A backyard wedding in Normandy

Our clients have a lovely little stone cottage in the picturesque area of lower Normandy called Le Perche.  Their daughter and future son-in-law decided they’d like to use the house to host a wedding for 115 guests, both family and friends coming from all over the world (literally).  The mother-of-the-bride, despite having planning experience, knew she’d need help turning the backyard into a wedding venue – that’s when she turned to Fête in France.

While the family took care of whipping the yard into shape, we sprang into action sorting out the tents, tables and chairs, decoration, transportation, catering, hair & makeup, photography…

Guests were welcomed with a Pimm’s punch before moving to the ceremony area for a joyful ceremony under a tent performed by one of their close friends.  Then it was on to the cocktail hour where the champagne flowed freely and dinner at long family style tables under the beautifully decorated tent.  As the sun went down and the laterns scattered all over the backyard started to glow, the couple (both excellent dancers, by the way) opened the dance floor with the song Bruises by Chairlift.  The band, accompanied by a friend of the bride and groom’s on vocals, had learned the song especially for them.  Afterwards, the party continued with a dessert buffet, more drinks and lots of dancing!

Photos courtesy of David Commenchal

A Summer Fresh White Wedding

Our franco-british clients had a lot going on in their lives between their busy work schedules and an international move which meant not a lot of time to dedicate to their wedding.  We at Fête in France helped them pull together their day which took place at a fabulous château just an hour from Paris.  The couple had a romantic outdoor ceremony under an archway of trees.  Guests were then invited for a cocktail on the terrace of the château with gypsy jazz music provided by a group of musicians whose percussionist provided the beat by tap dancing.  Dinner and dancing late into the night was held under a tent – decorated all in white.

Photos courtesy of Olivier Lalin

Anchors away!

We don’t often get to see our clients before they arrive in France for their wedding.  So it was a treat to be able to work with newly expatriated couple Elizabeth and Nathan.  Athletic, all-American and keen sailors (on the bride’s side) they had chosen to have their ceremony and reception on one of the elegant boats that cruise the Seine in Paris.  It was abundantly clear that a nautical theme was in order and we helped them go all out.

Guests arrived in bateau chic attire and were delighted as the bride and father of the bride cruised up in a Venetian water taxi.  The ceremony began and guests (and the neighboring boat) watched as Elizabeth and Nathan tied the knot.  The boat set sail and an accordion and clarinet duo added a festive tone to the cocktail – it was Fête de la Musique after all!

The reception followed and the room looked resplendant in navy and white, tall calla lily centerpieces, thematic table names (bow knot, square knot, clove hitch…) and elegant calligraphied escort cards and menus.  The meal was topped off by the presentation of a traditional French pièce montée de croquembouche and a champagne fountain poured by the couple.

The couple opened up the dance floor with their first dance to “Sailing” by Christopher Cross and as usual, the young crowd closed the place down.

Photos courtesy of Fred Marigaux

Loire Valley wedding

The story of this wedding has a happy ending… but there were definitely twists and turns along the way.

Katy and Richie had originally signed with a chateau near Blois. Due to completely unforseen circumstances they found themselves without a venue and out their deposit. A difficult situation for any bride and groom to bear, but they were troopers.

We found them another (and in our opinion much nicer) chateau – one that back in the early days of her engagement Katy had cut out a picture of for her wedding inspiration book. Another stroke of luck – the weather cooperated and they were able to hold the cocktail in the chateau’s back gardens. In the end, a very grateful and relieved bride and groom were finally able to enjoy the wedding they had spent so much effort on making happen.

Photos courtesy of David Bacher