This wedding at the stunning Chateau Rigaud simply defines lovely. It’s understated, yet elegant and really just about as pretty as they come. With a Bride in a picture perfect Jenny Packham gown, simple yet stunning styling, and gorgeous images from Ellie Gillard – it goes without saying that this gallery is just beautiful. See it all here.
From Ellie Gillard…Sarah & Nigel are architects living in Australia, but originally from the UK and having lived in various different cities they finally decided on Chateau Rigaud in the Bordeaux countryside and surrounded by vineyards, for their wedding. Working so much with ‘new’ things they loved that the Chateau had a patina of age: a sense that it had grown organically.
It was the perfect place for their wedding – close family and friends stayed for the whole weekend in the Chateau itself which was fully catered and with a fully stocked bar! They married under the old oak tree on the lawn before drinking Crementhe (the local Bordeaux champagne which came from a few miles away), eating local oysters and scallops and they danced together to THE hit of the summer – Get Lucky – as all of their friends and family sang along.
In terms of detail and styling, the Chateau itself handles flowers, styling and the food, and presents everything in keeping with its gorgeously rustic French aesthetic. Sarah had asked for local, natural flowers simply arranged, and this was throughout her bouquet, the flowers in and around the chateau and the table decorations. Travelling from Australia, they had to keep what they carried with them to a minimum, so they had simple place names and menu cards, with the cork place holders reflecting the wine heritage of the region whilst the venue provided silver teapots, mercury silvered tealight holders, a bakelite telephone and various chalkboards.
Photography: Ellie Gillard | Event Planning: Chateau Rigaud | Bride's Shoes: Jigsaw | Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew | Catering: Chateau Rigaud | Grooms Attire: Hugo Boss | Band & Music: The Retrosettes | Brides Dress: Jenny Packham | Flowers & Styling: Chateau Rigaud | Make-up & Hair: Laura Cawte | Sole Venue: Chateau Rigaud