When Jonny and Morgane at M&J Photography send us weddings, they never fail to make us weak at the knees. Their soft, romantic and natural style seems to lend itself perfectly to destination celebrations and so this gorgeous French Chateau wedding is a real feast for the eyes. Even more so because Camilla the bride styled everything so beautifully and Lou of Marry Me In France planned everything to perfection too.
Camilla wears Needle & Thread, their embellished dresses are just so striking. Camilla’s gown is the perfect blend of slightly bohemian, vintage-esque sparkles and it suits her to a tee. Enjoy this elegant, stylish wedding day, and look out for the gorgeous florals…
Oh my gosh this wedding is SO beautiful. Have you seen the monolithic ancient ruin church yet? It. Is. Simply. Breathtaking. As is the drinks reception in the village square and the final destination Manoir de Longeveau. All locations make the loveliest of backdrops for photographs captured by Annabel Staff Wedding Photography. With the image of the bride and groom on the cliff literally making my heart sing.
The fact that everybody looks effortlessly chic also adds to the charm of this destination wedding. Bride Kate totally rocks her Limor Rosen ‘Ariel’ gown, as do her maids in blush bespoke skirts and sequin Coast tops. With Marry Me in France on hand to add their advise and styling expertise. I have a feeling you’re going to absolutely LOVE the elegant flower stems in vase centrepiece, and if they’re not quite your thing why not check out our centrepiece inspiration post for more ideas.
The aptly named Fairytale Chateau was the perfect, truly romantic location for Cat & Andy to say I do, overlooking the dreamy hills of Cazenac in the South of France. They held their outdoor ceremony under a gorgeous canopy of leafy tree’s, followed by an al fresco reception in the quaint courtyard. Both filled with rustic decor and gorgeous bright dahlia blooms.
Bride Cat’s backless, Rime Arodaky ‘Vesper’ wedding dress literally leaves me breathless. Cat talks about WOW moments and I definitely had one when I saw her in this gown. Her best girls wore fabulous white high street dresses and her stylish groom rocks a light blue Reiss suit, perfect for keeping and looking cool in the heat.
If anybody needed extra help keeping cool and shaded, there was a wealth of fabulous favours on hand too. Such a beautiful destination wedding. Come see….
Oh I do love a destination wedding. The towns and views seem to be so quaint and utterly breathtaking. Plus the sunlight seems to make for the prettiest of pictures.
When offered, Rebecca and James jumped at the chance to marry at their friend’s house in Lot-et-Garonne, Aquitaine, France and I can totally see why, it is SO so gorgeous. They were able to have a fabulous outdoor humanist ceremony followed by an equally fabulous wedding breakfast in the rustic barn. Enhanced only by a wealth of gorgeous finishing touches from Wedding Planner Marry Me In France, who had a trunk full of delicious details & decor, including that adorable order of the day clock display.
Everybody and everything looks so relaxed and intimate, none more than our stunning Bride Rebecca, who is an absolute vision in her Jenny Packham Esme gown and mint Rachel Simpson shoes.
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!
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.
A wedding weekend? An entire weekend dedicated to sharing love and laughter with your friends and family. That’s pretty much the best idea ever isn’t it?! Emma and John headed off to France with their nearest and dearest and did just that. With Jenny Packham, peonies and pretty decor to boot, this wedding is simply gorgeous. Emma transports you to her ceremony in her description of it. It sounds so perfect.
I swear if there’s ever a bride and groom that have smiled from ear to ear for the whole of their wedding day then it’s Lucie and Stuart. The pair married at Lucy’s parents’ super chic manoir in Puisseguin, France complete with a classic and elegant black tie theme.
And it looks as if everyone had an absolute hoot judging from the beams on their stylish guests’ faces.
Perhaps what I love most about this ‘I Do’ apart from Mister Phill’s awesome photography of the day is the time and dedication that Lucie put into the decor and styling of her wedding reception. Be it the spotty black and white paper wrapped lovingly around mini baguettes for each guest, the antique clocks set at the times that each event of the day was due to take place at or the glass window frames doubling up as an epic table plan…there’s something to gaze at in every photo.
