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Elegant Wedding in France at Chateau La Durantie

This wedding is a dream. Honestly, every image Peaches & Mint sent over is so beautiful I could get lost in this gallery for days. And I might do just that. Because, in my opinion, it doesn’t get prettier than a classic yet chic French countryside affair in a picture perfect chateau, and I’ll think you’ll agree when you join me in gushing over all the pretty here.

Anna, who’s Russian & Vladan, who is Serbian individually moved to Vienna as children, coincidentally both at the age of seven. Although they had similar circles of friends and for a while even went to school in the same street, life had some time on the road for them planned, before they should finally meet. So Anna went to work in New York after finishing her studies and Vladan was living in London when they both came home to Vienna for a visit to see family & friends. They met aged 24 at a cocktail party of a mutual friend (who later of course became one of her stunning bridesmaids) and made the long distance work until they decided to move back to Vienna and tie the knot. For their weekend long wedding celebration they invited friends and family to join them at La Durantie, a magical french chateau that has been refurbished and maintained with a tremendous love for details. Original pieces & varying decor in every room, it allowed the couple & their guests to be taken in by the French atmosphere & scenery at once! Details: The Location: Chateau La Durantie is a true gem, since it has been refurbished and maintained with such care. It is a dream come true wedding location a few hours away from Paris and sold out years ahead. Vodka & Rakia on the tables: With Anna being from Moskow and Vladan from Belgrad they thought it was a nice idea to put both national drinks on the table for shots. The Flower girls & boys: Are all nieces and nephews of Anna, who came all the way from Russia. Flower girls head wreaths: Stunning head wreaths for all the girls, made such a nice pop of color! Flowers: Florals were done by Lisa Gatenby (French Flower Style), originally from England but moved to France and works her magic with flowers there now The Family Picture: Anna & Vladan planned time during their day to do family formals in the location. Anna changed her dress for this occasion, so the family pictures wouldn’t just reflect their wedding as an event, but their families uniting. The Stationery from Herz & Co (www.herzundco.com): Stunning and bespoke designed letterpress stationery, with printed fans, coasters (for wine bottle giveaways) and invitations with a bespoke design for their french wedding affair. (It’s a bit my weak spot, but I could photograph them again by end of next week and style it nicer – unfortunately there was no stylist at the wedding and I just lacked the time.. But the letterpress company is here in Vienna and I know they would happily give me the pieces again to shoot them!) Giveaways for bridesmaids: Tiffany bracelets Her Headpiece: “Something borrowed” from one of the bridesmaids. Originally purchased at a small accessory store in Vienna. Dower: He got a Montblanc pen and she got a ring from Cartier The groom: Wore an antique Patek Philipp watch, which was a gift from Anna’s father, cufflinks from Lanvin and a suit from Dolce&Gabanna. His bow tie was from Brioni. Rehearsal Dinner: Beautifully set in front of the castle, with Catering by La Durantie. (Sending you another link for that & a few more pictures you might find useful: Wedding Music: An accordonist & an acoustic band took care of french atmosphere!

Photography: Peaches & Mint By Pia Clodi | Floral Design: French Flower Style | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Ceremony Venue: Chateau La Durantie | Rings: Cartier | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Mango | Groom's Attire: Dolce & Gabbana | Accordeonist / Musician: Grégroy Chauchat | Band / Musicians: Ma Family Trio | Bow Tie & Cummerbund: Brioni | Bridal Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaid Giveaways: Tiffany & Co. | Groom's Watch: Patek Philippe | Hair & Make-Up: Kerrie Langfield | Headpiece: Dudaa Store | Letterpress Stationery: Herz&Co | Sweet Table & Wedding Cake: Trudy Hasker / Chateau La Durantie

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Romantic French Château Wedding

It doesn’t get more dreamy than a french château wedding. Effortlessly elegant and dripping with charm, these gorgeous images from Katie Mitchell paint the prettiest picture of why. It’s just another reason why I’ll always treasure timeless affairs like this one, and you can see all the reasons why here.

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From Katie Mitchell Photography….I followed my heart from Australia to France in 2013 and now call Paris my home. Having the opportunity to now photograph weddings here in France has been nothing short of a dream and Amy and Peter’s French château wedding was no exception. An Australian couple currently living in Sweden, I was smitten with the sound of their plans from their very first email and just knew we were going to be the perfect fit.

On the day itself I approached the entrance to Chateau La Durantie and I couldn’t quite believe my eyes. It was even more stunning than I had envisioned it would be, surrounded by apple orchards and olive groves. From the moment I walked in the door it was a serious case of inspiration overload (imagine vintage bookcases, marble staircases and piles of baguettes on the dining room table). I couldn’t wait to begin to document all of the gorgeousness around me.

