Not just a handmade but a family made DIY wedding on the blog today, with the real life wedding of Jed and Jen captured by David Page Photography in the Aquitaine region of South of France. Jen took the approach of ‘wearing’ your wedding dress to the full, with a quick bridal tea break for herself and the guests before the wedding as they headed to the local village for a cup of coffee!
Wedding Photographer David takes us through the big day: “The wedding of Jed and Jen was a real French, DIY wedding and one that I will always certainly remember. The bride & groom had found their wedding location which consisted of a small private collection of 3 beautifully restored rural gites along with a swimming pool in the Aquitaine countryside with a view to yearn for.
Everything was organised by Jen & Jed from the UK and from our very first conversation on Skype, where we chatted over a glass of wine, I knew it was going to be a rather wonderful wedding. There were around 30 family and close friends for the wedding and the gite complex was big enough to house everyone quite comfortably.
Now France in summer as everyone knows is beautiful with blue skies, wonderful light and hot weather. However, it was with no little apprehension that I set off early in the morning to drive to the venue under leaden grey skies and not an insignificant amount of rain. Nothing was going to spoil Jen and Jeds wedding though and the weather, although a bit wet to start with, soon turned to sunshine later on and picking fresh flowers in the rain for the bouquets became part of the memories of the day.
Everyone in the wedding party lent a hand arranging flowers, laying tables, chilling the champagne, drinking the champagne and making sure all the small details were in place for Jen and Jed. The gite where Jen was getting ready had the most amazing “Narnia” wardrobe with a huge mirror on the front which made for a very sociable make up area for bride and bridesmaids.
When the bride and bridesmaids were ready they all decided to “nip” into the local village for a cup of coffee! Quite wonderful to see the enthusiastic reception they were given by the locals including one rather bemused looking elderly gentleman in the village square.
The wedding service itself was held outdoors with a stunning backdrop over the fields and rolling hills of Aquitaine. Guaranteed memory right there. I can honestly say that there are some weddings where the emotions of the day bring a little lump to my throat. This was one of those weddings.
With Jen and Jed so evidently very much in love that when they gave their vows I was getting more than a little bit choked up! That’s probably the last thing my clients want to see, a weeping photographer…
After the buffet meal I bought a chalkboard out for guests to pose with after writing a lyric on it from an appropriate song to provide another memory of the day. The sun shone in the evening and the last photo below was when Jen and Jed slipped away for a quite moment together and against this amazing backdrop Jed told Jen that after the wedding he was whisking her away on a surprise honeymoon to Marrakesh, Morocco.
France, truly the land of romance…
So in love and having soo much fun!
Photography – David Page photography www.davidpagephotography