Destination Wedding in Gascony, France – Mandana & Sietze
Despite differences in background and culture, this gorgeous couple is so in love with each other that they celebrated their symbolic destination wedding in France blissfully. The groom, Sietz, was heavily involved in the planning process which reflects the couple’s modern outlook on life. There were some challenges on the actual day of the wedding but that did not stop them and their guests from enjoying every single moment of the celebration.
Living in Holland, Sietz is Dutch and the bride, Mandana, is American with Persian roots. The ceremony revolved around Persian traditions. As planners for destination elopements and weddings, this one got us so excited because it was the first time we planned a Persian wedding!
Around 150 of Mandana & Sietz’s closest friends and family members attended their unique marriage celebration at Castelnau des Fieumarcon. Basically, they picked this venue for their beautiful French wedding because it could accommodate a large number of guests on-site. In fact, around 60-70 people stayed at the venue. Being in love with exploring traditions and traveling, they chose “Travel the world with me,” for their wedding theme.
Mandana & Sietz wanted an outdoor ceremony for their destination wedding in France. But the challenge was that it took place at the end of August and there was a heatwave in the country that time. Without over-exaggerating it, the temperature on the actual day of their wedding was 46 degrees Celsius!
Although the area where the ceremony was originally meant to take place was a terrace with spectacular views of the French countryside with rolling green hills, we had to move it to a different spot because the first one was completely exposed to the sun with no shade at all. Despite the challenge, we managed to move the ceremony to another pretty location that could provide some shade from the trees.
The bride had two bouquets – a fresh flower bouquet for photos and a jewel bouquet made by her grandmother, with which she walked down the aisle. Her grandmother was still part of the celebration although was not able to make it to their destination wedding in France because her flight got cancelled last minute.
It was amazing how Mandana and Sietz have the same love for their parents despite being brought up in separate, different cultures. We found that out as they let us in on a little secret. They had their symbolic wedding in France on the Groom’s parent’s wedding anniversary, but their legal paper signing in US was done on the day of the Bride’s parents’ wedding anniversary! What a lovely way to honour both sets of parents.
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