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Romantic Summer Chateau Wedding

French chateaus are a pot of gold, a treasure chest of possibilities for weddings. Already possessing an insane amount of elegance and romance, they transform a celebration into something extra special, and this multi-cultural summer soiree is a perfect example. Weday’s planned the beautiful bash and Groovy Baby got it all on camera; check out this gallery by French Grey Photography and dream away.

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From Weday’s… A lovely half French, half Hong Kong wedding, which took place in a Bordeaux chateau. Everything took place at the chateau, from the preparation of the couple in the suites of this 12th century castle (Chateau de la Ligne in Lignan de Bordeaux) to the beautiful evening itself, including a romantic civil ceremony in the park overlooking the vineyards and a cocktail accompanied by live jazz musicians.

Heather and Adrien’s vows:

“On this day, Adrien, I take you to be my best friend. My wonderful partner, and my one true love. I promise you to encourage you, to support you and to stand by your side whenever you need me. And to inspire you and to love you truly, through good times and bad times. I will forever be there to laugh with you, to lift you up when you are down and to grow along with you and to love you unconditionally through all our adventures in life together. I love you.”

“Heather, j’ai trouvé en toi ma meilleure amie, ma plus grande fierté, ma plus grande joie, aujourd’hui, je peux le dire assez sereinement, tu es l’amour de ma vie. Je t’aime.”

Photography: French Grey Photography | Videographer: Groovy Baby | Event Design: 1, 2, 3 nous irons | Event Planning: Weday's | Floral Design: Fleurs de Mars | Shoes: Gianvito Rossi | Celebrant: Helen Via Weday's | Castle: Château De La Ligne | Dress and Red Dress: Mariee Bridal Hong Kong | Hairstylist & Make-Up Artist: Modern Beauties | Music Party: Erik D

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Bordeaux Destination Wedding

No one quite does the destination wedding like France. Every soiree that comes out of the beautiful country takes a little piece of the French romance with it, adding to it their own story. Add reellovefilms to the almost perfect mix and you’ve reached the tipping point. Pure perfection!


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From the cinematographer… Well, this was a good one…venue, guests, dress, flowers, food…all perfect, but most of all Mel and Jan are one of the loveliest couples we’ve met, and in fact I would like to say have now become friends (and we’ve enjoyed wine and good food together since they’ve come back from their honeymoon!). Mel and Jan chose to get married in France, at the gorgeous Chateau Rigaud, near Bordeaux, where they were joined by their friends and family who had travelled over from Australia and the UK. Chateau Riguad is a wonderful venue, full of character, laid back and friendly staff, welcoming host, amazing food and surrounded by rolling hills and vineyards… good choice Mel and jan!

They had an outdoor ceremony on the lawn complete with ring bearing dog and the sunshine. Mel looked stunning in her lace and layered dress by Stewart Parvin, which floated and trailed through the long grass so prettily. French photographer, a regular at the Chateau, Yves Samuel, was photographer on the day and a pleasure to work with. The staff at the Chateau made the barns for the reception look so pretty with the delicate flowers, abundance of candles and the beautiful evening light that streamed in through the windows during speeches.

A local band and resident DJ took the party into the night and I hear that it was the very small hours of the next day that everyone finally went to bed…sign of a great wedding. Thank you so, so much Mel and Jan, it was an absolute pleasure to film your wedding and am so, so glad you booked us, as it means we got to meet you both and now have two new, lovely, charming friends…what more could we ask for? X

Photographer: Yves Samuel | Cinematography: Reellovefilms | Dress: Stewart Parvin | Suits: Room Ten | Venue: Chateau Rigaud

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Bordeaux Home by Julien Fernandez

The best thing about finding inspiration online is that the said inspiration can pretty much come from anywhere in the world. Because it’s about taking found ideas and putting your own style stamp on them. One that works just for you . So we’re pretty happy about this next Home Tour photographed by the talented Julien Fernandez. Because it’s bursting over with steal-worthy ideas that you can transform into something totally personal. And because of the giant pink flamingo. Click here to see the whole space.


