Officially the start of the weekend and we are starting with Charlotte and Jonathan’s Toulouse wedding where bridal glam meets rustic country. Photographer Clementine takes us through the big day: “Three years ago, we got married in a charming old country house and abbey near Toulouse, in the South West of France. Being a wedding photographer it was our dream to be able to go back to this venue as a photographer one day. You can imagine how happy we were when we received a call last year from a couple getting married there in August 2012!
Charlotte and Jonathan live in London. She is French and he is British. They decided to tie the knot in the lovely and warm climate of South West of France. Although it may seem difficult and expensive to organise a wedding abroad, it is not that hard. The venue being in the countryside, cost are often much lower than London. Equally for the transport to get your guests there, there are plenty of airlines flying cheaply to Toulouse. Accommodation is also good with plenty of locals welcoming your guests in their houses (check with your venue for a list of local guest houses – around 40 euros B&B).
The wedding was in Cintegabelle, a little town in Haute-Garonne, about 45 min drive south of Toulouse. All suppliers were sourced locally. Charlotte got ready in the town. Her hair was done by Severine Coiffure and her make up by Absolument Belle.
During this time, the groom, his best men and family were getting ready and setting up the dining area at the venue. The venue is called Domaine de Beyssac in the village of Picarrou, just outside Cintegabelle. Set at the end of a tiny country lane, the idyllic country house and abbey are surrounded by fields and enjoy a view of Pyrenees in the background.
Transported by an old Citroen 2CV, the bride and her mother made their way to the ceremony. The service was held in a Catholic Church in the town. The inside is absolutely amazing, the images speaks for themselves!
Following the service, the couple enjoyed some photos on the hill behind the Church. The Church and Windmill certainly make a beautiful backdrop!
The couple and their guests then returned to the Domaine de Beyssac to enjoy a cocktail reception, followed by dinner and party.
Guests were entertained by the beautiful music of Sylvie Sicamois and her band whilst enjoying food from a local caterer Pollet in Auterive.
As most wedding in France, the day starts fairly late (usually 3 or 4pm) and finishes in the early hours of the morning (quite often 6am!). The couple wanted to spend as much time as possible with their guests and decided to book a post-wedding shoot in the splendid hilly fields of the area. We took them in the height of Cintegabelle, were we explored sunflower fields and winding roads. We had all the time we wanted to take some amazing shots without having to worry about their guests. The couple was really relaxed and it shows on the photos!”
There is such a warm and happy atmosphere to this South of France wedding – congratulations to Charlotte and Jonathan.
Photographer: Award Weddings
Bridal Hair: Severine Coiffure (+33 5 34 47 19 48)
Bridal Make up: Absolument Belle
Wedding Venue: Domaine de Beyssac
Entertainment: Sylvie Sicamois and her band Sylviefirstname.lastname@example.org
Catering: Pollet in Auterive (+33 5 61 50 61 25)