Hello lovelies, today we are taking you to the Gascony region of southwest France for a DIY Chateau de Mons real wedding.
American couple Chelsea and Matt chose Chateau de Mons in the Côtes de Gascogne wine-growing district of Gascony for their rustic DIY destination wedding. Despite coming from America our amazing couple took it upon themselves to create most of the details for their wedding day, from their stationery and wedding day signs to even acquiring a vintage Citroen from a local Frenchman.
Featuring a lovely lace detailed wedding dress from Lulus, a pretty white peony and eucalyptus bridal bouquet from local florist Gerbert Creation and hair and make up by Serena Marie Ryan, Chelsea and Matt’s wedding is without a doubt a wonderful example of how you can plan a DIY wedding from abroad.
We will now hand you over to Wild Connections Photography who will be taking us through todays Chateau de Mons real wedding…
Chelsea & Matthew were introduced through a mutual friend during their Freshman year at Arizona State University, where Matt impressed Chelsea with his newly acquired salsa dance skills.”
“As avid geocachers, Matt arranged the perfect proposal for Chelsea in their favourite place in New York, Central Park. Chelsea was supposed to be teaching her sisters how to play the game, but things took an unexpected turn when Chelsea found a ring and note inside the second geocache saying “Will you marry me Chelsea”. After excitedly saying yes, they proceeded to an open field where all their friends were waiting to celebrate with a picnic and music.”
“They decided on the Côtes de Gascogne area as they loved the beautiful green fields and vineyards. After vising lots of venues, Chelsea and Matt found Chateau de Mons and instantly knew they had found the right venue for them. They wanted somewhere that was simple but with a rustic charm that wouldn’t require much added decoration. And Chateau de Mons was the perfect fit.”
“Chelsea and Matt created almost all of the wonderful details for the wedding themselves, which didn’t just include planning a wedding day but a whole weekend of events, starting with a pétanque tournament the night before the wedding, but also the whole wedding day from the stationery to the wonderful lanterns lighting the dining hall. Their reception signage was an old wooden door they had found on a street with hand-written lettering by one of the bridesmaids. Chelsea’s favourite detail of the day was a vintage Citroen getaway car that had been loaned to them by a local man who restores classic French cars.”
“Chelsea’s favourite memory from the wedding day was holding Matt’s hand as they exited the chapel and seeing all their friends and family’s huge smiles as the walked past them down the aisle.”
“They decided to swap confetti for dried lavender, which smelled amazing. The only downside was that they were still picking it out of their hair two days later!”
“When asked what advice they would give to future couples planning their wedding, they had two tips. Firstly, make use of your connections. You’ll be surprised how many people know somebody who could be a potential vendor and how many people are happy to help with DIY projects. Secondly, enjoy the process and soak up fun of saying “my fiancé”, reading blogs and scouring Pinterest for inspiration.”
Congratulations Chelsea & Matthew from everyone here at French Wedding Style!
For even more DIY wedding inspiration check out this wedding in Languedoc-Roussillon.
DIY Chateau de Mons Real Wedding Snapshot