Un mariagé français!

Recently, I attended a wedding in my village. The couple are the owners of our local café and have become friends in the short time they have lived here.

The grand salon at the maire (Mayor’s office) is where all marriages take place in this village.  The only official marriage recognised in France is the civil ceremony. If a couple chooses they can arrange to have a celebration in a religious venue but it has no legal bearing. Each village has a maire and would have a room or office where the ceremony would take place.

Le salon du maire
Le salon du maire
Henri, Audrey, Loic, Christian
Henri, Audrey, Loic, Christian

Here is the happy couple, Audrey and Loic with their two witnesses Christiane and her husband Henri.

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monsierur deputy Mayor and a member of the counsel

Weddings are usually held on Saturdays or Wednesdays and begin a 4:00pm.  For the most part, they are very casual and brief. The room is not conducive to a large crowd. The couple must have two witnesses and on this occasion, we were a group of about fifteen including the Bride and Groom.

Loic and Audrey sign the register
Loic and Audrey sign the register

 

The deputy mayor is the first to congratulate the happy couple
The deputy mayor is the first to congratulate the happy couple

 

A small group of well wishers!
A small group of well wishers!

In the center of the group you might notice the three boys. The youngest, Mateo, in the middle are the children of Audrey and Loic.

The balcony outside the salon for the ROYAL wave!
The balcony outside the salon for the ROYAL wave!
Loic et Audrey
Loic et Audrey
Ensemble
Ensemble

 

 

Now we are off to their café to toast Audrey and Loic and their happiness!

Félicitations!
Félicitations!

 

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Mateo
Mateo

A few regular’s came by the celebration and joined in.

Presse-citron, the oldest son getting a few tips from dad
Presse-citron, the oldest son getting a few tips from dad

 

 

 

 

 

 

L'amour!
L’amour!
To the future!
To the future!
Hmm, Mateo...
Hmm, Mateo…

In this post, I have decided to let the pictures do the talking. I hope you have enjoyed the wedding!

Bisous,

Léa

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28 thoughts on “Un mariagé français!

  1. I find it fascinating how different this wedding is in comparison to the American weddings I am used to. Thanks for sharing these wonderful images! I feel like I’ve gained insight on a little bit of what life is like in France.

    1. From what I’ve read online, the UK has civil marriages as well. I can remember a few “well known” marriages there that took place in the registry. John and Cynthia Lennon, Paul and Linda McCartney were married that way or so the press told us?
      Actually, my ex and I got married in Borough Hall in Brooklyn, NY with only his twin brother and his sister there.

      1. Yes lots of people are married here at the registry office. And there seem to be fewer church weddings now than there used to be. Many are opting for what are now termed wedding venues where the ceremony and reception, including an evening celebration of music food and dance are all held in the same place; it’s becoming big business. xxx

      2. So commercial it turns the old stomach. However that is me and it seems many don’t agree. I wonder how many of them last? Did they get their “money’s worth”?
        😉
        xxx

    1. I’m afraid I am just too practical and nothing has ever come easy so I just couldn’t sanction it all. What other’s choose to do is none of my business. 🙂 xxx

    1. Kath, I adore the beach and would have loved that. I had a quick civil wedding at borough hall in Brooklyn, NY. It was certainly nothing to talk about.
      This was made more beautiful by the couple who are so sweet and kind that it radiates to all around them. Thank you!

  2. nice and pittoresque, Léa… 🙂 bon lundi et une semaine formidable! cheers, Mélanie
    * * *
    P.S. @”Un mariagé” – pk avec “e” avec accent aigu?… 🙂

      1. So glad you are back! I hope things are better now Cynthia? I shall have to get to your blog and check out the new work. A votre santé!

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