"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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