After leaving the Jura mountains in France a month ago, RB and drove to a small town in the Haute-Saône part of France for the wedding of two very special people. The weather remained hot, 35+ degree Celsius days, but that didn’t stop our having a great time!
Despite leaving from two very different locations, we arrived at the bed and breakfast, Château Armand Bourgoin in Raincourt at about the same time as most people coming from the Netherlands. After a quick shower and change of clothes, we drove to the wedding venue in Vitrey-sur-Mance for a lovely and relaxed dinner and pre-wedding celebration.
The majority of the guests enjoyed a relaxing morning and early afternoon at the bed and breakfast, where there was a large back yard area and pool to enjoy. We enjoyed some rousing games of Jeu de Boulles (Bocce Ball) in the sand pit. The good guys came out victorious in the game I played in (obviously!)
Late in the morning, I went up to shower. I figured that would be a hot commodity later in the day as people began to get ready for the wedding ceremony and celebration, and I didn’t want to be typically late! I then went back to the back yard and found a large tree to sit under and read. How relaxing!
At 2:30, when we were all clean and beautiful, a non-air conditioned bus came to pick us up at the bed and breakfast to take us back to Vitrey-sur-Mance for the wedding ceremony and celebration. We arrived a little bit melted but still in once piece!
During the ceremony we were seated under a big tree, and the shade was cool and refreshing. At each seat was a pair of sunglasses, handkerchief (yay!) and hand-held fan. Unlike the Canadian weddings I’ve attended, the bride, looking stunning, and her father entered first, followed by her bridesmaids. The bride’s father surprised everyone and performed the ceremony, which was beautiful and succinct – my kind of ceremony!
After the ceremony we found shade by the bar for a celebratory glass of sparkling wine and to offer our congratulations to the happy couple. I was hoping that there would be no tossing of the bouquet, but apparently it’s also a Dutch tradition. Too bad! Thankfully the bouquet went in the opposite direction from me, and I received congratulations from RB for not catching it.
Our meal was prepared by the runner up from MasterChef Holland 2015, Stan Broere, and it was delicious!
There was also a first dance for the bride and groom (missed the photo – arg!) as well as the bride and her father and groom and his mother.
And, as it seems to happen at most Dutch events I’ve been to, Islands in the Stream was sung! Apparently I must learn the words for the next party.
It was a gezellig weekend, one I won’t soon forget!
You can see some official photos and read about it on the event planner’s blog (warning: it’s in Dutch!)