Countryside chic wedding in Bourgogne – Tiffany & Mathieu
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.
The 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.
Tiffany’s family is Alsatian, whereas Mathieu comes from Côte d’Azur, so there was an interesting mix of traditions to inebriate our senses– regional meals, Alsatian delicatessen and southern musical chaleur, all seasoned with real Champagne, quelle bonheur!
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.
The groom’s 1st sight of the bride was before the ceremony and was followed by their love-celebrating photo shoot. They drove on a bright red Citroen 2CV through side roads with the early summer fields colour in the background. Mathieu is a film director and both are passionate about cinema, so whilst I was photographing the groom was using his camera to make their own film.
The ceremony drew inspiration from different secular rituals. The Tea Flower Rite represents eternal love and the spool of wool casting is a commemoration of people’s coming together and the new spiritual bonds. This was a fun way to get the guest to participate and to give everybody a greater sense of involvement and complicity. As the genuinely passionate speeches unfolded, tender tears dropped here and there. In fact the whole ceremony was so highly emotionally charged that I found my eyes moistening as I looked through my camera’s viewfinder.
After the ceremony, a new jazz band came in with a swing/gipsy twist and people entertained themselves playing old-fashioned games in the grass, taking silly polaroids in the photobooth or simply sipping a cocktail at the bar. Ho, and of course toasting endlessly with champagne… And then again, it was the real thing!
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.
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!
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!