Sarah Allen, 28, married Liam Meddeman, 27, at Château de Soulac in Juillac, France, on 16th June 2018. She says:
Liam and I adore travel and have done a lot of it together, so saying our vows abroad felt right for us. We also love cheese and wine and thought the beautiful South of France would be a really wonderful place to host the wedding. When we came across Château de Soulac online, it looked so perfect that we booked it straight away - without even visiting!
Our passion for globe-hopping was the day's main theme, too. And very appropriate seeing as we'd already chosen to have a destination wedding because of this! Our bespoke invites from Rodo Creative were made to look like passports; I wrapped my bridal party's and Liam's gifts, as well as the wedding favours, in map-printed paper and bags from Paperchase and eBay; our wedding planner's husband is a carpenter, so he made an amazing wooden signpost that pointed in different directions to meaningful destinations to us; our tables were named after these places, too, and we had frames on each table with pictures of Liam and me in each country. I was so pleased with all our travel touches – there can be such a pressure to get your wedding ‘right’, but I just wanted the day to represent the two of us and I felt proud of the result.
Both Liam's and my favourite colour is lemon. I'd never been to a wedding with this shade in its colour palette, which made it even more appealing to me. I knew I wanted something a little bit different for our day. I also knew I wanted my maids to wear yellow, but really struggled to find something for them. Then I finally found these soft-lemon dresses in Oasis, which were just lovely! Our florist was amazing at catering to the day's palette, as well. She managed to find yellow peonies for me, which were exactly what I wanted. The final touch was our cake maker's lemon-flavoured and -coloured macaroons which we gave as wedding favours to all our guests. All of these details made the day that much more personal to us as a couple.
Our first dance was the thing I had most looked forward to and it was the most memorable part of the day for me. Tomorrow Band, who we hired to play at the reception, did their own version of Hey Ho by The Lumineers and it was fantastic. This was the song that played in the background the first time that Liam and I spoke. I was in a local pub in Berkhamstead on Christmas eve in 2013 when I trapped my finger in a door and actually fainted! Liam helped me up and looked after me for the rest of the evening. I remember hearing Hey Ho as we talked and, as soon as we started wedding planning, I knew we'd dance to that as newlyweds. I dreamed of that moment in the lead-up to the wedding day and it wholly lived up to my expectations.
Photographs by Annabel Staff