France will forever be the land of pure romance. From the streets of Paris, to a wildly gorgeous chateaux in Burgundy it’s a total destination dream. And this modern meets classic garden affair crafted by Fête In France with blooms by Sol y Flor and photography by Ian Holmes is proving just that. Romance, and a crazy good backdrop like Château de Varennes can all be found right here.
Jennifer and Julien’s wedding took place over a weekend in June at a luxury château in Burgundy. With Jennifer’s family coming from North Carolina, and Julien’s from all over France, the celebration was truly a fairytale.
The theme of Burgundy wine ran throughout the wedding weekend – the couple and their guests spent the weekend visiting wineries, and all of the meals were accompanied by the region’s finest “crus”.
On the day of the wedding, the couple decided to have a “first look” before the ceremony. They were chauffeured to the ceremony area in Julien’s father’s classic Citroën Traction. The ceremony took place outside on the château grounds where guests watched the couple recite their vows under a beautiful trellis decorated with greenery and white roses. Family friends, who also happened to be priests, performed a touching ceremony. Jennifer and Julien brought a custom-made keepsake box to incorporate into their wedding. The two placed a bottle of wine and love letters to be opened on a later anniversary.
The cocktail took place on the patio outside the Orangerie where guests enjoyed signature cocktails based on the “kir royal”: champagne with a choice of the traditional cassis (blackcurrant) liqueur, peach liqueur, or coquelicot (poppy) liqueur. Musical entertainment was provided by the talented members of both sides of the family – a cousin of Jennifer’s played during the ceremony and cocktail, and a surprise performance by Julien’s twin brother and several of their friends rounded out the end of the cocktail. Afterwards, the party moved inside the Orangerie, where the decoration was inspired by the idea of a wild garden, with the colors of sage, pale pinks and peaches, and touches of beige and chestnut.
A traditional French dinner was followed by dancing and a dessert buffet complete with a traditional French croquembouche (accompanied by sparklers, of course!). We wish Jennifer and Julien the best as they start their new life together!
Photography: Ian Holmes Photography | Floral Design: Sol y Flor | Wedding Dress: Stephanie Allin | Invitations: Mister M Studio | Event Planning & Event Design: Fête In France | Makeup: Annette Thornton | Wedding Venue: Château de Varennes