Shade With a View

We first met Aurelie and Olivier in February to discuss their wedding plans.  As is often the case with French weddings, today’s couple held their legal wedding ceremony at the local Mairie.  Following this, they arrived in style with their huge entourage of family and friends for a ceremony in the gardens of the ancient church at St Privet de Pres.

The Candy Stripes were to provide the music during the vin d’honneur and we arrived early and installed under the shade of some trees and waited for the wedding party to arrive.


We had been given a schedule of the day… the couple had asked us to play their favourite tunes over the PA during the arrival of the bridesmaids, the arrival of the groom and groomsmen and of course the arrival of the bride… I have no idea why, but I felt quite nervous standing there waiting to press the button!  We take our role in the wedding day seriously, we know that we’re part of the thread that will bind together the memories of this special day and we want our part to be just perfect.

We stood in the shade and watched this beautiful ceremony unfold.  Friends and family came and spoke of their love for the bride and groom… friends hugged, parents teared up and we felt very privileged to just be there.

At the end the bride cheered APEROES and that was our cue to start… two hours of fabulously vintage, toe tapping, champagne popping music.


This beautiful day was captured by Neil Cooling at Neil Cooling Photography – who very kindly allows us to use some of his very beautiful photographs in our blog!


French Wedding

Several months ago we were contacted by a French couple who LOVE everything vintage and retro; they wanted a Candy Wedding and of course… Candies being Candies… we had to say yes.

The wedding was held at the Domaine équestre de Lauzerte, which is a large complex with a Salle de Fetes, several mobile homes and holiday chalets and many, many horses!  We arrived during a storm and sadly the rain continued on and off throughout day but this didn’t dampen anyones spirits.

At midnight we stopped and watched as the newly weds held aloft an enormous cake whilst all the wedding guests danced under it.

It’s called La Danse de la Brioche.  It’s a special Vendee wedding tradition. The bride and groom are presented with a giant brioche, often weighing more than 20 pounds, on a platter which they and their guests must hold aloft as they dance to prove their strength!

We ended our evening around 01:30 although the party continued into the wee small hours.  We however, wandered back to our chalet and slept soundly!