Although it wouldn’t take a whole lot to get us on board with a French castle wedding in general, Sophie + David’s celebration, captured by Anne-Claire Brun, somehow feels better than anything we could ever dream up. Though they didn’t really think of a theme beforehand, as they began to put their design ideas together (thanks, of course, to Pinterest!) it became pretty obvious that they were going for a rustic feel with a chic European twist. And through all the pinning + planning, the main inspiration remained the beautiful backdrop – their epic French Castle venue – where they would eventually recite their vows. As Sophie states, The venue was so beautiful that it really didn’t need much at all.
Processional: Bridal Party: Danke Schoen – Wayne Newton; Bride: La Soledad – Pink Martini
Recessional: La mer – Charles Trénet
First Dance: Somewhere Beyond the Sea – Bobby Darrin
The Ceremony. Such a beautiful life experience for a couple. The beauty of the location, walking the aisle with my dad on a very meaningful song, then seeing David standing there under this beautiful floral arch. I completely lost it.
We wrote the ceremony so it felt very personal and meaningful. David and I and most of our guests were in tears the whole time! I would have never imagined this moment to be so emotional. There was something magical about it.
It felt like it was just David and I on a cloud.
The bridesmaids each chose a white dress that they loved, and all the ladies – including Sophie – wore fun, red shoes! (Soph’s are from Mulberry.)
The reception took place adjacent to the gorgeous castle + Poppy Figue Flower decorated the tablescapes with beautiful wildflower-esque centerpieces.
Such stunning captures of the newlyweds!
Enjoy the process and when something doesn’t go the way you want it to be, remember that there is always an awesome back up solution somewhere.
If you have some ideas that seem a bit hard to execute, some suppliers or wedding planner might try and convince you to do things differently because it is easier to do what they do for everyone. It happened to me a few times (i.e. your cocktail is too long, you can’t use this furniture here because transport is too hard, you should put your tables like this, you should get a marquee, etc etc). In this case, be firm (in a nice way!) and stick to your idea. It’s the little personal details that make the day so special.
I think it is crucial to pick the right suppliers who have the same sensibility as yours, which can be tricky especially if you plan remotely. Especially if you get a wedding planner, makes sure she understands your tastes.
One mistake I made: I didn’t ask for enough help the 2 days before and the day after. David and I had a tough time the next day trying to wrap everything. DELEGUATE!
On the day, let it go, enjoy the ‘getting ready’ time and more importantly make sure you spend most of the day with your husband. Stop for a minute and look around you.
photography: Anne-Claire Brun // venue name: Chateau de la Bourlie, France // florals: Poppy Figue Flower // wedding dress: San Patrick // bride's shoes: Mulberry // hair stylist: Carole Daria // makeup artist: Elise Beauté // paper goods: DIY // catering: Justine Mouly et Emmanuelle // music: Juan Chriss // officiant: Friends (Vanessa and Darren) // musicians: Jazz Mariage // accommodation: Sarrasins // jewelry: Floral crown, Swarovski necklace, Ring of grand grand grand mother // accessories: Floral crown, Swarovski necklace, Ring of grand grand grand mother // wine: Clos des Verdots