A few words from the bride:
Our first holiday together was to France, and it was there that we had first said we loved each other. So we thought a wedding in France would be very romantic. Plus, who doesn’t want to get married in a fairy-tale chateau, surrounded by vineyards? We wanted to give our guests an experience to remember.
Choosing the wedding suppliers in France was a long journey. I came across Chateau Lagorce very early in our search. It looked stunning, like from a movie, with the idyllic lake, gorgeous terraces, epic pool, and it houses over 40 guests. Our wedding planner Anna was an amazing help. Given the circumstances (covid), she had absolute confidence we could plan everything in under a fortnight. She remained super positive, despite the bumpy road, and her enthusiasm for weddings is infectious.
I think as long as you have that point of contact over there, things aren’t too dissimilar from arranging a wedding in the UK. The flowers and catering were managed by the chateau.
We wanted a boho, relaxed vibe in gorgeous contrast to the grand setting and black-tie dress code. I asked for the bouquets and table setup to feel natural and wild, with a focus on foliage Regarding food, we hadn’t tasted this before the big day, but had utter trust that Ed would deliver.
As we were in France, we wanted to give our guests traditionally French food. How can you go wrong with baked Camembert and dauphinois potatoes encased in filo pastry? Just heavenly!
As for drink, again, we were unable to taste the wines in advance (darn you covid!). We wanted a mix of red, white and rosé on the tables, and had faith in the chateau’s choices. For spirits and soft drinks, we supplied our own – a great advantage of most private chateaux in France.
The cake was supplied by lovely Betty, who makes the most delicious gluten free cake I’ve ever tasted. Following a tasting, we opted for a naked cake with lemon sponge and white chocolate ganache, and it was just divine.
Our other suppliers were either delightful online finds or recommendations. Ryan found Pattie (our fabulous photographer). We absolutely loved her style – capturing natural moments, with an elegance reminiscent of a renaissance painting. She recommended the awesome Andrew Kelly for videography (his films are just beautiful and give me goosebumps), and he recommended both James Carr (our amazing DJ) and Pink Miami (our brilliant band). James’s mum, the wonderful Annette Carr, was already booked for my hair.
The dress comes from Minster Bridal boutique, and was the second one I tried on. They encourage brides-to-be to try on a range of dresses, as you never know what you’re going to like until it’s on. I was originally in search of a floaty dress. However, the lovely ladies at the boutique picked out the most stunning A-line dress. It was timeless and elegant. I knew it was the one! Plus, it had pockets! The absolute dream!
Photographer: Pattie Fellowes Photography | Videographer: Andrew Kelly Films | Venue:Chateau Lagorce | Band: Pink Miami Duo | DJ: James Carr British DJ in France | Cake: Betty’s Cakes | Hair Stylist: Annette Carr | Wedding Dress: Stella York | Bridal Boutique: Minster Bridal Boutique | Bridesmaid Dresses: Oasis | Grooms Suit: Ralph Lauren Tuxedo | Bridal Shoes: Charlotte Mills | Planner & Florist: Anna Holmes | Stationery: Tavern Creative via Etsy | Favours: Alley Cat Designs