Private Chateau Do

When Yannick and I got engaged it didn’t take long for us to decide to marry at his grandfather’s chateau in France. The building is a typical of south western France: a yellow stone chateau overlooking the countryside, and a perfect setting for a wedding. As neither of us are particularly religious we decided on a symbolic ceremony on the grounds of the property. We then wanted to have cocktail drinks by the pool, with magnificent views on the surrounding fields, and a dinner party under a marquee in the courtyard. Our pattern and color schemes for the day were the typical French chateau Toile de Jouy and a sketch of the chateau giving our prints a beautiful wine-estate feel. My dress was from Phillipa Lepley, beautifully fitted, covered with very delicate lace and with a stunning train - I absolutely loved it! We really liked that our wedding was a three-day celebration, with a wine tasting afternoon and a pre-wedding the day before, with the wedding itself followed by a hog roast the day after. (Photography by Janis Ratnieks - www.janisratnieks.com)

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