WELL HELLO MRS H !
[I’ve been thinking a lot about this post, it was actually quite difficult to write because I’m not really the PDA type, I don’t get publicly romantic. So despite the topic, don’t expect anything romantic here ahah!]
Take it from a very very (and I could stress it even more) stressed person: stressful is what you throw stress at! I can find 99 reasons to stress but the wedding ain’t one. I’ve never dreamt of my wedding day, I’ve never had any interest in wedding dresses and I don’t eat cake (so we went for a cheese cake – not a cheesecake – because sod frosting!). Which is probably why I ranted after my proposal. I’ve always wanted a beautiful, deep and uplifting marriage, and both Tom and I couldn’t have set up a better team for the task (we’re the bollocks, just like that) but I’ve never been the ‘Say yes to the dress’ type and I lack attention to detail so badly that it would be a waste of my sanity to even begin to worry about throwing the perfect day. I don’t have it in me. And I guess that’s also why we had such a short engagement (7 months), just so it wouldn’t turn into an obsession but remain what it was always meant to be: making an important commitment with the support and blessing of our friends and family.
We wanted something romantic and laid-back. A place where you could end up bare feet and start off in a maxi cotton floral dress and a hay crown on your head, without anyone questioning your upbringing for that matter. We wanted sun, but not too much of it, its orange and Indian tone. We wanted insane food but nothing stuffy, we wanted traditions but with our own spin on it and we wanted everyone to wake up with sore feet (and a sore head) – and boy we got everything we asked for!
It was such luck, but also thanks to my amazing sisters who crafted most of the decorations.
If you ever get married in south of France, I couldn’t recommend Roland Paix enough! The best caterer ever! We only expected them to look after the food but instead they handled the decoration, the ceremony, my bouquet (I realised at the last minute I didn’t have any. Oh, and that I left my shoes back in London…yep!) and were an incredible support throughout the 2-day celebration!
We did the registry in London back in August (our African wedding!) so we only needed a blessing for the big wedding, and instead of going for a random officer, we picked one of our best friend: our Cali born foul mouthed Contessa! And lots of other friends jumped in during what was an incredibly beautiful ceremony, reading poems and vows in both French and English, singing songs as the southern wind weeped through the trees, making us all sob a little (or rather a lot).
Most people came back on the Sunday, we had a pizza truck (still the Rolan Paix guys), bottomless rosé wine and a jump in the swimming pool!
I can’t begin to tell you how wonderful this whole month has been! The week before the wedding we hired a villa in Cassis with all our best friends, we drank and laughed every single evening up until the day before the wedding, Tom left to stay with his parents, I stayed with my amazing bridesmaids and we had a little drink up and dance-off by the pool just before heading to the wedding villa! Right after the wedding, Tom flew me to Bali as a surprise honeymoon, then Paris and then back home in London. A surreal experience! Not as surreal as this new one, marriage I’m so so so ready to grab you by both ends!
Now onto details because you need to know about the amazing people who got involved!
– The dress!!!!
I started to look for my dress a couple of months before the wedding! I can’t describe to you the face that the lady made at the first bridal shop I hit. I think I unconsciously left it to the last minute so I wouldn’t have the time to go for a white classic dress. The dress was the part I dreaded the most – I couldn’t picture it, had no idea of what I wanted! Until the day I found it on… Instagram ahah! It was on StyledByAfrica’s page that I discovered Weiz, my dress designer! I saw that beautiful dress and left a comment asking if he could make it longer for a bride (you can still find the comment ahah) then we emailed and did the measuring on Skype! He guided me through the process, I know it sounds bonkers, the dress arrived a month before the wedding but like I said, there are things that don’t need to be overthought even if everyone else tells you otherwise. I can’t recommend Weiz Dhurm Franklyn more, he whatsapped me almost every other day asking me how things were going with the wedding plan, with the dress, etc. He was so involved, so adorable, and the dress… Well you saw it for yourself! He’s magical!
– My bridesmaids: Jarlo London! Here again, this choice is a no-brainer! The dresses are divine, and they’re not these sort of ball gown you wear once “27 dresses” style! They’re easy, they’re uber cool and you can wear them again, and can I say, they’re super cheap too! Like I said, don’t overthink things! I’m actually gutted I don’t own one of these dresses!
– Tom: all Paul Smith (who I would have married had he proposed a few years ago, he was in the shop when we bought the suit and I was tempted to swap fiancés ahah)
– Make-up: Black-Up Paris (supporting France innit)
– Caterer: The great, the amazing, the lifesaver Roland Paix ( and I didn’t even have 1p off, this is genuine!)
– Venue: Bastide de Puget (to be honest, the venue is breathtaking but the owner is quite difficult and she barely replies to emails or questions. So go with this venue if you’re the laid-back type because she can drive you nuts
– Wedding programs: my beloved Yagazie
– Photographer: the sweetest Remi Dupac
– Videographer: He gave us the giggles all day and delivered the best wedding video ever! Nicolas Raffi
– My registry outfit: Isn’t that co-ord masterpiece? Courtesy of the amazing Natacha Baco
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