We got civilly married on December 1st 2012 before leaving for New York, but of course we wanted a big and beautiful wedding party with all our friends and family. It was at the end of August, and you’re finally getting to see the pictures.
It took me a very long time to begin writing this article, because there is no way I could write down how moving this crazy day was. It goes by as fast as it is intense.
So instead of trying to put into words the magic of this unbelievable day (I’m afraid I just can’t), I will simply comment the pictures, step by step. It will be more objective and pragmatic, kind of like a diary of my D-DAY. It will be easier also, and this way I won’t change subject out of the blue, I won’t forget anything and I won’t take the risk of being ridiculously cheesy and sentimental.
We had a cool morning (calm before the storm!). We had been in Jullouville for ten days already, in a wonderful villa on the beach.
Romain and I couldn’t picture our wedding without a seaside scenery. Normandy beaches are so beautiful with their large tides and their wooden cabins… I spent all my summers on those beaches : Granville, Saint Pair sur mer, Carolles and Jullouville, close to the Mont Saint Michel (my father comes from there and part of my family still live there). For this reason, choosing our wedding place wasn’t difficult. I already had millions of memories on Jullouville’s beach, and I’m so happy I celebrated my wedding there and added more precious and unforgettable memories to this place.
But let’s get back to the D-Day (see, I’m already digressing!). Morning plans were simple : I went for a walk on the beach to write my vows, then our best men and maids of honor arrived to help us ; we put the benches and the arch for the ceremony, and planted the lovely little windmills that Alice, one of the bridesmaids, had made for us. We blew a few balloons and ate some pizza while Christoph, our musician, played guitar and sang, rehearsing the songs we had asked him to sing during the ceremony and the cocktail.
I asked Marina to do my make-up and hair, as she did for my civil wedding in Lille (her book – her blog). I wanted to work with someone I trusted, someone I already knew, rather than putting my hair and my face in the hands of someone I had never seen before. One less stress!
Concerning the dress, I had a big crush on LOLITA LEMPICKA & EKYOG capsule collection wedding dress, a long while ago (at the end of September 2011, while I attended the shooting of the collection!). Romain hadn’t proposed to me back then, but I remember saying to myself it really was my dream dress! When the collection came out in May 2012, I started to think about this dress again… Romain proposed to me in June 2012, so I really hesitated buying it then. But I convinced myself that having my wedding dress one year in advance wasn’t a good idea.
I had picked two other dresses (you can see both here, since they were part of the collection I had made for MonDéfilé.com, of which my civil wedding dress came from). But then last June, during the sales, EKYOG opened an OUTLET on their e-shop, and the famous dress happened to be among the wonderful things you could find on this website. I saw it as a sign and immediately ordered it! Organic coton, silk and embroidered lace, a very simple cut, retro, bohemian and romantic, this is exactly what I wanted.
Since the dress was quite simple, I wanted to add a final touch to it, and it was obvious to me : I asked TAND3M to make my dream accessories. After a few emails and some transatlantic phone calls (thank you Skype!), I got exactly what I had in mind : a gorgeous headdress made out of hand-embroidered flowers, pearls and nacre, and a pretty scaled belt (you can’t really see it on the pictures, but you can see it here – mine was thinner so it wouldn’t hide the smocks of the dress). I was really happy with the result, it added a touch of romance and refined elegance to my rather simple dress.
As for the shoes, I wore a pair of REPETTO pale nude pink flat shoes. I wanted to feel comfortable, especially on the sand – and I couldn’t imagine this dress with heels. I didn’t regret my choice!
We imagined a secular ceremony of our own, with two of our close friends as the Masters of Ceremony : Kevi and Clem, who really knocked this out – probably because they know us so well (too well?). They really managed to give this moment a solemn but not boring aspect. They told a few anecdotes about us, some very funny jokes, and they totally mastered the art of speaking in public – that’s why we had asked them to do it in the first place!
For the music, Christoph, our musician, played some of our favorite songs, among which All I want is you (Juno soundtrack) and ‘Cause I love you (June Carter and Johnny Cash).
From the dock – sorry, from where we sat, it was really nice seeing our friends wearing all the colors of our dress code (coral, pale green, navy blue and sailor). All these coral dresses, these hints of mint green and these stripes… It was really cool seeing that our guests really played the game and respected the colors we had cruelly imposed on them.
I offered their outfit to Cécile and Alice, my two bridesmaids : a beautiful long dress with three colors that perfectly matched the dress code (from JARLO via ASOS), and a lovely flower headband from PAULINE DRÔM. Romain offered his three best men a sailor bow tie from MRS BOW TIE.
