Finding â˜the one’

We met in a bar in Avoriaz, France. I was out with my friends and he was working at the bar. It wasn’t love at first sight – we met again and then the love blossomed…

The proposal

He proposed in Avoriaz, where we met after a night of work at the bar. We were chilling together and he popped the question. It was totally unexpected for both of us as he had not planned to do it, but it just felt right.

Location, location

We met in France, got engaged in France, so we thought the only place to get married would be in France! I worked for Chilly Powder, the hotel where we had our wedding, at the time of meeting Guido.

It such a beautiful chalet and the location is stunning.

I stayed in good contact with the owners, Francesca and Paul, after the season was finished and I knew this would be the perfect place to get married.

The planning

We organized everything ourselves with the help of Francesca (the owner) and Vicky (the manager).

We drove to France from our home in Rotterdam.

We had pretty much organized everything before we arrived at Chilly Powder a week before our wedding, so we could sort out the final touches.

The guests

We had a total of 50 guests who all stayed with us at the chalet Chilly Powder. We had friends and family traveling from Australia, New Zealand,

Holland, England, France and Portugal, and only had a few friends who were unable to make it to the wedding. The guests who did come treated it as a mini holiday, as our wedding celebrations were three days long!

Getting the look

I wore an ivory mermaid-style dress with a sweetheart neckline. I bought it when I was in Australia visiting my parents. My mum came with me and loved the dress right away. It was the fourth dress I tried on. I wore a cathedral veil, drop earrings and matching bangle – and I wore electric blue shoes from Dune! I had my hair styled by the local hairdresser in a 1920’s pin curl. My make-up was done by my friend, Emma, who works for Mac in the Netherlands.

Something Old, Something New?

My â˜Something Old’ was an old earring from my great grandmother pinned to the inside of my dress.

Something New: my dress. Something Borrowed: the earring from great grandmother My Something Blue were my shoes!

Groom & bridesmaids

Guido wore a light grey suit and purple shirt from a Dutch designer, Hans Ubink.

I was very chilled about the whole bridesmaid thing – I had my two great friends and both wore a black cocktail dress of their own choosing. They both have different body types so they wore a dress that suited their individual shapes so they can actually wear them again.

The details

We didn’t have a theme – it was very simple, we just let the Alpine surroundings be our theme. The whole wedding was very much about our family and friends. Our flowers were all peonies (Sarah Bernhardt) including all our bouquets, buttonholes and table decorations.

Our wedding cake was a three-tier cake made by a baker in Holland. It was decorated with white chocolate squares and flowers made out of biscuit in the shape of my engagement ring flowers.

The ceremony

We had the ceremony in the local church in Morzine, which lasted around 30 minutes. My dad, Fernando, gave me away and Father Binoy married us. It was a traditional Catholic ceremony

The reception

After the ceremony we all hopped onto a touring bus and made our way to Lac de Montriond, where Paul and Francesca were waiting for us with a picnic of canapes and Champagne. We ate, took photos and our guests got to know each other better. After the picnic our guests were driven back to the chalet to freshen up and Guido and I went off with our photographers for more photos. The wedding meal included Entree: Rare roast beef salad with caramelized onions, roast peppers and olive Crostini; Caprese salad with buffalo mozzarella and fresh Roman tomatoes. Main: Spiced pork loin with saffron potatoes, stuffed figs and a Madeira sauce; Pan fried red snapper with salsa verde. Dessert: Fresh berries fromage frais, white chocolate sauce and honeycomb, plus wedding cake. All was washed down with fine French white and red wine. We didn’t really do â˜First Dance’ but we did choose Lenny Kravits I Belong to You to boogie to with our guests. We put the music together ourselves and chose all the music.

little book with loving messages from our guests. After a bit of drinking, you can imagine these photos were very funny!

Magic moments

Best memory was having all the people that we love in one place at the same time.

The honeymoon

We stayed at chalet Chilly Powder for three days. However we had our honeymoon in Lisbon, Portugal at a later date.

On budget?

Our entire wedding cost around £10,500, that was right on our budget!

Photographic memories

We had our good friends from Allegro Photography take our wedding day snaps. OMG I have so many favourites, especially the one of Guido and I walking towards the lake. We were just having a moment on our own and didn’t realise this photo was even taken. Also our photographers organized a Funny Photo Booth, with crazy masks and dress up hats and clothes etc. They then made a

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Francesca, owner of Chilly Powder chalets

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