A Modern Chateau Fantasy… Part 2

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…

Decor Delights…

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!

Artful Photography

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.

Elegant Entertainment

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.

Divine Decor

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?

Yours Truly,

Rebecca
xoxo

Especially Amy is a Rock My Wedding sponsor, however all Real Weddings are chosen on individual merit and no part of this wedding has been sponsored.

Author: Becky Sappor
Becky is at her happiest when dunking a slightly chilled chocolate digestive into a very warm, very milky cup of tea. She also loves her job and pinches herself every day to make sure that she isn’t in a graphic design dreamworld.

26 thoughts on “A Modern Chateau Fantasy… Part 2

  1. I’m having massive pangs of jealousy. Which isn’t serene and bride like but this is everything we want and can’t find.

    I’m at my wits end but this has cheered me up perfectly.

  2. I don’t think I would ever leave that venue, its so breathtaking!!

    The images are divine and capture moments so beautifully!

    I pretty much love the whole thing…

  3. I’m loving the CHEESE! Mmmm…..cheese.

    And loving the chateau, the maids dresses, the very pretty bride and the gorgeous photography.

    A beautiful, intimate reception-reader Rebecca, maybe you and your fiance should look at France as a location/venue?

    X

  4. Simply stunning!

    I’d like to get married in a French chateau now s’il vous plait?

    Exceptionally breathtaking. What a venue and what a bride!

    *sighs*

    x

  5. darn it – why don;’ any of my friends own a gorgeous chateau in france?!

    This wedding looks so relaxed and un-done (in a good, effortlessly pulled together kind of way!). i like.

    r.now x x

    and PS, is it just me or does the bride look like a perfect little tiny china doll?!

  6. I can’t get over the fact that she did everything herself! I was convinced that this was an expensive all-done-by-a-professional-wedding-coordinator wedding – hats off to her!

    Classic, relaxed and beautifully captured with gorgeous photos.

    xx

  7. ‘OOh la la!’ How amazing and fairytale!

    I have loads of respect for her organising this all herself. Wedding Planners are wonderful but sometimes I see real weddings on blogs and they seem amazing, then it turns out to be because they have been planned by an expert … how inspiring that this wedding looks just like that BUT it all came from the bride!

  8. Ooh la la the venue is to die for. What a beautiful day/weekend – anyone want to go halves with me on buying a beautiful french chateau that we can sip gorgeous wine in, eat cheese and bread all day long, and just generally wander round looking fabulous? Actually, after the way I hit the sales this year, I’m not sure I could even manage half a chateau – perhaps if all of us got together we could afford one?

  9. Fliss excellent idea! Let’s all club together, buy a chateau and wear beautifully frilly ruffled gowns all day long….

    Oh and yes – sip wine and eat cheese!

    And chocolate, can we have lots of choclate too?

    Charlotte xxx

  10. FRENCH chocolate Charlotte…. Lots of it. I’d like to reserve a bedroom with the view of the pool that Chateau RMW will have, pretty please?

    Thank heavens for this beeootiful wedding brightening up our Tuesday!

    X

  11. I’m totally in. Let’s all jump on our old-school bikes, don stripy shirts and take leisurely rides along the river to the local market where we will buy lots of crusty bread, ripe tomatoes and cheese, and of course a bottle or two of Bordeaux. Back at the chateau, we will waft around, wearing our ruffled skirts, amongst the lavender. We will all have amazing skin, speak perfect French and perfect the Gallic shrug.

    Cannot wait. PS, love this wedding. It’s not just a wedding, it’s also a way of life – I love that.

  12. Once again,it’s gorgeous! A little scary though- same wedding day AND same first dance song!

    What a beautiful venue, beautiful wedding decorations, and beautiful wedding party!

    I love every single bit!

    x x x

  13. Seconded on the Isla Fisher comparison. I noticed that the first time round also.

    PS – this wedding is even prettier, the more I look at it, the more I love it. Just so so so beautiful

  14. I STILL desperately need to know where those stunning navy BM dresses are from!! Please somebody put me out of my misery and tell me!

  15. Hi Anita, I’m one of the bridesmaids so I can put you out of your misery! We got the BM dresses from Linea at House of Fraser – not sure if you can still get them because we bought them last autumn… worth a look though!

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