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A tale of sunshine, a heavy shower and plenty of sloe gin!

 Lizzie and Chris.
 Lizzie and Chris.
 Lizzie and Chris.
 Lizzie and Chris.
 Lizzie and Chris.
 Lizzie and Chris.

The Dordogne

 Chateau in the Dordogne Valley.

A Dream French Wedding plans beautiful weddings across the stunning Dordogne Valley. If you're considering a French wedding and are wondering about what this area of France has to offer, then read on.

Top Wedding Trends For 2017

Here at A Dream French Wedding, we love to keep up with the latest gorgeous trends for weddings and tailor them to suit our fabulous brides and grooms. With 2017 just around the corner, we're exploring cakes, first looks, geodes and bold colours for next year's bridal inspiration.


The traditional tiered wedding cake is a fruitcake, topped with marzipan and white icing, served at the wedding breakfast and meant to bring luck to the newlyweds and their guests.

Elegant French Wedding

Looking back on a beautiful wedding today, one of my favourites! The photography was captured by the talented John Armstrong Millar .

 French sign.
 Wedding rings.

Chateau La Durantie Wedding Photoshoot

Time to look back at a beautifully elegant photoshoot at Chateau La Durantie in the Dordogne, photographed by Nicholas Purcell Studio and coordinated by yours truly. When the wedding season ended, it was a fun day to be involved with. It is days like this when I remember what a great job I have; spending time with talented suppliers and photographers in such breathtaking chateaux and gardens, lucky me!

 Chateau La Durantie.

Summer Wedding in the Dordogne

I am thrilled to be sharing the fabulous wedding of Frankie and Alex with you, photographed by the very talented Mr Rik Pennington, based in London but also travelling to destination weddings across the globe and here in the Dordogne.

Weddings in France, style inspiration: part 1

Bonjour all!
Well with Spring upon us and Summer just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about the wedding season ahead. Many couples who choose to get married in France like to incorporate some French styling and flair into their ‘grand jour’ and France has endless possibilities.

A Dream French Wedding re-look

Bonjour everyone!

Well it has been a while since my last post; my wedding planning website has had a little facelift and now is re-launching with its new look. Please pop on over and take a peek!


'Tis that season again, time to wrestle that turkey and wrap those last minute gifts. In our house it's a time of over-excitement and anticipation for Père Noël's arrival and a complete over-indulgence of chocolates and fromage!

I wish all my readers a Joyeux Noël and a healthy, happy 2014.

A Merry Christmas from A Dream French Wedding

French weddings; keeping in contact!

One of the most difficult parts of being a wedding planner is once the wedding is finished, the regular contact with couples that I have grown really fond of naturally draws to an end. So I am always delighted to hear from previous brides and grooms, telling me all about their new jobs, new homes and new additions!
Lisa and Michael, past clients of A Dream French Wedding

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