We’re off to France today for the nuptials of the lovely Louise and Nick. The pair wed on the 18th June 2016 at la Chateau Charmant in glorious sunshine. They didn’t want to focus too much on lots of details and instead created a magical atmosphere with festoon and fairy lights, and plenty of paper lanterns, which were all complimented by the pink and purple florals. Louise and Nick nearly didn’t have a cake but were glad they did. When you see the epic cake cutting shot, I think you’ll see why!
Louise wore the gorgeous Ascher by Maggie Sottero, whilst Nick looked very smart in his blue suit by Alexandre of England teamed with Barker brogues, the beautiful bridesmaids were able to choose how to wear their multiway Coast dresses. Do also look out for Louise in her Mum’s wedding dress on the morning of the wedding, it’s such a lovely sentimental idea and she looks amazing.
Thanks so much to Gem from Cotton Candy Weddings for sharing these stunning images with us.
THE PROPOSAL | Nick proposed in the pouring rain on the top of Conic Hill near Loch Lomond! On the morning he planned to propose he insisted we climbed the hill despite the weather – I went along with it thinking he was a bit crazy until we got to the top and he got down on one knee! I cried and accepted before we ran back down in the rain to celebrate with champagne in our hot tub overlooking Loch Lomond.
THE VISION | I grew up in South Africa where both my sisters got married so I wanted the same feel – relaxed, sunny, weekend away with friends – but somewhere closer where all our friends could travel to. A French chateau fitted the bill perfectly!
THE PLANNING PROCESS | We initially took a week off work and travelled to France to scout out venues. There were so many beautiful ones but La Chateau Charmant really took our breath away when we arrived on the tree lined driveway. The rest of the planning process was incredibly relaxed – Kate from Marry Me In France was so amazing and organised and made the process really enjoyable.
BUDGET | £25k
THE VENUE | Chateau Charmant
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | My dress was the Ascher by Maggie Sottero and I kept the accessories very simple with my jewellery from Oliver Bonas, veil from Ebay and shoes from Debenhams.
FINDING THE DRESS | I’d originally picked out a very different and quite statement dress from David’s Bridal with my sister and was about to put a deposit down on it when my mum said she really wanted to go dress shopping with me first, just for fun. It was at the trip to Allison Jayne in Bristol when I fell in love with the Ascher. It was much more me, classic and understated, and my mum’s reaction sealed the deal.
GROOM’S ATTIRE | Blue three piece suit from Alexandre of England, brown brogues from Barker and tie from Asos – it took us so long to find a colour that matched the bridesmaid dresses!
THE READINGS & MUSIC | Our band played acoustic guitar and sang before, during and after the ceremony and got everyone on their feet dancing in the evening -with a surprise encore of Rage Against the Machine to finish the night off!
My sisters, two of my friends and one of our ushers did our readings. The readings were ‘I carry your heart with me’ by E.E Cummings, ‘I will be here’ by Steven Curtis Chapman and an excerpt from The Notebook which made quite a few people tear up!
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | My two sisters and my niece and nephew. With both my sisters living abroad it was difficult to find a dress that I knew would fit and suit both of them so I went for blush pink multiway dress from Coast – they both looked so beautiful in them. My niece and nephew looked adorable walking down in their little outfits as well.
THE FLOWERS | As most of the wedding was outdoors we didn’t go crazy on the flowers. Our vision was pops of colour and that was pretty much all I said to the florist! When they arrived on the morning of the wedding I bowled over by how beautiful they looked. The colourful flowers really worked against the white tablecloths in the barn and gave it that extra bit of personality I was looking for.
THE CAKE | We hadn’t initially planned a cake as we were having lots of cheese later on in the evening! My mum encouraged me to go for one anyway and we had a naked cake with berries. I am so happy we did have one in the end, it was really fun cutting the cake and it tasted so good as well!
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Photography was absolutely one of the most important aspects of the wedding for us. We had a very specific idea in mind – relaxed, fun and colourful and when I stumbled upon Cotton Candy on a Google search I knew straight away we had to have Gem as our photographer. We paid to fly her over to France but it was so worth it, we were speechless when we got our photos. They really reflect how special the day was to us and we can’t stop looking at them and remembering all the moments from the day.
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | The venue was so beautiful we didn’t really need too much additional décor. The décor for the barn was fairy lights, white tablecloths and pops colour and we put our table names in some cute gold frames I found on Etsy. We wrote the table names on stones we collected from the beach in Cornwall.
Lighting was really important to us so had string fairy lights in the barn, along with uplighters in the gardens and paper lanterns hanging from the trees. It made it really magical when our guests left the barn after dinner.
THE HONEYMOON | We had our mini moon at the incredible Le Moulin Du Roc which was near the venue and then travelled around Costa Rica for 3 weeks in November later on in the year.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | The speeches were beautiful and quite emotional.
I wore my mum’s wedding dress in the morning with my sisters which I will never forget and which Gem captured beautifully for me.
We had a pool party and brunch the next day, reliving the hazy memories of night before which all our friends and family enjoyed.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | I would say don’t get bogged down in all the small details – I don’t think people really notice those anyway!
The day goes by so quickly as well, take some time away from the crowds to take it all in.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photography | Cotton Candy Weddings
Wedding Planner | Marry Me in France
Wedding Venue | La Chateau Charmant
Bridesmaid Dresses | Coast
Rings | Hearts of London
Thanks ever so much Louise and Nick, what a lovely day. Rachel x