Whilst a Chateau wedding allows for a stunning backdrop, not all destination weddings in France have the luxury or budget for a magnificant Chateau, Maison de Maitre or vineyard. However as today’s simple Scottish wedding in Dordogne shows a truly romantic and picturesque destination wedding can be achieved with some imagination and a skillfull photographer.
Tony Broderick, English photographer living near Bergerac takes us through today’s wedding: ” The wedding was held in a quaint, functional well established gite complex close to the river Dordogne near the village of Saint Cyprien. The wedding was for a lovely young couple have been to the area several times and as such dreamed of holding their special event there. Like so many couples I have photographed in recent years keeping to the budget is very important in order to enable a destination wedding.
Whilst the pre wedding bridal preparations are taking place the groom and his best man try to figure out the technique required for dressing up in a full Scottish kilt and regalia.
As the preparations finish the guests arrive and take their places in the sun drenched gardens typical of a long dry summer in the Dordogne. The music commences Pachelbel in D Minor I believe and the bridal party take a very slow stroll to the beautifully dressed pergola in the garden, the pergola which has been adorned with simple ivy and roses freshly picked by both mother in laws a few hours earlier.
The bride arrives wearing a warm confident smile dressed in a vintage style dress which when combined with a very simple classic hair style works beautifully to create a simple classic look. Folowing the wedding ceremony the newlyweds and I take a drive down the banks of the Dordogne for a photo shoot using the Dordogne countryside as a beautiful backdrop.
We return to the venue to enjoy a wonderfully cooked classical Perigordine meal cooked by local traiteur Fabrice. Great speeches and a traditionally late first dance bring to a close another memorable wedding shoot.”
I love the contrast of the blue of the tartan against the vintage bridal look.
Wedding Photographer: Tony Broderick Photography