Prue and Robin are dear friends we met in Echuca who share in common with my husband and I a romantic Australian, French connection. They were married in Saint Emillion, a picturesque heritage-protected wine village near Bordeaux, France, where Robin’s family live. And when they asked us to be their official photographers, we must admit, we blushed a lil.
The tone of this wedding was incredibly elegant in a classical, provincial village atmosphere and Prue and Robin’s ‘joie de vivre’ was enviable to all who travelled seas to witness thier union.It was a family affair, with the Querres hosting a sophisticated night of speeches, poems and song and the beautiful Lady Hawkey as hostess to the Australian contingent.
From the chandeliers in the civil ceremony to the vintage car Prue arrived in, the manicured gardens, a walk through the stoney walk ways of the village to our trip to a local winery where Prue and Robin had an official Australian ceremony in le tres jolie jardins of the courtyard before champagne, oysters and a four course meal replete with vintage wines were lavished upon the guests in a dreamy French cottage reception hall… The speeches were bold and emotional. The guests, an intoxicating mix of French aristocrats and Australian expats swooned through jetlag and culture shock as the couple celebrated their first dinner as man and wife. At the end of the night, we were all escorted out on to the greens where a French performance artist did a theatrical fire show to a haunting soundtrack which led the bride and groom down a candle lit path in the forest – as we followed – leading out to a wide open vineyard which lit up to a thousand booming fireworks and wailing guests.
It was a night we will never, ever forget. To be in the middle of France, with our two closest couple friends, watching this parade of love unfold to its theatrical crescendo.
Romance is alive and well, folks. Enjoy the photographs.
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