The cultural experience of a destination wedding in Provence

A few days ago, I was honored to organize our first Japanese wedding in Provence. Shuichi & Rina brought their parents all the way to Provence to witness their unique celebration of love.

I have always been addicted to the experience of sharing the customs, beliefs or traditions which define different cultures. I travelled, I studied folk dance and song, I gave conferences about communicating across cultures and debate(d) endlessly about raising “Third Culture Kids” (children who grow up in a different culture than that of their parents).

As you can imagine, for me, a destination wedding is therefore so much more than merely transporting a couple’s wedding ceremony to some distant destination. It is a wonderful opportunity to experience one of the most memorable days in a couple’s life, in the setting of a new and different culture. This experience extends beyond the couple to all their guests.

A destination wedding INSPIRES.

During Shuichi & Rina’s lovely day driving around Aix in a 1953 Citroen Traction, I pulled out of my prop box a gorgeous old book that I had sourced for a wedding last year, written by the iconic Provençal writer Marcel Pagnol….  “Le Temps des Amours” (poorly translated as “The Season of Love”).

Although I granted my partner Julie a (very good) laugh a few months ago when she teased me about how likely a bride would be to actually sit down and read a book on her wedding day ;-)… I love the somewhat quirky idea of bringing this elegant, not to mention timelessly romantic, piece of local color into the context of a modern-day destination wedding in Provence.

When I passed this book to Shuichi & Rina last Saturday evening, as they sat in an olive grove and let Melanie snap away with her camera, Shuichi smiled and said to me ‘Wow, Marcel Pagnol! He is famous in Japan!”

I am many light years away from being an expert in Japanese culture, but just the fact that this little prop had meaning for this sweet couple… well, it made my day.

Planning and styling by Un Grand OUI

Photos by MD Photo

Hair and Make-up by Adi

Bridal bouquet by L’Atelier de Vik

One Comment

  1. Raymond Thatcher
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    Hi Laura.

    It was a pleasure working with you on Shuichi and Rina’s wedding . I was honoured to conduct their ceremony for them. Especially as I have a great interest in Japanese culture!
    We look forward to working with you again soon. Ray & Cherry.

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