Rustic Chateau Wedding 2

May 14 [Thu], 2015, 17:27
We ignored the wedding “rules”, went with our gut, only kept the traditions we liked and generally did what felt right for us. black-wedding-dresses

We opted to forego farmed, store-bought flowers in favour of using whatever wildflowers were available when we arrived in France. As we were driving to the chateau it was impossible not to notice the beautiful flowers (mainly poppies) lining the sides of the road. On the wedding day these were collected locally from the side of the road and were lovingly assembled by friends and family.
We used the beautiful furniture from around the house to set the scene for the ceremony.
We used teapots and jugs and all manner of things from around the house to display flowers
We bought a big pile of vintage postcards (so cheap!) at the local markets the day before the wedding. Many had love letters on the back dating back to the late 1800s-early 1900s. We used them as welcome notes in guests’ rooms, door hangers on guests rooms and as decoration on the wedding dinner table.
Dinner with everyone at the same table. We didn’t want anything to be too formal and it was wonderful to have a big long, noisy table, great food and wine and wonderful company in such an amazing setting. It was magical.
We planned to buy wedding rings in Paris, and then if we didn’t find any, we wouldn’t worry about it for the ceremony but would buy rings on our honeymoon. However, Carla’s parents decided to bring along her Great Grandmother’s engagement ring and she was surprised with it during the wedding ceremony. A very special moment. They told Jeremy about it the night before the wedding so, not speaking any French, he had to go find a ring for himself on the wedding day!
Carla handmade our unique wedding invitations mainly from items she already had. They were designed to make the guests feel like they had discovered a secret treasure when they opened them. Housed inside wooden boxes the invitations were vintage inspired, with vintage laces, fabrics and jewelry strewn throughout. They were wrapped in brown paper packaging (tied up with string) and were covered with vintage French advertisements and pieces of Carla’s grandfather’s old record sleeves from the 1940s & 50s.
We also bought a 1950s French Michelin touring guide of France from the markets. We stuck our ceremony wording into the book for Jeremy’s Aunt to read the ceremony from and then afterwards used it as a guestbook for our wedding guests to write messages and stick champagne and wine labels into. It’s now one of our most prized possessions.
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