My Paris Wedding

All photos by Fabien Courmont.

On December 22, 2016, twenty years to the day after our first date, Maxence and I got married.

It was a small wedding — just our parents, siblings, sons, and closest friends — that we decided on and planned in just two months, because we’re crazy like that.

It was, quite suitably, the most magical, the most romantic day of my life, and I kinda want to do it again this year, and the next, and the next (with the same man, obv.).

One of the benefits of getting married when you’re thirty-seven years old and you’ve been together for twenty, is that you know yourself and the other person very, very well. You can make swift and easy decisions that feel 100% you, and you can flow through the planning in a way that is joyful and exciting and a celebration of your relationship.

In that spirit, I want to share with you some of the choices that added up to create the perfect day for us.

If you don’t give two figs about weddings, I’m not offended in the least; I was firmly in your camp up until three months ago, so click away, my friend, click away.

But for those of you who geek out on this kind of stuff, here goes. (Also, I have put together this mini-guide of 10 Romantic Ideas in Paris that is free to download!)

Bride & groom's hands

I got my dress from My Philosophy, a small ethical fashion boutique in my neighborhood where I’ve bought several (non-wedding) dresses in the past. The designer and co-founder Kroeusna Khaou buys remainder fabric from haute-couture collections, creates her designs, and has them made in a dedicated workshop in Cambodia that employs young women in need, providing them with shelter, training, and respectful working conditions.

In addition to creating this amazingly comfortable dress of chic and simplicity (love at first wear), Kroeusna was also super warm and available, helping me figure out how I could wear my hair, suggesting accessories that would complement the outfit, and getting sweetly and genuinely excited for me.

She’s the one who suggested I wear a pearl pendant, and as luck would have it, my mother had one that my father brought her back from Mallorca in 1964, one month into their relationship. (It was my “something borrowed”.) I also wore my late grandmother’s silver wind-up watch, and her own wedding ring (“Eugène uni à Marcelle 25-2-33”), which I’ve worn every day for the past twelve years or so. (Adding up to a lot of “something old”.)

Ethical wedding dress by My Philosophy

Because it was a winter wedding, I needed to find a coat and a scarf so I wouldn’t end up as The Newlywed with Pneumonia. I tried to borrow one or the other, but it turns out normal people don’t really own white coats or scarves. So I ordered this fake fur jacket that is warm and cosy, with a hood and zipper that give it a modern touch. I found an ivory white scarf at Sac & Sac, an independent boutique on rue des Abbesses where I have bought many a bag and scarf and shoe over the years. (“Something new.”)

I wanted a hair accessory and scoured Le Bon Coin (the most popular site for classifieds in France) for second-hand options. I lucked out on this Cécile Boccara tiara, sold at a steep discount by a lovely woman, who was also full of happy thoughts and good advice for me.

I got my shoes on Le Bon Coin as well, buying ivory white heels from a bride who had bought different pairs to try on for her own wedding, and had not worn these in the end. The fit was perfect and she happened to live right across from the Mairie* where we got married, so that was a fun coincidence.

Bride & groom's wedding shoes

Next to the dress, my bouquet was the most personal, most meaningful choice I made: I asked my friend Apollonia, who runs the Poilâne bakery, if she would make one for me. The concept came to me as a revelation one sleepless night (“I want a bread bouquet !”), and in the morning I wrote to her to ask if it was a crazy, or a crazy good idea.

I gave her carte blanche, and she and Félix, the artist-baker who crafts their wonderful decorated loaves — one of which I received for the birth of each of my sons — got to work. Together they created the most delicate bouquet of bread roses in three colors of dough, with slender leaves and ears of wheat. It was a thing of beauty that stole the show, got compliments from everyone, and kept our sons happily occupied during the ceremony. They may or may not have eaten a few of the leaves.

Bridal bouquet made of bread by Poilâne

It’s always a headache to know where to put your phone and lipstick and tissues when you’re wearing a wedding dress (right?). My oldest dearest friend (and witness**) Marie-Laure offered to make a clutch bag for me, which she sewed by hand in a stunning gold-and-blue Japanese fabric. (It was my “something blue.”)

