In all the world there is no heart for me like yours.
In all the world there is no love for you like mine.
– Maya Angelou
One day two hearts built a home and they decided to call it love. Then on a warm Summer’s day in Provence, France, these two hearts decided to share their love with their family and friends, in a very sweet and heart-warming wedding.
Markus and Sebastien wanted their wedding to be a memorable day for their guests as well as a day “with good Belgium beer, Provençal food, games and a warm Summer night filled with the sound of cicadas”. The boys put it simply – “We want a day in Provence.” And this was exactly what their day was.
Hanni and Marcus (yep, another Marcus), of Troistudios Photography, captured the wedding and described how their day began – “First thing we stumbled upon in the morning was this carved stone lying on a remote field somewhere on the property.” In the shape of a love-heart?! How lovely.
The boys’ getting-ready took place under the same roof. They opted for coastal and rustic coloured shirts, bow ties, suspenders, trousers and sneakers. No suits in sight, just relaxed and comfortable – obviously the prerequisite for their guests’ dress code too.
Markus and Sebastien walked hand-in-hand with their mothers to the ceremony spot – under two gorgeous trees bridged by colourful bunting. This was actually the boys’ second ceremony and conducted by their friends. It consisted of speeches “by their best friends, Sebastien’s sister, their brothers, other friends and their fathers”, said Hanni and Marcus. “They didn’t exchange rings, because they did that at their Civil Marriage in Brussles. Sebastien and Markus both held a small speech for each other (instead of vows, Sebastien gave Markus a friendship bracelet – like he did when they first met). At the end, they toasted each other and their guest with Belgium and German beers.”
From there, refreshments were aplenty as well as an abundance of games, laughter and love. The guests enjoyed the beers as well as delicate sandwiches.
A small German tradition that the boys insisted on was a balloon release. “It’s kind of a German tradition to let balloons fly (each guest takes one and they can write good wishes for the two on the card, then they let them fly all together).”
There was also a newly forged tradition by Markus and Sebastien that involved Lego. “Sebastien is a big lego collector and takes Lego figures on his journeys and takes photos of them – as an unconventional souvenir. There was a little exhibition in the trees of his photos. The ‘Make Me Travel’ Lego figures were a gift for all guests to take away and to make them travel.”
“Family and friends were involved in many things! One day before the wedding they built a dance floor together, Sebastien’s sister did most of the decorations and the vintage China was brought by Seb and Markus.”
A Summer’s day in the French countryside would not be complete without a dip in the pool!
Markus and Sebastian share a bond that spans over two countries. “Sebastien is Belgian, Markus is from Southern Germany and they live in Zurich these days”, Hanni and Marcus said.
Hanni and Marcus described capturing the day as “one of the most moving weddings we ever photographed. We just felt that their emotional state of joy for each other’s commitment connected everybody who was part of their wedding, including us, in a very strong way.”
As the sun set, the party rose with an explosion of dancing. Hanni and Markus said that the evening was “just fun, eating regional Provençal meat specialties, drinks and dancing. The first dance was opened by Sebastien’s sister and Sebastien’s best friend who dressed in 80s bridal dresses from the flea market. It was a very funny surprise for all the guests. They danced together as if they were the married couple” lol!
Markus and Sebastien’s Summery Provance wedding is going down as one of our faves. Casual, non-traditional, colourful and full of love, love love!
Photographer: Troistudios Photography | Attire – Markus: Mr. Bow Tie (bow tie) + Ben Sherman (pants) + Scotch & Soda (shirt + suspenders) + Camper (shoes) + Paul Smith (socks) | Attire – Sebastien: Mr. Bow Tie (bow tie) + Ben Sherman (pants) + Essentiel (shirt) +Scotch & Soda (suspenders) + Del Toro (shoes)+ Paul Smith (socks) | Catering: Boucherie de Maussane | Décor + Event Styling + Flowers: Aurelie (Sebastien’s sister) | Venue: Mas de Boutonnet | Wedding planner: Muriel Saldalamacchia