Destination Wedding in France

Aperol Spritz Bar at Chateau Rigaud French Destination Wedding with Bride in Foster Dress by Laure de Sagazan, shot by Samuel Docker Photography Pin Image

Aperol Spritz Bar at Chateau Rigaud French Destination Wedding

French destination weddings will always be in fashion; who wouldn’t want to say ‘I do’ amidst land that oozes love? Amy & Tim’s wedding weekend has us weak at the knees, with every picture perfect detail adding its own je ne sais quoi: from the incredible venue to the beautiful dress to the sensational styling – just look at that cornucopia of candles! – this catalogue of captures shows that heaven truly is a place on earth. Oh, and we haven’t even mentioned the Aperol spritz bar. Someone catch me before I fall even more head over heels.

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Louise & Phil

Louise & Phil got married in a lovely old church on a hill amongst the vineyards of Bordeaux in the sunny autumnal sunshine. Their celebrations continued at Chateau Riguad, a complete haven that oozes charm inside and out; the views are breathtaking.

Louise wore a stunning Lusan Mandongus wedding gown that has so much detail and sparkle I think I included almost every image in the post so you could appreciate it’s beauty from EVERY angle, I was literally swooning with every click, not to mention her to die for Jimmy Choo Shoes and gorgeous Jenny Packham headband. What a classic beauty.

Their wedding breakfast layout is also out of this world, with a crisp white and green neutral colour palette and a beautiful candlelit ambience; I want to be there right now and I bet you will too!

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The Bordeaux Bride.

The official touristy website thing for Bordeaux sports the very french tag line “Des vins, un style.”

“Our wine, your style”… and that is a philosophy that Natacha and Philippe adopted perfectly for the duration of their visit to this fabulous city.

They had their wedding at Chateau Larrivet Haut-Brion, a working vineyard, so of course it would have been an opportunity missed if they had not relied upon the local produce to provide for their reception based frivolities.

The style of their day was truly their own. A diverse mix of culture, heritage and form that extended across fashion, food, decor and even the transportation.

I have some amazingly big images to share with you lucky folks today, courtesy of M & J Photography.

Euro Style.

Pronovias is a Spanish designer from Barcelona who have a store in Bordeaux. I fell in love with the dress as soon as I put it on. I really wanted something simple and elegant that wasn’t too over the top. I think the fine detailing and the long trail really made up for simplicity of the cut. As it turned out our wedding day was on the weekend of a crazy heat wave, I’m really glad I chose something lightweight and off the shoulder!

Big Fat Greek Bracelet…

I wore a traditional Greek bracelet (I have Greek heritage) and a single diamond necklace. Again, I wanted to keep things simple as I felt too much jewellery wouldn’t have gone with the dress.

Shoe Blue Baby I Love You.

My shoes covered the ‘something blue’ aspect of the wedding. They are made by Ba&sh who I just love! Of course they were hidden under my dress most of the day anyway!

With A Little Help From My Friends.

I had my friends help out with my hair and make-up at home before leaving for the city hall. It was really nice just to be around my close friends and my mum at home for the last few hours of singledom. They certainly helped to keep me relaxed and stress free.

French Florals.

The flowers were all done by Histoire de Fleurs in Bordeaux.
I chose to mostly use Lilys and white Roses, but in my own Bouquet were also Orchids. These worked nicely with the green and white theme of the day that extended right from the bridesmaids dresses to the car we traveled in.

A Touch Of Colour.

My mum took care of the bridesmaids outfits. She bought simple dresses and then adapted them to fit the colour scheme. All four girls looked so cute and I think quite timeless.

Shaken, Not Stirred.

Philippe wore an entirely Dolce & Gabbana outfit. I’m not sure how he survived the heat wearing a full suit with dinner shirt and bow-tie for the entire day but it certainly paid off. There were a lot of comments about James Bond from the guests and I have to agree he looked rather dashing!

Taking The Heat Off.

M & J Photography took all the photos. We were so fortunate to find them after we decided we were not happy with the photographer we had originally booked. A friend recommended Morgane and Jonny so we jumped at the opportunity quite late in the date. We felt very relaxed with their approach and at times forgot they were even there. When it came taking the key shots of us as a couple, they were really efficient and managed to get some great shots. You’d never guess from the photos quite how unbearably hot it was!

French Fancies.

We decided on a Pièce montée (choux pastry stuffed with vanilla and chocolate cream in the shape of a pyramid). I suppose this is traditionally what’s on offer at a French wedding and we loved it! This was made by the caterers Humblot Traiteur along with all the other food.

An Opulent Affair.

Basque brass band, Band’aqui played at the cocktail reception amongst the pine trees in the grounds of the Chateau Larrivet Haut-Brion. This created a wonderful atmosphere and kept everyone entertained while they sipped away at Champagne and tasty white wine made by that very Chateau and ate canape’s of sushi, freshly carved Bayonne ham and Oysters. After dinner inside the chateau, there was a DJ with disco lights playing party tunes into the night.

A Perfect Blend.

Our first dance was to Suavemente so as you can imagine we spent quite a lot of time practicing our dance routine!

We arranged for the huge terrace overlooking the surrounding vineyards to be lit by 100 candles, each in their own sweet little holder decorated according to the natural colour scheme. The pale blues and greens blended perfectly with the colours of the Bordeaux countryside as the sun was setting.

Tantalising Transport.

One of the most memorable aspects of the wedding, for us and a lot of the guests, was the convoy of classic cars arriving and departing from the hill top church at Bouliac. Philippe’s father and uncle own some incredible old cars that they had cleaned up especially for our wedding. The official wedding car was a green 1930’s Chrysler Royal. In the wedding convoy there was also a Bugatti and an ancient Renault amongst others. I think it is these kind of extra special touches that make the day even more memorable and can make for a very unique wedding and some cool photos. Of course it’s the guests that really make the day perfect and we were fortunate enough to have a church and reception venue that could cater for quite large numbers.

Venue Chateau Larrivet Haut-Brion

Dress Pronovias

Shoes Ba&sh

Groom Dolce & Gabbana

Photographer M & J Photography

(covering both France and the UK)

Florals Histoire de Fleurs

Cake/Catering Humblot Traiteur

Entertainment Band’aqui

Yes, I do believe that bride might be crowd surfing…

Current trends tend to be favouring smaller intimate weddings at the moment, so it’s really refreshing to see such a massive church full to the brim with people, although how “refreshing” it was on the day in mid August is another matter! The 007 monotone suit is super swank and the bow tie a perfect touch…. how do you match that?

Oh yeah, with that dress…