A soft pastel and dusty blue color palette, extravagant florals, flowy dresses and a perfect blend of old-world countryside with modern romance. This French destination wedding is sure to inspire!
The location of the shoot was the beautiful Chateau de Courtomer, located just a few short hours from the Paris city center. The Chateau de Courtomer, as described by the owner, Elisabeth, “was inspired by the Palace of Versailles and was completed in 1789, on the eve of the French revolution.” The chateau sits on 360 acres of land, and is surrounded by beautiful fields and farmland all the way around. In the mornings at the chateau you wake to the singing of birds, and in the evening you can watch the sun go down as it lights up the front courtyard in a hundred different tones of golden. The perfect place for an intimate – or extravagant – french destination wedding!
The fine art invitation suite was printed with a vintage letterpress on handmade paper. The paper, in varying shades of blue had a beautiful texture to it which added delicate detail. The deckled edges, and the soft print perfectly complemented the countryside setting of the chateau as well as the understated extravagance of the entire shoot.
The dress fit Clara perfectly, tailored to fit every curve of her body. As she walked in front of the Chateau before the ceremony, the warm autumn sun illuminated her silhouette and the fabric of the dress seemed to be aglow. Although the setting was far from the ocean, I still couldn’t help but feel that there was something about the movement of the dress that reminded me of the waves of the ocean. It moved so fluidly with Clara’s every step, and gently billowed in the wind.
Down the side of the chateau there is an alleyway lined by trees on either side. The alley leads to the orangery, and this is where the dining table was set up. A cascade of blue and white floral arrangements filled the table, adding an element of opulence to the otherwise rustic setting of the orangery. Walking in to the orangery the tablesetting felt grand and extravagant, yet balanced out by delicate details. The tables were set with vintage silver cutlery and lace-detailed china. Dusty blue menus and calligraphed place setting cards sat at every plate.
Clara and Max step out of the front door of the chateau. They walk hand in hand towards the floral arch, where they in a few short moments will say their I do’s. As they walk, they smile at each other, and for a moment time seems to stand still. The setting sun sparkles as it dips down low on the horizon. A bird sings in the distance. The breeze rustles the few fallen autumn leaves on the ground. It is as if they are the only two people in the world who exist at that moment. Max pulls Clara closer, and she lets out a soft laugh, and her laugh seems to once again start time.
Design + Planning: Oui, Mon Coeur
Hair + Make-up: Modern Bride Paris
Videographer: Nathan Freitas
Venue: Château de Courtomer
Cake: Monika Kos
White / ivory Gown – Otilia Brailoiu
Blue/grey gown: Joanne Fleming Design
Veil + Accessories: Sibo Design
Lace Kimono – Elise Martimort
Suit: Jean-Jacques Cérémonie
Rings: Djoline Joalliers
Shoes: Manolo Blahnik
Rentals: Joli Bazaar
Linens: Madame de la Maison
Styling Surfaces: Locust Collection
Production Assistant: Le Coeur Sauvage
Models – Clara + Max
Catering: The Event Kitchen