French Chateau Wedding from Rendez-vous in Paris + TimCo. Photography
January 17, 2012
We're back with more kisses á la France, and this afternoon we are celebrating at another fabulous chateau. This couple is stunning. So handsome, so chic, and so wonderfully in love. Fittingly, Rendez-vous in Paris designed a soiree we have officially deemed handsome, chic, and wonderfully lovely. We of course have to send a big merci to TimCo. Photography for aiding us to continue our French holiday in style this afternoon. Click here for the full image gallery!
From Rendez-vous in Paris ... Cristina & Philip are a young, dynamic and up-and-coming couple from New York. Part of Philip's family is French, so what better place than the countryside of Paris, to celebrate their wedding?

They started the weekend in Paris with a casual dinner for 150 guests, overlooking the Seine River at sunset on Friday night. The tone was lively with a light roasting session and plenty of sweet speeches.

The following day, the couple had rented out a private car in a Parisian train, and all the guests travelled to a quaint town to be dazzled by a gorgeous French Chateau that has been in the family for years. The ambiance was lively on the train, as 'gouter' lunch boxes were distributed, containing individual-size wine bottles, baguette sandwiches and fun French desserts.

The guests were greeted by waiters with French Rosé Champagne produced by a private Champagne vineyard. As a clin d'oeil to the Royal Wedding, the couple welcomed the guests from the Chateau balcony and surprised them with a Royal kiss from the window! The unique ceremony with no officiant, was held on the Chateau steps and involved the families and friends of both the Bride and Groom. Once the couple had broken the glass, they immediately announced their marriage on Twitter!

Following the ceremony, the guests enjoyed a cocktail of all local foods, Normandy Pear & Apple wines & cocktails, Fresh lobster & oysters, foie gras made just down the street and served on little sweet toasts...

We then invited the guests to cross the Chateau into the brightly decorated tent, with exquisite florals by a friend of the bride. The table names written on slate and tied with a bow, were very meaningfully named after cities of Nicaragua, the country from which the Bride's mother comes. With colorful decorations, and dancing between each course, the night was a party never to be forgotten!

As the guests left for home, in the wee hours of the night, they were served crepes and frites accompanied by a very old armaniac offered by the groom's uncle.

The next day, guests were treated to a copious Brunch on the front lawn, and enjoyed their croissants in the sun before taking off to the airport.

In keeping with their French wedding, the couple honeymooned on the sumptuous French island of Corsica - dramatic cliffs and idyllic mediterranean beaches marked a romantic closing to a perfect wedding weekend.

Wedding Planner: Rendez-vous in Paris / Photography: TimCo. Photography & Julie Brewer Photography / Floral design: Ashley Greer, The Enchanted Florist / Catering: Auberge du Vieux Donjon / Chateau: Private residence, contact Rendez-vous in Paris for possible rental