Sunflowers, sun and picturesque scenery, it can only be a chateau wedding in South of France on the blog today! Following their engagement in Averyron in the South of France, near the home of Lewis’ grandparents, Joanne and Lewis set about planning for a Chateau wedding in the South of France as a holiday for all of their wedding guests.
Their wedding holiday included canoeing activities, group lunches, vineyard tours and wine tasting, themed BBQ and also a little bit of Blue Peter style assistance from their guests, to create their pretty wedding day. The wedding was held at Chateau de Brametourte and captured by the lovely Susie Lawrence Photography.
Groom Lewis takes us through their big day: “My grandparents live in the South of France (Averyron) and we got engaged on a vineyard near to the chateau (Chateau Lastour)- obviously so Jo was drunk enough to say “Yes”.
One weekend following the engagement we went away and started researching for a chateau wedding in the South of France. We found a wedding photographer Susie had done at Chateau de Brametourte and fell in love (with the place and of course the photographer) and then one thing led to another!! A woman called Lisa Hammond worked alongside Alison and Paul at the Chateau to organise the caterers, florists and many more details.
The wedding was always designed to be a holiday with all our friends and family. The majority of people came from the Wednesday to the Sunday/Monday (55 guests came across plus us – 23 Geordies on the same flight from Manchester!!) On the Thursday we went canoeing along the nearby river and on the Friday we had a French day which involved going out for a traditional french lunch before heading off to the vineyard we got engaged at for wine tasting. Then in the evening everyone had to dress as a french person or character and we had a BBQ prepared by the two dads.
For the decorations for the we dding everything was done Blue Peter style/homemade. Many nights and weekends watching box sets sticking paper and hessian to boxes and playing around on Photoshop with tags, etc. The boxes (before being tarted up) were from a Spanish company – they are great little company (and you get free sweats when they send out your order).
The other decorations like the bunting and candles were again handmade by us or a friend called Lucy who is a bit of a whizz on the sewing machine!! The drawings of the sunflowers and any other artwork (like the blackboard designs) were done by my mum and Jo’s dad.
On the day of the wedding, everyone pitched in to help set up… probably mainly to escape the rain. Then with an hour or so to go the clouds broke and the sunshine came out for us (Jo walked down the aisle whilst Mike sang ‘Here comes the sun). After a quick dip in the pool we were ready to go. We wanted it to be a bit more personal, relaxed and fun and I think that came through with the speeches and everything.”
Photographer: Susie Lawrence | Wedding Dress Designer – Maggie Sottero – dress ‘Raelynn’ | Wedding Venue: Chateau de Brametourte | Bridal shoes and accessories: Debenhams | Bridesmaid dresses: Coast | Catering: Les Fines Gueules | Flowers – local florist Tropaz Fleurs, Albi | Band – a one man bad called Mike Wright |