Micro Wedding à là Française

exterior of Château la Carrière

Join us for this simply stunning walk through of a micro wedding à là Française dripping in pink, rust, olive and gold tones. Ajna Ellis from Oui, Mon Coeur tells us more…

“We don’t get many autumn/winter weddings in Southwest France as it’s mostly destination couples in search of our beautiful summer weather! But we do still have beautiful, warm weather well into October, and it stays pretty mild even through November.

Château la Carrière in Dordogne France

wrought iron front gate of Château la Carrière

closeup of bodice of beaded wedding dress

bride with up-do in mirror reflection

With more couples needing to explore options for intimate and off-season weddings during the pandemic, we’d love to see more couples who want to explore what autumn in the Dordogne has to offer.

flat lay of wedding ring, narciso rodriguez perfume and pearl earrings

flat lay of gold and white floral hairpiece and gold wax seal on torn paper

shot of bride's dressing room decorated in cream and gold

flat lay of Vera Wang "On Weddings" book and pearl necklace

back of bride putting her earrings on in mirror of dressing table

We designed our editorial around a couple who favour a very personal, intimate and heartfelt day – a long weekend cozied up with only their very nearest and dearest in the perfect French château.

gold and cream chandelier with candle shaped globes

pink suede boots with floral embroidery sit on gold and cream ornate chair

pink, coffee and burgundy roses in bouquet

bride with arms outstretched and back to camera stands in french window frame

stone spiral staircase with black iron hand railing

Our models Ninon and Paul (a real French couple) helped us create the perfect “micro-wedding” à là française!

flatlay of wedding stationery, pink ring box, cameo and binoculars on pink fabric background

set of gold rings with pink stone sits on wedding stationery that reads "Sophie and David"

white and pink roses sitting on scalloped red and white china plate

groom in brown tweed suit and brown tie looks into camera

grooms hands holding ring box

We envisaged a bride who appreciates tradition, but who is also confident enough to do things her own way – pairing her grandmothers’ heirlooms with embroidered velvet ankle boots. Her delicate Odette Paris gown was hand-embroidered with just a touch of sparkle, accented with a Clare Lloyd Accessories hairpiece and earrings. She kept a hand-knit angora shrug close by for keeping warm during the couple’s portraits.

floral wedding arbor in garden

floral detail of wedding arch with brown decorative twigs

bride walking down stairs holds her dress up to reveal pink suede boots

groom in brown tweed suit jacket looks to his bride in distance

bride descends stone garden steps in angora jacket and pink suede boots under wedding dress

As an extension of the bride’s confidence and style, we designed the décor and florals to fit and reflect the surroundings at the beautiful Château la Carrière (a brand new Dordogne wedding venue!) where they have deftly mixed classic French elements with modern comforts and luxe touches throughout the interiors.

bride walks toward groom standing at floral archway in garden

grooms hand holding ring box and vows

bride and groom hold hands in front of floral arch

bride and groom kissing

bride and groom hold hands and walk toward camera

Even our colour palette plays with some of the most traditional wedding colours: dusky and blushy pinks. But pairing it with more modern, earthy shades like rust, olive and gold tones keeps it from feeling too sticky-sweet. We also wanted to prove that pink isn’t just a spring or summer colour, so we played it against inviting and warming autumnal textures like velvet, angora and wool.

bride and groom kiss and hold pink bouquet close to camera

bride and groom in front of Château la Carrière

bride and groom embrace and hold pink bouquet

back of brides dress with bow shoulder detail

groom spins bride in dance outside Château la Carrière

For our couple’s intimate ceremony we chose the château’s traditional French-style garden, where Le Coeur Sauvage installed a ‘deconstructed’ floral arch looking out into an autumnal forest path as a backdrop.

bride and groom kiss with Château la Carrière in background

gold gilt mirror hangs above fireplace

6 seater dining table with pink accents set up for a micro wedding a la francaise

pink embellished dining table with candles and petals

Our couple wrote their own vows and had them hand-calligraphed by EG Lettering, exchanging rings held in an antique French box. On that crisp autumn day, the bride wore an antique fur wrap, and the groom a wool tweed overcoat.

pink lit candles and crystal glassware on wedding table

pink lit candles and pink and coffee coloured floral arrangement on wedding table

wedding stationery on white scalloped plate with gold cutlery

pink, coffee and burgundy coloured bouquet next to pink lit candle

golden sconce above white and pink wedding cake

For the candlelit dinner in the château dining room, we chose a blush velvet table cloth with rust as an accent-colour on the French toile napkins, classic French white scalloped edge plates, and soft matte gold cutlery. Florals included cappuccino, toffee and sweet avalanche roses, pepper berries, mocha lisianthus, tuberose, tulips and white bleached ruscus with autumn foliage – all arranged in antique French ironstone tureens, accented with vintage glass candlesticks and tea lights in cut crystal holders.

white 2 tier buttercream wedding cake with small pink flower details

selection of pink macarons

bride and groom stand on balcony of Château la Carrière

back of bride and groom looking out across gardens from balcony of Château la Carrière

bride and groom hug and Château la Carrière is visible in background

Our couple chose to end the evening with a simple and delicate wedding cake (the design inspired by Claire Lloyd’s delicate accessories) enjoyed in front of the château’s roaring fire with French macarons on antique toile china. And lots of laughter and champagne (bien sûr!)”

What is a Micro Wedding?

Micro Wedding à là Française Snapshot

micro wedding a la francaise collage of photos

Micro Wedding à là Française Vendors

Planner Oui, Mon Coeur | Photographer Katy Lunsford | Film Scans Richard Photo Lab | Decoration Oui, Mon Coeur |
Venue Château la Carrière | Florist Le Coeur Sauvage | Hair and Makeup Claire Jones Makeup Artist | Stationery EG Lettering | Cakes Invitation au Délice | Hire Le Petit Pichet Dordogne | Wedding Dress Odette Paris Bridal | Accessories Clare Lloyd Accessories | Ring Eidel Precious | Angora Cardigan Suzy Bonomini Knitwear | Shoes Kenneth Cole | Catering Dix Restaurant | Production Assistant Mise en Scene | Models Paul & Ninon