Happy Tuesday, today we are excited to share with you a Classical Romantic Wedding in Auvergne France photographed by FWS supplier Mark Ward from Awardweddings. It had to be a Chateau wedding for this long-distance couple, as they’ve spent many years travelling to France for holidays. We love all the details of this wedding, the bridal dress especially as the detail on the belt is exquisite! So let’s get into all the details…
Hilary and Max met in 2012 in New York. Following a long distance relationship for 3.5 years, they moved in together in Boston. Max proposed a couple of years later in a rose garden near their home. Hilary couldn’t say yes fast enough, and when the couple returned to their apartment Hilary was happily shocked to find a surprise engagement party that Max had arranged with both of their families. When Max and Hilary started dreaming about how they wanted to celebrate their marriage, they knew that they wanted an intimate wedding that would be full of family, and also amazing food, great wine, and a beautiful location. Here is what they went for…
Both of them carried wonderful memories of family vacations in France growing up, and they quickly booked flights to Paris to begin exploring venues. After a week-long driving trip exploring chateaux, the couple decided on the beautiful Chateau Beguin in Lurcy-Levis, very close to Hilary’s favorite wine region, Sancerre.
Hilary got ready in the chateau with her four bridesmaids. The bride’s hairstyle was finished with a comb covered in pearls that belonged to a close friend of the couple, who had worn the same comb at her own wedding.
The bride wore the Cedra dress from Aire Barcelona, tailored by Bridal Alterations by Anahit with crystal embellishments sewn on by hand by the bride’s mother. The same embellishments were added to each of the bridesmaids’ dresses. The bride’s accessories included Badgley Mischka shoes and a family heirloom gold and pearl necklace from the 18thcentury that now belonged to her grandmother and had also been worn at her aunt’s wedding. The bridesmaids wore aquamarine and mother-of-pearl necklaces that were made by the grandmother of the bride.
The groom wore a tuxedo that was custom made by MySuit. His accessories included Kenneth Cole black leather shoes and sterling silver cufflinks that opened to reveal pictures of Max and Hilary together.
Max and Hilary wanted the decorations for their wedding to represent the French countryside that they chose for their setting. The flowers and decorations, featuring pastel and neutral shades of local peonies, were provided by Audrey Pineau at My Lovely Day.
Audrey also provided the ceremony arch and beautifully decorated the chateau stairs and veranda with lights and candles that illuminated the evening.
The bride and groom were so grateful to their 45 guests who traveled from across the United States and Canada to join them at their wedding. Along with their families, Max and Hilary hosted several events leading up to the wedding day to thank their guests for joining them and to introduce their friends from different phases of life to one another.
Caterer David Charpy catered all events for the week. The day after their arrival at the chateau, guests attended a Welcome Dinner in the marquis on the chateau grounds that included a whole roast suckling pig. The following day, the wedding guests attended a wine tasting at the Henri Bourgeois vineyards, a favorite of the bride and her grandfather. The day before the wedding the guests attended a Rehearsal Dinner on the grounds of the chateau.
The secular wedding ceremony of the wedding in Auvergne France was held in a garden on the grounds of the chateau and was officiated by a family member. Music was played by Popcorn Factory Orchestra.
After the ceremony, live music played while the guests enjoyed champagne and hors d’oeuvres on the chateau veranda. Mark Ward of Awardweddings photographed the couple and the wedding party during the afternoon light. The guests then moved into the grand ballroom of the chateau for a 6-course seated dinner followed by dancing and both a wedding cake and an assortment of individual desserts made by Les Delices de Marion. The couple’s first dance was accompanied by the song “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran, played live by Popcorn Factory Orchestra.
The morning after the wedding the bride and groom treated their guests to a breakfast of traditional French crepes, made by caterer David Charpy. At the end of the week, the bride and groom left France for their honeymoon in Halkidiki, Greece.
The week at Chateau Beguin was coordinated by caretaker Karen Ayvazyan and the wedding events were organized by wedding planner Florence Clavier. All photography was done by Mark Ward of Awardweddings, who was a pleasure to have as both a photographer and a lovely addition to the wedding.
We want to say congratulations to Hilary and Max, thank you for sharing these beautiful images with us of this wedding in Auvergne France.
Classical Romantic wedding in Auvergne France Snapshot
| Photographer Mark Ward | Venue Chateau Beguin | Wedding Planner Florence Clavier | Band Popcorn Factory Band | Caterer David Charpy | Florist My Lovely Day | Cake Les Delices de Marion | Desserts Julie Ferratges | Hair Stylist Salon Metamorphose | Dress Aire Barcelona | Grooms Suit My Suit | Stationery Minted | Officiant Ryan McLaughlin |