And let’s not forget the flowers either; the little galvanised buckets filled with Gypsophila, Lucie’s Anenome and Peony bouquet and the sweet spotty feather and Gypsophila buttonholes for the boys. All just so lovely!
The Jackola wedding planning has been going really well of late. Our amazing planner, Lou from Marry Me In France, is making it a rather smooth process, which has been especially welcomed given we’ve just upped life in Sydney and moved to New York. But Lou has kept momentum and we are on track (phewf, a gazillion thanks again Lou!).
I recently read about the growing trend in France for an English inspired wedding with some interest. It seems that in breaking away from traditions the french are beginning to opt for a more Anglo/American inspired big day. We on the other hand love a bit of classical french influence and with planning companies like Marry Me in France around it is easier than ever to fulfill your dreams of idyliic Chateaus full of french fancy.
Angela and Andy lived that dream. The event was beautifully documented by Jacqui McSweeney
A Three Day Love-In
Our wedding was on September 30, 2012 at Marry Me In France’s Fairytale Chateau in the Dordogne region. We found the venue through two lovely ladies, Kate and Beth, who run a wedding planning service in the Dordogne called Marry Me in France. Not only did they help us find the venue, but Kate coordinated all of the suppliers and was there on the day, ensuring everything went off without a hitch. She was an absolute godsend!
We chose the location because we had recently come back from a year of travel (a late-in life gap year). The Dordogne was where we first decided to embark on that adventure, so seemed like a nice way to wrap it up. It also forced everyone to travel to the wedding – my family and friends from Canada and Andy’s from across England. In the days leading up to the wedding, the chateau became a hangout for those not staying there, and a home for those staying with us on the grounds. We had a day of canoeing on the Dordogne river, and a brilliant BBQ the night before the wedding, which allowed everyone to get to know each other and to enjoy the area. We were thrilled at how well everyone got on – it was like a three-day love-in.
I found my gown while we were in Sydney. It is by an Australian designer, Johanna Johnson. Her gowns tend to have a vintage quality about them, which I thought suited the venue perfectly. I knew that gown was “the one” the moment I slipped it on – it seemed I stood a few inches taller. The expression on my friend’s face confirmed it. As it turned out, the lace detailing is French, which I thought tied things together nicely.
The gown has some rather ornate jewelled detailing, so I thought it best to not have any accessories so I didn’t wear anything else, apart from my wedding band.
Satin Strappy Lovelies
I my feet I wore some gorgeous, sky-scraping, champagne-coloured satin strappy lovelies by Karen Millen. A bit of challenge negotiating the pea gravel on my walk down the aisle, but well worth it!
For the hair and makeup, I was inspired by a wedding I came across on the Bleubird Vintage blog. I love how everyone looked so natural, with lovely dresses. We decided to do the same. As we were in rural France, it also made things easy, as we did our own hair and makeup.
I had one request for flowers. I really wanted antique hydrangeas as my bouquet – I love them, and thought they would be perfect with the gown. As they are everywhere in the region, it was an easy request. My bridesmaid had a similar bouquet, with a few roses thrown in, and my adorable flower girl had a pommander which she loved twirling around with. The boutonniers were greens, and Andy’s had a touch of colour which looked perfect. Apart from that, I thought lush, seasonal flowers from the area would be most suitable, and quite liked the idea of small arrangements on the tables in an ecclectic collection of vases. Kate from Marry Me in France worked with Mairie Fleurs in Perigueux to make this happen.
We bought everything. The bridesmaid dress was from Coast, and I thought looked fantastic on Monique. Being from Canada, Monique was pleasantly surprised by how lovely the dress was. It’s not often you get thanked by your bridesmaid for choosing such a beautiful dress that she will wear again! My niece Eva, who was our flower girl, wore a dress from Monsoon, which she loved, as you can see in the images. Sam, our best man, brought his own suit, which we asked be midnight blue. We purchased his tie and pocket square – bright pink to tie in with the flowers.
