200 friends and family gather for a mid-summer wedding at the bride's family home in Provence.

"It was to be a hot and long night," explained the bride, "and we wanted to steer away from any cocktails that might lead to anyone burn out too soon. We served Blanc de blancs (sparkling wine) and my dad's wine, Chateau La Mascaronne. As I learned for the occasion, the caterers still typically keep a little stash of hard liquors for the hard-livers."

Photo: Josie Miner