The sense of calm during the bridal preparations was a sign of the way the day was to unfold. Amy’s grandmother’s dress hung delicately in the salle de bain and photos of their grandparents (sadly absent in person but most definitely not in thought) lay on the table. Pastel tones and peonies were in abundance and every little detail spoke of a quiet elegance. As final touches to hair and make up were made the girls sat and chatted over cups of Mariage Frères tea.

The sun shone down on the smiling faces of their guests as Amy and her Dad walked down to the ceremony arm in arm and as Amy and Peter exchanged vows the importance of family was once again evident. We captured some relaxed portraits of the bride and groom in the surrounds of the château as their guests enjoyed a game of pétanque and the champagne flowed. The whole day was expertly organized by wedding planner Charlotte Holmes who was a complete delight to work with.

I loved everything about Amy and Peter’s wedding day and I’m convinced that a château wedding in France is the way to go! Whether just outside of Paris, in central France or down in beautiful Provence, a week of festivities in the countryside together with your nearest and dearest is a perfectly unique and intimate way to celebrate and set the tone for the start of a beautiful life together.

Photography: Katie Mitchell Photography | Wedding Planner: Charlotte Holmes | Florist: Lisa Gatenby | Cake: Trudy Hasker | Bridesmaids Dresses: Review | Caterer: Michel-Jean Maquet | Band: Chateau La Durantie Entertainment DJ | Celebrant: Sue Ward | Wedding Venue: Chateau La Durantie, Lanouaille, France | Hair & Make Up: Kerry Langfield

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Romantic French Chateau Wedding

When Erich McVey steps behind a camera, prettiness always ensues. But pretty doesn’t even begin to describe what is happening in the images below. Oh no. These are stunning, beautiful, hold-the-phone-gorgeous works of art that paint an unbelievable picture of what ultimately was an unbelievable day celebrating love in the French countryside. Trust me, this gallery is simply beyond


From the Bride…We first met at university in Cambridge, in the UK. I met Paddy on my first day as a ‘fresher’ (first year student) and I remember it so clearly. He was hippy-ish, with long hair and flared jeans, wearing his Dad’s 70s suede jacket, and he regaled me with tales of his trips to South America. 10 years on from our first meeting and the rest is history!

I am petite in stature, with simple tastes, and I just didn’t feel comfortable in the latest, designer, ‘meringue’-like dresses that shop assistants would insist I should try on. I was adamant that I would not spend a vast sum of money on a dress that I would wear only once. I wanted a dress I could be relaxed in, and have fun in. My first solution was a hurried $50 purchase in a local charity shop. But when I tried the dress on and saw the expression on my mother’s face, I knew the wedding dress hunt was not over – and I was determined to find another, better bargain. After much searching, I bought a French, Henrietta de Praag sample sale dress ($400). Simple and fitted at the waist, with a sweet heart neckline and an A-line skirt, I felt like ‘me’ in it – and I found a good tailor to shrink it the 6 sizes necessary for it to fit me. To add interest, I bought a second hand Sassi Holford lace bolero on ebay (my ‘something old’). At the end of the night, there were wine stains all over my dress – but I didn’t care, I had had the time of my life.

I am not the kind of girl that has dreamt about my wedding since I was a little girl. In fact, the idea of dressing up in a ‘princess dress’, with all those eyes on me, made me nervous. I always thought I would elope, on a beach far away, sand in between my toes, with just my husband by my side. But when it came down to it, I realized that all too infrequently do we take the time to celebrate. I started to see my wedding as a chance to celebrate ‘us’, everything that we had achieved together, our amazing families and our great friends. And for all that, I was ready to celebrate. And so the vision of our wedding grew. One day, would not be enough. To really celebrate, we needed 3 days and a beautiful chateau 500 miles away from London, in the Dordogne region of France.

When planning a wedding, there are so many temptations to up-grade – “because I’ll only get married once….” – so it is really important to decide early on where you want to spend your money; for example, we chose copious amounts of French cheese and special wine over a wedding cake. And I always had my eye out for a bargain. My favourite bargain item were the bridesmaid dresses. The perennial problem with bridesmaid dresses is finding one dress that suits different shapes and tastes. I was very taken by the Two Birds dress – a one-size-fits-all dress that you can wrap 15 different ways – but at $400 each and five bridesmaids in tow, it was out of my budget. I am a great bargain hunter, and managed to find the dresses on an ‘end of line’ discount website for half the price. They were my first wedding purchase and possibly my best bargain. And my bridesmaids looked really beautiful, as did the ‘little angels’, dressed in simple white dresses, with wings and a wand.

