Nicole and Laurent were married just six weeks after my son Sebastian was born. I’ve known Nicole for several years; I met her through my husband, all of us friends from back when we lived in California and ran around in the same soulful house music scene. A few years back, Nicole did something many people only dream of – she quit a stable but boring job in finance that she didn’t particularly like and took herself off to Paris to study the art of patisserie and become a pastry chef. From there she went on to work in New York and then in a Michelin-starred restaurant in the south of France and met Laurent, a passionate surfer and aeronautical engineer. They fell crazy in love and now, having followed her own passion for pastry, Nicole has both her dream career and her dream partner. I love this story.
Anyway, Mark and I went along to their wedding in the south of France as guests with both children in tow, but upon our arrival when Nicole told me that it was so totally DIY that the DIY-ness included the photography, I offered to do what I could, as a wedding gift to them. Of course this meant I was somewhat limited by shooting without my normal kit and with a baby strapped to my chest half of the time and needing lots of breaks to disappear to feed said baby, plus a pre-schooler who wanted lots of attention too but nonetheless I think I managed to cover most of the day for them.
Their wedding ceremony was held in the local mairie, or town hall, with an intimate reception held at Laurent’s mum’s quintessentially rustic French farm house. Decorations, hair, makeup, flowers, favours, stationery, vintage photo place cards, wine markers, cheese plates, entertainment – basically everything with the exception of the catering for dinner – was created by the couple or by their friends. And and of course the wedding cake and topper, macarons and local specialty gateau were made by Nicole herself. During the whole day, the energy, the intimacy and the happiness were palpable, and I’m so glad I was able to be a part of it, both as a photographer and as a friend.
Nicole and Laurent – I’m so happy for you both. Wishing you so many happy years on your adventure together. Bisous xx.