Chateau de Pennautier Wedding Photography | French Chateau Wedding | Stella & Jon

CHATEAU DE PENNAUTIER WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

Last August I headed to the South of France, the beautiful medieval city of Carcassonne to be precise. My plan was to spend a few days exploring this ancient city, but the actual, extremely good reason was to photograph Stella & Jon’s beautiful wedding.

How privileged am I to be able to photograph such special days in such stunning locations around the UK and Europe.

CHATEAU DE PENNAUTIER WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

Stella and Jon had chosen to hold their wedding day at the stunningly, magnificent Chateau de Pennautier, just outside of Carcassonne. The Chateau was built under Louis XIII nearly 400 years ago. It was inspired by the style of the Versailles,a vast palace which opens out to a magnificent view. The wedding party were able to use the whole Chateau and the day had a lovely relaxed and informal feel, even though the surroundings were so majestic.

As you entered the Chateau the hall led to a elegant staircase which wound around the hall and up to the first floor. Downstairs the hall, which was decorated with colonnades led into a reception room, which, in turn, led straight out into the huge gardens.

The decor of the Chateau, which still belongs to the original family, has been thoughtfully designed and every room, corner, hallway has wonderful antiquities to find.

Whilst Stella and her bridesmaids were getting ready in one of the fabulous Chateau suites, Jon was preparing for his wedding at a little hotel in the nearby village of Aragon.

ARAGON

The Church of Sainte-Marie in Aragon was the amazing setting where Stella & Jon were to perform their marriage ceremony. Aragon is located on a rock outcrop at the end of a plateau in the heart of the Cabardes vineyards. This 14th Century Church was perched right at the very top of this serene and sleepy little village. What a setting! As I walked up to the church on that very hot day in August not a human was to be seen, just a dog sleeping in the shade.

BRIDAL PREPARATIONS

Back at the Chateau Stella was applying finishing touches to her make-up and preparing to get into her stunning gown by Halfpenny London. An appliquéd lace corset with a long silk skirt covered with pale pink flowers and overlaid with lace organza – divine! Stella’s look was completed with a large rose headpiece, veil and the most amazing lace boots by Charlotte Olympia. Stella’s bridesmaids wore their own choice of dress from Ghost and Coast, in tones of nude and pink.

CEREMONY

As Stella set off to the church in a vintage French Citroen, Jon was greeting their guests at the church. Father Ian, a family friend, was their officiant for the ceremony and he made it such a lovely and personal occasion. A group of musicians had flown over form the UK to play throughout the day. As the couple signed their ceremony certificate they played a rendition of Loch Lomond which got the guests all joining in.

SUNFLOWERS

On the way back to the Chateau we made a stop at one the of the many sunflower fields which lined the roads. This was a wonderful opportunity for Stella and Jon to not only achieve some stunning portraits, but to take a while to soak up the moment of being “just married”.

RECEPTION

Back at the Chateau, the music was playing, champagne was flowing and delicious canapés were being enjoyed. The weather was wonderfully glorious, hot and sunny. Parasols and fans were on hand to escape the suns rays and keep cool.

The wedding breakfast was held in the Louis XIV Gallery, the former ballroom of the Chateau. The room was set with fresh flowers flowing through the centre of the tables, name settings representing the villages of the surrounding area and bottles of wine from the Chateaus’s own vineyards. Obviously, the food was amazing!

The wedding guests partied into the night with dancing. The musicians provide a wonderful evenings entertainment with a Ceilidh and plenty of fun.

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