So French So Chic At This Sydney Wedding

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This international couple had an intimate and relaxed day for their second celebration



Lawyer and artist Zoë and financial analyst François met at a yoga class and were so quickly head over heels they were engaged only four months later! Zoë says that meeting each other changed their attitudes towards marriage. “Neither of us were big fans of marriage until we met,” she says. “Sometimes you do meet someone who really enlivens everything. They make you forget all your caution and just trust your heart. Some people were a little surprised by the pace of all this, but I knew in my heart that I had found a twin soul in François.” 


The international couple had a lavish two-day celebration at a chateau in the groom’s hometown in France in June, 2013. After a honeymoon travelling throughout France, they had a second, smaller celebration in Sydney. The ceremony was at historic St John’s Church in Darlinghurst and the reception at French bistro La Brasserie. The theme was elegant, with many French elements, including wine exclusively from François’ home region. “We intend to have a life and family both in France and Sydney and the respective weddings in both countries marked the start of our life as a couple in both countries,” said Zoë.

The bride walked down the aisle in a calf-length strapless gown by Sottero & Midgley, short veil by Jonathan the Hatmaker, Paddington, and fun red suede Gary Castles shoes. The groom wore a tailor-made suit from a small boutique in Paris. Creative Zoë handmade the invites, ceremony program and reception name cards, the latter which had a hidden love poem in both French and English as a guest keepsake.



For the reception the bride wore a more casual Lover White Magick gown. The couple’s 23 guests dined on a traditional three-course French meal (yes, including snails!), choosing their own dishes from the menu, followed by croquembouche and tarte tatin from Croissant d’Or in Potts Point.


“Follow your intuition about what is right for you as a couple. Enjoy the creative process of designing and making a wedding that refl ects who you authentically are. It can be stressful planning and organising a wedding and you do not want it to overtake the entire relationship, so perhaps set aside one evening a week to have a ‘meeting’ with your husband-to-be about the wedding, actions to take that week and so forth. Apart from that, try to live life together rather than letting wedding planning get out of control.”


BRIDE’S GOWN Sottero & Midgley
BRIDE’S SHOES Gary Castles
RINGS Kahroba Jewellery
FLOWERS Grandifl ora, Potts Point, and Simply Rose Petals
CAKE Croissant d’Or in Potts Point
HONEYMOON France and New York

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