“Our wedding photos are truly wonderful. Marie-Lise and I would like to thank you for an incredible piece of work that we will treasure.”
I’ve been to some amazing places because of wedding photography, but the region around Carla-Bayle in the Ariège department of south west France is going to some take beating. Travelling to Toulouse for a destination wedding is exciting enough, so when Marie-Lise told me that the reception was taking place in a tepee in her parents’ garden which looked out over the Pyrenees, I doubt I was able to hide my Cheshire cat grin.
Watching the preparations unfold made me realise what a monumental effort Marie-Lise’s family were putting into decorating their house and garden with local flowers and subtle details. The results were as natural and artistic as the family itself and it looked stunning.
But that was for later. The humanist service took place in Carla-Bayle itself which is a bastide town consisting of one restaurant and a dozen or so art galleries. And not much else. It’s utterly unique. In the height of summer the galleries are open to visitors as the inhabitants sit in the town square enjoying a glass of wine. It looked a little different as two hundred people crowded outside the Marie for champagne after the ceremony. And how else would you leave for the reception in the French countryside? Standing up through the sun roof of a powder blue 2CV of course.
As the sun began to die down guests arrived at the house and the party got going in earnest. With the pyrenees in the background the garden and teepee looked magnificent, the perfect time for drinks before dinner. At sunset guests made their way in to the teepee for dinner, speeches and dancing. The sight of chinese lanterns flying into the night sky capped a day of epic proportions.
Marie-Lise, Mark and their families are such generous, warm people that I truly feel honoured to have been a part of their wedding and the fact that it took place in such a stunning location is just a bonus.
Grab a cup of tea and get comfy, this is an epic blog post. But so was the wedding.
Second shot by the magnifique Rachel ‘I’m still hungry’ Manns.