A Vibrant, Whimsical, and Casual Destination Wedding in France
Sophie and Jason
When Jason Glasser first asked Sophie Mathoulin for a date, her answer almost made him give up hope. The two worked in the same building in New York City's SoHo district and they often ran into each other. "Back then, Sophie translated everything literally from French to English," says Jason, who grew up in Connecticut and didn't speak any French at the time. "I think her answer was something like 'as you want,' which sounded lukewarm in English." But he tried again, and the sparks flew on their first date. Their relationship grew for several years before welcoming a daughter, Charlotte. Shortly after, Jason proposed.
The two decided to exchange vows in a setting close to Sophie's heart -- the Cathedrale de Ste-Marie, a breathtaking 14th-century church overlooking the hillsides of the village of St-Bertrand-de-Comminges. "Every relative has gotten married there," says Sophie, whose family has lived in the area for generations, "so it is a special place to me."
The couple's wedding invitations feature a map that was drawn by Sophie as well as whimsical umbrella and sun icons to indicate that this will be a "rain or shine" event. The bride designed the cards herself, then had them screen-printed on ivory paper with vivid orange details.
On the morning of the wedding, Sophie gathers bright-red poppies from a nearby field to use in her bridal bouquet, which she later hand-tied with antique ribbon.
First settled by the Romans in the first century B.C., St-Bertrand is characterized by lush hills and meadows.
Cathedrale de Ste-Marie
The stately cathedral, well known for its stunning stained-glass windows, is visible from the road leading to the village.
The bride and her father, Claude Mathoulin, climb a steep village street to the cathedral, with guests following.
The bride and groom sit side by side during the ceremony. Since Sophie is Catholic and Jason is Jewish, they included traditions from both backgrounds.
Jason and the couple's 1-year-old daughter, Charlotte, pose for a photograph with his parents, Irene and Morton Glasser, and his grandfather, Gerald Biederman.
Bride with Parents
Sophie poses with her parents and daughter. The bride's mother, Marie-France Mathoulin, holds Charlotte, whose petal-pink coat matches the flowers in Sophie's hair.
The guests dine in the hamlet of Izaourt at tables that are arranged in a horseshoe shape (the bride and groom were seated at the center). Red-paper garlands were purchased in New York City's Chinatown by a friend of Sophie's and strung from the ceiling to create a festive atmosphere.
The couple asked Sophie's aunts and those friends who live near St-Bertrand to lend their favorite personal linens and china for dressing up the tables. The result is an eclectic array of patterns in shades of peach and blue.
Guests' seats are reserved with handwritten place cards adorned with Victorian clip art.
Place cards are adorned with images chosen by the bride to reflect interests of the guests -- a deer for a friend who collects china deer, a violin for the groom's brother, a violinist and composer.
Here, some of the peach linens supplied by Sophie's aunts and friends who live near St-Bertrand.
Here are some of the eclectic blue linens borrowed from Sophie's aunts and friends.
One young guest shared her place with a beloved stuff dog.
At the salle des fetes, or reception hall, in Izaourt, the newlyweds dance to traditional French folk music.
Bride's Dress: Ghost Tailor, 212-253-9727
Groom's Suit: Seize sur Vingt, 212-343-0427
Vintage Stamp: Stampazine, 212-262-0100
Printing: EM Space Editions