In the bucket list of my life, in the top 5, there is seeing northern lights. At the wedding I’ve shot in the south of France, the guests mostly came from Norway (well also Denmark) and I assumed they all saw one in their lives (you know: north + cold = northern lights ;p)
So when I got an email from Jakob and Celine I thought “if only I was shooting them there!!” (Given that northern lights happen more when it’s winter it wouldn’t have worked anyway but oh well)
The thing I didn’t realized when they told me where they were getting married, is that I knew that location very well.
Growing up I used to go every summer to a campground in the south of France, 30 minutes from the Mediterranean Sea. From anywhere in that campground, I could see a rock, and so it kinda became the symbol of holidays and good times.
One day, my parents decided to stop going and to sell the camping car we had and I was heartbroken. It sadly stayed in our backyard for a while before we actually got rid of it and I went it in sometimes to reminisce.
In that campground, I had best friends, I fell in love, out of love, I got hurt and I had challenges to go through. I danced, I sang (sorry again!) I cried and I laughed.
It’s where I grew up.
So yeah, I was really attached to that campground :)
When I arrived at the Chateau de Palayson, I couldn’t believe my eyes: the rock that I saw on the photos in the background was my rock! The one I could see from the campground! I know it sounds stupid :) but it really moved me to be there again and see the rock from up close, something like 14(?) years later!
So this wedding was special for me from the moment I set foot at the venue.
Then I met Jakob and Celine. They were the sweetest couple. They were also impossibly stunning, which is awesome when you are a photographer :)
I loved the customs from their countries: the kiss on and under the table (on when people hit their plates with their knifes) and under when they stomped.
I loved how, when the groom leaves the bride alone at the table, all the men in the room have to go and kiss her (and vice versa!)
I loved that during the ceremony, they didn’t talk besides to say “I do”. They didn’t exchange custom made vows. You know what they did?
For an entire song, they hugged.
They did not move. They stayed there.
And the crazy part is that everyone started crying. It was absolutely beautiful. And intense!
I felt like their love was slowly taking over the chapel and we were surrounded by it.
Celine and Jakob were sweet, fun and totally, head over heels in love with each other.
And I got to capture that :D
Quand je suis arrivée au Château de Palayson, j’ai eu du mal à y croire : le rocher que j’avais vu sur les photos dans le fond était le rocher qu’on voyait depuis mon camping ! Bon je sais, ça a l’air con, comme ça, mais ça m’a vraiment fait quelque chose de voir mon rocher de près après toutes ces années !!
Alors forcément, ce mariage a été spécial pour moi, à partir du moment où j’ai mis les pieds au château.
Et puis j’ai rencontré Jakob et Celine. Quel adorable couple ! Et qu’est-ce que je les ai trouvés beaux ! (ce qui ne gâche rien quand on est photographe !)
J’ai adoré les coutumes de leurs pays : le baiser sur puis sous la table lorsque les invités tapaient des pieds (pour sous la table) ou faisaient sonner leurs assiettes avec leur couteaux.
J’ai adoré qu’à chaque fois que le marié laissait la mariée à table, tous les hommes venaient lui faire un bisou (et vice versa quand la mariée le laissait – mais cette fois, c’était les femmes qui venaient l’embrasser !)
Makeup artist: bride
Hair dresser: bride
Photographer: Anne-Claire Brun
Floral Design: Friends from Norway / Chateau de Palayson
Groom Designer: Suit Supply / Stylist: The bride
Event Designer: The Groom
Cake Designer: Friend from Norway
Musicians/DJ: Rasmus Molsted (Denmark)
Accommodation: Private property in Roquebrune sur Argens
Wedding Dress: custom made by Vintage Bride
Bride’s Shoes: Isabel Marant
Wedding Planner: Groom
Venue: Chateau de Palayson