A beautiful Eymet wedding in the Dordogne region, South of France - Caroline & Conall

"C'e solo l'amore che mi da la forza di vivere! Allora vivi l'amore."  La Dolce Vita (1960) - Federico Fellini.

Why am I quoting an Italian film on this French wedding?  Well if you look closely at one of the shots you will see this quote.  That and the fact that it's really very lovely... "There is only love that gives me the strength to live! Then live love."

So I returned last night from my travels and I had the most wonderful time.  'Yes of course you did' I can hear you saying, '...it was France and it was beautiful and sunny and there's vineyards and fields of sunflowers and the bread/wine/cheese and and and....'.  And of course - for all those reasons I love France, adore the place,  but what made this trip special was Caroline & Conall and their nearest & dearest.  I fell completely head over heels in love with them all. 

I don't think I have ever felt more welcome than I did as Mary (Caroline's mum) greeted me at the door on Friday with a huge smile and a big hug.  We headed off to the local Mairie in Agnac for their intimate legal ceremony which was done by the local Mayor who was the sort of man you wish was your Grandfather... kind eyes, lovely smile. 

Once that was done it was all systems go for the wedding the following day which was to be a very personal ceremony in Eymet's beautiful Eglise de Notre Dame where they would be married again by a special priest, Caroline's Uncle who also married her parents and did her own christening.  That was followed by drinks at the very quaint Cafe de Paris and then back to Caroline's parents house, nestled among the cornfields, for the reception in a barn which they have spent the last year getting wedding-ready!

There were the two cutest page boys - the youngest was trying to look cross with me for taking his photo (I think) and inadvertently nailed 'blue steel'.  Amazing. 

Anyway Caroline & Conall are eagerly awaiting these images on their mini-moon so I will shut the f**k up. :)

THANK YOU guys!  For choosing me to document these special days for you, for trusting me entirely and for just being such an absolute pleasure to be around.  Love to you both and all your family and friends.  xxx

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Beautiful blue wedding at a fairytale chateau in France - Davina & Ali

My final wedding in France was at one of my favourite venues - Marry Me In France's 'Fairytale Chateau' - with one of my favourite couples.  

Davina, Ali and I hadn't had chance to meet before the wedding but Davina & I were firm friends online.  I knew that Ali was not relishing the prospect of having his photo taken but I reassured them that all would be fine on the day.  And it was.  Yesterday I got this message from Ali "As I mentioned many times I'm not the biggest fan of taking thousands of photos but had a really fun time doing them!"

And it was fun, bloody loads of fun.  An amazing gang of bridesmaids and groomsmen, fantastic friends and family from all over the world, the idyllic setting, the lack of rain, THAT dress and a wonderful couple.  

Ali - I love that you have a complete inability to be serious... and that you got told off quite sternly by the celebrant for trying to kiss Davina too early in the ceremony!  Davina - you are as beautiful inside as you are on the outside and I absolutely loved sharing your day and finally meeting you after all our chats!  

Happy honeymoon you two... hope those bags finally turned up... and I hope you enjoy these previews.  Lots of love. xxx

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Elegant Chateau la Durantie wedding, Dordogne, France - Jessica & Wayne

I've been in France just over a week now and I've shot three beautiful weddings already with one more to come before I head home to Mr P and Badger the dog.  :)  My first wedding in France was at Chateau la Durantie, a place I've wanted to shoot at for ages, and with a couple I had not met but who I already totally loved, thanks to their wonderful and unexpected gift (see video here).  

Jessica & Wayne live in LA and were lucky enough to have all their friends and family travel over with them to celebrate (and give some very emotional speeches... *sniff*). 

The ceremony was at the beautiful Church of St Thomas in nearby Excideuil and then everyone headed back to Durantie for food, dancing, fireworks and crepes. 

It was such an amazing day... the weather behaved, everything was beyond beautiful, Mr & Mrs Rodriguez were (and are still!) hot, the music was incredible (especially when the band Brightlights played a certain song from Dirty Dancing and everyone started shouting 'LIFT LIFT LIFT' and they only went and did it... mostly).  

It was a pleasure to work with Chris & Laura of Zen Film Works again and to have Nicola Thompson along to second shoot. What a team! Big love. I also have a new found love for tequila. 

Jessica & Wayne - thank you for being so welcoming and so much fun.  Defiitely NOT douchebags Wayne.

Enjoy the rest of your French honeymoon & adventure!  Lots of love.  xxx

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A fairytale French wedding at Chateau Soulac, Dordogne - Rebecca & David

So I returned yesterday from France and the wedding of Rebecca & David.  And what can I say?  It was just the most beautiful wedding, in the most perfect setting, with the most wonderful people.  

I want to get these previews up for the happy couple before they head off back to Australia so I'll keep it short and let the images tell the story but suffice to say there was a lot of laughter, a few tears and an awful lot of love. 

Bec & Dave... thank you for asking me to be a part of your incredible wedding,  It was an absolute pleasure to spend time with you both, your girls and your brilliant family & friends.  Safe travels home and speak soon. Lots of love. xx

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A family affair at the Elegant Domaine, Dordogne, France - Emma & Simon

There's a French saying "Mariage pluvieux, mariage heureux"... essentially 'rainy wedding, happy wedding' and that was certainly true for Emma & Simon's big day at Marry Me In France's (MMIF) Elegant Domaine. 

It didn't stop and you know what?  No one cared.  These guys are from Wales ffs!  They are made of tough stuff and they certainly weren't going to be phased by a bit of rain, even if it was the very end of May in the South of France.

This was a small intimate wedding of just 26 adults... many of whom grew up together and went to school together... and their collective 16 (ish!) children.  And it was wonderful.  

Emma & Simon, thank you for letting me share your day, for braving the rain (and risking hair frizz Emma!) and for making me feel so welcome.  Enjoy these previews - in which Simon has his eyes open mostly. Apart from the one where he's dancing with gay abandon... ;-)  xxx

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