So after a lovely time on the Riviera, I am back into the real wedding swing with a beautiful church wedding in Paris where the bride wore a stunning David Fielden dress.
Planner Anne-Laure from Et Voila talks us through Melanie and Maxime’s big day and why they decided on using a planner. “Last summer our agency Et Voila! Weddings helped the lovely Melanie and Maxime in the planning of their wedding in Paris.
Melanie and Maxime are a French couple living in London. Maxime proposed to Melanie as she was 7 months pregnant, and they started to plan their wedding giving themselves 2 years to get it all perfect while taking care of baby Arthur. The venue was a no brainer for the bride as the Domaine is kind of part of her Parisian life: she can see it from her parents’ garden! But after a few difficulties encountered in the planning, they called us in to help as full time jobs, a baby and a wedding abroad was a lot to deal with, even with plenty of time ahead of them !
Melanie chose a gorgeous David Fielden dress… in Paris! The venue (a beautiful golf resort in the outskirts of Paris) and the dress gave the tone to a very elegant yet modern wedding.
The couple had a religious ceremony in the local Church. Maxime being part of a choir here in London, a group of his fellow choir members sang for the entrance of the bride and groom, giving it a very personal and emotional touch. The couple also decided to include little Arthur, now 2 years old, to the ceremony and the groom entered the Church with his son in one arm and his future wife at the other. The scene was absolutely lovely, seeing them march as a family as they were about to exchange vows! After ceremony everybody gathered at the venue for a stand up cocktail, which gave the whole day a less formal feel. Unfortunately the sun was not with us and we had to activate our “wet weather plan”. From the marquee which was set up right by the building guests still had a lovely view over the park, even though they did not risk a foot out! Melanie and Maxime wanted to give a modern feel to their reception so while the guests were enjoying delicious canapes and champagne we arranged a saxophonist to play over lounge music, wandering among the guests. To keep everyone entertained we also arranged a candy bar (20 kilos of candies!), personalised postcards for friends and family to leave a message to the newlyweds, a photobooth… lots of things happening !
The B&G mingled with their closest and dearest until it was time to retire for a few minutes before making their entrance for the evening party. We distributed sparklers to the guests and advised them to stand in line for the arrival of the couple. Everyone lit the sparklers as the music started and Melanie and Maxime made their entrance waltzing up the line of guests on an air from the Traviata! This was definitely the highlight of the evening, and even though I have seen quite a few entrances, I have never seen one more beautiful and moving.
It was then time to start the party. A light cocktail bar was set up in the dancing space to serve exotic and refreshing cocktails in fun glasses and tubes. We had a traditional DJ for the beginning of the evening to please all and hired a Parisian club DJ to entertain the cosmopolitan crowd later on, for the greatest pleasure of the younger guests. Some even came to give me thank you kisses for the great evening… Definitely a wedding to remember!”
The food, the stunning David Fielden dress and the surrounding, what is not to love about this wedding!