Wednesday, July 12, 2006

A French Wedding

Guests proceeding to the family chateau after the wedding in town.

We were happy to see our dear Aude marry Sebastien during the weekend! The wedding took place at Seb's family home, full of history.
Sebastien held a boat folding class three days before the wedding, I took a break from washing windows, and in short order we were able to turn out enough boats for the tables. Then they placed the paper boats full of sea-worn pebble shaped dragets in chocolate, nougat, classic almond, hazelnut, and a chocolate and almond mix on each table.

The tent arrived and the decorations were put up one by one. Something very special I learned from being involved at the preparations of this wedding is how amazing it can be when when family members are called to come together to help at every detail. Everyone on both sides of the family arrived in the days before the wedding and helped to do something.

Even with all of the preparations going, there were family members designated well in advance to prepare the meals for the people who were there helping.
Ma Belle Mere, Brigitte
Everyone had their job to do.
Even the live entertainement was delegated to family members.
For the cocktail and dinner, caterers did come in. Snails in puff pastry waiting for a blast in the oven before they went out to guests sipping champagne in the courtyard.
Three of Aude's Uncles from Paris.

A wedding just isn't a wedding without the foie gras! What really made it just right was the wine to go with:

We were quite satisfied with the stuffed quail. Tender and delicious.

Creative license was taken with the wedding cake, a beautiful and delicious croquenbouche in the shape of a cruise ship. Or was it a Viking ship? A seafaring vessel of some kind which tasted delicious, even the next morning when I was the first one up and found a plate full of cream puffs waiting for me for breakfast. I actually think I discovered the cure for the hangover, come to think of it.

One of the most beautiful, calm, festive, complete, glorious and home made family weddings down to the last detail that I have ever had the pleasure to be a part of. This was the real thing. My apologies for not getting more food shots. Quick, let's do another one! Who's next?

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Blogger wheresmymind said...

Looks like a really fun just wouldn't be French unless there was a Chien somewhere lurkin' around :) We had a blast over in France the past couple of weeks...posting up pix on my cooking and photoblog if you are interested (

8:27 PM, July 12, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amazing and beautiful. Thanks so much for the little window into such a lovely place and time.

9:09 PM, July 12, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a gorgeous series of photos and narration. You really get a sense of the family and the wedding. Lovely!

10:23 PM, July 12, 2006  
Blogger barb said...

thanks for sharing your lovely family experience with all of us.

10:45 PM, July 12, 2006  
Blogger doggerelblogger said...

What a beautiful home - I would love to know more!

10:46 PM, July 12, 2006  
Blogger Future Mrs. Lafargue said...

Fabulous thank you! I have a few new ideas for my wedding here in NY .. my fiance is from Clairoc and we want it traditional.

3:37 AM, June 05, 2008  
Blogger Deb said...

Completely charming. Thank you for sharing.

12:52 AM, December 24, 2008  

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