N and J chose our favorite venue to reunite their families from France, England and all over the world for their wedding. They wanted all the elements and all their choices for their wedding to reflect their personalities.
The civil ceremony was held at the beginning of the week at the townhall in Nice. John was born in Nice where he has lived all his life and met Natalie during their studies in this same town so it seemed all the more symbolic to marry there. Natalie wore a dress of her own design, tailored by a local seamstress with the silk and lace bought many years before by her father during a trip to Florence.
The day before the wedding, the couple arrived at the Island, with their close family and friends. In the evening a relaxed barbecue was organized in the restaurant by the hotel poolside.
The next day, the bride and groom got ready each with their bridesmaids and groomsmen. The girls wore light blue dresses which matched Natalie’s personalised shoes. Natalie was the last to leave the Island on board a small wooden boat, to gain the port of Bandol where her father was waiting in the old style Porsche to drive her to the quaint church of Sanary-sur-Mer for the ceremony.
After the ceremony, everyone returned to the island to rest or discover the beautiful scenery before the cocktail which was held on the terrace facing the port to the sound of a string trio.
The dinner was held in the ballroom due to chilly weather conditions. The wedding decoration followed a vintage theme and blue and peach pastel colour scheme. The floral arrangements were accessorized with mirrors and pearls and the candy bar looked very inviting with plenty of delicious looking cupcakes, biscuits and sweets. At the center of the table a fabulous Wedding Cake in the shape of a cone (to reflect both cultures French and English) covered in hundreds of sugar roses made by the mother of the Bride looked majestic. The couple named each table after their favorite love songs from different eras.
During the evening the guests had fun at the photo booth using the vintage accessories at their disposal. At the end of the night they left with for the women a glass trinket box and for the men a disc compiling some of the Bride and Groom’s favorite music.
To end the weekend, guests were invited to a brunch the next day before taking the boat to regain the mainland.