After a week of rain, we were very lucky to have such a beautiful day for Marie and Daniel’s wedding at Gertrude’s, Baltimore Museum of Art.
Marie’s dress was just stunning and so perfect for her.
Just love this photo of Daniel’s mother and sister captured by my second shooter, Graeme Jennings.
I have to mention that Marie is from Rochester, NY. Daniel and Marie met while studying at R.I.T. I must say that people from Rochester –or people that went to school there, are just pretty wonderful and just because I’m partly from Rochester myself doesn’t mean I’m not completely objective! The band, Nik and the Nice Guys, also made the trip down from up north.
I just loved seeing how happy Marie and Daniel were and just how much fun they had together and with all of their guests.
Venue: Gertrude’s at the Baltimore Museum of Art
Band: Nik Entertainment
Florist: Betty Davis
Cake: Katie Kindle
Heart be still, chateaus and topiaries as far as the eye can see!
Aran has a really wonderful style of teaching. She gives as much help or as little as we wanted. It was fun for me, to progress from photographing what she styled, to starting with some of her ideas and making it my own with choice of props and location, to finally creating my own ideas like the risotto photos below. I wanted to show how easy and few ingredients you need for risotto and thought this was a good way to do that.
Wednesday was also market day in Sarlat. Yum!
Back at the Manoir we photographed our market finds.
Of course another cheese plate with our lunch.
For dinner we were invited to Stephanie’s gorgeous maisonette, a stone cottage that shares a wall with the castle in Sarlat. We walked down the candlelit stone pathway to and greeted with drinks in the garden.
For dinner we had an amazing dish of chicken with morels. I’ve never tried morels before but they’re now one of my favorite foods! I was too busy eating and having fun during dinner to take any more than just a couple photos but you can read all about their rennovation of the maisonette here.
See photos from Day 1, Day 2,
It’s my birthday today and unfortunately it’s raining buckets and I have lots of work to catch up on, but I’ll celebrate with a cup of my favorite tea and these sunny memories from last week of the marvelous Manoir de la Malatrie. Every room in the manoir is unique and charming and Ouafa and her husband Daniel took wonderful care of us. And the breakfast, I’m still missing the breakfasts!
The view from my bathroom on a foggy day.
and on a sunny day..
The adorable Olivia above reminds me of a young Sophia Coppola, beautiful and creative with her own lovely take on the world.
Oufa made us an incredible Moroccan dinner one night. We ate, and talked, and laughed, under the stars.
more photos from our third day of the workshop coming Monday.
See photos from day 1, day 2
Day 2 of our food styling and photography workshop with we started preparing some sandwiches and a quiche for our afternoon picnic.
I took this scrumptious cheese plate outside to a mossy step.
Olivia with a cheese plate she styled.
After all this hard work we sat down to a fabulous lunch.
In the afternoon we went to a walnut grove for a picnic.
Every day Nadia (on right) pulled out the most beautiful accessories including this scarf and bag. How I’d love to come play dress up in her closet.
My french canadian grandfather died 7 years ago today and I think he would have liked reading about this week in France. He liked music and literature and he loved to cook for his family. I still remember him packing our lunches with pâté sandwiches. He didn’t realize most 7 year old American kids don’t eat pâté. Grandpa Ray, I do now. J, OG, and I danced to this song for you this morning.
more coming tomorrow…
See photos from day 1
“But still the clever north wind was not satisfied. It spoke to Vianne of towns yet to be visited, friends in need yet to be discovered, battles yet to be fought… ” - From the movie Chocolat
I feel like a lucky wind had blown me into this beautiful little village in Dordogne, France where the movie Chocolat was filmed. A place of castles and walnut groves, a lazy river and cobblestone streets every bit as magical as it looks in the movie.
I came here for a food styling and photography workshop with Aran Goyoaga of Canelle et Vanille. I love photographing people, I have a harder time photographing inanimate objects. But the way Aran styles, photographs and writes about food, it comes alive. Reading her blog you get such a sense of love, and family and culture in her cooking. In person she’s every bit as lovely as I imagined she’d be: beautiful, warm, and a natural teacher.
For our first day we made chestnut squash and celery root soup with radishes for garnish.
Dessert? Mais, oui!
I just love that when you buy yogurt at the grocery store in France, it comes in these beautiful little glass (photo on the right) or clay (photo on the left) pots instead of plastic.
I came away from this workshop with my head and heart so full. It felt wonderful to push myself at something I don’t normally consider myself very good at. I couldn’t have shared this experience with a more lovely group of women: Kim, Sanda, Romina, my roomate Lorna, and my fabulous getting lost for hours on dark and twisty roads partner Olivia . I learned so much from all of them. A special thanks to the workshop organizers Aran, the ever chic Stephanie, and dreamy Nadia who made everything so perfect for us.
More photos of our adventures coming soon!