Salut! I'm Joanna, director of A Dream French Wedding. Me and my team have been making wedding dreams come true since 2011. I'm a wife and mother and dedicated francophile. I believe that laughter is good for the soul and fine food is good for the belly.
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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.
Located between the Loire Valley and the Pyrenees in the country's southwestern Nouvelle-Aquitaine region, the Dordogne is named after the river that runs through it. It was one of the original 'departments' created during the French Revolution and houses many spectacular castles, chateaux, churches and cave fortresses which showcase the region's history.
There is so much to offer you, both as a venue for your wedding and as a destination for a break or honeymoon, so let's explore some of the highlights of this beautiful place.
Food and drink is a huge part of the French culture and the Dordogne is well known for its gastronomy. The cuisine here is rich and soulful, with seasonal produce adorning delightful dishes of duck or goose and accompanied by a wine from the local Bergerac vineyards. Meals are feasts, truly social events that can last long into the night, in what is considered one of France's most celebrated food regions.
Black Perigord truffles are a local delicacy and are used to add a luxurious, exquisite flavour to dishes. Walnut trees are plentiful around here so walnut cakes can be found on many menus as a delicious treat, or why not enjoy a salad garnished with chopped walnuts and a mouth watering Rocamadour goat cheese? The French are of course famed for their beautiful patisseries and tartes...
Of course you simply have to sample these wonderful local delicacies so that together we can create the perfect menu for your wedding day. Whatever your tastes, the food in the Dordogne will make for a truly incredible first meal as husband and wife!
The Dordogne river forms the centre piece of a beautiful tapestry filled with rolling hills, rich green forests and medieval towns. Everywhere you look you will find vistas worthy of a wedding, just waiting to form the backdrop to your nuptials.
Whether high up in the hills, down by the river or in front of a cascading waterfall, the natural beauty of the Dordogne can't fail to cast a sense of magic upon you.
Steeped in history, the area's magnificent architecture and monuments are fascinating to explore. From the mountain top castle-fortress of Beynac-et-Cazenac to 25,000-year-old cave paintings in Lascaux and Montignac, you will find historical beauty throughout the region.
Whether you're after a sophisticated chateau or an intimate rustic barn, I can help you to find a dream wedding venue to suit your taste and budget.
No words can truly describe the wonder of this incredible part of the world, it must be experienced in all its glory. Once you've fallen in love with the Dordogne, I will make sure that every detail of your wedding is just as perfect.
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