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Destination Wedding: South of France

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?

They hugged.

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

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Dans la liste des choses que je veux faire/voir avant de mourir, il y a les aurores boréales. A ce mariage que j’ai photographié dans le sud de la France, les invités venaient principalement de Norvège (bon et aussi un peu du Danemark) du coup j’ai tout de suite pensé qu’ils avaient déjà tous vu une aurore boréale dans leurs vies.Et donc quand j’ai reçu le premier email de Celine et Jakob, je me suis dis que j’aurais quand même bien aimé les photographier là-bas ! (bon vu que normalement les aurores sont en hiver plutôt qu’en été, ça n’aurait probablement par marché… mais bon)Ce que je n’avais pas réalisé, c’est que le lieu de leur mariage, je le connaissais très bien. Quand j’étais petite, tous les été on partait en camping dans le sud de la France, à une demie-heure de la mer. Depuis n’importe où dans le camping, on pouvait voir un rocher dans le paysage, du coup, c’est un peu devenu un symbole du camping (et des vacances). Un jour, mes parents on décidé de vendre le camping-car et j’étais dévastée. Je devais avoir 13 ou 14 ans ? Enfin par là. Et le camping car est resté dans notre jardin quelques temps avant de ne plus être à nous. Alors des fois, j’allais dedans et je remontais le temps.Dans ce camping, j’ai eu des meilleures amies (Jessica V. si tu passes par là :), des amies, des ennemies aussi. Je suis tombée amoureuse et aussi désamoureuse, on m’a fait du mal et j’ai eu des épreuves pas faciles à traverser. J’y ai dansé, chanté (encore pardon !), pleuré et ri. C’est un peu là où j’ai grandi.Donc j’étais très attachée à ce camping !

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 !)

Et j’ai adoré ce moment, durant la cérémonie : ils n’ont pas parlé à part pour dire “je le veux”. Ils n’ont pas lu de voeux personnalisés. Vous savez ce qu’ils ont fait ?
Ils se sont pris dans les bras.
Pendant une chanson entière, ils sont restés enlacés.
Sans bouger.
Et le plus étrange, c’est que tout le monde a commencé à pleurer… C’était absolument magnifique. Et intense !
C’était comme si leur amour prenaient progressivement toute la place dans la chapelle et nous entourait.
Celine et Jakob étaient un super couple : adorables, plaisants et totalement fous amoureux l’un de l’autre.
Et j’ai eu la chance d’immortaliser tout ça :D

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Vendor list:

Makeup artist: bride

Hair dresser: bride

Photographer: Anne-Claire Brun

Floral Design: Friends from Norway / Chateau de Palayson

Dress Designer:  Rue de Seine / Vintage Bride

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

Jewels/accessories: Inherited from bride ́s mom, hairpiece by Jannie Baltzer, veil by Vintage Bride, wedding rings by Hartmanns

Wedding Planner: Groom

Venue: Chateau de Palayson

October 21, 2014 - 2:45 pm

Genevieve ( Miss Gen ) - Absolutely stunning wedding and so beautifully captured! I adore the couples portraits, lovely work.

October 21, 2014 - 6:56 pm

Ma Rï - magique.. <3

October 22, 2014 - 5:01 am

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October 22, 2014 - 1:17 pm

Mauritz Silfverstolpe - Great!