHING.
    Have a wonderful time in Ireland and, I'll keep my fingers crossed for good weather. Much love. XXXX

  8. Francine,

    Amazing! I am jealous of both your real wedding and the fantasy one! Wishing you an amazing trip.


  9. Your real and fantasy wedding are both sublime. I love the sweet little chapel. Happy Anniversary! xo isa

  10. I love this wedding - and your real one most of all. Your dress! Your face! Your groom!

  11. What a gorgeous shot of you both...thanks for sharing with us. I love your imaginary wedding, just beautiful!

    Have loads of fun in Ireland,

  12. Hi Franscine. Your own wedding sounds absolutely amazing and you looked stunning! The ruins are just the most wonderful idea and all the rest of it is just enchanting! I am so very late in commenting ~ later than any bride has ever been..lol!

    Tassels Twigs and Tastebuds

  13. Both perfect, both look like a fairy tale.
    Happy Anniversary!

  14. Francine, felicitations on your wedding anniversary! and this post is so beautiful..perfectlly dreamy! you and your husband are a gorgeous couple!

    enjoy the south of Ireland!




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