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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!


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