Karen & Steve
Karen & Steve
An Allure Bridal gown for a wedding at the Fairytale Chateau in the Dordogne France with planning by Marry Me I France. The groom wears Cad and the Dandy and the maids wear twobirds bridesmaid dresses.
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Love
An Allure Bridal gown for a wedding at the Fairytale Chateau in the Dordogne France with planning by Marry Me I France. The groom wears Cad and the Dandy and the maids wear twobirds bridesmaid dresses.
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Getting Ready
An Allure Bridal gown for a wedding at the Fairytale Chateau in the Dordogne France with planning by Marry Me I France. The groom wears Cad and the Dandy and the maids wear twobirds bridesmaid dresses.
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Tables
An Allure Bridal gown for a wedding at the Fairytale Chateau in the Dordogne France with planning by Marry Me I France. The groom wears Cad and the Dandy and the maids wear twobirds bridesmaid dresses.
Flowers
Flowers
An Allure Bridal gown for a wedding at the Fairytale Chateau in the Dordogne France with planning by Marry Me I France. The groom wears Cad and the Dandy and the maids wear twobirds bridesmaid dresses.
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Clocks
An Allure Bridal gown for a wedding at the Fairytale Chateau in the Dordogne France with planning by Marry Me I France. The groom wears Cad and the Dandy and the maids wear twobirds bridesmaid dresses.
Hand In Hand
Hand In Hand
An Allure Bridal gown for a wedding at the Fairytale Chateau in the Dordogne France with planning by Marry Me I France. The groom wears Cad and the Dandy and the maids wear twobirds bridesmaid dresses.
Blue Skies
Blue Skies
An Allure Bridal gown for a wedding at the Fairytale Chateau in the Dordogne France with planning by Marry Me I France. The groom wears Cad and the Dandy and the maids wear twobirds bridesmaid dresses.
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Karen & Steve

Karen and Steve married in the Dordonge at the Fairytale Chateau and what a fairytale it was. There are so many beautiful vintage inspired details in this gorgeous day. I love the table decor. So much thought and consideration has gone into making the prettiest centrepieces. And the menu idea is just the best!

With her Allure Bridals gown Karen is stunning.

I think that every wedding should have hand fans. Who knew they had their own secret language? Such a great idea and lots of fun! So, steal away people and enjoy as you get whisked off to beautiful France.

Karen The Bride: We wanted a small, intimate wedding and our number one priority was an exclusive use venue. We visited some venues in England but found they were very expensive for what we wanted. We started to widen our search to Europe looking at Greece and Italy. We had also been to several beach weddings abroad and were looking for something different. We then focused on France given the choice of transport and of course, having great food and wine.

After much research, we found Marry Me In France who had a wide selection of venues. We arranged a trip in January 2013 and met the wonderful team from Marry Me In France. We had already selected the venues that we wanted to visit and spent 3 days visiting the venues and discussing our wedding ideas with Kate and Beth. On the last day of our visit, we visited the Fairytale Chateau and we fell in love with it. It ticked all the right boxes being a traditional chateau with enough rooms on site to host our families and accommodation in the village for our friends.

We booked the chateau for 6 days so were able to enjoy time with the family before the wedding.

After the initial visit, we only had to return one more time in April 2014 where we met the various suppliers, discussing our food and wine choice, going through the ceremony, hair and makeup trial and selecting our flower choices.

The Dress

As soon as were engaged, I was buying the monthly wedding magazines. I kind of had an idea of what I wanted: a timeless, lace dress although Steve did say he didn’t like lace dresses! I started my search in London visiting various designer stores. My mum and sisters accompanied me along which always ended in a lunch and a few bottles of wine later. We really miss those Saturday afternoons!

I couldn’t find what I was looking for in London so then visited my local Morgan Davies shop in Hitchin. I was open minded and tried on lots of dresses. The lovely lady in the shop then selected a dress for me to try on. Quite honestly, I wouldn’t have picked it out, yes; it was lace but nothing special. But boy, when I tried it on and showed my family, they started to cry. It was the one. It was a beautiful dress from Allure.

I accessorised with a Jenny Packham head piece and bracelet which set of the look beautifully. My gorgeous shoes were from Emmy in London.

The Groom

We visited the Wedding Show at Earls Court where Steve came across Cad & the Dandy. He liked their quirky take on modern tailoring and arranged to visit them at their London store.

It was a fascinating process to see how the suits were made from scratch and how the positioning of a pocket could make you look shorter!

