It’s my sister’s wedding. It’s the first time I was Maid of Honor. And it will forever be the last Kroll wedding with Pia.
And it is DIY all the way. ALL THE WAY. My sister Tamara moved to France a couple of years ago after she had left Germany for England back in 1995, I believe – confusing, I know. She met Laurent, they fell in love and finally felt that they do want to get married. Since both of them have been married before, they did not want to make a big fuss about it. They imagined a relaxed garden party at the pool on the day they eventually get married. And that is exactly what it was.
It started with the German tradition of a Polterabend (it’s when you smash old porcellain for good luck for the bridal couple) the night before, that was themed as a Bad Taste Party with bratwurst, beer and potato salad. For the wedding day itself, Tamara prepared ALL the food for the BBQ and made the cakes for the Kaffeeklatsch ALL BY HERSELF while Pia and I helped with the decoration. Since they focused on having a good time instead of worrying about the perfect wedding details, Tamara easily found two white dresses at H&M and decided to get a bridal bouquet in town right before the civil ceremony and to use it later for decoration. Well, what she didn’t plan on was having red roses as her flowers but they where the only fresh flowers that were left in the shop. Imagine a flower shop, packed with flowers, but all fake. The flower shops in Southern France carry mostly plastic flowers because that is what people take to the graveyard. Good to know.
After the civil ceremony at the town hall of Castelsarrasin, we headed back to Tamara and Laurent’s house to have cake and coffee by the pool. We spend some relaxing hours in the garden with chatting, swimming or whatever one felt like doing before this remarkable day ended with a great BBQ and New York Cheesecake. In between, Tamara and Laurent and I left to take some portraits in the area that is known in France for its fruit-growing, sunflower fields and blue window shutters.
This wedding is a favorite to me, not only because it is my sister’s wedding. It shows that there is no need to spend a ridiculous amount of money to have a perfect wedding day. What is important, is to have a good time and simply enjoy your day and have it the way you want it. Tamara and Laurent spent around 1000 € and it was perfect. It certainly helps having a house with a nice garden and pool in the South of France as well as having a sister that is a professional wedding photographer, but they were willing to prepare a lot of things on their own and to focus on what really is important, and it totally paid off.
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