Have you considered the idea to elope in France to a dream French castle? Then today’s elopement of Anna & Daniel is the perfect inspiration! From their stunning venue Château de Mercuès to their beautiful wedding portraits by Grace & Mitch Photo & Film this gorgeous day has everything for the perfect elopement!
We love Anna’s stunning off the shoulder gown which perfectly suited their chic surroundings! The whole day was planned to perfection by Peach Perfect Weddings. Here’s a little more about our couple from Philip their wedding planner:
I met Anna & Daniel in person a few days before they were due to elope in France at a B&B in Gaillac, south west France. Instantly we struck up a good rapport thanks to the natural way in which they behave. They were extremely excited to be in France, especially because they were looking forward to discovering typical French culture (of course, including wine & cheese!). In the lead up to the wedding day, they spent their time exploring the French countryside by visiting vineyards and local monuments, relaxing by the pool and making the most of their holiday before the big day.
“Anna and I live in Ohio, USA with our dog Auckland. Anna is a wedding cake designer and pastry chef and I run a small creative company (photography, design, websites, installations, etc.) We both grew up in Ohio but traveled in school and as young adults. We only met each other after returning home. We have been together for eight amazing years before getting engaged and pretty much knew we were “stuck” with each other from our first date. We never felt the “need” to get married in a hurry as we felt like we already were. At some point we finally decided it was time to make it official and I proposed in February 2018. We always talked about eloping to some “enchanted forest”, but I ended up bringing the forest to us, surprising her with a ring and a trip to Disney World and Hogwarts immediately after, and then off to Vegas to celebrate with our friends.”
There was a moment of great emotion when a letter from the couple’s parents was read, wishing them a beautiful wedding and explaining their love for Anna & Daniel. Everyone had tears in their eyes.
“We’ve never felt very “traditional” and growing up in a somewhat small town you tend to see the same wedding, over and over again. While a French elopement isn’t completely unique, we knew we wanted to do something that is special to us. We believed that your wedding day should be about the two of you and while we love our family and friends, we planned on celebrating with them when we got back. We love the idea of having our ceremony at a Chateau in rural France and spending some time seeing the countryside. After the ceremony/stay at the chateau we headed on to Paris, being typical tourists for a bit, enjoying what Paris has to offer, and of course spending some time at Disneyland (we are Disney nerds)! While we consider ourselves a couple of goof-balls, we wanted our ceremony to be classically French chic with some “old-world” charm.”
The ceremony took place in the garden behind the chateau overlooking vineyards and a river; a breath-taking view. Anna was met by a string duo playing the bride & grooms special song from Cinderella: A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes. She walked the last few metres alone, surrounded by flowers and vegetables growing all up the aisle where she finally reached Daniel and he saw her in her dress for the first time.
With smiles all around, the ceremony began. It included an exchange of vows, written by Anna & Daniel, beautiful readings thanks to the celebrant Alison Phillips, and tears of joy.
After the ceremony, when pronounced husband and wife, they were met by a champagne toast offered by Château de Mercuès and the photographs and celebrations continued. They spent time with Grace & Mitch Photo & Film on the grounds of the chateau and then into the local village and vineyards surrounding the venue to get photos that really showed the authentic side of France.
For even more inspiration to Elope in France to a dream French castle check out Anna & Daniel’s wedding film created by Grace & Mitch Photo & Film…
Elope in France to a dream French castle Snapshot
Photographer Grace & Mitch Photo & Film | Videographer Grace & Mitch Photo & Film | Ceremony Venue Château de Mercuès | Planner Peach Perfect Weddings | Celebrant Alison Phillips | Hair Viviane Montrougie | Make Up Corinne Institut | Florist Zeste Fleuriste | Entertainment Quatuor Vermeeren