Interestingly, we did were not specific regarding attire with other members of the bridal party (Andy’s father’s partner, who gave the reading during the ceremony, my brother Dave, who gave a speech, and James, our MC), yet they all wore hits of colour which worked perfectly.
Not to be outdone, Andy had a bespoke suit made at Gresham Blake in Brighton. I only asked that the suit be blue, as I thought that would work best with the yellow stone of the buildings at the chateau. Andy chose everything else: the bright blue pinstripe in the wool, the pink shirt with floral accents and the bold tie. He borrowed some fabulous cufflinks from his father’s partner (who gave the reading during the ceremony), and his shoes were by Antonio Brecos. His final, and possibly favorite, accessory was a slightly tacky floral hipflask, filled with Armagnac. The male contingent of the bridal party were all given one and were imbibing throughout the day.
A Member Of The Family
Jacqui McSweeney was our brilliant photographer. Jacqui shot our friends’ wedding in Brighton, and I absolutely loved her style, and the way she captured colour and light. During the planning of our own wedding, she was really the only photographer we considered. We booked her while we were still traveling, so had not met her until a few months before the big day. She is great fun, yet very professional. She understood exactly what we were looking for in our photos, so it was easy to put our trust in her. She did a pre-wedding shoot with us, which was great, as it helped us all get comfortable with each other. While in France, she captured the entire weekend, going way above the call of duty, and became a member of the family in the process.
A Candy Bar
We chose not to have a cake. Instead, we had a candy bar, with British and Canadian candy Andy and I loved as kids. These included Pineapple Chunks and Refreshers for the Brits, and Popeye Cigarettes and Tootsie Rolls for the Canucks. We designed custom stickers for the candy bags, so guests could stock up for their journeys home the following day.
We decided to keep it simple for the reception and have our friend Michael play some of our favorite music. As long as he kept people on the dance floor, we were happy. What was unique was the accordionist we hired to play during the drinks reception, following the ceremony. He played French classics by Edith Piaf among others, which complemented the feel of the venue beautifully.
Can’t Take My Eyes Off You
We had a tough time choosing a first dance. We have songs we consider “our song”, but they weren’t suitable for a first dance. We decided on a classic – Can’t Take My Eyes Off You by Frankie Valli, which worked perfectly – our guests belting out the chorus as we danced.
Other favorite songs we used were You and Me by Penny and the Quarters as I walked down the aisle, and To Love Somebody by Nina Simone as Andy and I walked back up the aisle.
Lights, Camera, Action
The venue was so spectacular it really didn’t need much in terms of decor. We hired a lighting designer to add the landscape lighting, which made the chateau feel magical once the sun set. Other than that, we trusted Kate from Marry Me in Franceto work her magic – adding props like blackboards and clocks as she saw fit. We did request the frames, where were fantastic props for photographs. My brother is a photographer, so while Jacqui was taking our posed photographs, Dave wandered from group to group, capturing all of the guests in the frames.
Far And Wide
I would say what made our wedding most special was that our loved ones traveled far and wide to share the day with us – from London, to Toronto, to the Bahamas, to Buenos Aires. It really meant so much to have them there.
The advice that I would give to future brides is to hire someone to coordinate everything on the day. If that is not possible, be sure you have someone who is not in the bridal party, who can troubleshoot on the big day. Kate was amazing – she worked her magic, making it look easy the entire time. The other piece of advice would be to relax and enjoy the day – it flies by so quickly!
Wow, this venue actually does look like the setting for a proper fairytale. It’s great to not have to think too much about decor when your venue is so key and so totally “the look” you want. I think it is a really wise choice that Angela and Andy made to have it professionally lit too.
Lighting really can work wonders and transform a venue, reflecting different moods and different times of day.