This absolutely stunning series of images shot in picturesque Brittany was captured by the French-based photographer extraordinaire, Gaëlle Le Berre. Unfolding this incredible story through pictures, we also had some words with the groom. When we asked "How did you meet each-other?" Vincent replied, "Miranda and I met in 2010 at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia.We quickly became very close because of our common tastes for travel, foreign languages and sport. That year we both played football in the same club! After Australia, we lived together in Peru, Bulgaria and New Caledonia."
How and where did he propose?
"I made my request for a romantic weekend where we celebrated the four years of our meeting. We had decided to go to the islet of Tenia. At sunset, everything was ready, the ring was in my pocket, the bottle of champagne in the cooler and the beach was almost deserted. A very pleasant surprise then occurred: about twenty baby turtles leaving their nests to reach the sea for the first time, a rare sight even in New Caledonia. It was magical! A few minutes later, I made my proposal."
Preparing for the wedding: your feelings, obstacles, stress, how did you find the venue? Etc ... Anything that may seem relevant to you?
"The preparations took place under special conditions: we organized a marriage in Brittany while we were in the opposite region, in Noumea. Miranda even moved to Sydney, Australia to start a new job only five months before D-day. My parents helped us find the place by visiting three locations we had pre-selected by checking out on the internet. For the rest, we used the Internet and Skype a lot. The wedding industry is very developed on the net and an easy to find advice, lists of service providers, user comments etc ...We also did a lot of shopping online, whether it's for champagne, wine or decoration. In the end, that part was not as difficult as one might have imagined. By doing it in advance and devoting time to it, we avoided a lot of stress. In the days before the ceremony, help from family and friends was welcome because we faced a lot of little things that needed to be settled. The main difficulty: we organized a Franco-Australian wedding by respective of two cultures and the expectations of guests from different countries. During preparation, we had to make a number of compromises and explain the choices to our families. My advice for preparation would be to list deadlines. The weeks preceding the ceremony are devoted to details so it is better to have settled providers, place, food and beverage at least two months before the date."
The Wedding day: what were your feelings, feelings etc ...?
"On D-Day, you have to act as if you were a guest at your own wedding. By delegating to friends and family, one saves stress. We were both a little nervous, but especially happy to be there after months of preparation. Our mindset was to try to make the most of a day Our arrival on the scene was particularly charged with emotion because we saw many people dear to us and realized they came expressly for us. This is a very special moment. Then comes the ceremony where tears flow easily! The hours between ceremony and dinner are dedicated to photos and cocktails, really allowing us to unwind. During dinner, we still had to make the speeches and do the first dance, but with the adrenaline pump during the day, we didn’t even get nervous! The best advice is to follow your desires. If there’s ever a day this should be allowed, this is it."
Photographer: Gaëlle Le Berre Photographer Dress design: Anne-Cécile Humeau, Les robes de l'atelier Groom's Attire: Kenzo, via Ebène in Brest ///Florist: Rêve d'Orchidée///Reception Venue: Manoir de Kerangosker/// DJ: Claude Le Goff, Animation Mobile///Caterer: Pennarun - Le BihanJazz Group: Samovar Swing Trio///Submitted via Two Bright Lights