Sitara Kuruvilla, 32, married Simon Guineberteau, 32, at L'eglise Sacré Coeur in Cholet, followed by a reception at Château de La Colaissière in Saint-Sauveur-de-Landemont, both in Northern France, on 20th August 2017. She says:

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We held our wedding over the course of a weekend, in the French region where Simon grew up. This way, we were able to spend time with all of our guests without it being over in a flash. We also wanted everyone there to feel like it was a holiday for them, too, filled with celebrations and activities.

The stunningly restored Colaissière was first built in the 14th Century and is surrounded by a moat and 16 hectares of woodland. It was love at first sight. Besides, I felt it was pretty much obligatory (since I'm marrying a Frenchman) to host our wedding in a chateau! 

What made our day so special was the marriage of two cultures, French and Keralan, as well as religious traditions from the Syrian Orthodox and French Catholic churches. It was particularly touching to see all our guests loving their colourful Indian outfits on our first evening, as well as hearing our French friends enthusiastically chanting Nada Nada together - a Knanaya wedding tradition.

A surprise that I never could have imagined was the flashmob one of my very clever friends arranged in secret. We were all having a cocktail in the courtyard outside, when one of the groomsmen delivered an impromptu speech, which was closely followed by this choregraphed dance! It was fantastic. My bridesmaid planned the whole thing, sending the steps to our guests ahead of time.

Our photographer, Neda from Storyett Photography, was an absolute treasure. Not only did she capture our celebration beautifully (a real priority for us), but she actually assisted with the smooth-running of the weekend's events. She captured raw emotions because everyone was 100% comfortable with her.

Photographs by Storyett Photography