Countryside chic wedding in Bourgogne – Tiffany & Mathieu

February 6, 2016

What an honour to be invited by Tiffany and Mathieu to photograph their endless affection for each other on their 3 days lasting wedding (yes the French do it, not only in style, but also in length!) in Guillon-les-Bains – Bourgogne.

Everything, from the beautiful landscapes throughout my journey to the venue – L’Orangerie – to every minute spent in the company of such warm and lively big bunch of people created the perfect conditions for magical photographs.



2015.05.30_T&M-05-22015.05.30_T&M-05-51The decoration, all crafted by the bride and her friends, was inspired by the Japanese Thousand Origami Cranes legend, where folding a 1000 of these birds will bring good luck and allow for a wish to come true. The result was wonderful and graceful in its simplicity.

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Tiffany’s preparations on the big day were in the nearest village salon, a picturesque sight warped in time, where my camera took the chance to wander around and be pampered.

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Love didn’t leave Tiffany and Mathieu’s whereabouts for a second and the bride’s serenade to the groom was the culmination of their growing passion.

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After the cake was cut, all sweethearts partied the night out with their souls filled with warmth and glasses filled with cocktails, amazing Bourgogne wine or whatever took their fancy… Oh, and champagne, Le Vrai Champagne!

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I can easily say that I’ve never been to a wedding where everyone was so gorgeously pampered, tenderly nursed, genuinely happy and emotionally generous. Thank you Tiffany and Mathieu for giving me the honour of taking part in your dazzling celebration of love in all its forms!

One Response

  1. Tiffany
    March 21, 2016

    What a wonderful surprise, just when we came back from our honeymoon in Costa Rica, to discover those fantastic pictures and this incredible testimony, taken and written by one of the sweetest girls ever met : Rita Fevereiro !

    I’m so touched and so moved that I can hardly find my words…

    Thanks to her sensibility and her great sense of creativity, Rita captured and immortalized with grace and tenderness the soul and the singularity of our wedding, the magic of these moments.

    She completely understood who we are, where our love come from and what we’ve tried to create in this celebration : a warm, sincere, participative and full of love and fun event, where everybody could find its place and enjoy fully those 3 days.

    If you plan to get married, I can give you only one advice : DON’T HESITATE and CONTACT Rita !!

    More than a photographer, she is a real artist and a true friend…

    These photos are a wonderful and priceless gift that we will never forget, Rita.
    THANK YOU so much for your presence, your generosity, your humanity, your art. You are AMAZING !! Don’t change ! We love you and you will be forever in our hearts…

    Tiffany (and Mathieu 😉 )


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