Living in England seems pretty amazing. But living in England and packing up for a week long wedding at a French Chateau – even better. Captured by WOOKIE, along with romantic garden florals by Fleurs De Famille and planning by the bride herself, this destination wedding will surely have you dreaming of gorgeous French nuptials that look just like this.
Charlotte & Grant were married in South West France. They are both English, and the whole wedding party & guests made their way over to the Dordogne for almost a week of wedding festivities!
The couple had a whole itinerary laid out over the holiday, with everyone partaking in wine tastings, canoeing, picnics on the river and various other excursions before and after the wedding day.
On the morning of the wedding, most of the guests were running around decorating and setting up, whilst the local florist and catering company also did their part. It was quite fun for the bride to watch down from her turret window and see everything coming together! After a leisurely few hours getting ready, the time came for the bridesmaids to put on their dresses. Unfortunately, somewhere in transit, one of them had gone missing. Luckily though, the bride was completely chilled and it turned out to be the only hiccup throughout the whole day- quite lucky considering they organized the wedding and dragged most of it over from the UK!
The bride wore a beautiful Belle & Bunty gown, and a real flower crown in her hair. The Groom had bespoke suits made for himself and his ushers from Reiss, complete with matching socks, ties and shoes.
Their ceremony was outside (luckily the weather on the day was perfect, despite it raining the day before AND after) under a beautiful arbor of flowers. After readings from family and the signing of the register, they cut a ribbon (a French tradition) and walked to the other side of the chateau for champagne and canapés, with a minstrel quartet.
A few hours later everyone made their way to the barn for speeches and the wedding breakfast. Later on, guests mingled in the twilight as the bride threw her bouquet from a balcony, and played around with a makeshift photo booth. As night fell, everyone made a walkway to the barn with sparklers, and the bride and groom made their way into the barn for the first dance. The band played into the small hours, and most people danced all night whilst a few snuck off into the chateau to play the piano and carry on the merriment!
Photography: WOOKIE Photography | Flowers: Fleurs De Famille | Bridesmaids Dresses: "Olsen" By Religion | Catering: Chez Amis | Band: Manatawny Creek Ramblers | Venue: The Fairytale Chateau | Bridal Dress: Belle & Bunty | Bridal Jacket: Alice and Olivia | Ceremony & Reception: The Fairytale Chateau | Day-Of Coordination: The Fairytale Chateau | Groom & Ushers: Reiss