The day before the wedding, I got my nails done with a simple French manicure (FYI, we call it une French manucure here) at a nail bar near me. In early morning on the big day, I headed out to Profession Coiffeur so Michel, the head stylist, could get my hair into a bun, according to the style we had chosen together during a test session the week before.

I did my makeup myself — professionals often overdo it and I want to cry and wipe it all off — but I benefited from the private makeup course that my thoughtful friends booked for me at La Maison du Dr. Hauschka on my (quote unquote) bachelorette day. (Right before we had tea at Amami, saw the laugh-till-you-pee show Les Coquettes, and had dinner at Café Trama. Best. Friends. Ever.)

Wedding dress

During the civil ceremony at the Mairie, we exchanged the wedding rings of hammered red gold that we bought from Paulette à Bicyclette, a Parisian designer of ethical jewelry who works with certified fairmined gold, and got engraved.

You can pick out songs to be played while you sign the register at the Mairie, and we chose this, this, and this. We also realized these three song titles were perfect to name our three tables at the restaurant: Love, Stars, Remember. In three words, all was said! And since I dabble in hand-lettering lately, I made the table and place cards by hand.

Hand-lettered wedding table cards

After the Mairie, Maxence and I walked up the most charming streets of Montmartre toward the magical Hôtel Particulier, where we had booked a room for the night. We had a little time there to rest and recharge before the evening.

Wedding dinner at yam'Tcha

Our wedding cocktail and dinner were held at yam’Tcha, our very most beloved restaurant in Paris, where we’ve celebrated Maxence’s birthday every year since it opened***. Adeline Grattard and her team hosted us like friends (friends that would also be kings), and outdid themselves with a memorable meal that blowed our collective minds.

Wedding dinner at yam'Tcha

I also enlisted Apollonia Poilâne for the wedding favors: instead of the traditional dragées (candied almonds), our guests left with little bags of heart-shaped Punition sablés — a.k.a. the world’s best butter cookies — marked with our initials. They were distributed alongside short mad lib questionnaires I had drawn up in lieu of a guestbook (thank you Pinterest), which were super fun to read at breakfast the next morning.

Personalized Punition cookies

And to document it all, wedding photographer extraordinaire Fabien Courmont, who was such a friendly, kind, fun, and warm presence at our sides, you would have sworn he was one of our friends; apparently he gets that a lot. A perfect fit for us. (And if you want to meet him, he’ll be at the alternative wedding show LOVE/ETC in Paris on February 3 and 4. Tell him I said hi!)

In parting, here are two nuggets of wisdom I received, and would like to pass on:

1- My friend Bérangère recommended that I get absolutely everything sorted and organized in advance, so I’d have nothing to do on the day of, but to enjoy it. It may sound obvious, but I did catch myself many times thinking, “Oh, we can just call the taxi when we’re ready to leave” or “I’ll just pull out the bedsheets for the sitter before we go” or some other tiny thing, and remembered Bérangère and her wise words. So I scheduled the taxi rides in advance, prepared a bundle of sheets and towels for the baby-sitter way ahead, and on and on. My sailing? So. Much. Smoother.

2- A few days before the wedding, I heard the amazing Sarah Von Bargen on the Create Lounge podcast. She mentioned this thing that she does right after a trip or a vacation: she writes down 100 memories from it, big or small, in no particular order. I thought it was a wonderful idea and applied it to our wedding day. I sat down the next night and soon got to eight pages and 137 memories, which I slipped into our envelope of memorabilia. I don’t know when I’ll re-read the pages, but I know they’ll make me smile. And probably cry a little bit. Can’t promise I won’t.

Kids' wedding outfits

* In France, you have to get married at the city hall (à la mairie) of the place where you or your parents reside. In Paris, each arrondissement has its own mairie. Because of the separation of church and state, this civil ceremony must happen before any kind of religious celebration.

