The beautiful village of Gordes is set on a hilltop in the Vaucluse, on the western side of Provence. It has been called one of the prettiest villages in France.  The Bastide de Gordes is a lovely luxury hotel nestling into the hillside, with garden terraces below. A perfect spot for a wedding!

We conducted two wedding ceremonies there this summer. The first was in June for Claire and Richard, whose twin sons stole everyone’s hearts.

The second was in July, for Su-Ann and Francis who had travelled all the way from Malaysia with their families to celebrate their wedding in Provence. It was a very hot day with a strong warm breeze blowing across the gardens. In fact the breeze was so strong that a sudden gust caught hold of Su-Ann’s veil in the middle of the ceremony and carried it up into the air and over the terrace wall where it then fell down 20m to the little road below.

Luckily, one of the hotel staff used the service lift to dash off to retrieve it and we were able to return the brides veil at the end of the ceremony.  Although, nothing would have prevented the ceremony from being truly magical for the couple and their guests….


This photograph was taken just before the veil took off and you can see how windy it was!

By Cherry Thatcher

Wedding Words and Wishes


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