I felt extremely privileged to be asked to go out and photograph Rachel and Alexis’ wedding in France. I travelled from England to Dormans, France on the Friday and was greeted with a glass of champagne (produced by Alexis’ family business RAW France Champagne Wafflart-Briet) and a rare steak burger with blue cheese) I knew this was going to be an even more amazing weekend!
Rachel is English – a proper English Rose! and Alexis is French. They meet when Rachel went over to study in France as part of her university course. Alexis’ family has a spectacular champagne making business based in Sacy which has been handed down through the generations of the family. Now it is Rachel and Alexis “baby”.
Both their families are big rugby fans so the banter of singing national anthems never became tired through out the day, it certainly added to the atmosphere of the day!
Rachel got ready at the fabulous Chateau Ru Jacquier in Dormans with her bridesmaids and parents. We had the opportunity of capturing some wonderful moments with Rachel and her parents who are unbelievably close. To roll with the rugby theme, Rachel surprised her dad with a red rose button hole!
They had a beautifully conducted ceremony in the delightful little church in Sacy. I really could not contain my excitement after seeing that very quaint church, this is why I love my job! The local choir love Rachel and agreed to sing “Happy Day” at the end of the ceremony, absolutely fantastic effort and widened those smiles even more of the guests.
After the ceremony, everyone walked from church to the “co-operative” this is where all the villagers came and joined in with the celebrations and have a glass of champagne. There was almost 400 people part of the wedding at one point! We took a few photos in the vineyards too before we had to depart.
We all ventured back to the Chateau for the wedding reception, starting with the whole group photo and some family photos. Before we knew it, everyone was sat down ready to eat their fabulous French wedding breakfast.
The speeches were brilliant. Rachel was a fantastic translator too for those who did not understand. French/English themed Chinese lanterns started the evening celebrations!
The DJ (a friend of Alexis’) played a good set of english and french songs which kept the dance floor busy all night long! (Along with traditional fish and chips – that had come all the way from Dover especially!)
I completely understand why the french love Rachel, her smile is wonderful and she did not stop smiling all day! Her and Alexis are completely in love!
Thank you so so much Rachel and Alexis for having me along, I had such an amazing weekend and I wish you a lifetime of happiness together!