** In France, we don’t have maids of honor or best men, we have witnesses (témoins); for the civil ceremony you can have four in total, of any gender. Most often the bride choses two female friends and the groom two male friends, but there’s no obligation either way.

*** Except the year it was closed when it moved location, but still we picked up baos from the boutique.

Bride & groom in Montmartre

Note: None of these links are sponsored in any way, but the bouquet was a wedding gift from Apollonia.

PS: Don’t forget to grab your FREE mini-guide of 10 Romantic Ideas in Paris!

  • Wow! What lovely news and how romantic it all sounds. CONGRATULATIONS TO BOTH OF YOU! Thanks for sharing all the lovely tips. Love the photos. Vive l’Amour!

  • Cherith Graham

    Congratulations Clotilde and Maxence! I loved reading about every detail of your wedding -how personal and special it was and all about the two of you and your love story! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your bread bouquet – what an inspiration. May you have many happy years together.

  • Cheryl Lim

    Oh gosh, congratulations! Everything looks lovely and your sons’ outfits are adorable. The lace on your wedding dress is something I’ve never seen before too!

    • Thank you! I loved that it *looked* traditional but then the pattern from up close was modern.

  • Nathalie d’Abbadie

    Congratulations Clotilde and Maxence! It sounds like you had an absolutely wonderful day and everything looks stunning!

  • Congratulations to you both Clotilde!! What a beautiful day :) xxx

  • christiana

    A bread bouquet, BEST WEDDING FLOWERS EVER!! Congratulations to you and Maxence..what a wonderful celebration if your love for each other!

  • Laura Dias De Almeida

    Congratulations and best wishes to the happy couple!
    I was unable to download the “10 romantic ideas”, though: I keep getting asked to join the mailing list and no download link in sight!

  • Pia maria

    Felicitations .what a lovely surprise on a bleak January day. You always bring a ray of sunshine to us readers. May the sun shine on you and yours for many a long year.

  • What a wonderful read on a grey January day! Toutes mes félicitations to you and Maxence. Everything about this post made me smile, particularly the bouquet and the boys’ little suit jackets :) Wishing you 20 more years’ happiness together (and then some!) XO

  • Posie

    Félicitations! Such wonderful news, and beautiful words and pictures! And wishing you all much happiness, always. :)

  • Michelle Vitt

    SO happy for you! Félicitations! Such lovely pictures and happy description, may this be the start of the next beautiful phase of your relationship!

    • Thank you! I didn’t really think it would change very much, but it does, in a lovely way.

  • Jill Riter

    What exceptionally happy news! All the very best to you and Maxence and congratulations to you, your husband, and family!

    A creative photo of you both, we get a glimpse of the honored and handsome couple. The romantic parisien backdrop properly pales in the stunning portrait of the happy and beautiful bride! Striking, lovely image. Thank you for sharing a collection of makings, memories, special details, and awesome visuals of your wedding day!

    May blessings be on you, all.

  • Carol Lander

    Congratulations. Everything looks lovely. The bread bouquet was genius and so fitting. Have a wonderful life remembering your 137 memories.

  • Sirena Shamounki

    So wonderful! And lovely to see you with maxence, and the boys’ sweet little suits. Congratulations! Like you, I’ve been with my husband for twenty years :-) (married for eight) and love being on this journey with him. Here’s wishing you a lifetime of being great partners to each other, great parents to your boys, and I wish you forever a home full of love!!!

  • Adina Hodges

    Congratulations! Such a wonderful wedding. You look so beautiful and happy. I wish you and your family all the very best.

  • Julie Czosek

    Oh how beautiful you look!!! Congratulations! May you two have many years together! Hubby and I just celebrated our 40th.

    • Congratulations, so inspiring! My parents just celebrated their 47th anniversary — they also met when they were 17. :)

  • Brigita Orel

    Congratulations! Beautiful wedding and a gorgeous bride. Hubby and I also got married after beeing together for ages, but we eloped in order to have a relaxed wedding instead of having to invite dozens of guests as is tradition here in Slovenia.

