Published: April 9th 2012April 9th 2012
Chateau des Conde
My room in the Chateau at night!
Where do I even begin? It's 2:45am and Aurelie's wedding was a 2 day event. We started off on Saturday, April 7 with a Chinese tradition of the fiancee coming over to the house and paying red envelopes to get to his future wife, in this case Aurelie! Richard and his friends paved their way and made their dues, paying envelope after envelope to get to Aurelie. When he reached his bride, they did their prayers and headed over to Richard's house where we would have lunch. When it came time to 4pm, we then made our way to the city hall where they officially became man and wife. It was a bit different than most American weddings, as it seems this was the most important day vs. our usual wedding ceremony. As soon as that was over, we headed over to Chateau des Conde in Vallery. There, we had drinks and dinner and relaxed a bit before the big ceremony on Sunday.
Sunday: Tea ceremony and American wedding Ceremony. It was absolutely lovely and magnificant. I can't even describe how beautiful the ceremony was as well as the setting. The castle looked lovely and it was everything I pictured
a French countryside wedding to be and then some! I am so so glad I came to see my cousin married off. She looked absolutely lovely and the food....omg...the food! From a cocktail party filled with unlimited drinks, foie gras, tuna tartare, etc. to veal entrees, chocolate fondue, macarons, and anything you can ever think of. It seriously had to be one of the best and most extravagant weddings I've ever been to. The American ceremony was a bit different than most as they tend to incorporate reception and ceremony together. Regardless, the food was lovely, the people were fantastic, and can you believe they even had fireworks?! Who does this? Well...Aurelie and Richard! It was probably one of the most memorable weddings with the ambiance and the people involved! The party is still going on downstairs and we have to head back tomorrow!!! EEK!
Sorry, I would've wrote more, but I'm a bit tired and have a headache from the drinks people kept passing over to me!!!
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