Effortless French country wedding: Monique + Fred

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About a year ago, Monique + Fred revisited an old farm in Baracé, France, owned by Monique’s parents. It had been left in complete disrepair, until these two decided to get their friends & family’s help to renovate & landscape the space before their wedding. What happened as a result of the hard work, was a breathtaking celebration captured by Claire Eliza. This one has got us gasping, pinching ourselves, and wishing we could just pick up and move to France!

french country wedding

french country wedding

french country wedding

That’s their little pup, Ketchup. Keep an eye out for him – he’s going to look like a dapper little man in just a few photos from now.

french country wedding

french country wedding

french country wedding

Our first look was very emotional (though short). I was running an hour late to the ceremony for various reasons, but when Fred turned around and saw me, we both became overwhelmed with waves of emotion – happiness and love – at the exact same second. After that, walking down the aisle and getting married just seemed like an exciting and fun moment together.

french country wedding

french country wedding

The sweet sounds of “At Last” by Etta James played as Monique + Fred gleefully exited the ceremony.

Listen to it here:

french country wedding

french country wedding

french country wedding

french country wedding

Decorations were kept simple, all DIY, and totaled around $400. Family style tables were covered with a simple burlap runner stitched with blue thread, white IKEA vases, and jam jars that had been collected over the year prior to the wedding. Monique & friends also went to a farm to pick flowers and made each of the arrangements themselves.

french country wedding

We told you Mr. Ketchup would be looking sharp in his custom BonChicBonChien suit! And, here’s a little fun fact for you: Miss Claire, who as you know, was the photographer, was also the sweetie behind their cupcakes! She baked them the night before the wedding. A friend who can photograph, and bake? Score.

french country wedding

A few words from Monique:

Our vendors were so professional,  adaptable, nice, and understood everything we were going for – the people, the dinner, the dancing, the love. The most amazing part about our wedding was all our friends coming together to help make it happen. Without them, there would be no wedding. They all had a part in it. They traveled from around the world to come stay with us and help with the execution. They helped coordinate, carry heavy things, mow the lawn, set equipment up, decorate, they helped with the seating arrangements – everything was a show of the love and respect we all have for one another, and I can’t thank them enough!

Thanks for sharing such a breathtaking wedding with us Claire!

Photographer: Claire Eliza  / Bride’s dress: Blue by Enzoani, purchased at the White Gown in Brooklyn, NY / Bride’s headpiece: Lace tie cap veil: Poshveils, headband: Tand3m / Bride’s shoes: Toms / Earrings: borrowed from friend / Groom’s suit: J.Crew (suit & shirt), MrPorter (tie) / Groom’s shoes: Jack Purcell / Dog outfit: Custom suit from BonChicBonChien / Rentals: BFM Location / Audio: Electronic Loisirs  / Catering: MJ Prestige / Cupcakes: Claire / DJ: OutOne /

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bridal girl on Sep 29, 2011

Thanks for sharing this lovely wedding photos. Nice DIY decorations. Congrats to the bride and groom!

Kate on Sep 29, 2011

Oh wow, I love her head piece! Absolutely stunning!!!

Susie on Sep 29, 2011

Simple elegance. I love this wedding. It feels very unique but subtle. Very cool!

Richard Mortimer on Sep 29, 2011

Love the vintage look on so many of these photos. It fits the style just perfectly!

Aine on Sep 30, 2011

that headpiece is gorgeous- so different but absolutely perfect.

Jessy@Brautstories on Sep 30, 2011

Just breathtaking! This location is incredible as well as the couple and the whole wedding! I love when people set up things on their own and it still looks as if someone professional has done it! Congrats!

lori on Sep 30, 2011

Tres Jolie!

CN on Sep 30, 2011

Ah! Heaven! So simple and unique.

MAR on Oct 1, 2011

I love the photos! Mar mar-blog.com

Stacy on Oct 1, 2011

The bride is beautiful, and the details are lovely, but I'm totally in love with her hairpiece!

Amy (Oh, My) on Oct 2, 2011

Oh, wow, this is beautiful. Love the details x

Sam on Oct 3, 2011

Gorgeous dress. I wonder if she had a wedding garter to go along with it.

Jen on Oct 15, 2011

Her first outfit reminds me of a Vietnamese áo dài. Gorgeous wedding.

Louis Vuitton Sale on Nov 1, 2011

I love action movies like Jonah Hex but not too sure about the excessive cgi effects. It can detract from the story line at times.

Meagan on Nov 8, 2011

I pictures in the fields are so adorable!

Meagan on Nov 14, 2011

I love her hat/headband! its so adorable! suits her so well!

Sung Stromain Kings on Jan 12, 2012

So in case you learn a weblog publish and admire what it says, take a moment and say so! Thanks for this wonderful post.

Stephanie on Jan 23, 2012

Oh wow, beautiful setting - and all the crafts - gorgeous.... I'm searching for a French venue at the moment - please share it with us! x

Marystratton on Mar 11, 2014

I love weddings which are organized in gardens, but only if there is not much too off of cold or too much hot. Wedding Planner

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