French Destination Wedding At La Leotardie
Emma the Bride:
We had always dreamt of a wedding abroad, eating outside and dancing the night away with our closest family and friends, so when we started looking for a venue we very quickly ended up concentrating on France due to both of our love for the country, food and wine. Emma also had fond family memories. Chris drove over 600km in one weekend looking at 5 venues in a whistle-stop tour of South West France. La Leotardie
, situated in St-Georges-De-Monclard blew us away and we both knew straight away this was the place for us. The main house had a large courtyard where we imagined eating outside, a professional kitchen and the house slept 14 people. When walking around the grounds with the owner, Leopold, Chris and I couldn’t believe how beautiful and different parts there was to the venue; a forest, a lake and a rustic converted Pigeonnaire (where we spent our wedding night). It had a paired back, large casual country house appeal rather than a turreted formal Chateaux – which we loved.
Leopold, the owner showed us around and it really was his story that made us fall in love with the place even more. He made us feel at home and like a member of his extended family, and that anything was possible at the venue to create our dream day and weekend. We rented out several houses which were part of the Estate for our family and friends as well as the venue. The dream was to make it into a holiday for everyone, with a welcome BBQ at Bos de Penit (a large Domaine that slept 30 of our friends) and a goodbye brunch post wedding.
Halfpenny London Bride
I started searching online looking for designers that I had always loved. Halfpenny
instantly came to mind for the designer's stunning elegant gowns that are full of variety and really create that extra special look of individuality for each bride. I visited the Bloomsbury showroom after finding the dress online. It took my breath away and I knew it was the dress for me. I decided to wear pale blue shoes as a nod to the ‘something blue’ and gold knot earrings.
I had always wanted the feeling of the wedding to be effortless and individual. I also wanted each dress to really show the personality of each Bridesmaid. Each wore a completely different dress with different fabrics and lengths but coordinated overall with a green colour palette. They were from a mix of retailers from the high street.
I couldn’t have done it without the girls, they kept me relaxed and we had so much fun together staying in the house before the wedding. There are some stories to tell! I bought them as a little gift some sunglasses to wear on the day and Monica Vinader
rings with tiny personalised engravings on them.
With the wedding being outside and it being held in June in the south of France, Chris decided he didn’t want all of his friends in suits and wanted to wear a more relaxed and mixed outfit. The jacket and chinos were from TM Lewin
, the cufflinks were a present from Emma and were personalised in brass. The hardest part for Chris was deciding on whether he and the groomsmen wore the same colour jacket or he wore a different one. Chris stuck to his guns and went for a contrasting taupe jacket with the groomsmen in blue. We decided early on we wanted one of Chris’ best friends who he met at university, Amy to be a ‘Grooms-woman’ and she wore a simple and elegant jumpsuit in pale blue from Reiss
French Speaking Wedding Planner
Chris and I never seem to take the easy option and after booking the venue it became very apparent we were going to need a French speaking wedding planner. We found ‘Carnet De Noces
’ online, headed up by Gaëlle and she was perfect. Gaëlle understood that I had a vision for the wedding and she facilitated in organising the suppliers who were all local suppliers that really created an authentic effortless feel and were total professionals on the day.