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Trip Report Fairytale Wedding in Brittany, France

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It was over a year in the planning but now it's over and although I haven't written many trip reports in the past, this one I thought might be a little out of the ordinary so I wanted to share.
The bride is our daughter, a Canadian and the groom is from the Brittany area of France. They have been together for six or seven years, sometimes long distance...but for the last five years our daughter has lived in France. The engagement was announced in Feb. 2012 and it was then that the ball started rolling. Her choice was to be married there...her parents (we) were fine with that because we absolutely love France and we absolutely love her and our new son-in-law. A date of April 2013 was decided upon due to work commitments on our and their part (both teachers). They had some reservations about an April wedding in what can be a damp spring in Brittany but it was the only solution. Having announced the engagement we expected just my parents and our other two daughters to be on board...but as the days went on we had friends and other family members express interest till we totalled 24 in all who wanted to make the trip. This number settled at 19 in the end. We were thrilled to be able to share this wonderful happy celebration with those who could make it.
Their's is truly a love story. Their love overcame a geographic obstacle as they both worked hard to pursue their educational goals. After a few years of hard work they both landed jobs in the same French school, bought a house and began renovations. We were able to visit them on two occasions...once when they lived in northern Brittany and then last year after they had moved to Lille near the Belgian boarder. We had previously spent a week in a rented apartment in Paris and on a separate trip to France we spent a week in Provence. So this was our fifth trip to France...and our third meeting with the grooms family. Both previous visits were just wonderful even with the language barrier. The kids translated like crazy and we left after the first visit knowing that our daughter was in good hands...such a lovely family. So we looked forward to this vacation/destination wedding and I relished in the challenge of getting our family and friends, most of whom had never been to France or Europe for that matter, over there and situated for what we hoped would be an experience of a lifetime and a special moment in our family's journey. So the planning began....

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