Have you ever watched the movie Chocolat with Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp? Remember the riverboat party? That was the kind of wedding party we attended.
The road leading to the party was, at times, a little treacherous.
Of course the locals seemed perfectly at ease, zipping around the mountain deftly avoiding the many cyclists biking around the lac.
The property was set on the mountainside giving all of us guests a spectacular view.
The festivities started at noon when we all gathered in the reception tents. Many of the guests were seasoned cyclists, experienced campers and adept at extreme sports. Paragliding off Mont Blanc anyone? (That would be the bride and groom). The ambiance was jovial, the dress code casual. Every woman seemed to be holding a child of no more than six months old. There were Moby wraps, Ergo carriers and 6ft. tall dads doing "tiger in the tree" holds.
After lunch the babies napped, the parents rested, and the rest of us went swimming.
As the sun set, we all headed back, a little more dressed up. The party had begun.
The guests were also the musicians. Four groups played, including the bride's band. There was dancing and jumping and all you could eat ice cream. There were fireworks and champagne. There were smiles all around.