Summer Chateau South of France Wedding
November 14, 2014
Classic WeddingsEstate WeddingsSummer Weddings
Close your eyes and imagine a wedding tucked away in the quiet French countryside. A day filled with shades of blush, lavender and peach, and stunning chateau views everywhere you look. It's everything you'll find in this summertime affair with planning by Lavender & Rose and florals from Laetitia C. They brought the dream to life, but it's only the beginning. Find all that plus the Welcome BBQ and Farewell Brunch in the gallery from Marianne Taylor.
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From Marianne Taylor Photography...Alev & Can's incredible wedding weekend took place in the South of France and consisted of three events on three separate days, a welcome barbeque, the wedding day itself, and a farewell brunch the day after. Each day was filled with beauty and joy, and it was a huge privilege to get to document it all.

From The Bride...One of my high school friends who knows Can from his time at Upenn University invited Can to a party in my house. I answered the door and there he was standing in front of me, it was love at first sight. After the day we met, we kept seeing each other for 2 weeks in group meetings before he asked for a date. Can proposed to me at his house, he decorated his whole house with our pictures, flowers and candles, it was very personal and romantic.

We wanted to have a personal, small wedding so we decided to do a destination wedding and started looking online, where we stumbled upon Lavender and Rose Weddings website, we hit it off very well with Kerry immediately. The previous May we wanted to go for a venue search and Kerry arranged an engagement shoot for us in Chateau D’estoublon, which we fell in love immediately, the place was magnificent, romantic and very dreamy, we knew that our wedding will be there right at that moment.

The Chateau D’estoublon has their own vineyards and olive gardens so we served our guest the vine and olive oil from the Chateau during our reception; we also had them as a souvenir in their welcome bags. The scenery of the Chateau was magical, our ceremony was right under the main stairs, I came down the stairs with my father from one side while Can was going down with his mother from the other side of the stairs. Two of our closest friends did a symbolic ceremony in Turkish, English and German as we had guests from Holland, Canada, India and Austria.

We wanted to have a simple yet elegant wedding with lots of French details. I myself am very obsessed with detail and Kerry was very helpful with creating all our ideas. We decided to use many chandeliers and candles to create even a more romantic atmosphere.

During our cocktail we wanted to serve our signature drinks, for my drink we created lavender champagne with real lavenders in them and Can’s favorite drinks was Hendricks Mule served elegantly. We had a Whiskey & Cigar bar for the gentlemen to enjoy for the whole evening. Instead of opting for a classic wedding cake we decided to have a Macaron pyramid, our dessert buffet was stunning, filled with more than 10 types of mini French desserts.

Kerry, our wedding planner, from Lavender and Rose helped us pick our florist and caterers, which ended up dreamier than what we had hoped for. For our stationery we worked with Cereme de Papier, recommend by Kerry, we wanted to have a theme altogether that was cute and romantic at the same time.

We were very detail oriented and bought many different detailed items such as personalized matches, napkins, candies etc from Toronto, NY, LA and Istanbul. We collected different items from all over the world through out a year to create the personalized and special wedding that we dreamed of. Our guests loved the Photobooth from Alban Pichon, at first they were a little shy but when the evening continued the pictures seemed to get even funnier. Our DJ, Thomas Colinet, was a huge success, the whole wedding party danced until 3 in the morning without even getting tired We had the cutest mini Burgers/Cheese Burgers and Hot dogs for our mid night late snack provided by our caterer which finished in minutes.