Our Wedding


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Here we are, at the reception in La Bellanderie, our lovely home in Saint Hilarion, southwest of Paris on the old road to Chartres.  The French civil service had done its duty, and it was time for the food and a slow glass of champagne. 

The  preparations had been very hectic and hairy.  A couple of weeks before the wedding we learned that the law in France considers one not to be divorced even after the divorce judgment has been pronounced.  Think about that one for a minute!   With a lot of hasty legal research in the Palais de Justice in Paris, and a bit of help from the best man, Karim Medjad, we figured out how to get around these legal impediments.   Lucky that we picked a law professor as best man, wasn't it!  

But Ian needed to make several visits to the competent authorities to get their permission for the wedding to take place, and it took until five p.m. on the day before the wedding to find the person with sufficient ability to figure out that we were entitled to get married and sufficient authority to convince the Maire of St. Hilarion to marry us. No fooling around with the French civil service!  

Merci encore, Madame le Substitut! 

You can imagine how this last minute uncertainty added a little zest to the proceedings: friends and family were arriving at local hotels, and we did not know whether to welcome them with open arms or apologize and send them on their way! 

But all is well that ends well, and the assistant of the Maire duly married us in the Mairie of St. Hilarion. 


Here is the bride to be leaving the house for the ceremony, with an elegant chauffeur in the person of her uncle, Dr. Alain Berhaut.



The civil ceremony in the Mairie, or Village Hall, of Saint Hilarion.  Denis, Marie-Hélène's brother, is filming in the background.  Needless to say, the Catholic Church had not exactly welcomed us with open arms!



The family group in front of the Mairie, with four of the bride and groom's five (then) children all dressed up.  This was a modern wedding!  Charlie would have been in this photo, except that he was taking a nap at home under the watchful eye of Mrs Gonzalvez, our housekeeper.


Les enfants à la Mairie.  Selon Joce, "En fait, ça fait moins mal qu'une piqure!"

Joce, the maid of honor, reassured the children: "it hurts less than an injection!"



Nathalie disant à Karim, le témoin de Ian, selon Joce : "T'as signé contre ton copain. Il va en prendre pour 50 ans !"


Joce, le témoin de Marie-Héléne, avec Alain.




  Below, the kids playing during the reception. A lot of action here!


Here is the bride again, framing herself with food and flowers, which is after all what brides do!




Back in the dining room at La Bellanderie with the wood paneling on the walls and the bride's mother's paintings on the wood paneling.  Jocelyne, Marie-Hélène's maid of honor, is behind us between Alain, her beau then and the father of her son, and Mamie, Marie-Hélène's grandmother, then 92 and full of vim.   Uncle Daniel, Mamie's son, is next to her.  In red is Véronique, the bride's cousin from Aix-en-Provence

Our only regret was the bride and groom's absent parents: only one, Grand-père, was still with us for the wedding.  

Well, to be honest, we wouldn't have minded a honeymoon either!  

It was a very special day.  The knot tied, we could finally relax for a while.   Not for long, of course, because we moved house, profession and children to Santa Cruz not five weeks later.



Listing of Pages in the Site

. . . with Alban
. . . with Daphne
. . . with Nicholas
. . . with Thomas
2008 Diary
2008 Special Days
2009 Daphne Alban
2009 Diary
2009 Sports
2009: Tom in IOW
2009: Tom Visits
Alban 1997-2007
Alban Petit 1989-96
Alban with friends
Alex & Charlie's Friends
Alex 1998-2002
Alex Arrives
Alexander 2002-07
Big kids with . .
Breakers '05
Charles & Alex 2
Charles & Alex 3
Charles 1995-9
Charles 2000-07
Charlie's Here
Childrens' parties
Courtney & Antony's Wedding
Daphné 1997-2007
Daphné Petite 87-97
Death Valley
Diary to 2007
Dirty babies
Disney Decor
Disney Residents
Disney Rides
Disneyland 2011
Down the Coast
Faby & Jean
Family Groups
Fooling around
Graduations 2007
Graduations I
Happy Valley
Her Family
Her Friends
His Family 1
His Family 2
Historical Themes
Ian in England
Ian's 50th Birthday
Ian's friends
Ian's Work
Journal from 2008
La Bellanderie
La Grée
La Radinerie des Berhauts
Laura & Damian
Law School Reunion
Le Tahu
Little little guys
Maman Fille
Man Utd v. Barca
Missing You
Mountain Biking
Moving House
Moving Out
New York
Nick 1999-2007
Nick younger
Our Cars
Our Cats
Our Homes
Our House!
Pacific Grove
Papa Ian
Peace Train
Photo Albums
Pools I (1998-2001)
Pools II (2004)
Portraits 2008
Risky Flight
Road Trip!
Santa Cruz
Soccer in 2003
Soccer in 2008
Soccer: hobby #1!
Special Days
St. Malo
Surfing USA
Tahoe Weekend
Thanksgiving 2005
The Hanlons
Thorpe Park
To Santa Cruz
Tom 2000-07
Tom in Paris in 2008
Tom younger
West Cliff
Xmas 1994 -2001
Xmas 2002-2007
Zinzins in California!