Monday, September 17, 2012

Vive la mariée! A Beautiful {French} Wedding



It was a wedding weekend for us -- my third time attending a French wedding.  French Guy's cousin (a vintage car enthusiast as you will see!) married his beautiful- amour this past Saturday on a perfectly gorgeous sunny afternoon in Normandy.




As you can also see, Middle Garcon was in heaven about the 'wedding cars' !  A 1949 Buick Roadmaster and a 1963 Peugeot 404 convertible.  Both are owned and were lovingly restored by French Guy's cousin---and decked out for the event--bien sur!


The bride and groom are so lovely and fun, and the details of the day were elegant and classic.  Married at the 'Marie' or town hall where they live ....



 ... and then the reception that consisted of an early evening 'aperitif' with music and strolls around the castle grounds with dinner later and then of course dancing until the wee-hours of the morning.




The setting was breath-taking.  A French country 'chateau'... when we drove up, I think my jaw dropped!  Just a little place out in the country......


  

It was the kind of place where your mind wanders back in time, thinking of the days when the castle would have been a family home (with a very large staff!)



I have to say that as much as I was mesmerized by the architecture and grandeur, my children were most impressed with the expansive grounds--and acres of green grass!





Charming beyond words with the Normandy farms tucked into the rolling hills surrounding the manicured lawns.



Lots of exercise for me chasing down Petite Fille in heels... (mine not hers!)


After the aperitif we snuck home to dispense of the children ...  um, I mean take the children home, give them dinner, baths and tuck them into bed and leave them in the care of a sitter so we could return to the party 'sans-enfants'!  

As much as I would love to say that we danced til dawn--we left just after desert at 12:30--and arrived home at 1:00 AM....which to French standards--we are truly party-poopers leaving so soon while everyone else stayed until 4 or 5.... AM.


 Vive la mariée! --We were thrilled to be a part of this extraordinary day -- a stunning setting, a beautiful couple --- a 'belle mariage'..... lovely in every way!

Have a great Monday mes amis!  It's going to be a fabulous week!

A bientot!