The most perfect evening – La soirée parfaite

Il arrive très rarement qu’une soirée soit parfaite. Celle de samedi, avec 4 de mes plus chers amis fut l’une d’entre elles. Quand on se sent avec ses amis comme en famille, que la bouffe est bonne et les conversations simples et passionnantes, le pari est gagné… Merci ma belle Jennifer! Beaucoup de photos (désolé), mais je voulais partager l’ambiance autant que possible…

The perfect dinner party is a rare (very rare) treat. One such party happened on Saturday with 4 of my best friends and their kids. Great company, simple and delicious food… One of those dinners where everything feels right and easy. Too many pictures I know, but I love the way Laurent and Jennifer have decorated their home and I couldn’t help sharing the ambiance of the “soirée”:0)IMG_7239Image 06-01-13 à 02.49 _SnapseedIMG_7291Image 06-01-13 à 03.04 _SnapseedIMG_7260Image 06-01-13 à 03.19 _SnapseedIMG_7371IMG_7473 _SnapseedIMG_7550 _SnapseedIMG_7639IMG_7515IMG_7739IMG_7634IMG_7683 _SnapseedIMG_7602IMG_7644 _SnapseedIMG_7640ùlkjn,IMG_7704 _Snapseed

96 Comments Add yours

  1. Craving4More says:

    So fantastic. You are amazingly talented.

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Wow, Thanks! I must say it was an amazing evening and the mood felt right to take pictures…

  2. reginasewell says:

    These are fabulous pictures!

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Thank you so much Regia! You are very kind:)

  3. Moira says:

    One can never have too many photos when they are of the quality of those you posted. It looks like it was a lovely evening with some exceptional wine. It’s great to see you are living well!

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Thanks Moira! I try my best – to live well I mean:)

  4. terrepruitt says:

    Closer to the date you actually posted this I looked at it (see you can see I “liked” it). But my device would not allow me to comment. So I am one of many to comment. I wanted to say that these pictures are amazing (as all your pictures are). But I loved the way you capture the party. You truly showed the good friends, the good food, the good times. Love it. I really love the last one where the woman is in focus yet the rest is out of focus, yet SHE seems as if she is completely focused on what she is doing. That picture really struck me as awesome!

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Wow! What a compliment! Thank you! It was such a wonderful evening. I am so glad I have the pictures to remind me of it:) Thanks again for the lovely comment!

      1. terrepruitt says:

        That one great reason to take pictures. Our memories get blurry and fuzzy, but pictures can help clarify and — boom! — bring it all back. And your pictures are so amazing!

        1. My French Heaven says:

          The best memory trigger for me is food though:) Just one sniff and BOOM I’m there:) I think it has that effect on most people though…

  5. It looks perfect, perfect photos for this post.

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Thank you:)

  6. Alex Suarez says:

    It’s moments like these that are most important. Nothing else matters when you can enjoy good food and the company of friends.

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Absolutely right! 🙂

  7. reading you posts, seeing your lovely photos makes me want to jump right in as a guest! Admiring at your pictures, I feel I missed something :.>)

    1. My French Heaven says:

      You are more than welcome to join us next time you are in France. We are all having dinner at my place next Saturday. Should I count you in? 🙂

  8. ohlidia says:

    I have said it before and I will say it again… LOVE your photos!!!

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Thank you so much! And I’ll say it again… I love your blog:0)

    1. My French Heaven says:

      🙂 With great friends and family, one always feels rich. I know you know what I mean Holly:)

  9. Dominique says:

    Très belles photos, comme d’habitude. J’apprends beaucoup en les regardant, mais je vais devoir changer d’appareil photo pour rivaliser!

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Merci! Je suis très satisfait de mon Canon 600D. Je crois que c’est un super rapport qualité prix.

  10. trendbytes says:

    Beautiful atmospheric pictures…I feel like I was there too!

    1. My French Heaven says:

      One day I’ll have to host a party just for you guys:) That would be so much fun! A blogger party:) 🙂

  11. Brook says:

    I’ve never even seen France, but these pictures are *living* pictures. Magnificent! (An American in love with France:)

    1. My French Heaven says:

      It’s never too late my dear! Come visit. You’ll be welcomed with open arms (and a great meal:)

  12. superbe série ! la soirée etait assurement réussie …

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Merci Christian! Oui, un grand moment!

  13. eveleduc says:

    Que de belles personnes qui semblent aussi heureuses que vous de la tournure des événements. Ces rencontres sont toujours le meilleur accord pour les mets et vins. 🙂

  14. eveleduc says:

    Que de belles personnes, qui semblent aussi heureux que vous de la tournure des événements! Ces rencontrent sont le parfait accord pour les mets et vins.

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Elles le sont en effet:)

  15. your friends are having smart expressions and that burgeois allure very well integrated with the atmosphere and the ambient…you were obliged to share with us all this…guess nobody here is “désolé” at all!!!
    my (always sincere) compliments!!

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Thank you my dear!

  16. Janet Rörschåch says:

    Stéphane! Merci beaucoup pour la suite de mon blog. Votre est tellement magnifique. Il m’inspire. Continuez d’écrire. Continuez à manger. Continuez d’écrire au sujet de manger …. et la prise de ces superbes photos. (I hope my French was almost as good as your French. 😉 )

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Your French is perfect!! Thanks for your lovely comment!!

