Our idea was to create a romantic wedding inspiration, with a classic form and dreamy feel, breathing life into the famous quote ‘you know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is better than your dreams’ from Dr Seuss. The styling includes bridal inspirations and table decor, all at a French chateau.
Chateau Pennautier is a stunning renaissance castle, described as the ‘Versailles of Languedoc’ for its grandeur and style. It makes a perfect venue for memorable events in South West France. The chateau is a good example of classicism. It combines the beauty of heritage and the charm of a family home. Visited by King Louis XIII and decorated with historical furniture and important artworks, it has become a classified monument. We love its elegant style and welcoming atmosphere – simply perfect for a beautiful wedding and a true love story. And the grounds in which this historical monument lie offer the beautiful backdrop for an ethereal wedding.
The bride is wearing a delicately sensual Rosa Clara dress – beautiful and perfect in every detail. We love its romantic tulle skirt, classic lace and sassy open back – a gorgeous traditional dress with a trendy twist for the dreamy bride. This Rosa Clara dress from their 2019 collection can be find at a local luxurious wedding dress boutique ‘Les Rubans de Léopoldine’ in Narbonne.
The bride’s hair is beautifully styled by talented local hair artist, Annette Carr. The soft, swept updo with a couple of loose curls and a touch of spring blossom looks elegant but dreamy and romantic at the same time.
Soft and polished make up by Fiona Neal resonates romance for the dreamy princess bride. The touch of golden eye shadow and natural colour lipstick looks fresh and gorgeous, both in the sun and indoors.
For the bouquet, a talented local florist, Sarah Menager, used fresh spring blossom and foliage. This simple but stunning flower arrangement adds a mysterious and surreal character to the final bridal look. And we love the idea of using organic and seasonal flowers for an eco-friendly but smart wedding.
The bridal jewellery appears seemingly organic against the exquisite blossom bouquets. We loved Bijouterie Mohedano’s engagement and wedding ring set decorated with a floral motif. Both make romantic and beautiful pieces for brides looking for something unique and memorable, yet traditional.
Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue! For the table decor, Sarah Menager opted for a blue dominated and natural colour pallet. She used vintage elements including a traditional dinner set in blue and a sculpture of Louise XIV borrowed from the chateau. The fresh spring blossom completed the look giving the overall feel of opulence.
In this delicate style, a simple cream iced cake looks absolutely beautiful and tasty, especially once decorated with fresh flowers. Marie Arvidsson, who provided the cake, is a local baker specialising in traditional and custom made wedding cakes. Her baking is truly delicious.
Chateau de Pennnautier is not only a stunning wedding venue. It also offers excellent wines, grown and made on its estate. Because of the owners’ tradition and expertise, and the sunny vineyards, their wines are known to be leading in South West France. The Pennautier red, balancing sunny and fresh flavours, is wonderful for any occasion.
Each refined and graceful element was encapsulated by classic, natural and painterly photography by Pattie Fellowes.
We think this elegant but romantic style will inspire brides who are looking for a classic wedding with a delicate and dreamy touch.
Chateau de Pennautier
Les Rubans de Leopoldine
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