  • Congratulations! What a wonderful wedding, perfect in every single aspect!

    thank you so much for sharing such a beautiful post!

  • Fwei Larsen

    Wow !! Thanks for sharing with us. It sounds silly but I cried a bit while reading .. there’s so much love and thoughtfulness in it. I’m touched and happy for you. And I would love to go back to Yam T’cha, had such a great meal and experience there ! Congratulations again !!

  • Jeanne Vickery

    Congratulations Clotilde, to you and Maxence, your sons, and all your family! Thank you so much for sharing your absolutely lovely story and photos. Your bouquet was as beautiful as it was unique – as are you! May the magic, wonder, and romance of your wedding day be with you always!

  • Pat Tanumihardja

    You looked absolutely beautiful! Congratulations! BTW, I planned our wedding in 2 months too and I’m so glad I didn’t take longer!

    • I know what you mean! I feel it’s a great way to keep a good, happy momentum. A year-long planning phase must tear your nerves to shreds. :)

  • This is so sweet and made me cry. Congratulations and wishing you many more happy years together. <3

  • Marie

    Félicitations Clotilde, votre mariage semble avoir été absolument parfait! You looked beautiful, as always. I love how understated and elegant your dress was (I really need to visit that My Philosophy shop next time I’m in Paris!) Oh, and your bread bouquet is nothing short of genius! I suspect you’ll start a trend with this one :) I wish you guys a lifetime of happiness xx

    • I certainly hope I do! I will ask Apollonia if she’s gotten more requests. :)

  • Congratulations, Clotilde! I loved every detail of this post, and you are just beautiful. Thank you for sharing it—it’s so lovely how you made your whole day so personal and perfect for you and your family. My eyes are all misty.

  • dr_bombay

    what a beautiful writeup of what obviously was a perfect day. you look so beautiful, and i love the idea of the dress and the BREAD BOUQUET! congratulations again!

    EDIT: i meant to ask to see a picture of the clutch bag. (something blue)
    it’s missing!

    • Ha ha I wondered if someone would notice! I don’t have a very good picture for it but will send it privately. :)

  • Janet Rudolph

    How fabulous! Thanks so much for sharing your special day with all of us…almost like being there. Best wishes and congratulations! Love, love, the Bread Bouquet. such a special day!

  • Autumn

    Congratulations to you, my dear! You look absolutely radiant and your wedding looks most charming. Can’t imagine a better backdrop than Paris for a wedding! Thanks so much for sharing!

  • SL Grimshaw

    Bouquets of blessings to you and yours! So grateful to be sharing your beautiful life in some small measure. Such a gift. Merci!

  • the kale project

    Congrats Clotilde! What a wonderful story. Thank you for sharing all of your addresses! You look beautiful! xo

  • Susan Friedland

    This is the kind of wedding of which fairy tales are made. I LOVE your bouquet! What a clever idea!

  • Julie Czosek

    Can I please see your ring?

  • Ann Haas

    Oh, so, so romantic and beautiful. My husband and I spent part of our honeymoon in Paris 45 years ago. It is a beautiful city. Sadly, he passed away 8 years ago but what wonderful memories I have of our time together. If he were still here with me, I’d arrange to renew our vows in Paris on our 50th! Best wishes on your marriage and a happy life ahead for you and your husband.

    • Paula Gould

      I loved your story Ann, hopefully my husband and I will have that much time together. And agree with you about Paris!

    • I am very sorry for your loss, Ann. May the memories you have with him remain vivid always!

  • Annabel Smyth

    Congratulations, Clotilde and Maxence, and may you have many, many more happy years together!

  • Dawn | KitchenTravels

    Thank you for sharing the details of your lovely wedding day! Wishing you a lifetime of happiness.

  • Helen Cheshire Chapman

    I love this post! What beautiful pictures! The favors are beautiful and I was fortunate enough to taste one! The boy’s outfits are adorable! Clotilde, your dress is beautiful and the fabric is cutting edge!

    • Ha ha I didn’t know you took part in quality assurance as well! :D It’s very sweet to know you did.

