The Road To Giverny – A French Manor House Wedding

the bride and grooms feet both wearing blue shoes

The Road to Giverny in Winter is an 1885 oil painting by Impressionist French artist Claude Monet. The wintery scene in this painting was the inspiration for this French Manor House Wedding captured by Fleur Challis, who talks us through this exquisite day…

wedding dress hangs behind interior door of french chateau

wedding dress hangs behind interior door of french chateau

1920s art deco bridal shoes with gold scalloping

Bride fixes her hair in the mirror wearing fascinator with netting over her face

bride looks into framed mirror wearing long sleeved lace wedding dress and fascinator with netting over her face

“The inspiration for this styled shoot at the wedding venue, Domaine de la Traxene, was drawn initially from the desire to capture the very essence of a romantic winter – as recorded by the impressionist painter, Monet, who painted nearby, in the depths of the Hauts de France.

flatlay of green and gold wedding stationery surrounded by green foliage

flatlay of green, gold and cream wedding stationery

flat lay of red, green, cream and gold wedding stationery

Secondly, it drew inspiration from the exquisite French interiors of the French Manor House and the collection of authentic pieces of furniture, brought together by the owner, Isabelle, in that seemingly effortless French style.

Newlywed couple kiss in candlelit rustic room surrounded by flowers

Bride and groom stand behind pastel floral decorations adorning two antique armchairs

Bride touches grooms face and looks at him as he looks to camera

bride and groom celebrate after taking their vows being showered in confetti

Often overlooked as we journey south, this quiet and beautiful area of Northern France is not to be forgotten for the perfect destination wedding. Within easy reach of England, with a huge wealth of historical character, diverse architecture, rolling hills and rustic French scenery, it’s a must for couples looking for an exclusive use wedding venue with local character, where they can also personalise the space.

wedding seating plan homemade on clear perspex paint in gold

tall golden candle holders with green and brown foliage adorning wedding table

wedding wine glasses and tealight candles surrounded by green and cream foliage

Rustic wedding decoration of green foliage and a cup of used wooden paint brushes

green table name wedding stationery surrounded by green foliage that reads "Seine"

golden candle holders on wedding table

On arrival friends and family can check into their rooms, whilst the couple is ‘given the keys’ to this stunning venue. The French Manor’s exquisitely restored chalk walls lend warmth and intimacy to the courtyard with a beautifully renovated dovecote at the very heart of the venue where newly married couples spend their first night together. Within the walled garden, there are two ancient, imposing and handsome beech trees, that literally can’t live without each other!

wedding food entree carried by waiter

bride and groom eating their first meal at their wedding holding hands

bride and groom share a kiss during wedding dinner

bride and groom exchange private words seated at the bridal table

lime wedding dessert on wedding table

bride and groom kiss at wedding table

Winter weddings can be a bit like Marmite to both those seeking to get wed and to wedding photographers alike, as the bitter beauty of that elusive light can fade so quickly. But, whilst we all love the endless long hot days in June or the sharp intensity of that spring light, winter light and the hues of the countryside most definitely have a whimsical charm of their own.

4 Tier rustic white wedding cake with orange flowers cascading down one side

the bride and groom stand at the bridal table surrounded by lit candles

4 Tier rustic cream wedding cake decorated with fresh orange flowers

Working together on this shoot with The Wedding Owl (Sam Lloyd), and a team of mostly Kent based suppliers, we incorporated quintessentially French experiences, that included a 2CV getaway vehicle and a local accordion player.

bride and grooms hands holding each other

soft pink, orange, cream, brown and green make up this wedding bridal bouquet

an almost silhouette of a bride and groom kissing in the dark

groom hugs his bride around the waist in the evening after their wedding

The tablescapes are painterly, using a delicate fusion of colours that included winter light blue sky, natural blond, honey, muted, faded browns, café au lait, praline and salted caramel, with splashes of gold.

Accordion player in French beret smiles at the camera

the front of 2 tone brown and black wedding car adorned with green and cream foliage

2 tone brown and black wedding car with a trail of pastel balloons

grooms buttonhole of orange an green foliage and berries on a brown tweed suit jacket

french accordion player in black beret

bride and groom kiss in 1920s inspired wedding outfits

The ceremony area was lent extra enchantment with an abundance of flickering, tapering candles and decorated with romantic, dreamy, big blousy, David Austin roses.

bride and groom kiss. the bride wears a white dress with a thigh high split and pink feather boa

bride and groom kiss in 1920s inspired wedding outfits next to 2 tone bridal car

bride in pink feather boa and groom in brown tweed suit kiss next to accordion player

What Northern France may lack in warm temperatures, it more than makes up for with charm, rolling French countryside, glasses of the best Champagne, good wine, amazing French food (full of flavour and aromas) and rich culture. Located near to Le Touquet (a small seaside town known for its sandy beach and seafood), and of course it’s easy access to the most romantic capital in the world – Paris (perfect for a mini-moon post celebrations!).

bride and groom share a kiss listening to an accordion player who is also in shot

bridal bouquet hangs by brides side and includes brown, green, cream and orange flowers, berries and foliage

The Road to Giverny - A French Manor House Wedding

If you are looking for a destination wedding venue in France, we strongly recommend that you meet Isabelle the owner – you will not only fall in love with the Manor, the all-inclusive food and drink package, but also with her!”

See Wanderlust: Planning a Wedding in Northern France For More Inspiration!

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The Road To Giverny – A French Manor House Wedding Vendors

Venue Domaine de La Traxène | Photography Fleur Challis Photography | Styling The Wedding Owl | Floral Styling Mimi Fleur Wedding Florist | Bridal Hair Jess Hawkins Makeup | Hair Accessories Lorna Green | Shoes & Dress The Bridal Boutique of Jules | Makeup RAMUA | Wedding Stationery The Vintage Bubble | Balloons The Glitzy Balloon Company | Wedding cakes Cobi and Coco | Catering Culin’r Traiteur | Chair Dressings Bows Chair Covers | Candlesticks Boho & Bloom | Menswear Lapel Men’s Wear | Models Ramona & Jauca, Chloe & Nick | Video Visual Warrior | Accordion Player Franck Sinzewski