Achille + Eloise

Four separate locations may seem like a daunting challenge for a wedding day – but was actually a perfect fit for the story of Achille and Eloise.

The two met in England, where Achille grew up and Eloise was a student. What began as a simple love transformed into a beautiful adventure that lasted 10 years. During those years, as a result of their common desire to live abroad, they lived on and off together in distant countries until in November 2014 – Achille made his request.

In preparation for their big day they wanted to bring together, for one weekend, all the people who were part of their history from around the world. They chose Eloise’s hometown in the Drôme Provençale – an area blessed with a beautiful lavender countryside marked by ancient Roman castles. We arranged to photograph a day before session at the Church of Comps, then they were to have a laic ceremony in the garden of the Castle of Poët Laval, and then sign their papers at the town hall of Dieulefit. They were all to stay in a medieval castle in Poët-Célard, which provided a framework for one of the most important parts of a wedding – an authentic location where people can dance all night long and then pass out in their beds only two steps away! And if you ask any of their friends what characterizes A+E – it would be food, friends, and travel! So there we have it – the themes that would bring 115 guests from Paris, London, Mumbai, Sydney and New York.

A+E did all the decorations themselves, from the crates and bottles to the astonishingly intricate seating chart made by wine corks, and spent the best part of their year traveling up and down France digging in flea markets and the attics of their relatives. By the time we showed up to document their day, we immediately felt the conviviality of everyone thanks to the attention A+E gave to bringing everyone in their lives closer together.

"The Lumineers - Ho Hey" recorded live on site and performed by the best friends of Achille - Gillo Alain Malpart, Jamie Bennie-Coulson, and Achille's brother Leo Mollon.
Dress: Marie Laporte
Catering: L’amuse Papilles à Saou
Design: Alice Mollon
Flowers: Loft Emotion à Dieulefit
14 May 2016
Drôme Provençale, France