TABLES AND DECORATION
Each table was named after the books of our favorite author : Boris Vian. We tried to link the titles to the people around the tables. For instance, Elles se rendent pas compte (They don’t realize) for the bloggers and related. L’Herbe Rouge (The Red Grass) for our friends we met during our preparatory class at Lycée Faidherbe . Les Fourmis (The Ants) for Romain’s scientific friends (I might remind you that Romain works as a biology researcher, mainly on ants). L’arrache-coeur – Heartsnatcher – for our parents. We put the books on the table with a pen, so that our friends and family could scribble some notes, dedications, drawings…
For the flowers, we worked with Anne FRERET, who has one of the most beautiful flower shop I have ever seen, in Saint Pair sur mer. I had shown her my inspiration board and she did exactly what I had in mind : a lot of small bouquets in different containers, and some pretty compositions for the cheese and dessert buffet.
On the plates – that were all different from one another, we put a little personalized tattoo, designed by our friend Tikki and created on Bernard Forever ; we also put a bunch of “dragées” in a little bag (tracing paper, fabric masking tape – mint gingham, sailor, or green and coral liberty, and a round sitcker with Adeline’s visual again). You can see more details here and here.
To decorate the restaurant (and the ceremony), we ordered dozens of lanterns and paper flowers from SOUS LE LAMPION, a shop you might already know. If you don’t, I strongly advice you to take a look at it, because there are so many choices of sizes and colors, and it’s really cheap. You can find many great ideas to decorate your living room or your bedroom – I should definitely reuse some of these lanterns to decorate the walls in our apartment!
 Faidherbe sounds like “fait d’herbe”, which means “made out of grass” (translator’s note)
COCKTAIL AND PHOTOS
We didn’t have much time to enjoy the cocktail, because that’s when we did the traditional group photo and newly wed shooting. I would like to thank our photographer, Jean-Laurent Gaudy, who took all the pictures I’m showing you today. I’m not going to tell you “how to choose your wedding photographer”, since I already did when I published the pictures of our civil wedding. I just want to tell you that we are, once again, very happy with these pictures that really depict the atmosphere of this beautiful day.
DINNER AND NIGHT
I’m not going to give you all the details of these intimate and festive moments, but I can tell you it goes by so fast! I hardly ate anything (me!!), and I haven’t even tried the desserts! And yet we had chosen an excellent restaurant (La Promenade), and we had an original and refined menu. We actually enjoyed the wonderful setting on the beach more than the fancy food. But everybody told us that the roasted sea bass with seaweeds was excellent, and that the desserts were to die for! Too bad I didn’t have time to taste all those wonders, but I really wanted to go from table to table to spend time with my guests.
Then the party began and lasted until the early morning. You missed a great moment of “air microphone” by Célinette, Vanessa and Emilie – but Jean-Laurent didn’t! I laughed so much when I saw the pictures!
We went to bed at 8:15 AM… Exhausted but so happy. Our alarm went off only 45 minutes later for our “day after” photo session. Then we had a brunch and spent the day at the beach with our friends, as planned.
THE DAY AFTER
Only a few minutes after we closed our eyes, our alarm clock rang. We were indescribably tired and happy. And yet we made a series of pictures for this “day after”, and then met our guests for this second party day, that was as nice and beautiful as the Saturday, despite the fatigue! I don’t have digital pictures of this moment, but my bridesmaids had a polaroid camera to immortalize this day. You can also see a few Instagram pictures, such as this one from Vanessa – so dreamy! Seeing these cheeses and crabs from here in New York is torture!
I was wearing a silk coral and cream lace dress from MES DEMOISELLES via Place des Tendances and my Repetto flat shoes. Romain was wearing a sailor shirt from SAINT JAMES, a short from URBAN OUTFITTERS and a pair of mint blue Converse. Apparently, during the evening, he had put on his stomach a whole series of the temporary tattoos that we gave to our guests along with the little one that was on the plates. We created these tattoos with Bernard Forever, and you can find them here. (It’s one of Romain best men who draw them – I’m actually thinking about getting a real tattoo of one of these drawings as a souvenir, but I don’t know which one yet).
You can see more pictures of my wedding on Instagram, looking for the hashtag #paulinexromain, or on Jean-Laurent’s blog.
I hope you liked this article. I know it really took me a long time to give birth to it, but it’s really hard to relate all the intensity of such a weekend, and it’s almost too intimate to share it with everybody… But I know you would have been mad at me if I hadn’t gave you a detailed report.
I’ll be back very soon for the usual programs : outfits!