Provence Castle Wedding
Lydia & Lloyd
This wedding weekend included a welcome dinner, a sunny ceremony underneath shaded trees, and a post wedding BBQ pool party. It was a wonderful wedding weekend spent with family and friends who had been dying for some much needed time together after the pandemic.
To keep the intimate vibe Lydia and Lloyd privatized a beautiful Provencal chateau that also had a villa on the property, so that everyone could stay together. There were two pools and a sunny garden that everyone mingled by all weekend long. They picked the perfect date when the lavender was in full bloom all around the venue, such a sought after experience for couples planning their wedding in Provence.
All of the guests were welcomed to the villa the day before the wedding to a family style buffet dinner in the garden. The drinks were flowing as long time friends and extended family met for the first time. Everyone was swapping their favorite stories of getting to know the couple as the day quickly turned into the eve and the strong Provence sun set over the lavender fields surrounding the chateau and villa. Everyone called it an early night, since everyone could not wait for the big day the next day!
The morning of the wedding was relaxed. The girls headed up to the sunny suite, that was perfect for getting ready since it had tons of natural light, big windows, and a stunning terrace. It was located in the spire of the old castle venue and overlooked the lavender fields and the view of Provence. The guys played football in the morning before getting ready while sipping whiskey in their room. The bride looked like a princess as she slipped into her lace gown with a plunging neck line and Louboutin red bottomed heels. Her girl gang all wore blush bridesmaids dresses, each in a style that suited their figure the best. The groom wore a light colored suit and his groomsmen wore double breasted waistcoats that made them all look very dapper.
The guests slowly starting coming down to the ceremony location, which was located in the treelined alley of the chateau with shade from the sun. The arch was filled with lush green foliage as well as big white and blush roses to set the tone for a romantic ceremony. One of our favorite pianists came from the Alps to play for this moment and serenaded everyone with his sweet melodies. Trees that had been growing for centuries stood witness as the couple exchanged sweet vows with our in house British celebrant officiating the moment.
After saying I do, everyone headed to have cocktails in the garden. This British couple knew their guest list very well and planned for multiple signature cocktails. Everyone listened to the jazz band play their take on a modern playlist and enjoyed the day as it started to cool down. Some guests wandered around the lavender fields soaking in the smells of the fresh flowers. Then everyone headed to the dinner under the string lights next to the olive trees. The same jazz band played but a more classic set for dinner and speeches.
Couple introduction Song : Everything by Michael Buble
First Dance Song: If I ain’t got you by Alicia Keys
After a filling dinner, it was time for the cake cutting. The cake was a delicious unique masterpiece – there was a layer of pistachio sponge cake with chocolate cream, a layer of carrot sponge cake with vanilla cream, and a final layer of vanilla sponge cake and praline cream. It was to die for!
We always really love the wedding nights and watching everyone let loose to the music! Everyone danced all night long and look silly photos in the photo booth. The celebration went late into the night since they privatized the space and had no noise restrictions. Since everyone was staying on site, they could head to bed at any time which was great for a diverse guest list. After a while everyone headed back to the villa and castle to call it night before the next wedding event.
The day after the wedding was so much fun! Everyone was nursing a bit of a hangover so guests trickled down to the pool slowly to find a massive BBQ spread for lunch. Everyone jumped into the pool to cool off and Lydia brought a huge blow up bottle of champagne and a flamingo that everyone was lounging on in the sun. The rest of the wedding weekend was relaxed with trips to vineyards and markets that surrounded the area. Everyone really enjoyed this much needed time together before flying back to the UK. Congrats Lydia and Lloyd on such a magical wedding weekend!
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