Good morning and Happy Tuesday.. and happy it certainly is with this ray of French sunshine, in the form of nothing short of a stunningly elegant wedding.
I’m going to start by setting the scene a little and let the Bride pick up the narrative below. I hope you’re all sitting down…
The table centres were orchids, amarylis, roses and baby’s breath.
The tables places were decorated with individual menus, napkins and ribbon, and we had beautiful glass charger plates so I didn’t feel there was a need for favours and I couldn’t think of anything that everybody would actually like or want!
Amy Murrell went to art college with David. He showed me the photos from her website and I thought they were beautiful. They were totally unlike the very posed, formal photos which you usually see of weddings, and that’s exactly what I didn’t want.
She seemed to have a real eye for detail and I was sure she could capture all the subtle moments of the day beautifully. The disc was on our doorstep when we got home from our honeymoon, so we looked at them straight away and absolutely loved them!
They are exactly what we wanted, and are as beautiful and timeless as we’d hoped.
A DIY Cake
I made the cake myself. I wanted a three tiered cake with fresh white flowers. It was a madeira sponge with vanilla buttercream. It wasn’t perhaps perfect but I thought it looked great and it added a real personal touch to the day.
Since we were only having just over 50 guests we thought a full-blown band would be a bit too much and it was just a small space we had so we decided on a piano player/singer. We went to see a few playing gigs around London but when we saw Damien Flood we instantly knew he was the one. He was way over what we wanted so spend but he was absolutely breathtaking and worth every penny. Everyone commented on how fabulous he was.
Our first dance was Adele’s version of Bob Dylan’s Make You Feel My Love. We both just loved the lyrics and thought it was a beautiful song.
For the decor we just had candles and flowers. The chateau itself is such a beautiful location there really wasn’t much need to have anything else.
What made our wedding special for us was that it was small and intimate- what we didn’t want was lots of people there that we didn’t really know. We only had 56 guests but as it was in France we made a weekend of it. Everyone was invited out on the Friday night for a buffet meal and we had a big brunch on Sunday morning. Everyone we had room for stayed at the Chateau itself and it was lovely for everyone to be able to get to know each other over the whole weekend.
We were very lucky to have the venue and full run of it, as the owner’s are friends of ours- it made it totally unique and everyone commented on what a special and unique wedding it was. We did everything exactly as we wanted it and did so much of it ourselves- the cake, the catering (David has a catering company – Season2taste, the stationery, I laid and decorated all the tables exactly how I wanted them. It was stressful as we took so much of the work on ourselves but it meant that everything was exactly as we had it in mind. My advice would be to just enjoy the day as it is over so quickly- do everything exactly how you want it because it is your day but don’t invite too many people!
Photographer – Amy Murrell (Especially Amy)
Catering – Season2taste
Stationery – DIY
Entertainment – Damien Flood
Cake – Made by the Bride
Venue – Chateau de Warsay, Picardie, France.
Simply stunning, classically elegant whilst remaining stylishly up to date. Loving the Navy Colour Scheme, Loving the simplicity of the decor allowing the venue to shine, loving the gorgeous photography and oh the sunshine!
What are you loving today?