Erich McVey is one of my absolute favourite photographers so to feature his work in the current issue of Magnolia Rouge Magazine was something of a dream come true! Especially with a wedding as gorgeous as this French Chateau one!
Three days in the Dordogne region of France at a beautiful Chateau became the celebration of a lifetime for this English couple. Katie was a little nervous about being the centre of attention as a bride, and for this reason always thought she would elope to a deserted beach one day. However, having realised that it’s all too infrequently in life that we take the time to celebrate, the couple started to see their wedding as a chance to toast not only their relationship, but everything they had achieved together, and their families and friends. From here, their vision grew, resulting in a three-day celebration at a beautiful French château. With thirty guests staying at the property for a weekend ‘mini break’, the holiday feeling was palpable, and the couple enjoyed the build-up almost as much as the big day. From Katie’s jubilant walk down the aisle (where she stopped to cuddle her granny and high five a friend) to the impromptu speeches and karaoke, it was a happy fête full of love and laughter.
Something old, something new: “I was adamant that I would not spend a vast sum of money on a dress that I would only wear once. I wanted a dress I could be relaxed, and have fun in. After much searching, I found a French Henrietta de Praag sample sale dress. Simple and fitted at the waist, with a sweetheart neckline and an A-line skirt, I felt like me in it and found a good taylor to shrink it to fit my petite frame. To add interest, I bought a second-hand Sassi Holford lace bolero on eBay. At the end of the night, there were wine stains all over my dress, but I didn’t care – I had had the time of my life! Looking around at the guests who were still dancing in the early hours, I felt so much warmth, energy and a real joie de vivre.”