  • arrxx

    Felicitations from Canada.

  • Celesta

    Wishing you abiding happiness and joy and big love!

  • Mary Dyson

    What a delightful story. Thank you Clotilde! Warmest wishes to you both. My daughter is getting married soon and you’ve given us some wonderful ideas. Muchas Felicidades!!

    • Thank you, and congratulations to your daughter on her impending wedding!

  • bee

    Beautiful! You are beautiful, love that bouquet. The monogrammed cookies packaged so sweetly is something I’ve not seen before. Congratulations and Many Best Wishes – Betsy

  • Chris

    Congratulations! I’m still in the other camp but reading this wonderful story makes me reconsider which side I want to belong to.
    Especially with a diner at Yamtcha! I’ve been there for my birthday a week before you’re wedding on the 15. It was the first time and definitely won’t be the only one.
    Again thanks for sharing this delicious wedding. I wish you happiness for 20 more years and more!

  • Stephanie-Oh

    Such a lovely post! Congratulations to you and your husband.Much happiness! You are a beautiful bride ! Love that you took such care in choosing sustainable apparel. Your wedding dress is beautiful. Love the material.

  • janinchina

    Lovely. I especially liked the bread bouquet. You may start a trend!

    • It is my greatest wish that I do! A couple of nights ago I dreamt that these bouquets were on sale ready-made, so who knows. :)

  • Kristen Green Wiewora

    What a marvelous story, Clotilde! Congratulations and love to you and your family.

  • Nancy Conner Price

    Very beautiful!! I actually got married December 10th. Feeling the same as you- when can we do that again?! :) I’m not one for blogging, so haven’t put the beautiful thoughts down to share, but here is a link to my photographer’s blog if you are interested to see. Again, thanks for sharing! Simply lovely. Thanks, Nancy ❤ https://www.stephstevensphoto.com/winter-wedding-downtown-boston-courtyard-marriott-nighttime-comm-ave/

  • Congratulations. It certainly looks a beautiful day – and what an inspired bouquet!

  • Sherlie Magaret

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful and romantic day with us. Congratulations and best wishes for many more years together.

  • How wonderful! Everything looks splendid! I’m going to take the idea to write down 100 memories for my own wedding this September. Congratulations!

  • Melissa Pletscher-Nizinsky

    Congratulations! I love, love, love the bouquet!

  • Rebeca

    Bouquet bread?! You blew my mind, Clotilde. I would consider getting married (and that’s saying a lot!) if I could have a bouquet bread.
    I can’t say I care that much about weddings, but I still loved reading about yours. You looked beautiful, and I love how every detail was so unique.
    Wishing you and Maxence twenty more years and many more!

  • Julie Schnorenberg

    Congratulations to you and Maxence! I loved reading about all the special hand selected details of your very special day. So meaningful.
    I, too, got married when I was older (41) to a man I’ve known half my life and we chose everything and it seemed effortless. I am glad your special day was so beautiful for you both. You will remember it all your life!

  • Clotilde, many many congratulations~!!!! Wow wow wow!!!! You look stunning! And the dress, and the bouquet…, and aww, the biscuits…! Sounds all so wonderful! Best wishes!!! Tamami xxxxxx

  • DJ

    Congratulations to you & your husband! What a beautiful wedding, and such a special day. I love the bread bouquet; that’s a genius idea! My husband and I honeymooned in Paris 8 years ago, and loved every minute of it. Can’t wait to go back!

  • Claudia Berry

    Congratulations to you and Maxence – Steve and I are happy for you all!

  • Marva Lutich

    Congratulations / Felicitations Clotilde to you and your Maxence!
    You are so Stunning and Beautiful in your Lovely Gown and That amazing Bread and Roses bouquet!
    You and Your husband are Tres Belle et Tres Beau! Magnifique! So Romantic and so French!
    I have been following your email/ Blog/ Newsletter from the beggining and am always inspired and leave with a warm feeling in my heart !❤️You remind me of how important the small romantic details in life are! Thank you!!!

