An Influencer's Relaxed French Wedding Near Bordeaux
When Anne-Laure Mais first spotted Edouard Moreau at a nightclub in December of 2011, it was his eyes that drew her in. â€śIâ€™ve been captivated by his eyes ever since,â€ť she describes. Three years after they first met, the coupleâ€™s friendship evolved into a romanceâ€”and the rest is history. Over Christmas in 2015, Edouard brought Anne-Laure, who is an influencer with her own label, Musier Paris, to the beach with him to walk their dogs. â€śThe weather was amazing, the perfect day to be on the beach,â€ť she describes. But that wasnâ€™t Edouardâ€™s only plan. â€śHe made a huge declaration of love, then took out a ring!â€ť she recalls.
The French couple wanted to choose a wedding location that really spoke to them, first selecting Chapelle de la Villa AlgĂ©rienne in Le Cap Ferret. â€śItâ€™s a gorgeous building, and really emblematic of where Edouard is from,â€ť Anne-Laure describes. Being so close to Bordeaux, the region is full of sprawling castlesâ€”but that wasnâ€™t what the couple was looking for. â€śI wanted something similar to a ProvenĂ§al farmhouse, and Chateau de lâ€™Isle in Castelnau-de-MĂ©doc was perfect," she says.
For their September 1, 2018 wedding, Edouard and Anne-Laure didnâ€™t want a theme as much as they wanted to use lots of color and decor that felt like the brideâ€™s grandmotherâ€™s home. â€śI am obsessed with vintage pieces, and we started buying old vases and candelabras right away,â€ť the bride explains. But the most important part was having as much fun as they could!
Take a peek to see how this couple made a wedding in French wine country entirely their own. Thankfully, Morgane Lay and Jonny Cocherane of M & J Photography were on hand to capture every detail and fashion moment!
Ever the fashion bride, Anne-Laure worked with Wednesday Atelier to create a custom silk-and-lace wedding dress featuring sheer sleeves and a detailed bodice. â€śI trusted her immediately," she says. "It was hard to stick to our first ideas, but she was so professional and helpful in keeping me on track."
Anne-Laureâ€™s niece served as ring bearer, carrying the rings down the aisle while wearing a crown of flowers. The couple also had other adorable attendants who wore khaki shorts, neutral sneakers, and white shirts.
The ceremony took place in a chapel featuring octagonal steeples and brick-red stripes. The entryway featured ornate detailing and tile work, while the inside held simple wooden benches. â€śWe added dried flowers on each bench for a hint of color,â€ť says Anne-Laure.
The couple added a few personal touches to the Catholic nuptials. Afterward, guests tossed petals as they emerged from the front doors.
The bride added fun white sunglasses for the ride, while Edouard wore a wildflower boutonniere on his black De Fursac tuxedo.
Anne-Laure also carried a bouquet of wildflowers, which coordinated nicely with the lace details and sheer accents on her wedding dress.
â€śWe had an amazing band from the southeast of France,â€ť says Anne-Laure, which played a lot of classics to get all generations dancingâ€”including the flower girl!
â€śWe wanted our guests to really have fun, so we opted for a cocktail-style reception instead of a seated dinner,â€ť says the bride. Clusters of colorful blooms topped the tables, which were lit with a mix of taper candles in vintage candelabras and fragrant pillar candles, including the popular â€śFiguierâ€ť candle from Diptyque.
For the reception, Anne-Laure changed into a ruched mini dress from Magda Butrym, with bows on the shoulders and buttons down the bodice.
â€śLater in the evening, we switched over to a playlist that Edouard and I put together,â€ť the bride says.
The coupleâ€™s towering wedding cake had layers of vanilla cake paired with fresh berries and meringueâ€”a light, fresh, and not-too-sweet finish to the evening.
Looking back, the influencer shared this piece of advice as a takeaway: â€śHaving a wedding coordinator made all the difference,â€ť she says. â€śIt allowed us to enjoy every minute without worrying about the timing and organization.â€ť