With her nimble fingers and her eyes of expert bargain hunter, Elodie has a gift for decoration. Her house is a gem where vintage design goes along with neo-romantic style. Very elegant !

A few months were enough to redesign this typical small townhouse in Bordeaux. Elodie invested 100% in her first renovation. “I loved this experience. Before, I didn’t understand my friends who changed their house when they had just finished the previous. I thought, they are crazy or they really have nothing to do! But today I will start a new restoration with pleasure”, she says. She designed everything by herself and didn’t spare her energy. “As I had left my former apartment, I moved to my parents’s house who live in the suburbs. Every morning, I biked 12 km to go to work. In the late afternoon, I went on site to carry out the work. At 8 P.M, I returned home by bike, quite exhausted!”, she recalls with fun. The reconfiguration has turned a dark and incommodious 70 square meters single storey into an airy and bright space. The major work had been entrusted by builders. Elodie, assisted by her father, was in charge of the finish : painting, floorboards and tiles. For the decoration, Elodie doesn’t need anyone. The Fine Arts school trained graphic designer has a knack for customizing banal furniture and for finding beautiful items that cost nothing. “Apart few pieces of design, there is nothing of value here!”, she exclaims laughing.

The Master bedroom, the entrance hall and bathroom, located in the house built in the late nineteenth century, are decorated in a period style defined by Elodie of “Countess”. Dusky colors, old furniture and ancient portraits give these rooms an elegant and classic atmosphere. On garden’s side, the scheme of the living area is quite different. White walls and modern furniture create a a 70’s style vintage decor. More or less consciously, the young woman respect the house’s history. “The living room is located in an extension added to the ancient building during the Sixties. In these modern volumes with a contemporary fireplace, a classic deco wouldn’t have fit in. In the end, the fireplace dictated the decor! ” 

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Write up by: Amandine Berthon | Photography : Julien Fernandez

Bordeaux Wedding by Jasmine Champion Weddings + Exhibit Emotions Photography

It’s almost impossible to believe that this stunning Bordeaux wedding was planned in just THREE MONTHS, but it’s true.  Yep, every last ounce of gorgeous you see below is the result of three months of planning by Jasmine Champion Weddings (the amazing bride!) and, oh my goodness, is it fabulous. From the captivating setting to the brilliant images by Exhibit Emotions Photography to a gown that will simply leave you breathless, this beautiful affair is filled with absolute perfection.  See it all here.

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From Jasmine Champion Weddings (The Bride)… Adrian proposed to me at sunset, in a rose garden with a huge fountain, in Capetown while on holiday … it was extremely romantic! We then decided that we wanted our wedding to be abroad and to be memorable for our guests. The idea was that we wanted our closest family and friends to come away with us and enjoy a weekend break to celebrate our big day. We wanted our wedding to reflect our personalities and to be relaxed, romantic and fun, with great food and wine! So we decided on Bordeaux — France is, of course, famous for its great food and wine. As we are from London, it was very easy for our guests to travel to Bordeaux. We found the perfect venue for our wedding — Chateau de La Ligne. The team there were all so helpful, and we left with new friends for life. The chateau is designed in a traditional French way and had amazing grounds and vineyards. We had only three months to plan our destination wedding! As I am a wedding planner and have planned weddings abroad and in London, I felt quite relaxed and quietly confident! It is very different to plan my own wedding, but I enjoyed the whole experience from start to end.

As the weather that weekend was 30 degrees Celsius (approximately 85 degrees Fahrenheit), we decided to hold the ceremony outside and had large parasols for our guests to keep them as cool as possible in the heat! We also had bottles of ice-cold, old-fashioned lemonade with personalised labels for our guests as they arrived. I wanted to include my Indian culture and background in our wedding too. In mixed-faith weddings, I feel its important to have aspects of both the bride and groom incorporated. So I decided to design my wedding gown and hair jewels with an Indian influence. I also had the tree under which we were married decorated with hanging flowers, jewels and lanterns to give an Indian flavour. Our parents also celebrated the end of the ceremony by blessing us with flower garlands, which is part of my culture too.

