A family affair: Normandy & Paris wedding

Since I saw this wedding the song “We are family” tune by Sister Sledge seems to fit this Normandy and Paris wedding , perfectly! Caroline and Jean Christophe, like many couples, had the difficult task of trying to plan a wedding day that was personal to them, reflecting their personalities and style.  They did not follow a set theme but created a wedding the incorporates vintage, shabby chic mixed with a nod to the comic strip for some completely unqiue table plan ideas.

Caroline takes us through the planning and big day: “After a fantastic though unromantic proposal, a story that I’ll keep for myself for obvious reasons, I said yes to the man of my life. We choosed the date, the 6th October: it would be both my birthday and our proposal anniversary. One thing leading to another, the project evolved and we had a better picture of what it’d be like.

We decided to marry in Paris, where we lived, then get back to our roots in Normandy and its beautiful cliffs along the sea for the reception. I knew I would need courage and organization, and so I wrote THE LIST. It had to be essential, unforgettable, so I called it the tatoo list : – I love him – I will stay the same – I will never give up – I will accept concessions – I love him I just had to do a list of my to do lists!

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But after a few disenchanments, it appers clear to us (me) that the usual ideas wouldn’t fit to my rule #2 staying true to ourselves. Therefore we had to do a lot on our own: guest gifts, menu, and even the music (we didn’t want any DJ). Fortunatly, our family and friends were very helpful F.W Taylor would have been proud of our little team.

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A week before the D day, we had it all done. On the wedding eve, I had a very admirative thought to the women who went through this before me. I don’t mean the wedding, but the hair curlers I had to wear all the night before getting married!

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But my good friends were here for me, and we spent the last night with one (many)great bottles of win. 2 hours of sleep later, I was ready for my big day. Then everything went so fast : Civil ceremony –car-cocktail-dinner-dance-sleeping-brunch-car-seaside-car-sleeping-Istambul-Paris-routine. What I will remain of my wedding day is that I have been able to enjoy every single moment: I could drink at the cocktail, eat during the dinner, and dance all night long. The magic of the moment wasn’t about my dress nor the decorations, but the love that surrounded us, the feeling of belonging to a happy entity.

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Beautiful photography by Pimprunelle and captures a wedding full of fun and love!

monique trulove --wedding blogger

Wedding Suppliers:

Photography: Pimprunelle Photography
Wedding Reception Venue: Château de Sassetot
Hairdress: Raphaël Kian – rue d’Alésia 75014
Make up : cocoon
Flowers (bridal bouquet) : Tentation – rue des plantes 75014
The dress : David Fielden in Metal Flaque
Town hall :  paris 14th district
The party: cocktail / meal / night and brunch : château de Sassetot in Sassetot le Mauconduit
Music : not a DJ but a playlist plays on a rent audio stuffs (Normandie Sonorisation) / jazz band during the cocktail: Dixie at School Jazz Band
For all the rest: DIY!

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