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…

Adam.

31 thoughts on “The Bordeaux Bride.

  1. This is my favourite RMW wedding in a long time! I love how effortless it all looks, I love a well styled wedding but sometimes they look really…. styled. Preeeetttty jealous right now! Also I totally agree Adam, bursting at the seams church is a great sight!

  2. Absolutly stunning! that dress is so gorgeous and so original. The cars very jealous, the veil is divine I love a long veil wish I could wear mine all the time. The church looks so cute very old and full of tradition. I am just loving everything about this wedding

  3. That is one uber stylish bride, groom and wedding in general! It looks so classic, cool and effortless-and that dress is so beautiful. Loving the laid-back vineyard setting 

    xx

  4. I agree with everyone else, this wedding is so stylish but in an effortless way. I have never seen that dress before but it suits the bride perfectly X

  5. These images are simply stunning, the bride looks effortlessly beautiful. Very envious of that veil, anyone know who it’s by and where I can get one?

  6. Um…..I think I may have just seen a dress that I love more than my own! What the hell do you do in THAT situation?! Also – the aqua and gold cross backed dress on the guest is divine.

    What a beautiful wedding!

  7. It’s nice to see another wedding that isn’t full of oodles of “details”. Yes, I love weddings with bird cages and jam jars and typewritters etc., but sometimes it is nice to see another wedding that was all about the people and the venue.
    Our day wasn’t full of decorative things, but was still amazingly personal and it makes me happy to see another bride’s day on RWM like this. It is all about our day our way after all. (“,) xxx

  8. The whole wedding looks amazing. What absolutely gorgeous pictures! We are having the very same photographer dilemma at the moment. Have chose one but not really happy, especially after seeing all the beautiful pics on RMW!. Any thoughts? Would appreciate some advice. xx

  9. Morgane, thank you so much : )! I do love your work. We think we’ve found someone but it was more the guilt factor i was wanting some advice on. To change or not to change… ? x

  10. Beautiful, beautiful – le sigh indeed! Why, oh why can’t I get Mr B to entertain the notion of a dicky bow?!

    @Morgane – I know you are Biarritz, but would you do just outside Nimes? Tried to have a look at your site and not sure working properly (unless I am being dim in my clickery of course!)

    Cx

  11. What an amazing dress. Truly beautiful.

    I think that these are the most amazing photos – the light, the colours, the style…wow!

  12. Wow, the dress is lovely but its the veil I love – gorgeous! Loving the relaxed stylish vibe. Getting married in France next year and hoping to recreate this relaxed pretty French vibe….

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