A French folk tale says that a thousand years ago, at Chateau de Brametourte, there lived a baron and his beautiful daughter. One day, a Viscount visiting the chateau fell in love with the beautiful girl. He wanted to marry her on his return. To preserve her purity, her father locked her in one of the towers…
This story, sadly, might not have had a happy ending. However, we were inspired by the emotions and spirituality of a young lady preparing and awaiting her lover – just like the modem brides do. Our team explored Chateau de Brametourte and created ‘A Bridal morning’ editorial. It features a bridal boudoir, a stunning Rosa Clara wedding dress, and a sample table set up. All presented in a painterly and dreamy photographic style.
Chateau de Brametourte, today, is a spectacular and welcoming wedding venue in Southwest France. It offers picturesque gardens for a ceremony and reception, as well as sophisticated accommodation in a beautifully restored thousand year old castle. Each room is tastefully decorated in a historical style, and filled with antiques, artifacts and comfortable furniture.
One of our favourite rooms, Salle de Seigneur, is a spacious and bright lounge filled with antiques and furnished with cozy sofas. With its pastel green tones and lace soft furnishings, it makes an elegant but cozy space, very often used as a bridal suite.
At the top floor of one of towers, there is a romantic honeymoon suite ‘Suite of Angels’. The room is furnished in an authentic medieval style, draped in regal shades of green, oak and cream. The centrepiece of the suite is a dramatic four-poster bed which is four hundred years old (and very comfortable thanks to its handcrafted mattress). No wonder that the newlywed choose this unique bedroom for their wedding night.
Located at the top of the South Tower, Troubadour Suite is linked to the Brametourte legend and is apparently haunted by a beautiful lady. With its soft, feminine style and pink tones, it makes a beautiful alternative to the bridal suite. The special feature of the Troubadour Suite is its unique pink stone from a 13th century local quarry. The room is connected to a narrow, ancient stone staircase – originally a medieval pigeon loft, and a secret passage to another bedroom downstairs.
Chateau de Brametourte offers a number of beautiful spots for an outdoor wedding ceremony. For example, the Summer Gardens, in front of the Chateau, shaded by ancient pines, overlook a breathtaking landscape of fields and the Pyrenees in the distance. Scented rose bushes, olive trees, a XVII century fountain and an ancient oak arch are only a few of picturesque features in the gardens. A perfect place for an elegant and dreamy wedding.
Our bride, in her boudoir, is wearing a beautiful, sheer bridal kimono from This Modern Love. This elegant and delicate design is absolutely gorgeous for the morning before a wedding or on honeymoon. It is handmade of soft guipure with a floral motif, drapes well and is very comfortable and easy to wear.
For the bride’s thick and shoulder length hair, Annette Carr designed a romantic, soft up-do. It started with adding volume and texture to the crown. The twisted sides met a rotated bun which fell into the nape. Soft tendrils left to frame the face and neckline balanced the look. The finished touch of individual fresh flowers and foliage followed the flow and movement of the style.
Working with Mathilde Rouzaud, a talented makeup artist, we decided on a vintage and classic bridal look. The natural looking face makeup was well defined with medium dark pink lipstick and eyeliner for an elegant yet romantic look. The makeup looked beautiful with or without the veil.
The bride is wearing a stunning, classic style Rosa Clara dress. The under neck top and long sleeve make the design timeless and elegant. The incredibly detailed craft of the top, with hundreds of embroidered pearls and rhinestones, make the dress a masterpiece. The several layers of tulle skirt add serenity and a beautiful flow to the style. We especially loved its mysterious sparkle (thanks to the rhinestones) and the smooth movement of the skirt. A Rosa Clara veil with a lace finish highlights the classic and dreamy style. A gorgeous look for a classic and romantic princess bride. The dress and veil were supplied by a local boutique, Les Rubans des Leopoldine in Narbonne.
Caitlin Harper, a talented jewelry designer inspired by meadow flowers in the Pyrenees countryside, created an elegant set of earrings and a bracelet. Modestly inspired by the clusters of buttercup flowers, the sterling silver and 9ct yellow gold earrings are set with a cushion of cut rutilated quartz gem which echoes the gold colour of the flowers.
Boutique Bijouterie Mohedano provided a delicate engagement ring and diamond wedding band. The stunning princess cut aurora halo diamond ring in white gold matches perfectly the detail and the blink of the princess dress. The jewelry set adds the serenity to the bridal look.
The elegant dinner table is set up in the Renaissance Dining Room. An antique table opposite a large fire place is often used for rehearsal dinners or small gatherings. The chateau offers an impressive collection of vintage dinner sets. We used vintage Minton plates, Irish Waterfrord crystal glasses and silver cutlery. Decorated with fresh flowers, crystal balls and silver candle holders, the table set up turned into a painterly scene.
For flowers, we intended to reflect medieval compositions, using seasonal, meadow flowers, foliage and herbs. Sarah Menager, a talented local florist, prepared beautiful flower decor and banquette including peonies, lisianthus, nigella, freesia, eucalyptus and rosemary. We used subtle colours such as pale pink, off white and pastel blue for serenity and opulence.
The dessert table is set in the medieval courtyard. Alternative to a traditional wedding cake, Cat Banks prepared one of her French specialties – puff pastry pockets. The delicious, soft pastries are filled with lemon curd cream and strawberries. Decorated with fresh fruit or edible flowers, they looked beautiful and cheerful. We served them on green ceramics, hand made by a local artist Alexandra Francois.
The morning before her wedding is such an important and wonderful moment for a bride – definitely one to treasure forever. And it is especially beautiful if taking place at such a stunning, historical chateau.
Chateau de Brametourte is a stunning and very welcoming place. The thousand year old chateau walls witnessed lots of incredible histories. And there is definitely even more wonderful histories to take place there, thanks to all the weddings it hosts.
Chateau de Brametourte, Lautrec
Make up artist:
Dress and veil:
From: Les Rubans de Leopoldine
Bridal dressing gown :
This Modern Love bridal
Distinctly Caitlin Designs
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