We really wanted our wedding to be fun and happy, so we used the flowers to inject some colour. We chose lively pink, purple and blue flowers with a natural and ‘wild’ country feel and tied with brown string. The warm colours of the bouquets were a perfect contrast to the green bridesmaid dresses and, in lieu of a veil, flowers lined my hair (my ‘something blue’) for a simpler look. In the evening, rather than one center-piece of flowers, they were arranged informally in different sized vases spread out across the tables. When I walked into the candle-lit marque, I couldn’t believe how beautiful it looked; I really had not expected the flowers to be quite as lovely as they were.

It is important too, to have little indulgences. Our first extravagance, was a convertible Cadillac to travel in style to and from the church, and an American school bus for our guests. Perhaps ill-advised to have one’s hair done, only to ride to the church with the car roof down – but it was a euphoric feeling, driving away from the church with my new husband, and two VIPs sitting in the front seat (the best man Tom and my sister Victoria), wind in our hair and singing our hearts out to music.

Our second treat, was our photographer, all the way from Oregon in the US. We love his style – clean, artistic photographs that capture simple moments. Paddy didn’t make many wedding-related decisions, but perusing through Erich’s website, Paddy knew straight away that Erich would be the perfect photographer for us.

It is really important to plan a wedding that reflects ‘you’. There are so many conventions around weddings, that it is natural to think that there is a ‘right’ way to do it. But see your wedding as an expression of you, as you start our new life together. By imprinting yourself on the wedding, sometimes in exuberant ways and others more understated, it will put you at ease and make the wedding feel comfortable and right. One subtle example from my wedding: I’m a spirited character and so when I starting taking those steps down the aisle, it felt more natural to engage with family and friends who were beaming at me with huge smiles. I got to an old school friend, Antonia, and I ‘high-fived’ her (inside I was shouting “wooohooo”); when I saw my granny it felt natural to stop to cuddle her; and at the end of the aisle I gave my Dad the biggest hug; I made it clear when our congregation were not singing the hymns loud enough; I gave them a thumbs up when we were pronounced ‘husband and wife’. For me, it set the tone for how I would ‘be’ throughout the day – relaxed and happy. It really does fly by so quickly, that it’s so important to be ‘you’ and enjoy it right from the start. And most of all, have fun, it is a celebration!

There were so many memorable moments of our wedding; getting ready with my mum and my bridesmaids; hugging my dad at the end of the aisle, saying our vows; Paddy’s dad acting as our priest and his 6 year old nephew saying the prayers; and quiet moments in the garden for photographs. The speeches were particularly special; my amazing father, my humorous husband (at least in my eyes!) and his eloquent best friend, Tom. And the impromptu speech by my Canadian Uncle Jack, offering advice to Paddy on marrying into the family – the advice involved earplugs and eye mask…. The impromptu speech set a precedent: the microphone was anybody’s. As we took to the dance floor, the microphone followed, and friends (in their worst karaoke singing) serenaded us with the best of boy band hits, Dolly Parton tunes and 90s rap. My most memorable moment was taking “the stage”, singing “Boom Boom Shake the Room” (I know all the lyrics…) to a crowded dance floor singing back at me, with my No 1 fan (Paddy) dancing away on the “front row”.

A great advantage of a foreign wedding is that guests are essentially on a weekend ‘mini break’ and the care free, holiday feeling is palpable. With 30 of our closest family and friends staying in the chateau with us, there was a real sense of build-up and we had great fun chatting by the pool during the days and dancing on the steps of the chateau by night. The wedding evening itself was certainly the highlight and, as I looked around at 3am, at the guests who were still in the marque dancing I felt so much warmth, energy and a real joie de vivre.

Photographer: Erich McVey | Cinematography: Amy McVey | Coordinator: Chateau La Durantie | Florist: French Flower Style | Wedding Dress: Henrietta De Praag | Church: St Thomas Church In Excideuil | Shoes: Marks And Spencers | Jewelry: Pascal At Harrods | Bridesmaids Dresses: Two Birds | Caterer: La Table D'Aline | Makeup: Bobbi Brown | Hair: Kerrie Langfield | Entertainment: Chris Southgate Music | Groom's Attire: Ted Baker | Chateau: Chateau La Durantie | Lace Bolero: Sassi Holford | Stack Of Cheeses In Lieu Of Cake: Denis Provent

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