Fanny and Gabriel

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Fanny & Gabriel

I’m not even sure where to begin to describe today’s beautiful French extravaganza, from the bride’s stunning lace gown, to the circus performers at the reception and the cobblestone streets. There’s something utterly romantic about France and today’s couple (who married in the Loire region) just encapsulated everything I’ve come to know and love from one of the most romantic countries in the world. Our newlyweds met through mutual friends. “Gabriel and Fanny met 8 years ago and the first time they saw each other, everyone knew they were meant to be together forever. Gabriel had organised with one of Fanny’s friends to stay out of the apartment so he could organise roses in each corner of the room and he prepared a wonderful meal. Fanny was so excited and did not expect a proposal but was wild with excitement when he did ask her that night. Gabriel is a romantic.” Photos today are by the ever talented Gemma Clarke who traveled all the way to France to shoot today’s beauty (and didn’t she do it in a scrumptious way?). Gemma is not only a photographer who can capture the moments, details and ambiance beautifully but she’s a downright lovely person too! Note: The bride asked for no photos to be published of her face to protect her privacy.

Fanny wore a beautiful lace gown by Dephine Manivet and Chloe shoes. She had a friend who is a flower wholesaler so created her own bouquets and floral arrangements.

Fanny and Gabriel were married in a church in an old village which is in the commune of Béhuard.

Fanny’s friend designed the invitations and Fanny created the rest of the stationery.

You might recognise today’s wedding from Once Wed, Fanny and Gabriel hired two photographers! “I wanted candid photos, moments of emotion, photos of the place, people, scenery and details. Photos with style and vintage appeal were very important to me. I booked a French photographer, Emilie Gerard and she brought along this great Australian photographer, Gemma Clarke. I asked for no posed photos at all as I wanted to capture the real moments. I really like the photos Gemma took, very much in the style I like, she is very talented and so adorable in her personality like Emilie!”

The evening and dinner took place in a forest, Domaine du Bouchet Marchais Gennes. Fanny says “As I liked several themes, I decided to make Gabriel a little of each to try to do something unique, I took a little “circus”, “shabby”, “British “and  “Mary Antoinette”, “Boheme”. I also wanted a forest AND a barn, it was important to me. The peculiarity is that I also wanted to eat … outside! Everyone told me “You’re a crazy girl! Never never make you, everything will fly away or be damaged, no one does that!”. Even the caterer did not believe even the day before, I told people that I would not change my opinion, and trust me it was magic!” “I wanted to create several ‘worlds’ during the wedding. I created a forest “magic” with lanterns everywhere around the trees, I wanted the dinner is to be very “Versailles” with servers, round tables, chairs, “Napoleon” – a centrepiece that tells stories (history books)! I wanted the DJ to be with us with vintage music, soft and romantic, I wanted everything to be like a romantic film!”

Fanny was inspired by an eclectic mix of beautiful things. “For inspiration, I saw Coppola’s Marie Antoinette, I looked for books on the circus, the bohemian, the 20s, romantic style, shabby, British. For help, with the  long list I became a real library of wedding sites!” The unique entertainers and props: trailer, barrel organ, comedians, corner booth, cotton candy and popcorn machine were all part of Fanny’s vision for the day (Fanny’s a stylist, you can read her blog here).

Fanny made a lot of the details herself.  “I did the decorations myself: liberty flags, banners, garlands of ribbon, corner booth, old books, paper-covered liberty, table with numbers, table plan with labels, printed menus, gifts for the guests!”  The scrumptious cupcakes and cake were made by Cupcakes & Co.

Fanny’s memorable moments included some of the things that didn’t go well. “Bottles of Coca Cola had exploded in the fridge in the kitchen of the caterer, it was terrible! When the caterer came to put the candles on the cake, one of them has also exploded (really) and Gabriel put out the fire!” After dark a special treat came out. “At midnight we had an ice cream bicycle shop and it was fabulous – more popular than the cupcakes!

A big thank you to Fanny & Gabriel for sharing their wedding day today on Polka Dot Bride! Congratulations! Thank you also to Gemma Clarke for sharing today’s amazing images!

Photos by Gemma Clarke Photography


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  • Bianca says:
    October 12, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    Beautiful wedding. There are no shots of the bride’s face?

  • Naomi says:
    October 12, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    I thought the same as Bianca. Such a shame. Her dress looks lovely from the back.

  • Fiona says:
    October 12, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    Awww I wanted to see the brides face:(

    The wedding looked like a scrumptious affair!

  • AmyPunky Photography says:
    October 12, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    It was nice to have Gemma as a second shooter on this gorgeous wedding!!!

  • Gayle says:
    October 12, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    I also thought the same about wanting to see the bride’s face but the photos chosen are incredible. The last shot particularly is just awesome! What a length she went to for her wedding. So worth it though, it’s just absolutely stunning.

  • bridal girl says:
    October 13, 2010 at 2:30 am

    So many great shots, but they should have included even one shot of the bride’s face. Her wedding dress is beautiful, but I feel that it is still lacking cause there was no face to show.

  • Joanne says:
    October 13, 2010 at 6:37 am

    All those beautiful photos and not one of the bride from the front? A shame.

  • Rachel - theWeddingVine says:
    October 13, 2010 at 6:51 am

    Gorgeous use of a veil! So original!

  • Gemma Clarke says:
    October 13, 2010 at 7:08 am

    Please don’t be upset with me – it was the bride’s request that I do not publish any photos of her face to protect her identity. Maybe Ms Polka will add that in the article 😉 The wedding was incredible and the bride requested that we shoot NO posed photos so it was all candid and we just observed what happened all day – it was great!!

    • Polkadot Bride says:
      October 13, 2010 at 9:20 am

      Thanks for clarifying Gemma! I have added it to the post (noone is upset with you, I think Polka Dot Bride readers just love to see the face behind the celebration..and what a stunning one it was!)

  • Louisa says:
    October 13, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    Beautiful photos. I guessed that the bride might be a bit shy about having her face published. It’s wonderful we can still see all the other beautiful details anyway.

  • Rachel - theWeddingVine says:
    October 14, 2010 at 6:04 am

    The bridal gown is fabulous!! and the images with the sun setting are unbelievable.

  • Ann says:
    October 15, 2010 at 8:26 am

    Greats shots again, they make all the difference

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