So the final part of of Our Wedding in Provence is here (for Part 1 and 2 here) and I really hope you've enjoyed following along as much as iv enjoyed a trip down memory lane sharing it with you.
I think my favourite part of the day (which as everyone will tell you, goes by in seconds) was after the ceremony and cocktails. Tony and I snook off with our photographer for some wedding portraits just as golden hour started to hit. Id read lots of comments on line and heard many options on this, mainly saying not to do it and to instead spend the time with guests but for me this was one of the best decisions we made.
It gave us some much appreciated alone time together in what is a whirlwind of a day. It really helped that our wedding photographer Ian was very discrete, and really made us feel comfortable. He was also hilarious which was a lovely and very welcome bonus. Now not only do we have the memories of our stolen time together but we have the most beautiful portraits that will stay with us forever.
And the best thing about it was that it felt like a lovely and magical moment together reflecting on such a special day.
The Chateau was surrounded by the most gorgeous grounds perfect for some beautiful images and I loved that we were able to create some really provincial inspired shots that I'll cherish forever.
After our stolen moment we joined that rest of the guests for Dinner in the courtyard. The tables were mildly inspired by my favourite movie Marie Antionette. Very delicate, feminine and patisserie inspired.
We tried to add in as many thoughtful touches as we could. Fans for guests to keep them cool when it was hot, pashminas for the ladies for when the sun went down. I found that Etsy was a fantastic website for sourcing unique and original gifts and accessories for the wedding
For My bridesmaid, along with the gifts I gave to them in the earlier post, I gave them love heartnecklaces from Tiffany.
We dressed the fountain in the courtyard with floating floral arrangements, rose petals and candles.
We made our own escort cards using dried lavender purchased on a previous trip to Provence.
In keeping with French tradition, we were presented with our wedding cake and its one my favourite memory's to date with its twinkling sparkler glittering away as it made its way towards us. Our wedding cake's were made by Laduree, and the main cake was aptly names the Marie Antoinette cake... which as Iv mentioned was a big inspiration of the wedding. We also had a traditional french cake called a croquembouche which is a tower of choux pastry puffs piled into a cone and bound with threads of caramel flavoured with Orange Blossom, Rose along with a macaron tower and the most beautiful individual petit fours
We found that Laduree candles were such a good candle to burn as they come in patisserie fragrances... making them perfect for the desert table. For guest favours, we gave individual box's of macarons to take away.
After our first dance, we were treated to a performance from one of our friends which was another highlight of the evening and so lovely to incorporate our friends into our wedding.
We finished the evening with a sparkler send off against the backdrop of the chateau and it was the perfect way to finish the most perfect day.
Thank you so much for following along, let me know if you enjoyed these posts in the comments below
My Dress - Vera Wang
Shoes - Christian Louboutin
Jewellery - Jenny Packham
Bridal lingerie - Agent Provocateur
Venue - Chateau de Massillan
Photographer - Ian holmes
Cinematographer - MG Image
Flowers - Atouts Fleurs
Following on from part one of Our Wedding in Provence from last week today i'll be posting more memory's from our wedding in Provence.
When I was sorting through images from the wedding to share, I really found it difficult to whittle down the amount of images to share. I have so many favourites (im really not kidding)! I guess that its the same for most brides... so i'm sure you'll forgive the wedding spam!
Dressing gown Here
Getting ready for a special occasion is such a fun thing to do, especially with your girlfriends. I really wanted it to be as luxurious and indulgent morning as possible. We ordered champagne and began out dressing rituals, excited for what the day would bring. I played the Marie Antoinette soundtrack (my favourite movie) to get me into the french vibe.
I had my favourite dyptique candles burning, and made sure I layered my bridal fragrance to make sure it lasted the whole day. Firstly I took a bath scented with Coco mademoiselle bubble bath. Then I applied the body lotion all over, before adding body oil to any areas I wanted to highlight... Collar bones, shoulders and arms. Finally I finished off with deodorant and perfume in the same fragrance. Taking time over the little details really helps to make the day feel special.
