Rosie + Simon
Pavillon St Lambert Wedding Photography in Provence, France
If you believe in that sort of thing it’s often said to be lucky for it to rain on your wedding day. However, when you are having a wedding in the Luberon in Provence in early September, expecting glorious sunshine, it is pretty unlucky for it to rain for most of the day. This is exactly what Rosie and Simon were confronted with for their wedding at Pavillon St Lambert. It was only the second time in ten years that their wedding planner Elodie Villemus had seen such an occurrence!
Luckily, they had paid attention to the forecast and made some adjustments. They bought huge sheets of plastic to cover the open sides of their dining area. They also hired patio heaters to make sure everyone didn’t freeze to death as the lack of sun brought the temperature down below those expected in the UK. Of course the weather wouldn’t be allowed to hold up proceedings, so preparations continued apace inside the house.
Meanwhile the groom and the guests gathered down the road in the beautiful hilltop village of Roussillon. Although Rosie’s mother is a vicar, they had chosen a local ex-pat vicar to conduct the ceremony at Saint Michel Church. The church came with it’s own permanent residents in the form of a swallow’s nest on the ceiling. They added some unexpected noise, and more than a little jeopardy for the guests as they dodged falling gifts! The rain became less torrential as Rosie arrived at church, and had almost stopped completely by the time the couple left under a shower of lavender.
Wedding Reception at Pavillon St Lambert
The couple travelled back to the venue in a gorgeous classic Mercedes that they had borrowed from a friend. Drinks and canapés (and oysters and foie gras) were served under brollies and canopies, but as the afternoon drew on the rain finally stopped. Grateful for the warmth from the heaters, the guests gathered undercover for the wedding breakfast. Rosie and Simon were serenaded to their seats with a rousing rendition of La Marseillaise by their friend who was performing later in the band.
We had speeches from the father of the bride, sister of the groom, the groom himself and the best man (also playing in the band), interspersed with some lovely food. There was even a sunset to give us a sneak preview of what to expect at the post-wedding party the following day. As darkness fell we were treated to a traditional mille-feuille and then everyone hit the dance floor. Maybe it was the familiar band, or the need to keep warm, but the whole place was jumping for many an hour.
Provence Wedding Photography
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