Hosting our first wedding

On 8th September 2018, Irina and Leigh took their vows at Maison de la riviere.

I’ve known Irina for more than ten years. She is one of my best friends and she was my chief bridesmaid at our wedding, two years ago. It was an honour and a pleasure to suggest that the wedding they envisaged (‘We really loved your wedding,’ they said. ‘We want something similar’) was entirely possible at our new home in France.

Why not? They’d get the perfect wedding venue and we’d get another challenge (as if we hadn’t set ourselves up enough challenges) and the opportunity to spend time with friends we hadn’t seen in a long time. But were we biting a bit more than we could chew?

We’ve not even been in France a year and we’d literally just finished renovating the cottage. Were we clinically insane to host a wedding only a week later? Absolutely. And yes, it turned out a little intense at times, but in the end it was one of the most beautiful weddings we’ve even been to.

We talked about it in April and at the beginning of September, on a gorgeous sunny day, we made it happen. Teamed up with Irina and Leigh and their families, we put this beautiful event together. We are incredibly proud of how wonderful it looked and very impressed with all the local suppliers we used. But most of all, incredibly happy that we got this far, when only a few weeks before it seemed the renovation works would never end. Here are some images to hopefully immerse you into the lovely atmosphere we enjoyed last Saturday.

Congratulations Irina and Leigh!


It was a day we will never forget. And Filou has been incredible, dancing and playing and being very gentle with the children, despite his now very impressive size. We know we live in a corner of paradise. But sometimes it’s nice to be reminded! 🙂

Note: Please note that we are not professional wedding planners nor do we intend to use our grounds for weddings as a main business activity, but should you be interested in holding an event at Maison de la riviere, we’re happy to have a chat. Head over to our website and send us a message.

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