February 27, 2014
Had 2 Gorgeous Wedding Ceremonies in Paris
Sarah and Matt both from the south of England, came to Paris separately to work and this is where they met a number of years ago.
They are still living and working in Paris and couldn’t imagine getting married anywhere else.
Bride Sarah talks us through their love story and wedding days….
“Even though we are both British, it felt really important to us to marry in Paris, where we live and consider ourselves at home. And we thought our family and friends could make a nice weekend of it! We had two ceremonies : a French civil (legal) ceremony at the Mairie du 19e which was very private and relaxed: just close family and friends and a drink together in the Butte Chaumont park afterwards. The salle des mariages in the mairie is beautiful, full of historic paintings and there’s a real sense of place about it, it’s central to our neighbourhood in a lovely spot, so felt very local to us. Although it was quite short and simple the ceremony was wonderfully French and quite moving. A couple of days later we had a more ‘traditional’ wedding with more guests in a private garden, starting with a humanist ceremony in a quiet spot with a lovely fountain, and then drinks, dinner and dancing on the terrace with all our friends and family. It was a beautiful day, not only because of the miraculous sunshine, but to be surrounded by so much love and joy and everyone wishing us well, in such a perfect setting, it was magical.”
“We didn’t have a traditional engagement, down-on-one-knee with a ring and a proposal, that feels a bit old-fashioned. We were on a road trip holiday in Croatia, and we’d been talking for ages about possibly getting married but we weren’t really sure how we would do it. It was just over dinner one evening near the end of the holiday, we were both feeling really happy and relaxed, and we just decided to go for it! We kept the decision to ourselves for a few months which felt quite romantic, and then we told our families when we were home for Christmas and it started to feel more official.”
After the beautiful ceremony, we all headed over the road to Parc des Buttes Chaumont, Paris for photographs. One of the most wonderful places in Paris. Such a photographers’ (my) dream wedding to photograph! After the photography Sarah and Matthew invited me to join them and their very welcoming and lovely family for a glass of champagne to toast their marriage. What a perfect day!
Congratulations to Sarah & Matt, I wish you both a wonderful lifetime together. Claire xx
“We really wanted to have a relaxed wedding, where we could feel fully ourselves, and have a celebration without spending a huge fortune. A garden wedding felt just right, and luckily the weather on the day was sunny and bright! Our dress code was quite relaxed, no top hats and tails just simple, classic, comfortable. I got my dress online from JCrew, only about 2 months before! and found a wonderful French couturiere to make a few adjustments and add a little touch of French lace at the waist, just to personalise it, and Matthew decided on a simple linen navy 3 piece suit.”
“Our families were so supportive and helped us out with lots of lovely personal details : my sister Kate made wedding invitations and name cards for the table, Matthew’s mum made metres of lovely bunting, our friend Estelle did all the flowers, my mum’s friend Joyce made her delicious peach layer cake, Matthew’s auntie made a beautiful ring cushion from antique lace, my brother James did a brilliant music playlist. Our friends helped out a lot to get the venue ready on the day. It was really, really magic and special.”
Claire Morris Photography –
Main Photographer – Claire Morris
2nd Photographer/ Assistant Ula Blocksage
How did you feel about your photography experience?
‘‘We are so pleased we found you! You really made us feel so comfortable and did such a professional job, picking out so many lovely details and capturing the atmosphere perfectly. The photos just really reflect our happy memories of the day. Not only are there some beautiful portraits of the two of us together but it’s wonderful how you have captured so many candid moments with our family and friends, it’s exactly what we hoped for. We will really cherish them forever. Thank you so much – we have had so many compliments about the photos and it’s fantastic to be able to share them with both our wedding guests and our friends who couldn’t be with us on the day. Can’t recommend you highly enough, such a talent!”
Wedding Suppliers Include:
Estelle Preston, who is a good friend of ours and also happens to be a top wedding florist! Estelle worked her magic for us on all the flowers – including my amazing wedding bouquet – and helped coordinate the decorations. We were very lucky to have her!
Myriam Serfass, the harpist, who played such beautiful music for our wedding ceremony which was perfect for the late-summer garden setting.
Jean Sait, from Celebrants in France, who put together such a meaningful and personalised wedding ceremony for us, which really encapsulated the commitment we were making to each other and what it was all about.
Shelley MacDonald from Paris Bread Co did a lovely buffet for us, working day and night to cater for 80 people. The food was just right for the relaxed and summery vibe that we were aiming for.
Synie’s Cupcakes for the cake/cupcakes