    Sharing your special day with all of us is an added treat and has put a big smile on my face.😊

    i’m sending you blankets of warm wishes for a very Happy life , full of joy and laughter and continued success!!

    Love, Love and more Love,

    Marva

  • Sunshine99

    Congratulations, Clothilde and Maxence! What a magical day it was; thank you for sharing it with us. You look radiant. The “back story” on the special meaning of your preparations and choices adds to the beautiful light your mutual love cast on that day. I will walk around with a smile in my heart today. May you both enjoy many years of love, support, and being cherished. Hugs!!

  • Madame Tortefois

    Congratulations! Love that photo on the cobblestones.

  • Melynda Egger Brown

    Lovely!

  • Bethany Gott Oliver

    Congratulations! Thank you for giving us the glimpse of your special day!

  • Susan Foulds

    A very Chocolate and Zucchini wedding!!!! The bread bridal bouquet is so fantastical original and beautiful. I love your dress and the fake fur jacket. Everything is so well put together. May your friendship and deep love last your lifetimes!!!

    • I love how you point out the friendship. Such an important part of a lasting relationship!

  • s Grooms

    Congratulations Clotilde! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us. My husband and I have been married for 35 years and I too put together my wedding in two short months. So very thankful that you listened to your friend to plan things out and did as much as you could before your wedding day, this helped to make the day of the ceremony a much more easy going day. Your bouquet is gorgeous, creative and original, I love it!

    I have purchased your books and am a loyal reader of your blog and articles. Being a semi retired writer we always enjoy reading about important events in the life of people we follow in their own words as it helps influence / shapes us all. While I’ve never been to Paris (yes, to Cannes) however one day we will, your writing helps us to see it through your eyes and your recipes.

    Thank you for sharing your special day with us all. Best wishes for a life filled with happiness, love and most of all wishing you and yours a life of blissful joy.

    Sincerely,
    Sharon

  • Silverkat

    What a lovely story! Thanks so much for sharing it with us! I especially liked your bouquet and the choice of the butter cookies (as soon as I get to Paris, I go over and pick up a bag of them at Poilane). And your dress was perfect. My husband and I are headed back to Paris in two weeks for our 5th stay (of several months each) in the last 6 years or so. We’ll try to make good use of your romantic tips!

  • Annette

    I’m not a fan of weddings but if I ever did it, this would be the way. Simple, elegant and full of meaning. Congratulations and best wishes!

  • Mary Yoshida

    Absoluetly, the most beautiful smile on the bride and what does the grin on the groom mean? Know I’ll want to re-read this C&Z blog and enjoy the pic’s again and again. Best wishes, ^..^ ^..^

  • Alastair Davidson

    That looks like the perfect wedding! Congrats!

  • How lovely, Clotilde! Best wishes to you both, and thank you for sharing the special details that made your day unique. That bouquet! So inspired, and perfect that your dear friend Apollonia could make it for you. What a work of art! I’m glad you took Bérengère’s advice so that your day could be hassle-free.

    • I also love that friends contributed to make the day so special. A couple never exists in a vacuum and our friendships mean so much to us.

  • Kerry Kresse

    Congratulations!

    I wanted to download 10 Romantic Ideas in Paris but the link does not appear to work. :(

  • NotJoking

    Oh it is so inspiring to see such happiness and love.

  • Barbara

    Best Wishes Clotilde. Lovely of you to share YOUR Special Day & happiness, So Inspired by the bouquet of perfect roses,You might have started a trend & a new business venture for your friend Apollonia. Simply lovely, much happiness.

  • Ooohhh, that is so lovely. Best wishes, Clotilde and Maxence.

  • Candy Sidner

    Thanks for sharing your wedding. You were a beautiful bride and your “flowers” were wonderful and unique. May you have many happy years together!

  • don crozier

    congratulations!

  • Michelle McMillen

    So lovely; thank-you for honoring your readers with these glimpses of your perfect day! If you are willing, I would love to know what changed your mind about marriage (having taken the traditional route myself, I’m curious).

