I felt enormously lucky to be a celebrant on Sunday - but particularly a celebrant in France.
I had arranged to meet a couple I am marrying in May, when they were able to engineer, literally, a flying visit - into Toulouse on Saturday and out on Sunday - to have a final tweak of their wedding plans and the ceremony we have scripted.
Their chosen venue is my new favourite chateau - Chateau de Lartigolle, down in the Gers region of France. The chateau is big enough to be grand and to elicit the gasp from your guests you want from a wedding venue - but small enough and so thoughtfully designed to offer a really warm and welcoming feel. I loved it! See it here.
The journey down from Monsegur, where I live, to Pessan was also spectacular - I left very early in the morning, as my clients had to get to the airport before lunch, and saw the dawn come up over the silhouettes of other chateaux as I travelled down - dramatic towers and steeples black against the lightening sky. The cold dawn turned into a glorious, sunny day - so warm that, on the way home, I treated myself to a glass of wine, sitting outside a little bar in Auch - sitting outside in January!
It was great to meet my lovely clients too - Skyping is good - (and still a bit of a miracle to me...) but it was good to meet them face to face and get to know them so much better. We met in one of the chateau's cosy salons and were able to add things to the ceremony and then walk it through outside - and they told me a bit about friends and family, who, I now, can't wait to meet on the day.
So, yes, a lovely day - and how lovely it was to be a celebrant in France!
Outside in the grounds, where a couple can choose to have their ceremony.
One of the beautiful rooms in the chateau.