Some years ago during my show at the ‘Salon De La Lingerie’ in Paris, I was having dinner at the Crystal Room in the Baccarat Mansion.
Walking in felt like entering an exclusive, private Parisian dinner party held amongst all these magnificent crystals. The ambience was overwhelming, in the most refined – only possible- in- Paris kind of way, if you know what I mean. I remember there was a Baccarat perfume bottle exhibition going on at the time - I felt short of breath (as always, when faced with immense beauty).
Three years later, having met my beau and been proposed to, I knew it was the only place I would ever have my wedding. Even though they refused: “Mademoiselle this is a museum, we cannot have live music, there has never been a wedding here”….. and so forth.
But – “I’m just the kind of girl who needs to get married in a crystal museum, plus, Marie-Laure de Noailles was the former muse of this mansion and she was just the coolest”.
As the lovely Raphaelle De Germiny (events organizer at Baccarat) said: “Nona is a difficult person to say no to”.
We officially became the first couple to hold a wedding at this historic museum/hotel particulier. Having been told that I had a talent for creating totally immersive environments: a story telling retail experience, I decided to do all the design & art direction of the wedding myself: I created a modern Marie Antoinette theme (a la Sofia Coppola), flowers by Moulie, even the wedding favors: Fragonard soap boxes with our story inside - tailor made by moi !
I will never forget that day & night, the spectacular Baccarat Mansion, the sweetest and most brilliant staff.
A year later she wrote to me: "Qu’elle soit illumine par mille projets!"
Signed Raphaelle De Germiny.
Thank you Raphaelle. You touched my heart.
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