The luxury French bride inspired this shoot. This bride wants to host an entire week or weekend long experience for her wedding rather than just one day. These serve as inspiration for what the bride might wear for her welcome dinner, farewell brunch, rehearsal dinner etc. With the modern French bride in mind, we created the perfect design. Something perfect for the bride who loves the luxury of Paris. She also wants to stay true to the romantic, old-world feel of the Loire Valley. We used shades of French Blue, Caramel, Rose, and blush to create the look. It evoked the pastries of Marie Antoinette, the beautiful colors of the valley and the romantic nature of France. It was the perfect setting for a Luxury Wedding in France.
For the wedding look, our bride wore a gorgeous Monique Lhullier gown – perfect for the setting. While grand and elegant, it also made a refined feminine statement. The low back and bow shoulder details were especially impactful. Our groom wore a classic tux – the perfect counterpart to her absolutely bridal look.
Every Little Letter created the gorgeous paper suite for this design. Mixing French blue, rose, pink, and caramel, the suite felt luxurious yet playful. This was perfect for the bride who would love the playful decor of the château. We loved the way she mixed and matched textures. The wax seals, tassels, and floral prints added to the custom chateau design.
For the table, we used romantic tones. Caramel, rose, and mauve taper candles gave the table setting height while overgrown florals added the perfect sense of romance. A chiffon runner topped the blush table linen. We paired it with velvet rose napkins to balance the caramel velvet chairs. We chose rose petal chargers to pair with the chateau china and vintage French glassware. Overall, we created a wedding fit for a modern Marie Antoinette complete with Loire Valley charm and French refinement.
Traveling in France is nothing short of an overwhelmingly beautiful sensory experience. Among the stunning châteaux of the region is the gorgeous Château Grand-lucé. It is the perfect place to immerse yourself in the beautiful ambiance that is France. The property allows you to take a step back into a time.
Over the years, the chateau has served many purposes. From housing philosophical leaders such as Voltaire, Diderot, and Rosseau to serving as a hospital during WWII, it now serves to fulfil its original intent – to inspire the most discerning traveler.
The pastel neoclassical decor served as our main inspiration for this editorial. Picture a bride arriving to the château for her wedding weekend. She will need a gown for many occasions – her welcome dinner, rehearsal event, wedding ceremony, wedding reception, and of course, for wandering the gardens. Before her guests arrive, she enjoys stepping back in time – trying on her in gowns fit for a queen – and exploring a château all to herself.
Each room begs for a different look with their distinctive touches of feminine luxury. It is a childhood fantasy – dressing up in couture gowns, running barefoot through an entirely pink dining room, jumping on beds draped in fine brocade fabric… only this isn’t a fantasy. There is no space to mimic this level of authentic French neoclassicism while upholding such a fine level of luxury. This space and these gowns are fit for the modern queen and Francophile.
Photography by Molly Carr | HMUA by Jen Lagers | Gown by Monique Lhuillier | Paper Goods by Every Little Letter | Linens by BBJ | Jewels by J Brooks Jewelers | Design, Floral, and Planning by Rachael Ellen Events | Gowns by Millia London