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This Couple Had Two Ceremonies in One Day for Their Provence Wedding Weekend

By Shayna Seid | Photography by 

Rémi Dupac

“At first I wasn’t really found of him; he was a nice guy but nothing more,” Alice Chambaud says of her then-co-worker Cyril Gervason. “By the summer of 2016, I fell for him hard.”

After only six months together, he was transferred to Chicago for work, and she decided to join him. He proposed nearly two years later on a surprise trip to Tulum.

The engaged couple chose Provence to host their summer wedding, since it’s where Cyril grew up. “I fell in love with him during a weekend in his hometown, where he made me discover his region,” Alice remarks. “Living abroad, we wanted to enjoy, as much as possible, the precious time we had with everyone.”

The wedding weekend kicked off with a relaxing day by the pool and dinner hosted by the bride’s parents at Mas Notre Dame, where her family was staying. And the couple decided to plan everything together, without the help of a planner, to really get their hands on the details of each day.

I decided without hesitation to create my wedding dress with Celestina Agostino,” the bride says. The designer has been doing custom gowns for more than 20 years and also made Alice’s sister’s bridal look. To pair with her timeless dress, she wore her sister’s veil with a flower comb, her mother’s earrings, and Jimmy Choos. 

On the morning of June 29th, 2019, Alice wore a Dior mini dress that she’d picked out in Paris with her mother to her civil ceremony in Eygalieres. And Cyril wore suits from her brother’s brand Atelier NA to both services. “My dog, Apple, joined the fun for the civil ceremony and was so afraid of the confetti cannon that we used at the exit,” the bride says. After the first, “Oui,” of the day, the newlyweds drove a Ferrari to lunch with their families and prepared for the religious wedding in Les Baux de Provence.

All the guests had to walk to the top of the village to reach the Saint-Vincent des Baux Church, and as it was 114-degrees outside, they installed a fresh juice stand from Les Baux Jus to greet people outside. The Catholic ceremony was officiated by Alice’s family priest and beautifully accompanied by their friend and opera singer, Julie-Anne. At the end of the blessing, the newlyweds were showered with lavender, which was less pleasant than they had imagined. 

Everyone rejoined poolside at Mas de la Rose for cocktails and appetizers, while a duo beautifully sang. Guests then moved into the chicly simple dining room decorated by Canopea Design. At their seats, people found personalized, embroidered napkins, and they waved lit sparklers in their air once Alice and Cyril made their entrance. Bull was served, as a nod to the Chicago Bulls, and before cutting the cake, the groom made a romantic speech that had almost everyone in tears. 

The rest of the night was spent on the dance floor. The new Mr. and Mrs. had their first dance to “Signed, Sealed & Delivered,” by Stevie Wonder, and the two finally went to bed at 6:00 a.m., just as the sun was rising.