We had the champagne reception outside, overlooking the beautiful vineyards. There were a large selection of amazing French canapés as well as a traditionally French foie gras stand and a fresh oyster stand too. Once the sun began to set, guests look their seats for the evening reception and meal. We partied and danced till 3 a.m. — what a party! To thank our guests for coming, I personalised large chocolate bars with guests’ names and a message to each person. All of our suppliers who worked on our wedding were amazing and we could not have had the perfect day without them! Their hard work and commitment is much, much appreciated. Our wedding was full of emotion, laughter and enjoyment for both of us and our guests, so it was…mission accomplished!

Wedding Photography: Exhibit Emotions Photography / Wedding Venue: Chateau de La Ligne in Bordeaux, France / Wedding Planning: Jasmine Champion Weddings (The Bride) / Florist: L’atelier Floral Design / Cinematography: Clark & Palmer Wedding Films / Catering: Hedone Traiteur / Wedding Gown + Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Designed by the Bride / Bride’s Shoes: Dune / Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss / Engagement Ring: Goode & Son / Wedding Bands: Alba Rose / Seating Plan + Table Numbers: DIY by the Bride + Bridesmaids / Tree Decor: DIY by the Bride / Welcome Wine Tasting: Chateau Le grand Verdus

Chateau de Mirambeau Wedding by Roey Yohai Photodocumentary

I can’t think of any other way I’d rather spend this lovely Tuesday morning than with my pumpkin spice latte and this stunning Chateau de Mirambeau soiree courtesy of the amazing Roey Yohai.  Yes, you read that right… A romantic chateau in France is the setting of this pretty, pretty affair and if that weren’t enough to grab your attention, it’s simply brimming with one lovely DIY detail after another from the talented bride and groom, including stunning invitations and paper goods, gorgeous jewelry and a beyond fabulous wedding gown.  And when you see that vibrant purple bouquet, I guarantee you’ll be just as smitten as me.  So, grab a cup of coffee and stay awhile.  There’s an entire gallery of pretty to enjoy!

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From the Bride… Our wedding reflected our passion for food, love for travel, and our homage to our Chinese and American customs. We selected Chateau Mirambeau in Bordeaux as our wedding venue for its gastronomic experience, the renaissance architecture of the Chateau, and the scenic region of Mirambeau. We serendipitously stumbled across Chateau Mirambeau in one of our culinary vacations in Europe. The gastronomic culture, picturesque landscape of vineyards, and ancient cities from Saint-Emilion to Cognac immediately resonated with our wedding dream.

After selecting the Chateau, Henry, a social connoisseur of brandy, and I, an amateur chef, sought out the local delicacies of the region and embarked on a wonderful gourmet adventure, from collaborating with the chateau’s chef, where the chef tailored our wedding menu based on the regions famed ingredients and my discerning palate, to getting to know the local families that for several generations run the vineyards to assist us in selecting our wine parings.

The wedding details were led from my creative vision. I designed my wedding dress, jewelry, invitations, place cards, table signs, and etc. My inspiration for our wedding was based on our international upbringings and travels. The personalized details of our wedding were influenced by our Chinese and American traditions. From the auspicious Chinese tea ceremony, lucky gestures of the double happiness wedding cake topper on top of a macaron wedding cake and the Henry’s cufflinks to American traditions of bridesmaid, best man and groom’s speeches provided the unique international wedding experience within the majestic French environment. We have been together for most of our adult life together and truly believe that this destination wedding is an exceptional portrayal of our enduring love and international lives.

Wedding Photography: Roey Yohai Photodocumentary / Wedding Venue: Chateau de Mirambeau / Wedding Dress + Veil: The Bride (Design) + Selene / Engagement Ring + Wedding Bands: The Bride and Groom (Design) + Universal Jewelry / Hair: Votre Salon / Make-up: DIY / Invitation + Other Stationery: DIY, The Bride and Groom / Entertainment: Elan Artists