French Chateau wedding by Erich McVey

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.

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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.

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Photography | Erich McVey, Cake | Cheeses provided by Denis Provent, Floral Design | French Flowers Style
Stationery | Antonia Calnan and the bride, Ceremony Venue | St Thomas D’Excidieul
Reception Venue | Château La Durantie, Bride’s Gown | Henrietta de Praag (Dress); Sassi Holford (Bolero)
Shoes | Marks & Spencer, Jewellery | Pascal at Harrods, Hair | Kerry Langfield
Make-up | Bobbi Brown, Bridesmaids’ Dresses | Two Birds, Groom’s Attire | Ted Baker,
Planner | Château La Durantie, Caterer | Jean-Michel at La Table D’Aline, Entertainment | Chris Southgate Music

12 Responses to French Chateau wedding by Erich McVey

  1. Laura says:

    So much beauty!!! Erich, these are stunning :)

  2. Oh my this is stunning! How dreamy!

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  5. Chateau la Durantie is such a beautiful venue and Erich McVey work capturing this magical day is just stunning!

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  10. Sarah says:

    What’s going on with her dress? Did she have like a lace bolero or an overlay for her strapless dress? Or did she have two different dresses?

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