The Bridesmaids

My two sisters and Steve’s niece were our bridesmaids. After much searching, we settled on twobirds bridesmaid dresses for my sisters and a lovely flower girl dress from BHS. It was great that Twobirds offer matching ties, pocket squares and sashes to tie the look together.

The Decor

We wanted a vintage feel to our wedding and felt it would complement our gorgeous venue.

I got some ideas from wedding magazines and websites. I saw a great idea of using a book for our wedding menu. We always go to Rye for a weekend break so spent one weekend scouring their antique stores and found a number of old books related to France or Scotland (where I am from). I then sourced local paper and typed our menu in French and pasted onto the front page of the book and added a bunch of lavender to each book.

Our catering company loved the idea so much and asked if they could have one to use as an idea for other brides.

I made all the guest names by printing names onto coloured paper and burning the edges to make them look aged.
Our table plan was a great success. It was based on an idea I had seen on wedding of my dreams website. Steve made the wooden base to hang the pots on, whilst I made the table plan and our florist filled the pots with our wedding flowers. Steve sourced some slate for free and I spent a few hours chalking on the Plan de Table although I had got it wrong and had stencilled Table de Plan!

Our centrepieces on the tables consisted of silver mecurised vases I had bought locally and we then spent months collecting tin cans and aging them in salt to make them rust. I then attached luggage labels to each can with a French love saying and our florist filled them with hydrangeas, sweet avalanche roses and gypsophila.

We bought different style picture frames and sourced different style table numbers from Ebay. Each picture frame was individually styled with pearls, flowers and feathers.

I also sourced some small frames for each table which contained a love poem.

The Ceremony

We had met our celebrant in April and then worked with her over the coming months to fine turn our ceremony. On the day, she was so calming and wonderful. She made the day a joy with lots of laughter. She presented us with a lovely gift of a bottle of local wine and our wedding vows which we had written to be opened on our first anniversary.

We had chosen to have a 3 piece string quartet to play during our ceremony. As soon as I heard the first notes of Kissing You (love theme from Romeo Juliet), I nearly lost it and had to take a few moments to compose myself.

The Food

It would have been rude not to indulge in the local food and wine. We had chosen a selection of menus prior to our visit in April and then had a food tasting session with our fantastic caterers. For the main meal we had chosen steak with foie gras and duck to try. We always thought we would have chosen the steak but after trying the duck, it was no contest. The duck was absolutely gorgeous. We complemented the main meal with a tuna nicoise salad to start with and mille-feuille for desert followed with macarons with coffee. We had so many comments from our guests gushing how fantastic the food was.

In the evening, we served a buffet that consisted of a cheese tower, assorted meats and lovely fresh French bread. We also had a crepes station for freshly made pancakes.

On the Sunday, we had arranged for a barbecue for our guests where our caterers provided a fantastic barbecue of meats, salads and cheeses. We weren’t sure how the day would turn out but it turned out to be excellent with the party moving to the pool area enjoying swimming and drinks afterwards.

Photography

Marry Me in France provided us with a selection of photographers and videographers. We spent one afternoon reviewing their work and then decided on our favourite 2.

We were fortunate enough to meet up with our photographer Susie Lawrence in the UK and we had several Skype meetings with our videographer so we were all friends by the day of the wedding.

Planning

After meeting Kate from Marry Me in France at our first visit, we felt that we were in safe hands. Kate was our fairy godmother and made our dreams come true. The team at Marry Me in France are very professional and on the day, they worked seamlessly.

I remember taking my veil off at some point during the day, and when we retired to our bedroom, my veil and some of our lovely flowers had been put in our room. I recall my father on the next day commenting that nothing had gone wrong and I have to thank Marry Me in France for all their hard work.

Words Of Wisdom

For other brides reading this, enjoy every moment. I absolutely loved the whole planning process. Yes, it can be stressful at times, but don’t let it spoil the process. The day is so overwhelming and flies by.

We initially were not going to have a videographer but boy; we were so pleased we changed our minds. It was so exciting to see the highlights followed by receiving the whole day on CD. There is so much going on and you try to embrace every moment of the day but there are things that you don’t see.

Don’t worry about aspects of the day going wrong. If they do, so what, no one else will have noticed it. Honestly, on the day, it will not matter.

Kate gave us some good advice on the day: make sure the two of you have a private moment together, to regroup, to reflect on the day and she was so right. Make sure you do.

Photography by Susie Lawrence Photography
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.

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