Real Wedding – French Chateau Wedding Dordogne

28/05/2014 | 6

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Amy & Nicolas   ♥   Dordogne, France

Photographer:   Claire Penn

 

Not only are Amy and Nicolas a super cute couple but they also have impeccable taste. Check out the seriously swoon-worthy chateau venue they chose for their destination day – with a helping hand from their wonderful wedding planning team Marry Me In France – it’s gorgeous with a capital G!

 

If you’re getting married abroad or considering tying the knot in France the country of romance, then you’ll be in inspiration heaven today. From Amy’s darling dress to the pretty pastel bouquets, from the delicate table details to the picture perfect decorations and everything in between, this might just be the prettiest wedding you’ve ever seen!

 

This relaxed yet refined French chateau wedding in the Dordogne region is what destination wedding dreams are made of and the talented Claire Penn was there to capture all of the day’s perfection…

 

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Amy says:

“We realised early on that the majority of our friends and family would be traveling from afar. Family and friends came in from Australia, France, England and America and because Nicolas is French we wanted our friends and family to experience a beautiful setting, yummy food and delicious wine. SW of France was perfect for all three.”

 

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“We didn’t have a strong preference at first on the type of wedding we wanted to have. We knew we wanted an intimate location…somewhere we could host our closest family and friends and really just celebrate being together. We had a short ceremony in an old 14th century converted barn, followed by dinner and dancing in another part of the chateau.”

 

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“Because we weren’t set on any style, location, exact requirements — we were open to leaving a bit of it to chance. I started Googling venues in France and the first site that popped up was Marry Me in France. Much to the surprise of our friends and family, we paid a deposit before even seeing the place. The photos looked beautiful, the Marry Me in France coordinators were very helpful and that was all it took.”

 

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“As far as the photography went, we initially contacted a photographer recommended by Marry Me In France but she was booked and instantly suggested Claire, who works out of the UK. Within the next few days, I’d had an initial discussion with Claire (availability, style preferences, logistics) and another day or so later we had her booked!”

 

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“I purchased the very first dress I tried on. The dress was from a Canadian Designer called Paloma Blanca and I purchased it at a small shop in London. It was a champagne colour with Chantilly lace and had cap sleeves with a key hole back. It was perfect.”

 

“The men all wore black suits with black/white checkered shirts and black ties. To have Nicolas stand out a bit, we put him in a 3-piece suit with a pink bow tie, which complimented the wedding colours. He looked amazing.”

 

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“The day really was something out of a storybook. 22 of our closest friends and family members stayed with us in the Chateau and the day started the same way all the days started with fresh baked croissants and pain au chocolat – hot from the oven.”

 

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“We all spent the morning getting ready…hair, makeup, the works. Once everyone was made beautiful, the photos began and started with our ‘first look’. Because we wanted to do this pre ceremony so that we had more time to spend with our guests afterwards, Claire our photographer helped us plan the special moment. It was perfect … I will never forget the look on Nicolas face when he saw me for the first time , in a wedding gown, about to become his wife. It was incredibly moving … even with the lurking thunder clouds ahead.”

 

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“Once the photos were complete the guests started arriving for the 5pm ceremony. They were greeted with a welcome drink that they enjoyed while finding their seats. The ceremony lasted 20 mins and was officiated by our best childhood friends. Each of us had 2 additional attendants.”

 

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“After the ceremony, we had a cocktail hour on the back terrace with some of the most stunning views I’ve ever seen. The weather did everything that day… rain, thunder, sunshine. Luckily, just before the wedding was about to start the clouds parted and the sun came out for the rest of the evening. It made for some really beautiful photos.”

 

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“Once the cocktails finished, everyone took their seats in the reception barn and we enjoyed 4 courses made up of local treats from the region. For the next 6 hours, people danced the night away until the early hours, at which time they were bussed back to the chateau down in the valley where the majority of the guests stayed. It was truly a storybook wedding and we are so thankful for everyone that helped us celebrate the special occasion.”

 

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Would you do anything differently?

  • “We didn’t have any issues with planning a wedding in France. I do not exaggerate when I say that Marry Me in France was incredible. All the logistics, recommendations, coordination was taken care of. I am a project manager by nature so it felt good always knowing that things were under control and progressing.”

 

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Do you have any advice for couples that are looking to get married in France?

  • “If you are planning to get married in France but are living somewhere else, I would suggest taking a more laid back approach to planning. It is not necessary to plan everything to the nth degree of detail. You can’t really go wrong with the scenery, food and/or wine in France and the less you worry about the small details, the more you have time to focus on what really matters.”

 

 

Venue and suppliers: 

Photographer – Claire Penn / Assistant Photographer – Samantha Jane Photography / Wedding planner – Marry Me In France / Venue – The Vineyard Villa / Bride’s dress – Paloma Blanca at Mirror Mirror / Catering – Laurent Iribarne

 

 

Comments (6)

  1. Mandy B

    Oh wow! what a beautiful wedding in such a beautiful location, can’t think of any other photographer more perfect than Claire to capture all this gorgeousness!

  2. just pure lushness …..Claire and Sam you did an incredible job on an incredible wedding x

  3. Wow, everything about this wedding is just GORGEOUS!!

  4. Beautiful wedding with great details!

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