We are just crazy about DIY here at FAB and so today’s wedding holds a very special place in our hearts as it is jam packed with amazing handmade details! Sabrina and Nick live in London but it was Sabrina’s dream to return to her homeland, France for their wedding celebrations. All sorts of prettiness captured by Sweet Candy Photographie.

wedding photographer France

Wedding Photographer France

Wedding Photographer France

Wedding Photographer France

Wedding Photographer France

So we wanted to know all the good details and Sabrina, was more than happy to answer our curious questions!

Sabrina, how did you and Nick meet? “Nick and I met in London in January 2008..in a bar. Proving that yes, it can happen! I had been in London for 5 years and Nick was moving from Newscastle. That night, I was out with a girlfriend of mine (who ended up being onr of my bridesmaids) and Nick dared us to pretend we were his Uni friends. A few mojitos, lots of laughter and a dance or two led to us getting together and the rest they say is history!”

When and more importantly, how did Nick propose? “Nick proposed November 2010. We had one week off together from work and decided not to escape London and instead stay and go all touristy in our own city. We had agreed to organise a surprise day for each other as part of our plans. On my surprise day, far from expecting it, Nick proposed to me! He proposed at breakfast time by the bed on bended knee with a hula hoops crisp – I had always joked that they made pretty rings! Nick had the whole day planned out. He took me to Hatton Garden we browsed the many of jewellers and picked an engagement ring. To celebrate, we had a lovely lunch in the nearby Bleeding Heart. Our lunch was followed by a ride on the London Eye… followed by champagne with a breathtaking view at Center Point! This amazing day came to an end with dinner at Fino, my favourite restaurant in London. Needless to say, I was on cloud nine!”

Wedding Photographer France

So why did you choose France and not the UK for your destination wedding? “The region of Tarn in the South of France is where I come from. Nick is English. We always said that if we were to get married one day, it would have to be there. France is such a beautiful country and with the sun and the champagne, who wouldn’t want to get married there! We visited 4 wedding venues and Le Moulin a Vent in Cuq Toulza seduced both of us. We loved the location (at the top of the Tarn hills surrouned by fields) and the food was cooked by its own chef. The owners were so great to work with and we knew it was the perfect choice.”

Even though you are from there, it must have been quite challenging planning from so far away?! “Our biggest challenge was timing – we had under 10 months to plan our wedding, that’s forming ideas about the sort of wedding we wanted, finding the suppliers and finalising all of the details! Having said that, the ‘tight’ timing also became an advantage as it helped us go with our gut feeling, we had to make decisions fast. We found most of our suppliers (venue and photographers) online and I first saw my wedding dress in London but it happened to be a French brand called Cymbeline. After further searching, I found out that Cymbeline had a shop in Toulouse – with prices 25% cheaper than in London! This made me a very happy bride to be! My hair and make up was done by professionals in Castres, my local town.”

Did you have a style in mind for you wedding? Any DIY? “We wanted our wedding to look like us: franglais! To be simple, yet beautiful with lots of good food and champagne for our friends and family. Given our international guests, Nick and I decided it would be best to write our own wedding ceremony (we got legally married two weeks before in London) which was conducted by our respective brothers in French and in English. It was a truly special moment. We made most our our stationary, the invites, ceremony booklets and placeholders etc but I was lucky to have a designer for a friend who helped me with everything from the designs to the printing. I also made the bouquets for my bridesmaids. We asked our guests to confirm their attendance with a postcard from where they were from and we used them to build the table plan (how great is that idea?!). We released baloons to mark the end of our ceremony and instead of individual favours, we had a ‘Bar a Bonbons’ (Candy bar).”

What advice would you give to other couples planning a destination wedding? “Do your online research and then, pick your venue quickly. Once you have that sorted, you can start looking after the details. Build a calendar with the monthly tasks/milestones that you need to accomplish. This helped me greatly as I had so little time.”

Best Decision? “Sweetcandy Photographie organised a Photobooth for us. It was great to get unusual, quirky but beautiful photos of all guests!”

I love being able to show weddings like this on FAB. We are firm believers that planning abroad doesn’t mean you have to give up on ideas you might have had about creating a wedding that reflects your style as a couple. Bringing along clever props or DIYing is all possible and Sabrina and Nick are a great example. Big congrats to them on their wedding day and to Vanessa and Christophe at Sweet Candy Photographie for sharing these beautiful images with us!

Photography; Sweet Candy Photographie. | Venue; Le Moulin a Vent | Celebrant: Sabrina and Nick’s brothers, Vincent Papai & Robin Whitten | Hotel: Cuq en terrasses, Cuq toulza | Wedding Dress: Cymbeline | Shoes: Les Tropeziennes | Hair; Salon Henri IV a Castres | Bridesmaids; Warehouse & Zara | Flowers; Moissons de Fleurs a Castres

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