Thank you to everyone who so kindly got in touch or commented yesterday to express how moved they were by my first post on our wedding. I felt so moved by it that I decided to do a fun and playful post today before diving into the pictures of the getting ready, ceremony and reception. Toby and I decided to hire this villa to stay in with some of our closest friends during the week we were on the island. A few people raised eyebrows at this decision: “don’t you want to be on your own?”; “why would you want to stay with friends during your wedding?”, and so on. Of course the idea isn’t for everyone, but with so many of our friends spread out across the country (and world!) we saw this as a brilliant opportunity to be able to spend extended quality time with them all. We felt that we had countless opportunities to head off on vacations alone as a couple, but would rarely have the luxury of all our close friends and family being in the same place as us at the same time. It turned out to be a complete hit and we even hosted a BBQ and pool party with the whole wedding party at the villa on the Sunday after the wedding. I’m so pleased we decided to do that because it was amazing to hang out with our loved ones outside of the bubble of the wedding ceremony and reception. One of the main reasons we decided to have a destination wedding was (aside from loving the island) because the setting offered a laid-back and organic atmosphere. It can be all too easy to let a wedding sweep you up and become all consuming, but we were determined for it not to do so. I think the main stress in the planning was actually the week of the wedding when French Air Traffic Controllers went on strike and most flights to the island were being cancelled. Three days out from our wedding it looked like our guests weren’t going to be able to get out to the island, but thankfully it was called off just in time. It was at that point that we were so pleased we made the decision to head down to the beach on the morning of the wedding. As the ceremony wasn’t due to start until 7pm we had plenty of time to show everyone just why we adore this island so much. Aren’t the colours just incredible? We’ve been to this beach more times than we can count but we never, ever tire of it, and are delighted our friends were able to see it with us on such a special day. Much like the slippers photograph in our set of engagement pictures was my favourite, this photograph of us holding coconuts together is the winner for me here. I remember feeling the warmth of Toby as our hands touched and felt so happy. I could have jumped with the all-consuming joy, which, unsurprisingly became somewhat of a theme over the next few hours before we went to get ready for the ceremony! See you back here soon for the next set of snaps from our wedding, including getting ready, the ceremony and reception.
// Photography by Jean-Laurent Gaudy