    • We always told one another we would get married one day, but we’re both a little contrarian in spirit, and didn’t want to get married in our early twenties, when it felt expected. We showed our commitment in other ways, and eventually decided to tie the knot when nobody expected us to anymore. :)

  • Laura

    Congratulations! I read this article just to find out which food that bouquet was made out of! What a thoughtful and fun-sounding celebration. You bring so much joy to the world, you deserve all the happiness marriage can afford. Best wishes to all 4 of you! Also, you looked adorable in that fur coat.

  • Ckrchmar

    What a beautiful bride, thank you for sharing Clotilde!

  • Congratulations Clotilde and thank you for sharing this special day. I enjoy your blog very much and I wish you all the happiness in the world.

  • Maree Anne Pierrehumbert

    So beautiful. Wishing future health and Happiness.

  • DagneyTaggart1

    Congratulations! What a beautiful and elegant wedding in the most romantic city in the world.Thank you for sharing it with us.

  • AOD

    Congratulations! And what beautiful ideas you had. Your bread bouquet was perfect!

  • bellini

    There is something to be said for waiting and knowing exactly what you want to create perfect memories.Congratulations!

  • Karen Gaylin

    Such happy news and such a magical day! May you and Maxence enjoy many more years of love, happiness and discovery together.

  • Pat West Lowe

    Congratulations! What a beautiful story of your wedding and the precious moments it created for you.
    My husband I are returning to Paris in May for several wonderful days in our favorite city. I will think of you and your day!
    Best Wishes!

  • zebb66

    Lucky man (except he has to eat that slop you cook)!

    • Ha ha. Thanks for the chuckle. (At least I’m not making him eat the bouquet!)

  • rachelsloan79

    Congratulations! What happy news and it sounds as if your wedding was absolutely ideal… and I can’t think of a more ‘you’ bouquet than one made of bread! May you and Maxence have many more happy years together.

  • kareemachan

    Wow, and I thought my husband and I were slow – we knew each other 8 years before tying the knot. Kidding aside, congratulations and may your days be filled with love and happiness.

    Also, two bits of wisdom I was given on our wedding day (and they made me snort champagne out my nose – honest!): 1) Never go to bed angry. If you have an argument, get it settled before that. 2) If you do have an argument, imagine the person you are arguing with is naked – or argue naked. It’s hard to take yourself or your argument too seriously if you’re both naked. My great-aunt told me this. ;-)

    • Ha ha! I agree #1 is key (I can’t sleep if I’m upset anyway) but will remember #2 next time. Could lead to better things too. :)

  • This all looks absolutely magical! I hope you had the most fabulous of days (it sounds like you did!) Congratulations!

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  • Anna

    What a loving post! Congratulations!

  • Kathy Allen

    My husband Fred and I just returned from celebrating our 45th anniversary with a week in Paris. One highlight of our visit was a tour of Montmartre from you that we thoroughly enjoyed, even in the rain and cold. You are every bit as warm and sweet as you appear on your blog – a truly rare gift. Thank you for sharing the pictures and story of your wedding. We wish you many more happy years together.

    • Dear Kathy, thank you so much for your kind words! The quality of your and Fred’s relationship is absolutely evident in the way you speak to and of one another. I wish you many many more years of togetherness, and hope to see you again soon.

  • Just wanted to say congratulations!! What a beautiful, thoughtful wedding you had. The details are all wonderful and that bread bouquet was genius and very appropriate. : ) Wish you and your husband & family continued love and happiness!

  • brenda

    What a beautiful wedding!!!! You looked so lovely and it made me nostalgic for my wedding 13 years ago in Hawaii. Sigh! And a bread bouquet?!?!?! Deliciously fabulous! Here’s to many more joyous years full of love and adventure for you and your family!

    • All you have to do is renew your vows! Maybe for your 15th? :)

      • brenda

        Great idea. Our 4.5 year old daughter was less than impressed that we had a wedding that she wasn’t in and was angry about for days. I’m sure she’d be happy if we renewed so she could be in the wedding. Hmmmm…Hawaiian bread bouquet?

