Where do we start with last months trip to Beziers in the South of France for Leah & Marc’s destination wedding. Stepping off the plane on Saturday afternoon ahead of the wedding on Monday, we were soon routing out the sun cream and cooling spray as temperatures locally were in the mid 30’s, thankful we had swapped our normal wedding suit’s for tailored shorts and shirts for their wedding day.
Staying in the heart of the medieval town of Beziers we had the evening of the Saturday to wander the quaint streets and market squares discovering locations for both Sunday’s pre wedding shoot and Monday’s wedding.
With Sundays pre wedding shoot scheduled for early evening, what better way to spend some free time on Sunday morning by jumping on the bikes (from our apartment) for a 15km ride along the canal, briefly stopping on several occasion to refuel with our staple diet of café au lait and pan au chocolat. After a well earned siesta we met with Leah and Marc for their pre wedding shoot around the now deserted streets shrouded in stunning evening sunlight. Before taking the short trip on to Château de Ribaute to continue as the last of the evening light disappeared.
So onto the main event, Chris headed to meet Marc joined by his 3 best men to begin their morning preparations, whilst I headed out of town to the Château were there was a hub of morning activity as Leah, sister Jade, mum Jill and friends were busy getting ready with hair and make up by Au Boudoir
The boys were soon at La Charniere, better know as Jonny’s bar, in the town centre for a beer and a hearty breakfast in the French morning sunshine. Meanwhile back at the Château the picturesque venue with so much charm and character was providing idyllic locations for detail shots including shoes and flowers.
As preparations ended we had the welcome relief of an air conditioned car en-route into the centre of Beziers and the the church of the Madeleine. As temperatures rose so did the excitement for all parties as guests gathered. Shortly before 1 o’clock accompanied by her Dad Jim, Leah dressed in her stunning dress by Lambert Creations made her entrance as the incredible voice of her sister Jade filled the church before a service led by vicar Roger Smith.
As guests spilled out of the church on to the square Leah & Marc made their exit showered in confetti. Whilst guests headed to the nearby bus to take them to the château, we slipped away with the couple into the centre of Beziers. As with tradition in France car horns blasted to celebrate the newly weds as we walked around the streets taking advantage of a handful of the locations discovered during the days previous, before traveling together onto the venue.
Arriving at the venue guests were poolside enjoying drinks & canapés while soaking up the sunshine as Leah and Marc mingled with friends and family.
The couples natural relaxed approach to their wedding photography, without formal group shots meant we were able to focus more on capturing the candid relaxed feel of their day, whilst focusing on creating more stylish groupings of Leah and her friends sitting poolside and the bridal party on the poolside armchairs.
After further time with friends & families speeches began with Monsieur Jamie Harris, with stories about his daughters antics as both a child and adult before passing over to Richie & Jamie who waxed lyrical of Marc’s past from school, university and present day, with focus on his former cricket modelling shoots.
As the sun began to fall guests made their way to the stunning orangery building for the wedding meal, providing a ideal opportunity to grab a a few minutes with Leah and Marc and a few further portraits around the now deserted pool.
Before everyone enjoyed a stunning meal of Entrées – Scallops served on a bed of wilted leeks in a vanilla bourbon jus and Le plat principal – Saddle of Lamb served with potato gratin & seasonal vegetables created by Traiteur des Garrigues of Montpelier.
As dusk fell guests relaxed in the warm evening air, as the patio area outside the orangery was cleared making for an outdoor dance floor as band Rip It Encore took to the stage.
The champagne was soon flowing as Leah and Marc successfully completed the French tradition of La fontaine a champagne, as the homely smells from the Union jack painted Fish & Chip van filled the evening air.
Leah and Marc what an absolute pleasure to spend a few days in your company and be a part of your French destination wedding day.
We wish you all the best and look forward to designing your wedding album.
ALL THE BEST
Alex & Chris