We choose our flower girl dresses from Monsoon as they had such a lovely collection and are so reasonably priced. Similar HERE, HERE and Here
There will always be unplanned surprises in some shape or form on a wedding day, for us it was the weather... something we really didn't think would be an issue getting married in the South of France. We had planned our ceremony to take place outside in the grounds of the Chateau but it had rained the night before, and we decided that it wasn't the best idea to drag my dress through the damp grass the next day, meaning we had to hold the ceremony indoors. Luckily the florist was able to come up with an alternative plan and dress the fireplace and golden mirror in the drawing room instead of the original plan.
Luckily I loved the way it turned out!
We tried to have a very personal ceremony layered with meaning to us. We also choose to face towards our guests rather than having our back's towards them. We asked as many of our guests as possible to read a small part from a poem my sister had found by Joanna Miller and it was such a lovely moment.
I really wanted to have old fashioned champagne coups for our wedding (supposedly inspired in design by Marie Antoinette's breast) and had the florist dress them with baby's breath for extra prettiness.
We chose our Bridesmaids dressed for Two Birds and i'm still delighted with beautiful they looked on the day, and the shade of pink went perfectly with our colour theme. We added some vintage broaches from my personal collection for a little bit of extra glamour!
I hope you are enjoying taking a look through our wedding memories?
Check back for part 3 later this week
This weekend my husband and I celebrate our 5 and 15!
15 years of being together, and 5 years of marriage. So I thought it was about time I shared some of our wedding photos right?
We were married in Provence (our favourite place in the world) at the 18th century Chateau de Massillan. And it remains today our favourite day ever!
We found our chateau on a road trip around the south of France, and instantly fell in love with it. So when Tony proposed, we didn't even look at anything else, we both instantly knew that we would choose Chateau de Massillan. It was perfect in every way with just the right amount of glamour whilst also managing to be rustic at the same time! It had character and style in abundance.
It was also important to us that it wasn't actually a wedding venue, as we wanted the occasion to feel intimate and unique. It actually felt like we had hired someones very beautiful home for the weekend and we could celebrate privately with our closest friends.
As a keen photographer myself, choosing our wedding photographer was a high priority on our list of vendors to secure. Good wedding photographers typically get booked up way in advance so if you want the best options get in their quick.
Your wedding photos are going to carry the memory of your wedding for a long long time so in my opinion its in the top 3 in terms of importance.
When we found our photographer Ian Holmes I knew instantly he was perfect for us. His style was exactly what we were looking for and I absolutely adore our images to this day ( if you are getting married in either Paris or Provence I could not recommend Ian more, not only were his images gorgeous but he made everyone at our wedding feel comfortable and at ease with his fabulous sense of humour )
My dress was by Vera Wang, and totally inspired by the dress Kate hudson wore in bride wars. I remember watching the movie for the first time and instantly knowing if I ever got married it would be exactly the kind of dress I would want.
They say you truly chose the perfect dress if you love after your wedding, and I can say that I actually love it even more than I did on the day!
For wedding shoes, and this was another important one for me as i'm definitely a shoe gal I couldn't decide between two pairs from Christian Louboutin. Well, if you can't be bougie on your wedding day!
Our colour theme was naturally pink (if you've followed me for a while you'll know i'm crazy about it) and gold and totally Inspired by our favourite french patisserie Laduree who also did our wedding cakes and deserts.
My husband and I have always felt like the best weddings we have been to have been the ones filled with the couples personality and personal touches, which was exactly what we tried to achieve on our wedding day.
From our favourite colour (luckily, we both love pink!) to our favourite country, our favourite patisserie and many, many more favourites. We managed to create a wedding that had so much depth and meaning to us. What more could anyone want from their most special day.
Dressing gown HERE
Spoken like a true bride, there were so many photos I wanted to share with you that I couldn't quite fit them into one post so pop back over later this week for Part 2 of Our Wedding
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