Destination wedding in Charente
When Inda, Olaf and I met via Skype a year before their wedding, I instantly knew we were meant to work together. Talking to them, I felt really peaceful, and totally in line with the vision I have of my job. Meeting them in person at their venue a few months later reinforced my idea of falling in love with their outlook of life. This destination wedding in Charente was going to be fantastic…
It has been a very intimate wedding (about 20 people) and international: British Asians, Germans, Haitians, Swiss… Those who follow me knows how I love mixed cultures at wedding, as well as in the normal life. It inspires me, and opens my creativity…
That day was wonderful. First, I had the chance to meet my good friend Claire, who’s the most talented Make up artist I know. I didn’t know we were working together that day. Then, we had a ceremony full of emotions in the shade of a beautiful tree. Strong emotions that make sensitive people crying, even if they don’t know the bride and the groom…
The rest of the day was exactly how Inda and Olaf described it to me: relaxed, enjoying the beautiful venue, as well as the good french wine. Even the rain didn’t disturb anything…
Now, I need to stop talking, and let you watch the photos 😉
A few words from Inda and Olaf
Our day was full of emotion, full of feeling. A desire to be perfect, yet knowing full well perfection is but a figment of ones imagination.
For me the day started with a mixture of exasperation, frustration and a will to strive for perfection. Isn’t that what we the brides are meant to so… When it all got too much and I felt myself leaning towards a tantrum of a teenager, it is then I decided I needed to clear my head. I decided to go for a run and shake of any of this frustration and annoyance I was fuelling.
As I started to leave le petit moulin, Louis asked if he could join me. But I was far too concerned with tiring out the ideal of perfection I subconsciously was striving for… Louis joined me, but after a few moments I turned and he was no longer egging me on in my quest of perfection. Because at the end what Louis is all about is so far from capturing moments deemed as aesthetically perfect but he is a soulful and deep character who is looking to capture the person, the people and their true emotion.
The whole day from the moment I took a deep breathe and decided I would not pursue the teenager long gone ranged from beautiful, magical, euphoric, kindness, family, love, honesty these are a handful of words which I know we were all apart of on our wonderfully unique day. We all were ourselves and Louis a part our our day. Our extended family. We appreciated and valued him. Most of all, he became part of our magical and authentic day. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for picking us. And we thank us for falling in love with all you do.
Louis is a man who follows his inner calling. To be a photographer. To become a part of your life, on a most important day, if he decides that this is the way he wants to walk down. So when he accepted us after the first Skype session we were looking forward to meet him a good six months before our wedding days at the venue in France to introduce in person and discuss a lot of things related to our ceremony and us as individuals.. That’s when we knew he was right picking us and we had found our photographer, everything had fallen into place.
So when we met again he became a part of our crowd, he created an atmosphere around him that would allow him to partake in any activity as well as to turn invisible. I would sketch him as calm, confident, full of respect and love for life unfolding in front of him, completely in his element and somewhat magic. When he left two days later we felt blessed to have met him.