Riley and Nick met at the wedding of mutual friends, so it was only fitting the Massachusetts couple open up the possibility of romance to their wedding guests as well, 200 of whom gathered for a mid-summer wedding at the bride's family home in Provence.
"Bomont is in the country," explained the bride, "and is separated from surrounding villages and towns by narrow French roads." Because of this, the couple decided to rent several buses to collect wedding guests before the ceremony and then carry them home after the reception, which wrapped up around 5 a.m. "As the 5 a.m. bus was pulling up to collect the late crowd, the Provence heavens opened up to a pretty dramatic thunderstorm," the bride explained. "Nick and I ran up the hill to the little farmhouse where a babysitter was watching Luca, our one-year-old son, then ran with him as red mud was streaming down the hill to the bus. From our bus stop in Cotignac, we again ran in the thunderstorm through the winding village streets, in my mud-stained dress, holding our baby and a Malian treasure chest (a wedding gift), to the house we were staying in. It was pretty a dramatic end of celebration."
"The plus side of a wedding in the country is that we made as much noise as we wanted, there were no neighbors to complain and the local animals were all drunk."
Photo: Josie Miner