Thursday, 15 September 2011

A Beautiful French Wedding - Sophie and Julien

Ahhh, where to start with Sophie and Julien’s beautiful wedding?! I guess by saying to grab a cup of tea and settle in. This is going to be a long one!

Right at the beginning of August I headed off to France to capture a wedding I knew was going to be something very special. Even though we had only spoken on Skype, on meeting Sophie and Julien, I felt like we had known each other for years! Sophie and Julien live in Canada and with family all over the world, they were planning their wedding in a gorgeous little hamlet in the Cote d’Or region of Burgandy. Home to only 208 people and a place close to Sophie and Julien’s hearts, it is where Sophie’s grandparents built a beautiful home many years ago and where they have spent many a wonderful holiday.

The wedding Sophie and Julien planned was one of homespun magic. The most important element of their day was not just their marriage but the celebration of family and friends. The whole wedding was created by their wonderful families and it was one of the most original, family centred days. From the preparation in the months leading to the big day to the days before the wedding itself, every element had friends and family playing a part and a part that was done with so much love. Flowers created by a friend, dresses customised to personal taste, tables laid out by family and friends, hand made bunting, hand crocheted shawls. And walking into Sophie’s grandmothers house was like walking into an Aladdin’s cave of history and intrigue. Every part had a story to tell. Every item as important to the family as the next.

Sophie chose to get ready in her grandmothers room. Filled with precious items her grandmother had cherished, she was helped by her mum and sisters to get ready for the ceremony surrounded by memories. Childhood paintings, family pictures and a beautiful image of her grandmother that looked on over the proceedings, beautifully and proudly. Whilst her mum did her hair, sophies sisters made sure she was calm and ready for her wedding.

In France the legal binding of a marriage takes place at 'La Mairie' - the town hall. It is here that Julien saw Sophie for the first time, greeting her in a quite spot and then leading his bride indoors to be married. He was such a proud groom and the absolute adoration between Sophie and Julien was a joy to capture!

After the ceremony, well wishers joined the couple outside and after the most incredible confetti shower ever, we then all headed back to the house to be joined by the rest of their guests for a garden ceremony under a huge pear tree that had been beautifully decorated by Sophie’s sisters. The garden ceremony was led by Sophies cousin Jaques and Juliens sister Camille and family members each gave a little story and speech . After the couple toasted their new marriage with their guests the rest of the afternoon was spent socialising and then moving into the gorgeous marquee for their meal. French meals do take quite some time and I have to say the food was sublime! The party then went on until the very early hours of the next morning and the day after saw the family invite all guests back for a stunning brunch for a relaxed afternoon of catching up and reminiscing over the day before.

I can honestly say that Sophie and Julien’s day touched my heart in so many ways! Such a gorgeous couple with such an amazing family their whole day was so uniquely personal and special. It was such an honour to share it with you both and I really home we get to meet again soon! I’ll be sure to visit you in Canada soon! Here is a mere snippet of your beautiful day for you to enjoy some more!

Every part of Sophie and Juliens day was personal and they worked with some very unique suppliers they knew personally or were well loved... from Sophies custom made dress by her favourite Canadian designer to their beautiful flowers created by their close friend and Parisian florist. Here's a little list of the details!

Sophie’s Wedding Dress: Custom Designed with Canadian Designer Véronique Miljkovitch
Julien's suit: Etro Milano

Julien's tie: Lanvin
Flowers: Michel LeBreton (Paris)
Dominique’s Bridesmaid Dress (beige) customized French Connection Dress
Chloe’s Bridesmaid Dress (pink) Vintage Aleksandra Wisniewska
Earrings and bracelet: Sophie's sister Dominique
Shoes: Mine de Rien
Vintage lace shawl: Purchased at "The Little Shop" in Montreal
Crochet Shawl: Hand made by Sophie's mum
Hair flower: Twigs and Honey


  1. so beautiful Debs! tres tres beau! x x x

  2. Absolutely gorgeous!! I love all the little details you've captured Debs and the couple shots are to die for. I'm in love with this wedding and how you've captured it! X

  3. Debs, they are absolutely stunning!! It was so lovely having you there with us. You totally captured every moment and every emotion.
    Merci beaucoup. I want you to do my photos when I get married!!!
    Dominique xxxxx

  4. Debs, you rocked this wedding. I ADORE the shot with the confetti and the couple are out of focus, also the one of them standing against the white linen. Stunning. x

  5. Lush photos Debs - what an intimate, relaxed and tres chic wedding! x

  6. Hi Debs,
    Thank you for these beautiful pictures and words. You are so talented and your pictures tell how passionate you are about what you do!
    I think Julien & Sophie couldn't have had a better photographer! I hope you will be ok to come back to France for my wedding (in a very long time though). Take care,
    Camille (Julien's sister)

  7. Hi Debs,
    Your pictures are absolutely stunning; the style, the colours, the details, everything captures the authenticity and the atmosphere of these very special days.
    You are so passionate about what you do and it shows on your pictures!
    I hope you are ok to come back to France for my wedding (in a very long time though, don't worry).
    Camille (Julien's sister)

  8. Lovely! I can't wait to see the photos of the wedding we both 'attended'! ;)

  9. I love, love, love your style Debs, it's totally beautiful and feels very organic. I can't wait to see what else you were up to this year. x

  10. These images are so romantic and truly beautiful. I love the bride's chic style!

  11. just loved!! amazing and beautiful wedding

  12. Beautiful wedding! Great job Debs! ;)


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