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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.

Tom and Teresa got married in a relaxed setting at Tom’s parents house in the beautiful Lot Valley in France. This family affair had been many months in the making with Tom’s parents working tirelessly to re-landscape the garden for the big event. The lawn was dug up, electricity points were added and a new outdoor kitchen/BBQ was built !

Tom and his stunning bride Teresa were both living in Hong Kong so our planning was mostly done long-distance with just a couple of visits for trials and tastings. Their style was a perfect blend of rustic elegance with herbs, lavender and pastel shades of violet.

French Wedding.

Teresa and her four beautiful bridesmaids all got ready together in a suite at the spectacular Chateau de La Treyne, perched magnificently high above the Dordogne river.

 Wedding shoes.
 Bridal Beauty.
 Bridesmaids.
 Waiter.

Guests were served ice tea on arrival, a welcomed cooler on a balmy day in late summer. The intimate ceremony was held in the garden, with a flower arch framing the stunning valley views behind the couple. After weeks of high temperatures and dry weather, the surrounding countryside had already started to turn and the colours were spectacular.

 French Wedding Ceremony.
French Wedding Couple.
French Wedding Couple vows.

Teresa’s bouquet included ivory roses and lavender and the rustic table centrepieces had eucalyptus, delphiniums, lisianthus, ornithogalums and stephanotis. The bridesmaids had bouquets of lavender and pastel coloured dresses.

 French Wedding Lavender.
French Wedding Bouquet.
Bride and Bridesmaids.

During the champagne reception, guests were treated to some upbeat, summery Jazz from a Bordeaux-based trio. For the meal, the guests crossed the lane to another garden where a large marquee was ready. With the sides all open, guests could benefit from the spectacular views. Each napkin held a sprig of rosemary and the favours were pretty little pots of herbs that had been grown and dried by the family. The guests were served foie gras toasts, followed by duck parmentier and all the wines and port were selected by Tom.

Confetti.
French Jazz Band.
 French Wedding Centrepiece.
French Wedding Food.
French Wedding Menu.

During the speeches, the guests were entertained by the Best Man’s collection of photos of his brother Tom at various ages and then Tom and Teresa cut their traditional croquembouche cake before crossing back to the now starlit terrace to start the dancing!

French Wedding View.
French Wedding tables.
First Dance.
French Wedding Moonlight.

Thanks again to the wonderful John Armstrong Millar for his beautiful photos…

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