“Pink To Red” I’m not sure we’ve featured this colour scheme before but I like it VERY much. Almost as much as I love Laurie’s red lip and her pre-wedding denim clad bridesmaids. So darn cool.
Laurie describes her Rime Arodaky gown as “free-spirited bohemian heart and rock & roll” and I couldn’t agree more, teamed with the Calais lace veil she looks the epitome of Parisian chic. This muslim and catholic fusion affair is just beautiful, I predict some big time pinning. And a dash to the make-up counter to purchase that YSL baby doll lip and cheek tint……
Laurie The Bride: The first thing I thought when Idris proposed to me was; “Of course, yes, I do !”
There are so many emotions when you are getting married. You have so many things to do, but you don’t know where to start. You have seen hundreds and hundreds of images on Pinterest, all much pretty similar but then you have to think “but what do I want ?”
After searching and thinking about it, my vision began to take shape. I didn’t make a decision on a theme, but as a guideline I chose a colour scheme; “from pink to red”.
The decoration was simple, because the venue was illustrious. Thanks to my lovely florist “1 brin 2 folie” we added only a few coloured bouquets. Then with the help of my wonderful sister Pauline, we decorated the reception room with candles, DIY jars, and fabric garlands. I can’t thank my family enough for having eaten yogurts for so long. I’m so sorry, but I needed the jars !!!
Our venue, Château de Rochegude, was situated under the luminous sky of Provence, overlooking the vineyards of the Cotes-du-Rhone. It was the first place that we visited. We just fell in love with this Château. A beautiful venue, with plenty of charm, a beautiful character and not far from my parent’s home.
I was able to combine my dress fittings’ appointment on the same day: 4 different stylists to find THE dress. To the astonishment of my girlfriends, unusually for me, I quickly made my choice on a Rime Arodaky dress. This Parisian designer mixes stylish French chic, with a free-spirited bohemian heart and rock & roll, this was exactly what I always dreamt of.
It was such a unique and unforgettable day, made all the more complete with the joy of having found “The One.” I am already nostalgic at realising that I will never try wedding dresses again, it was such a special experience.
After deciding on my white dress, I decided to accentuate it with colourful touches; red and pink shoes. Being blonde, I knew that red lips and red nails would enhance my skin tone and my dress. My vintage gloves belonged to my grandmother and then to my mother. They wore them for their wedding; it was such an honour for me to carry on the tradition!!!! My veil was made by my lovely neighbour; she is a wedding gown designer. She made my veil with a beautiful and chic Calais lace.
I booked my make-up artist and hair stylist a few months ago. Nadège Calderon was so nice, she had booked the whole salon exclusively for my bridesmaids and I. A morning filled with beauty treatments was just what we needed to relieve our stress.
I love my friends and I wanted them to wear the dress of their choice but in the colour scheme that I had chosen. Just as I had dreamt, they looked stunning in my colour scheme of pink to red shades.
My husband Idris, (it fills me with joy to call him this now !) was wearing an elegant suit from Sandro. His groomsmen were dressed in shades of blue with a touch of colour; the idea was to have a harmonious but not a monochromatic wedding! For the rings, we went to Fred and we choose two simple wedding bands; it’s elegant and perfect in my eyes.
We borrowed the car from my father’s best friend. It was a blue Porsche Carrera, the same colour as my husband’s suit ! I can’t thank my father’s friend enough for his nice gesture.
I booked my photographer Laïla from Rock Your Love a few months before, we had known Laila for a while, she is a friend of my sister-in-law. I had heard so many good things about her and about her photography. Her style of photography was exactly what I wanted; the images, the light, the moments captured, I love her photos! It was Laila’s personality that sealed the deal for her to be our photographer; she is good at listening but also gives her opinion, she can capture intimate moments of the day, whilst still remaining super professional. Laila was able to capture the right moments and emotions of our day through her pictures, and now, we not only have wonderful memories of our wedding in our minds but also in pictures. Laila had the brilliant idea to organize our first glimpse of each other in the vineyards surrounding my parent’s house. Idris was really surprised to discover my wedding look as I was not a conventional bride. This is evident in his expression as captured in the pictures, I reassure you, he loved my style.
As I am Catholic and my husband is Muslim, we had 2 weddings; a Muslim one and a Catholic one. For the wedding at the church, the Deacon agreed to head the ceremony with the help of my father-in-law. It was really symbolic for us, especially in this day and age. I don’t recall ever having witnessed such an open minded and collaborative ceremony.
Our wedding was also an opportunity for us to please our family and friends with little favours, I made hangers with liberty fabrics for my girlfriends as a gift to thank them for their presence and their help. Indian inspired amuse-bouche was served during the cocktail because my husband is Indian.
A group of four singers, Lady Pirate & ses Dollies provided the entertainment at the cocktail. They also sang “Happy Birthday” for my sister-in-law, we now have a date in common and it was our surprise for her. We had a sweet table for those with a sweet tooth, both adults and children! We also gave DIY guest favours; a jar of confiture bergeron apricot and lavander made by my mother and my sister.
This day was just perfection for us, better than we had dreamt. Along with our families and friends we were all overjoyed. A huge bubble of happiness and love surrounded us throughout the day ! We thank all of our guests, families and friends without whom we would never have had such a magical wedding.