Last weekend I was lucky enough to shoot another foreign wedding in France! This time I flew solo to the Alsace, around the France/Germany/Swiss border.
I’ve known Rich for years & flew out a few days early to hang out and sample the local cuisine. Rich and Anne-So (who’s French) used to race the rats in London, but have since moved to the pretty town of Cernay (hence the French wedding). I’ll probably post some pics of the area from our days before, including a day wearing silly hats in Strasbourg, but if you’re sitting comfortably, let me show you through Rich & Anne-So’s big day!
I joined Anne-So for her preparations in the super picturesque and gloriously sunny city of Strasbourg.
Here are our girls of the hour, Anne-So & her two ‘witnesses’ (not ‘bridesmaids’ in France).
After hair & makeup I joined the girls for a relaxed lunch. I love the fact that French weddings are late in the day (the ceremony started at 4pm), so the day can be really chilled.
Anne-So avec la glace!
Their stunning reception venue was once an old Alsacian Mill. Loving the local floral flair.
Reeshard’s suit & beloved Armani tie!
Taking a moment
Rich and his witnesses…
…catching some air!
Back at her parents, Anne-So slipped into her lovely dress.
Their church was up the road from the Mill, in the picturesque village of Klingenthal
As a reminder of London, they had a hackney carriage to run them about!
Fantastically fragrant flora.
Looking down the aisle, framed by snapping silhouettes
I like to try and catch that excited first glance
The late afternoon French sun pouring into the church was a delight.
The flowergirls bearing rings.
Mr & Mrs!
After an emotional clarinet solo of ‘Hallelujah’ (a la Jeff Buckley), they had a choir sing ‘Oh Happy Day’!
Down the road from the mill was a spot Anne-So & Rich had in mind for a few pics, so we zoomed over in our taxi, supping bubbles.
It was the unkempt & slightly overgrown ornate gardens of a big disused country house, that has become a kind of park.
Rich liked the shabby chic charm. I did too.
I also liked the light!
We didn’t have long, but it was lovely to take a turn around the place in the late evening sunlight.
Probably a moment of me saying something dumb.
Back at the mill, the reception was in full swing. Literally, with a game of patonc (boules)
A couple of informal groups
The evening reception all setup & ready. I’d helped hang the drapes from the roof the day before. They’re harder to hang than they look!
I liked the lines of endless pictures of their friends and life hanging around the room.
We were particularly impressed with the girth of Rich’s dads afro in his wedding photo!
He called it his ‘Hendrix Lollypop’ and said that was as toned down as it got…
One of the witnesses also blew up & postered a fave pic from Rich’s stag do.
The speeches were great, in English and French
Their wedding invite had this image on it, so Ann-So’d lovingly painted a lifesize replica.
As I’d spent a few days with these kids & made some great new pals, it was easy to snap them getting involved.
Their delicious 7+ course meal was punctuated with quizes, speeches & the first dance, and didn’t officially finish till 1am when the cake ‘Chariot’ was wheeled out covered in fireworks. I then put down the camera & tucked into the desert wine & hit the floor. So instead of make an on-the-day slideshow, I put it together back at their house the following day before they jetted off to Mauritius. Below is their highlights slideshow set to their 1st Dance (Phil Collins ‘Groovy Kind of Love’) & ‘Oh Happy Day’
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It was an absolute pleasure joining Anne-So & Rich for their wonderful French wedding!
I’ll get their images to them soon, and we’ll host a client area for guests for their finished images, but in the meantime I hope they enjoy Mauritius!