12/08/2010

nicky & dave

Well.... I never thought that within six months of starting this photography lark that I would be shooting a wedding in France... and I still can't quite believe we did it.  It has to be one of the best experiences I've had as not only did I get to capture this gorgeous wedding but me and Pete also had the mother of all road trips... and I loved every second of it!
Nicky and Dave have been together for years and planning a wedding in France is a pretty huge task but they thought hey, if they've waited this long, they might as well go for it! What I love about this wedding is that they really did rope everyone in to help them... Nicky's Dad is a builder over there (he actually built the villa/venue) and speaks French so was able to liaise with the Mayor to allow Nicky and Dave to legally marry at the local Mairie.  He also managed to source things like the chairs for the reception, the catering, the booze etc which made planning a lot easier!  Also Nicky's Mum used to be a florist so made the her bouquet and arranged all the flowers for the tables... they were so beautiful....  
When they told their friends that they were marrying abroad everyone was up for it and friends came over for a weeks holiday and in return helped out with setting up the venue ready for the big day.  Friends drove over from England with cars and vans filled with everything from DJ equipment to jam jars and whilst Nicky and Dave were married at the Mairie in town with close friends and family, the rest of the party were setting up the reception and the flowers back at the villa.
Nicky's dress was one of those amazing finds at a vintage fair and with a costume lady for a friend they were able to customize it perfectly... she added some stunning patterned shoes with a matching sash and gorgeous earrings from another friend in Hong Kong. She then got changed into a gorgeous white dress with  little diamonds for a second blessing held at the villa (also conducted by one of their friends!).  
Dinner was served in the large garden overlooked by trees with three long tables filled with mix match jars, gorgeous flowers and a cute clove of garlic as their name places.  Speeches were relaxed and warm and guests sat, ate and chatted until the sun went down...
The evening was filled with lots of dancing (one of their friends DJ'd), the BEST wedding cake I've ever seen (also made by one of their friends), the Photo Booth and an impromptu dip in the pool (mostly with clothes on and glasses of wine)... it really was an amazing wedding... which I don't think we will ever forget.  We even had an hour to kill in the afternoon whilst Nicky got changed and they set things up so me and Pete found ourselves in the pool... I don't think I'm ever going to be able to say that again!
Nicky and Dave... thank you so much for asking me to be a part of your utterly amazing wedding... it was such a beautiful day and you all worked so hard to achieve that... you, your friends and family should be so proud of yourselves...
It was really tough trying to pick which images to put into this post as there were so many!!!





 











28 comments:

  1. Really gorgeous, Emma. They are fantastic.

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  2. This is the one I've been waiting for! All I can say is... OMG... bloomin bootiful! I love both the dresses :D

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  3. Wish I had been a guest at this wedding, it's just parfait.

    Oh la la, my heart, my fragile gettingmarriedintwoweeks heart has gone all of a flutter again.

    Don't stop doing what you are doing with your pictures Emma, they are gorgeous!

    Lucy xx

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  4. Oulala! Elle sont superbe les photos! On dirait bien que tu as eu beaucoup de plaisir a prendre des photos dans cet endroit magnifique. J'espere un jour pouvoir y avoir un marriage en France.

    Bravo choupette tu es championne ;)
    xxx

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  5. Beautiful, now I want to run away and get married in France.

    With all the chatter about what to look for in a photographer over at 'a los angeles love' every time I see another of your weddings I know we made the right choice, joy shines out of them and I can't wait for November!!

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  6. I think this is my favourite that you have done so far Emma, absolutely breathtaking x

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  7. beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. You are such a clever, amazingly talented lady and what a wonderful wedding! I am sure that Nicky and Dave must be blown away by these!

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  8. the pictures are so beautiful emma! such a nice wedding!

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  9. your making my heart explodeee Emma!!!! ♥♥♥

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  10. I love this post. It is just so bright and beautiful. I love how you've creatively captured the details and the location, particularly the shot of the chairs.

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  11. Fantastic pictures - I love to look at your work!

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  12. Completely overcome with emotion looking at these. Every time I look at your blog I am in awe of the photos I see.
    You are such a talented an beautiful photographer, if these where my wedding photos I would be so happy with the beautiful memories you have captured.
    xx

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  13. Gorgeous! Is all so pretty. I am doing a wedding in France in September - hope it is this fab x

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  14. Here's another triumph! I love the composition on these shots. I love photograhing buildings and I love your perspective on them, a real treat.
    The colors, the atmosphere in your photos exhude joy all the time.
    I love your eyes!!!

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  15. Amazingly brilliant pics (as usual Emma!). Love them. And also love the fact that the bride wore two equally gorgeous dresses. Lucky girl

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  16. I was going to comment in French, but Steve has beaten me to that one!

    Beautiful wedding, captured beautifully. The tones and colours are gorgeous. Your best yet, I think!

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  17. Beautiful.

    That's all that needs to be said.

    Except to also say, the Bride and Groom will go bananrama for these photographs. They are absolutely exquisite Emma :)

    Annabel xXx

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  18. Beautiful work! So glad you have this gift!

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  19. Emma, what can I say, I love your work. It's unique, it's different and so much fun.

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  20. oooh I do love a destination wedding. That outdoor reception looks lovely.

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  21. You are such a talent, Emma!! I love it :) Your style is so unique - keep it up!

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