From the moment we saw this Chateau Lagorce wedding captured by Recommended photographer, Pattie Fellowes, we were transported into a fairytale. Real bride Beth is the perfect princess in a Stella York bridal gown, and her groom Ryan is equally dashing in a tuxedo. The gardens and grounds provided the most romantic backdrops for the outdoor ceremony and reception complete with blush pink and white flowers, and a canopy of festoon lights. Plus, the venue allowed the couple to supply their own alcohol and party until 5 am! *Sigh... if only we were invited!
Outdoor destination wedding at Chateau Lagorce with pink and white flowers and fairy lights.
The fact our wedding actually happened made it unique! This was third time lucky, following a change of venue and date, then there was the amber plus blip! However, everything happens for a reason, and it was all a blessing in disguise. It was the perfect intimate gathering, with all our guests able to stay at the Chateau Lagorce itself. We wanted to give our guests an experience to remember. To bring everyone we love together for a 3- day party! We felt part of something so special, with everyone who had made it out to France having gone through so much to be there.
The flowers and catering were managed by Chateau Lagorce, but we were able to keep the cake from our original venue. Our other suppliers were either delightful online finds or recommendations. Ryan found Pattie Fellowes Photography - his shining moment in the wedding prep! We absolutely loved her style - capturing natural moments, with an elegance reminiscent of a renaissance painting. She recommended Andrew Kelly Films, his films are just beautiful and give me goosebumps every time! He subsequently recommended our amazing band and DJ. It felt like a real family affair, as James’s mum, the wonderful Annette was already booked for my hair.
I'd say it felt both epic and intimate. We wanted a boho, relaxed vibe in gorgeous contrast to the grand setting and black-tie dress code. We asked for the bouquets and table set up to feel natural and wild, with a focus on foliage. I think this was reflected in the atmosphere - guests were in awe of the stunning location, but it felt so personal and intimate with the smaller numbers and outpouring of emotion (there were A LOT of happy tears!)
The speeches were epic, the fireworks magical, the dancing pure joy, and the ceremony perfect. Our friend Alex did such an amazing job as celebrant; charming, funny and sensitive all at once, and the readings were beautiful. I'd never seen my little brother so emotional. We'd written our own vows and struggled to get through them with the emotion, but everything felt so personal and true to us. We even managed to squeeze not one, but two references to pasta!
Beth and Ryan supplied their own booze and partied until 5 am!
During the pandemic, we learnt what really matters. Things may not go exactly as first planned, but the most important part of a wedding is expressing your love for one another, and sharing this love with your nearest and dearest. I know it sounds cheesy but it's true!
Isn't Beth & Ryan's Chateau Lagorce wedding simply breathtaking?! We can't wait to see more destination weddings gracing our pages. If you're planning a destination wedding, listen to our podcast and read our article How To Have A Destination Wedding for lots of tips and advice for planning a wedding abroad.