Well, with our own destination wedding rapidly approaching, for this week’s Wedding Inspiration we thought we’d share with you a real wedding from fantastic photographer Jonny Draper that we found pretty inspiring ourselves! Lindsay and Chris didn’t want their wedding just to be a repeat of others they’d been to in their local area with the same venues they’d already been to and so chose to hold their wedding in France, a place they both loved: “Great food, great wine and great weather” pretty much sums it up! The couple’s vision for their day was “A chic laid back affair where everyone knew everyone and could act themselves”. I’m sure you’ll agree they achieved their goal beautifully with this stunning, relaxed and gorgeous wedding. Over to Lindsay and Chris to tell us about their day!
Chateau de la Couronne has been featured in several magazines and it’s easy to see why. As soon as we flew out to visit we knew it was the right place for us. Nothing back home came close in comparison! We found an amazing venue in the beautiful French countryside. We didn’t need to add much else. Nicky was brilliant, she organized everything for us, all we had do was turn up! Nicky, the owner of the chateau acted as our wedding planner so we really didn’t have to do much at all. I literally sent some pictures via email of what I liked and she did the rest.
The proposal eventually (after 10 years together) took place on Christmas Day. It wasn’t particularly romantic, that would have been totally out of character. The ring was perfect though and I was touched that Chris had managed to find out my correct ring size.
The Dress was Pronovias, Glamour Collection 2011 (Alga)
I wanted something relatively simple without fussy detail or embellishments. I found my dress on the Pronovias website and Dan Kerr Brides were able to order it in for me. It ticked all the right boxes, simple but with enough detail in the material and cut to give it that wow factor. The material was ideal for packing up in a suitcase without creasing too which was an added bonus! The Shoes were Ivory peep toes with crystal detail from Moda in Pelle
The Bridesmaid Dresses were from Coast – Allure Maxi Dress in Thyme. Elegant and classic, the colour was perfect for a spring wedding in the French countryside.
Jonny’s (photographers) wife, Emma is a makeup artist so she flew out with us.
We decided on a combination of white calla lillies, hydrangea and roses. We kept the flowers simple as we didn’t want to remove the focus from the venue.
We had a pianist that played ‘everytime we touch’ for the entrance and ‘greatest day’ by Take That for our exit.
Chris is notoriously emotional at weddings and he didn’t disappoint, especially during his speech.
Again, the cake was sourced by Nicky in a similar way to our flowers. We had a cupcake tower with a cake topper to match our colour theme.
The first dance was Snow Patrol, Crack the Shutters – apparently I always have cold hands so the lyrics always make Chris think of me.
What an amazing wedding and incredible location! We’d like to thank Lindsay and Chris for sharing their story with us and also Jonny Draper for providing the fabulous photographs! If you want to see more of this beautiful wedding you can find the story in full on Jonny’s blog!The Venue: Chateau de la Couronne – Owned by English couple Nicky Cooper and Mark Selwood The Dress: Pronovias, Glamour Collection 2011 (Alga) Brides shoes: Ivory peep toes with crystal detail from Moda in Pelle Brides other accessories: Matching pearl and crystal earrings, pendant and bracelet from Swarovski. The Groom’s Attire: Jeff Banks, black morning suit, black waistcoat with grey pinstripe trousers and custom made winged collar shirt. Bridesmaids dresses: Coast – Allure Maxi Dress in Thyme