  • Anne Woodyard

    Savored each word of this lovely post – felicitations!

  • Just came over from Elizabeth’s blog. What a beautiful celebration. All the best for the years to come!

  • Lucy Kempton

    How wonderful, you look beautiful. And a bread bouquet! Congratulations!

  • Clotilde, I loved reading every bit of yours and Maxence’s very special day. Congratulations! Love everything and the bread bouquet idea was genius! Thanks for sharing your special day with us. Continued happiness always.

  • Congratulations! The pictures are so well taken and it looks like a special day. So awesome to have been together for 20 years! congrats to you and your family!

  • Alyce

    If I commented earlier, I apologize for doing so again. I may have just “loved” a fb post… In finally taking time to read through the real post on the blog, I just have to say what an Audrey Hepburn look you rocked–especially for your head shot!!! (Lovely photographer, too :) I made all off the cookie favors for my children’s weddings and adored seeing your beautiful butter hearts. ( Ours were large dark chocolate-cayenne butter cookies in the shape of a heart–dipped at just one edge in pale pink icing.) Best blessings for a long, happy and healthy lifetime ahead for all of you. (We are at 42 years and about to make our first trip to Paris for a Valentine’s present! )

    • Thank you so much Alyce, your note warms my heart as much as those chocolate-cayenne cookies probably would have! ;)

  • urbanfoodlover

    Simply beautiful . The bread bouquet just blew me away. This is how all weddings should be I feel. Congratulations and good luck to both of you :)

    • Awww, thank you! It’s certainly how I hope all *my* weddings will be. :D

  • Toni

    So happy for you and Maxence! Thank you for sharing your very romantic day with us, you looked radiant. I loved to read your personalized touches, and the bread bouquet is absolutely original! I’ve never seen anything like it. Also, thank you for the excellent “nugget of wisdom” of writing down 100 memories. I will definitely do that on our next trip. Best wishes and many more happy years together.

  • Margee

    How very beautiful, congratulations! I absolutely love every single detail and choice you made, you could definitely be a wedding planner. Best wishes and many blessings to you and your family!

  • amperstine

    I am a long-time reader (and baker of your recipes, yogurt cake is one of our faves), and am thrilled to hear you had a wonderful, happy, delicious day. I join the crowd in applauding the bread bouquet, a brilliant idea! What I want to know is, who broke down and tasted it? You looked beautiful, and I loved hearing all the details. Thank you so much for sharing. Wishing you many, many more years of delight in each other and your boys!

  • Sharon L. Bostick

    What a lovely wedding! I love your bouquet. Congratulations, and best wishes to you, your husband and your sons.

  • Carol Gillott

    Wonderful news!!
    Much felicitations.

  • Kerry Cooke

    So lovely, what a joy to read, thank you x

  • Love this post and I’m a big fan! Congrats on such a beautiful wedding. P.S. Where did Maxence get his tuxedo? I’m getting married (I live in Paris) and we’re looking for a suit that’s not too expensive but fashionably blue/grey (just like Maxence).

    • Congrats on your impending wedding! Maxence’s tuxedo was from Paul Smith.

  • Terramom

    I loved reading about your unique wedding, especially your dress and the very thoughtful way it was made. And I am so excited to find your blog. J’ai etudie le francais a la Sorbonne dans les annee quatre-vingt. J’y ai passe dix-huit mois, and j’ai adore chaque moment. Aussi, j’adore faire la cuisine; ainsi, je suis sur que je trouverai beaucoup d’inspiration ici! Sorry, I don’t have the proper accents to insert here, but I just had to practice my French a bit!

    Connie

    • Bravo pour ton français Connie, et bienvenue ! :)

      • Terramom

        Merci! J’ai aussi trouve le blog de ta mere. Je n’aime pas beautcoup coudre, mais peut-etre que je trouve quelques chose de m’ainspirer!

  • The Saffron Girl

    What a lovely and romantic post Clotilde! congratulations on your life together and your marriage. Debra xx

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