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Joanna Burgess of A Dream French Wedding

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 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.

Lizzie and Chris had an amazing wedding in France and both said they would recommend it to anyone that fancies a break from the traditional UK wedding. They loved the freedom it gave them to have everything just as they wanted it. Also, it gave them a chance to spend time with cherished friends and family for more than just one day in the Dordogne; such a stunning part of the world. The mouth-watering cheese and wine was an added bonus too!

Lizzie and Chris love to travel and so France was an obvious wedding destination as it was near enough for everyone to travel to, yet far enough to provide warmer weather in May. They chose one of my stunning venues in the Dordogne and then we set about choosing the special touches for their day.They chose Claire Penn as their photographer for the big day.

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

Lizzie says “My favourite part of the day was the ceremony when all the most important people in our lives were sitting together in the sunshine and our favourite song of “Old Pine “ was playing. We had already spent a couple of days relaxing at the venue, but finally we were going to tie the knot and it was just perfect! We got married under a large pine tree, with field and trees all around and the rustic dovecote in the background. After the ceremony as we walked up the aisle, the nerves had gone and it was just the best feeling!”

Lizzie’s friend Anna read a humorous reading during the ceremony which was written by Chris and Lizzie themselves about how they met, Chris’ love of Liverpool FC, his strange tattoo and their choice of wedding destination. Lizzie carried a bouquet of pale pink roses and gypsophilia, provided by a local florist and there were hanging jars on each aisle end with an addition of purple veronica for a splash of colour. Lizzie and Chris were given a bottle of Bordeaux red, sealed in a box along with their love letters- not to be opened until their fifth wedding anniversary.

After the ceremony, the guests were treated to canapés and champagne served in front of the chateau from a rustic bar made of barrels and old props from a local stylist. There was an acoustic duo providing the musical accompaniment.

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

As guests moved into the old wine store barn, the long wooden tables were simply decorated with table runners, jars of posies, tree trunk slices and cream candles. Everyone was encouraged by Chris to use the selfie sticks! The guests shared boards of roasted lamb and there were bottles of sloe gin to share which Lizzie and Chris had made with sloes from home. The atmosphere was so relaxed and informal, which was just what they had wanted for the day.

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

Suppliers
Wedding Dress: Pia by Maggie Sottero
Bridesmaid dresses: Coast.
Shoes: Dune
Photographer: Claire Penn

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