  17. I can see why you took lots of pictures! This does look like the perfect dinner party!

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Thanks! It was really nice indeed.

  18. Irene says:

    What a lovely evening! I almost could see the event unfolds through your pics

    1. My French Heaven says:

      I hope one day you come visit and join us Irene! 🙂

  19. These photos are to die for! Love.

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Thank you so much:) Yours of the eggnog cheesecake made me drool all over my computer:)

  20. Please don’t ever apologize for too many photos. This is YOUR blog and your life and you can do whatever your heart pleases!!! The night looks so magical..stay blessed.

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Thanks darling girl!

  21. What a wonderful looking house and group of people. The pics are fabulous! I think you’re loving your 50mm and it is loving you! Phenomenal images!

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Thanks E! I really do love that lens. It really renders the colors and light perfectly:)

      1. It shows. The pictures are magnificent!

        1. My French Heaven says:


  22. alisitaliankitchen says:

    Looks like a good time to be had by all and also great pics!

    1. My French Heaven says:


  23. Spoon Feast says:

    Your photos are wonderful! They capture the very essence of the evening. Thank you for sharing!

    1. My French Heaven says:


  24. Great photos as always. Very nice blog Stephane!

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Thanks Phil!

  25. ary says:

    très sympas, jolies photos (comme d’habitude) qui transcrivent tellement bien l’ambiance de la soirée… les vrais amis sont rares et précieux !

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Merci! Et c’est bien vrai:)

  26. juliabarrett says:

    Your photos make me want to be there – or they make me feel as if I am there. You’re very gifted. What a wonderful evening!

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Thanks Julia! Maybe someday you’ll be able to join us! 🙂

  27. christine says:


    1. My French Heaven says:

      Thanks Christine. It really was a special evening with very special people…:)

  28. Wonderful photographs! You can just feel the good vibes.

    1. My French Heaven says:

      I didn’t know what words to use to properly define what i felt, but “good vibes” is it! By the way, congrats on all the awards!!! They are well deserved!!

      1. Thank you, I am very humbled 🙂

  29. Beautiful photos as ever! What exactly were those tomatoes on stick things? They look delicious.

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Simple and delicious: Just dip cherry tomatoes in home made caramel:)

  30. Your photography is beautiful! Thank you for sharing.

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Why thanks Brenna!

  31. tayana2pense says:

    On dirait que tout cela c’est passé dans un autre temps. 🙂

    1. My French Heaven says:

      C’est exactement ce que j’ai ressenti… Comme si le temps s’était arrêté… Leur maison est un petit bijou. Très simple mais divinement décorée:)

      1. tayana2pense says:

        Merci pour vos visites dans notre petit domaine. Avez-vous visité le blog de poésie ? C’est aussi chez moi. 🙂

        1. My French Heaven says:

          Oui, j’aime beaucoup. J’y suis allé mais n’ais pas encore pris le temps de tout lire… Mais je vais le faire!! 🙂

          1. tayana2pense says:

            Tout lire, c’est beaucoup, il doit y en avoir presque mille. 🙂 Si on m’avait demandé de les écrire, je ne l’aurais pas fait ! 🙂 Merci.

  32. Lesley says:

    I could look at your photos for hours! Beautiful!

    1. My French Heaven says:

      I love you for that comment Lesley! I feel so alive when I take pictures. I think it might be my absolute favorite thing to do… If only I had the balls to do it professionally… One day maybe…:)

      1. Lesley says:

        You already have a gorgeous collection that you could put together and call My French Heaven! I look forward to your photos because they truly do transport me to a beautiful place. I hope that one day you’ll find your balls…at least for the benefit of us peasants looking in… 🙂

        1. My French Heaven says:

          When I publish it, I will dedicate it to “Lesley who helped me find my”…:)

          1. Lesley says:

            🙂 Lovely!

  33. Clanmother says:

    What a extraordinary gathering! A reminder that our fast paced lives need the fellowship granted by breaking bread together.

    1. My French Heaven says:

      You are so right darling!! We need to spend more time with the people we love. So much time is wasted on bad bosses, angry coworkers and other vampires:)

  34. Stunning post. Great photos that really have captured the evening so well. Especially like the B/W portrait!

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Thanks J! I’m having soooo much fun with the 50mm lens I had for Christmas! I can’t stop using it, especially for portraits and food. It captures so much light…

  35. cubala says:

    Ca donne envie d’être à table avec toi et tes amis 😀

    1. My French Heaven says:

      C’est quand tu veux! On parlera photo:)

      1. cubala says:

        Avec grand plaisir C’est pas tombé dans l’oreille d’un sourd :p

        1. My French Heaven says:


    1. My French Heaven says:

      Thanks darling! Their house is a little gem. There is a great photo to take everywhere you turn…

  36. Steve says:

    Nicely done pictorial. The trouble with your site is that every time I visit I get hungry and go eat something! Have put on 10 pounds in a month! 🙂

    1. My French Heaven says:

      That’s right! Blame it on old Stéphane;)

    1. My French Heaven says:


  37. Susan Marg says:

    You never have too many photos. And your friends are all beautiful.

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Thanks darling! I’m always worried the form is overpowering the little substance my texts have…

  38. grumpytyke says:

    How could there be too many when they’re as good as this. Super!!!

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Thanks my friend!! I love those evenings when you know each other like brothers and sisters and everything flows. No boring fancy conversations, no asshole who loves the sound of his own voice… Perfect!

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