Hello beautiful people…. hope you’re kicking this beautiful Monday morning’s butt in style! We’ve loved every second of our morning so far, as we share another fantastically festival-style wedding with you. And this time, it’s an outdoor wedding with a French twist! Today’s bride has us swooning in the inspiration aisle, as she very coolly walked the wedding catwalk in a David Purves rock and roll style gown topped with a black leather jacket. Not many bride would dare to style herself up this way, but this girl totally pulled it off and back again. The creative and spontaneous photographer, Rebecca Loutre, captured this wedding with the exact zing it deserved, ensuring that the overall theme and its intricacies were stylishly documented. Adorned with lanterns, dreamcatchers and handmade bunting, this wedding was set 30-minutes outside of Paris, underneath a handmade arch with DIY festival décor, creative sentimental touches and a whole lot of festival glamour. So, it’s ‘au revoir’ from us as we hand over to the chic and uber-cool bride Claire….
We took a lot of ideas surfing the net and taking inspiration from various wedding blogs. Pinterest gave us some wonderful ideas and really inspired some of the styling. In fact, it’s been my best friend for the past few months! We also visited a few bridal salons for ideas. Our hearts were set on having a quirky yet very relaxed, casual outdoor wedding.
Bali Beach Sunset Proposal….
Jeremy proposed to me in Bali! As we both love to travel it was obvious to him that he wanted to propse during holidays on the other side of the world. It was all a little bit stressful for him on the run up to the proposal because he was scared that I’d find the ring and discover the big surprise! Thankfully I didn’t and one evening, watching the sunset on the beach, he asked me to marry him. He was so emotional that he forgot the entire speech he’d prepared. He still managed to express his deep love for me and of course, I said yes!!
Bohemian glamour with a touch of leather!
My dress was from David Purves. I loved the bohemian rock style of his collection and fell in love with this straight away. The shoes were from Sézane. My hair was put up by a friend of mine and I wore a simple white flower headband and did my own make-up.
We fell in love with the venue at first sight
We celebrated our wedding at the most incredible outdoor venue, Relais Saint Laurent, just 30 minutes outside of Paris. We discovered this place totally randomly whist we were on our way back from a flee market near our home. We stopped on the way to eat something, crepes to be exact! And whilst we were there we discovered this wonderful wooden structured hall with a delightfully cosy terrace and a beautiful green surrounding areas. We fell in love with the place at first sight and booked it that day……We knew that it would be the ideal tranquil and simplistic setting for our day.
A double celebration!
We had two ceremonies. The first was the legal ceremony which took place in Guyancourt Town Hall and the second ceremony was our personal celebration outside at the grounds of the venue. The town hall ceremony lasted only 20 minutes and it was a very formal procedure which we expected. We designed our second ceremony to truly reflect us and our personalities.
After our exchange of vows and alliances under the pretty dreamcatcher arch, we had a symbolic twist which involved a magnum bottle of wine. We invited all of our guests to write their good wishes and personal notes on a card which we collected and boxed up with the wine along with a copy of our wedding vows. The box will remain unopened until 2027 when Jeremy and I will open it and drink this amazing bottle of wine. The perfect symbol of our evolution of love!!!
Tattoos, rock and roll and a serene outdoor ceremony
It was really important for us to spend most of the day outside so we organised a lot of outdoor activities, for example the tattoo bar, flower bar, photo booth with mask animal and wooden games. We also did the ceremony outside in the middle of the green area surrounded by flowers and nature underneath our handmade dreamcatcher-draped arch. We made some of the reception décor ourselves, including all the signage and a ‘Bar’ sign made out of bottle corks. We used miniature log slices with handwritten words such as ‘love’ for table décor. All of these little touches really added to the sentiment of our day.
We didn’t want a traditional dinner so we decided to organise a cocktail reception. There was a beautiful table in the garden to seat everyone but we decided not to have seating plans. Our guests loved it and frequently commented that they enjoyed the freedom of this idea. We also decided to open the dance floor early before the second ceremony which turned out to be a fun idea! The more dancing the better!
Too much fun for the first dance!
Our first dance was supposed to be to Unintended by Muse. We chose this song because Muse was the first concert Jeremy invited me to go to. However, we didn’t actually get to do the first dance as we planned! Everybody was already dancing and having so much fun that we didn’t want to spoil the vibes by putting on quiet music and diverting the attention away from the party!
One of my most special moments was when we took our wedding vows! He told me before the big day that he hadn’t managed to write anything amazing but he was wrong….. he totally impressed me and all the guests with his beautiful words. The speeches from many of our friends and family were incredibly beautiful and it was amazing to see all the people that we love having so much fun together.
As we didn’t have a wedding planner, I would advise to the future brides to use the help of your closest friends and family to organise everything! It is really useful to have someone on had to take care of all of the small details on the day that you are too busy and overwhelmed to deal with! Also, just relax and really try to enjoy every single minute.