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Summer weddings in the Dordogne

Salut!

Well apologies for such a long break since my last blog post but during the busy summer my brides have needed me and I always try to put them first! So now the wedding season has finished for me; the last buttonhole has been pinned, the last champagne cork has been popped, the sun-loungers have all been packed away until spring and the fairy lights all taken down. Its kind of sad but also gives me a chance to reflect on the 2012 weddings and look forward to the weddings for 2013.

This summer has been a scorching one here in the Dordogne Valley. At times the temperatures were almost too much to bear and the brides and grooms were left with even sweatier palms and brows than expected! However, all my couples this summer have had dry, sunny wedding days and been able to maximise the outdoor wedding theme that first attracted them here to marry... Dancing in the moonlight, celebrating under the stars, straw bale lounge areas, chateaux lit up and trees laden with hanging lanterns. And the venue swimming pools in constant use by all!

So I want to share with you a small selection of photos I took of some of my weddings this year and I’m going to leave you with my 5 top tips for a hot summer wedding abroad:

  • 1) Fill a zinc container up with ice and small bottles of water for the guests to grab on their arrival to the outdoor ceremony.
  • 2) Consider marrying later in the day as the French do, such as 4 or even 5pm. Then make the most of the summer evening and party through the night!
  • 3)Give fans as your wedding favours; if the meal is outside and it’s hot, your guests will be thankful.
  • 4) Don’t overdo the alcohol at the champagne reception ( Vin d’honneur as its known here in France). Choose light summery cocktails and perhaps provide drinks dispensers of soft drinks such as iced tea or elderflower cordial with colourful straws…many guests will prefer not to drink alcohol until the meal if its scorching weather.
  • 5) Incorporate parasols into the styling for the bridesmaids.. They are great for keeping the sun off during the photos and reception, but also if the weather isn’t so good they will protect them from light showers.

 French chateau.
 rustic flower arch.
 bridesmaids with lavender colours.

 page boy and the Best Men.
 table decorations with toile de jouy runners.
 aisle walk in the inner courtyard.
 aisle flower decorations.
 bridesmaid in brightcoral.
 garden courtyard reception.
 bridal party with vintage parasol.
 bride's bouquet.
 newlyweds amid the lavender.
 outdoor wedding meal.
 cheese tower.
 outside the church, getting ready for the big entrance!
 Bride and Groom.
 French wedding cake: pièce montée.
 Flower girl with basket of rose petals.
 Chateau balcony.
 The golf buggy bridal transportation!
 Bridemaids entrance, dressed in coral and peach.
 Diamonté edged wedding cake.
 Riverside wedding meal.
 Fresh rose petals.
 Off to the church!
 DIY lace-look lanterns.
 French wedding menu.

À Bientôt!

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