Singer and bassist Adeline and Sinclair Bolden, a partner at the event brand Everyday People, met through mutual friends years ago, but didn’t start dating until 2013 when they reconnected by chance. “It was as if I was meeting him for the first time—I had sort of love at first sight,” Adeline says. “After a couple of months tiptoeing around the idea of going on a date—he’s shy!—we went out for a drink, and we’ve been a couple ever since. I knew that day that he would be my husband.”
The couple had been dating for two years when Sinclair proposed, but it wasn’t the first time he’d asked her to marry him. “There were actually three proposals!” she says. “The first one was the most casual, just as we were falling asleep after a great dinner on New Year’s Day.” The second one was two weeks later in Martinique, where Adeline’s father was born and where her grandmother lives. “It was after Sinclair asked my dad for my hand in French. The third one was on our third anniversary in Barcelona, with the ring,” says Adeline.
She and Sinclair started planning their wedding soon after. “We really wanted to get married in France because it’s where I’m from,” she says. “We are both in love with my country and feel so connected there—we’ve had some of our most bonding moments while visiting.”
Adeline’s father lives in Marseille, and both she and Sinclair have always loved the South of France as a result. “We went on a trip to the Riviera and basically drove around for a week looking for the perfect venue,” she says. To their surprise, they didn’t find anything that fit their aesthetic near the water, so they ventured north a bit to Provence. Ultimately, they found their venue, Domaine des Andéols, online, last-minute. “When we got there, we completely fell in love with it though,” Adeline says. “It has a modern sense of decor, but it also marries perfectly with its natural surroundings. There are manicured cypress trees, dashing lavender fields, and beautiful pools.”
Never one to do things the traditional way when it comes to her approach to clothes, Adeline left her dress search until the last minute. “It was four months before the wedding, so definitely not within the ‘traditional timing,’ which was almost intentional,” she says. After going to a few vintage stores and fairs, she wasn’t seeing anything that she liked, so she started to think she’d have something made.
Before she began that process, her friend Nasrin urged her to visit New York Vintage because it had just received a new shipment of wedding gowns, and there were a few tulle dresses. Adeline went, and saw a silk Alberta Ferretti dress that initially she didn’t think much of. “But I figured I should see how I felt about silk in comparison with tulle,” she explains. “When I tried it on, I knew it was the one automatically—just like I did with my husband! I loved that it made me feel regal and classy. People are so used to seeing me wear loud and daring stuff, and I liked the idea of wowing everyone by surprising them with a classic piece.”
For jewelry, Adeline and her friend and stylist Irini Arakas looked to Jennifer Behr’s collection of artful accessories, incorporating a hair accessory as well as a pair of earrings. For shoes, she turned to Aurora James’s Brooklyn-based brand Brother Vellies.
The fashion directive for guests? “Red carpet! Think elegant, chic, and glamorous. Dress to impress! Like the Met Gala. Don’t be afraid to dress up! We wanted everyone to feel like a Hollywood star. Just wear whatever makes you feel fabulous.” says Adeline. And they did just that. “Everyone looked incredible,” she remembers. “There were lots of colors, textures, and shapes. There was a contagious, euphoric feeling on the entire property, and that glow reflected on our guests’ faces.”
The ceremony began at 5:30 p.m., peak golden hour. Rocks served as a natural altar just in front of the property’s pond, while fig trees and pampas herbs were arranged in a circle as a backdrop. Guests sat on benches next to an aisle lined with pampas grass and light pink flowers. The couple’s friend Redha led the ceremony in French and English. At the altar, Adeline’s two brothers stood by her side, and on Sinclair’s side, he had his brother, who served as best man, his son, and his nephew. After the three flower girls walked down the aisle to “Les Feurs” by Minnie Riperton, the bridesmaids and bridesmen—Adeline had an equal number of women and men in her bridal party—precessed in sets of two, all wearing a different color in a pastel palette.
Adeline then walked down the aisle with her father, accompanied by “The Makings of You” by Curtis Mayfield. “During the ceremony, I felt like I was floating,” she says. “Time and space were frozen.”
After the service, there was a traditional cocktail hour in the palm grove just as the sun was setting. Guests mingled and ate an assortment of foie gras, prosciutto, and other canapés while the newlyweds took photos with their families. Then, everyone moved to dinner under the Platane, a giant 600-year-old tree with a tree house at the top. Sinclair’s father gave an emotional speech that kicked off the meal, and then once everyone was sitting down, Adeline and Sinclair danced to “Love, Love, Love” by Donny Hathaway. Adeline’s dad then gave an elaborate bilingual speech—“He did such a good job that some of my friends nicknamed him Barack Obama!” she says.
After more heartfelt speeches, the couple proceeded to cut the cake, a traditional French pièce montée, while Nina Simone’s “My Baby Just Cares for Me” played in the background. Sinclair then gave a toast. “I also attempted to say something, but couldn’t find the words and suddenly decided to sing something instead,” Adeline says. “So I looked my new husband in the eyes and sang ‘You’re the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me’ by Gladys Knight, which I think is one of the most beautiful love songs ever written. I wasn’t planning on singing, but had the song in my back pocket just in case.”
Afterward, Adeline vanished back to her room to change into her second dress of the evening. “I have to say those 45 minutes were probably the most fun of the whole evening. Being in my room with my three best girlfriends and my brother, laughing, drinking champagne, and getting glammed up. We just had so much fun!” she says. Then it was back to the guests and onto the dance floor where she and Sinclair did a first dance to “Really Love” by D’Angelo. The father of the bride joined them to do a traditional dance from Martinique called gwoka, which symbolizes the passing of the torch. The music then switched to A Fon Larion, another traditional song from Martinique, and Adeline and her dad opened the dance floor to the entire party. “We are lucky to call some of the best DJs in New York close friends, and they graced us with their talent,” Adeline says. “In order of appearance: Rich Knight, DJ Stimulus, JKriv, and DJ Moma turned it all the way up. We danced until 3:00 a.m. nonstop!”