Diana + Thierry | Civil Ceremony, Col de la Madone, American BBQ

Yes, you might be wondering….”didn’t you already post Diana + Thierry’s wedding photos?” Yes, but this wedding was extra special in that I had the honor of shooting four days of events in this gorgeous part of Southern France. This album contains some images from the other three events that took place….the Civil Ceremony (1st day), the ride up the Col de la Madone (2nd day) and the American BBQ (4th day). In France, as well as many other European countries, couples get married in a civil ceremony first, which means they are officially married before the church ceremony. Friends and family are there to essentially be witnesses in the eyes of the court, but this was still an exciting day that ended at a wonderful restaurant in the village where Diana + Thierry are now going to live. The ride up the Col de la Madone was not an easy one. No, I didn’t ride my bike and take pictures at the same time. However, I had the amazing opportunity of riding on the back of a motorbike, driven by one of Thierry’s friends, a trained motorcycle policeman. Feeling like a photographer in the Tour de France, I got to capture the action as it happened. What an experience!! This mountain ride is also what Lance Armstrong used to gauge his fitness while he was living and training in Nice, France before the tour each year. In true American fashion – being that we were in France – we had an American style BBQ after the day of the church ceremony. Hamburgers and all the fixins’ were present, but there was still a good French feel to the day with some of the other food. Thierry’s brother celebrated his birthday on that day, so it was fun to honor him as well.

What an amazing experience, not only from a photography perspective this who trip was, but also to see a culture I had never experienced before. Some (maybe even a lot) say that the French are “stuffy people”, but I think they’ve only been to Paris. The French Riviera and surrounding region has such a friendly feel with warm hearts that I found myself even enjoying the attempt of learning the language. Shhhh, don’t tell any of my German friends – they might disown me for saying that.:)Haha. Diana and Thierry, you both treated me to a kingly experience while there with you, and I am so grateful for not only your friendship but also hospitality. I wish you both an “incredible” future together, and I hope to see you again on your side of the pond sometime soon!:)

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