Real Weddings- Mary and Gregoire

April 11, 2008 | editorial team

Today’s Real Wedding comes courtesy of our dear friends Scott and Jennifer over at Red Fish Blue Fish Photography. As two of the most fun people I know, they always seem to attract creative, whimsical, fun-loving clients, and this couple is no different!

From beginning to end, Mary and Gregoire’s wedding was all about combining their cultures, families and traditions. The two weeks leading up to the wedding were an ongoing celebration as all of Gregoire’s friends and relatives arrived from France, and there were picnics, BBQs and parties galore, including the highlight of them all, a rehearsal dinner baseball game! The first annual “Franco-American Classic” was held the night before the wedding, complete with silk screened uniforms designed by Mary’s mother, and all the baseball essentials: hotdogs, beer, peanuts and cracker jacks. What a  fantastic idea!

The wedding itself carried on the fun as well as the incorporation of traditions they loved. They started in the late afternoon with large jars of lemonade and salted butter cookies that Grégoires mother brought with her from Quiberon, France, and gave the guests time to enjoy the gorgeous private Northwest gardens where the wedding was taking place. During the ceremony Mary’s brother Alistair acted as the officiant, Gregoire’s Aunt and Uncle sang a traditional song and Mary’s sister-in-law read a poem on friendship. As the happy couple walked back up the aisle as husband and wife their guests showered them in confetti of dried French lavender.

Their lovely color palette of celery green, coral, ivory, chocolate brown and touches of lavender gave a warm and joyous feel to the reception decor which included a tent decorated with strings of lights and tissue paper flowers, 100 different antique dinner plates with various flower designs, and tables filled with Walla Walla wine and platters of food for a big family style feast.

Mary wore a white Siri bridesmaid’s dress from Cicada Bridal (great idea!) and two different feather hairpieces that she purchased while traveling through the South of France, one of which she fashioned into a birdcage veil. Her bridesmaids wore custom made skirts from Trish Jens and various crisp white button-down shirts from Anthropologie, and Gregoire and his groomsmen wore matching suits from Banana Republic. So lovely!

For the rest of the resources for Mary and Gregoire’s wedding, be sure to check out our Real Weddings section. Thanks for sharing you two!


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  1. Did you see my baseball themed inspiration board this week? The Franco-American game here would have fit with it perfectly!

  2. This is such a fun wedding. I can almost hear the cheers from my laptop. LOVE the bride’s dress. She looks so stylish! What a great wedding.

  3. Love the baseball photos-what fun! Her dress and veil are perfect and cute and I love the guy’s outfits as well. Great photos by Red Fish. Nice detail shots! This wedding should be featured in a magazine, don’t you think??

  4. We’d love to see this wedding, or any of the beautiful real weddings that we feature, in a magazine (although it will probably be seen by more people right here!)  Junebug Weddings doesn’t restrict the copyright of any Junebug member photographers, so if there are any magazine editors out there that would like to feature this real wedding or any other wedding found here, please feel free to give the photographers a call.

    All the best,

    Blair – Junebug Weddings

  5. Hello! I was wondering the location of the wedding? Its absolutely stunning!

  6. Hi Karen, Their wedding was held in the home and private gardens of close family friends on Bainbridge Island. How sweet of them to open their home to Mary, Gregoire and all their guests!

  7. this was totally awesome! love the bride’s dress and headpiece — my kinda wedding…

  8. how fun! i know mary & her family! and all this creativity and loveliness surprises me not one bit. what a PERFECT day. congrats, mary! kim (o’neill) screen

  9. I loved the tan suits & that you guys had fun with the different colored ties. Great pics. My Best, Jeff Collins Professional Haberdasher http://www.MyHaberdasher.com

  10. What an amazing celebration! Full of love and family and fun…I’m curious~ what is in the jar hanging from the tree, above the wine corks??

  11. Love this wedding—so down to earth and perfectly beautiful.

  12. And now why not some words in french ? (someone can translate for those of you who don’t speak french)

    Ce mariage fut un des plus beaux moments de notre vie.

    Merci à Debbie et Michael pour tout ce qu’ils ont fait,

    merci à Cassie et Doug Picha pour leur merveilleux jardin,

    merci à tous ceux qui sont venus, quelquefois de très loin,

    merci aux photographes pour ces belle photos.

    Patrick & Patricia Bouron

  13. Thanks to all for your kind comments. This truly was a family effort and a wonderful, down to earth celebration of two special people.

    The near breaking point was fluffing the two hundred plus tissue paper pom-poms (seemed like a good idea at the time) and lighting the dozens of candles in jars that were already up in the tree branches!

    Mary and Gregoire moved to Paris in April and have an small flat near Sacre Coure on Montmarte. She is working for Rick Steve’s and Greg is pursuing a career in film production.

    Mary has a blog at howtomarryafrenchman.com if you need further inspiration.

    Happy Anniversary kids – Love to you Mom and Dad

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