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Loire Valley Chateau de la Ruche Wedding

picnic for two • Images by Maru PhotographyThere is something old-world-romantic about elopements especially at a venue like Chateau de la Ruche. Just the two of you, running away to get married, making your wedding about your love for each other and nothing else. Without the stress of guests lists, the expense of a big party and the wants and wishes of everyone else, an elopement can be a much more relaxed way to get married. Let’s hear more from this venue…lettering • Images by Maru PhotographyChâteau de la Ruche is a beautiful setting for our laid back French country elopement. The castle is located in the peaceful countryside of the Pays de la Loire in France, where intimate weddings and elopements are a château specialty. jewels • Images by Maru Photographybride morning • Images by Maru Photography
breakfast in bed • Images by Maru Photography bathroom in a castle • Images by Maru Photography bride in the window • Images by Maru PhotographyThe start of the journey to this castle will bring you down a beautiful country lane drive and into your very own piece of France. For a day or two, the magic of this secret French country estate will be yours. bride in grass • Images by Maru Photography bride with florals and ribbon • Images by Maru PhotographyHere the guests feel stylishly spoiled but there’s no sign of stuffy formality – so expect luxurious with a down-to-earth edge. Think long laid back lunches and picnics in the sunshine. Think local home-grown produce, beautiful Loire Valley wines, plenty of cheese, seasonal flowers, and the gentle flicker of candles everywhere inside. It is a fairytale. bride with chateau • Images by Maru Photography groom in the morning • Images by Maru PhotographyWe wanted to capture all of the magic in our elopement shoot. Making the most of the natural setting of the château in the wilderness with the beautiful light that surrounds it. Using seasonal flowers and greenery foraged from the Château grounds, we created a series of lush, botanical backdrops for our young couple. wallpaper with florals • Images by Maru Photography walking on the path • Images by Maru PhotographyA pair of beautiful old wrought iron gates were resurrected from the woods and twined with foraged greens, vines and flowers for the ceremony to be held in the shade of the lime tree avenues. walking in forest • Images by Maru Photography couple in forest • Images by Maru Photography chateau gardens • Images by Maru Photography couple under archway • Images by Maru Photography chateau de la ruche wedding • Images by Maru Photography chateau • Images by Maru PhotographyRather than a traditional bridal gown, we chose a hand-frayed, silk and cotton voile dress from Luxe Provence, made ethically in France. The beautiful light fabric and simple style is perfect for a relaxed French elopement and looks at home in the wildflower meadows.bright florals • Images by Maru Photography boat lake wedding • Images by Maru Photography cheers in chateau • Images by Maru Photography cheers to memories • Images by Maru PhotographyVintage plates, cutlery and glassware from Château’s personal collections were used to style the secluded, candlelit table for two, tucked away in the Château gardens, while hand-dyed silk ribbons and table runners continued our botanical theme throughout. dining • Images by Maru Photography plate in france • Images by Maru Photography picnic in loire valley • Images by Maru PhotographyOur elopement couple enjoyed a quaint French picnic under the ancient apple trees, laid with a feast of local cheeses, bread, charcuterie, and fresh produce. Then, of course, all washed down with beautiful Loire Valley wines from the vineyards just an hour away. fresh french food • Images by Maru Photography french faves • Images by Maru Photography loire valley venue • Images by Maru Photography forest wedding • Images by Maru Photography old time • Images by Maru Photography forest in france wedding venue • Images by Maru Photography dining for two • Images by Maru Photography chateau wedding • Images by Maru Photography taken back in time • Images by Maru PhotographyThis wedding really brought us back in time and reminded us what is important in an elopement, style that is tailor-made for the couple. Congrats you two!

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| Venue Chateau de la Ruche  | Photographer Maru Photography | Florist Da Fiori Design | Hair and Make Up Claire Jones | Brides Dress Luxe Provence | Decoration Bertie and Fred | Stationery The Ayla View |