Hey my lovelies! Properly, what a deal with I’ve for you right now; a vacation spot marriage ceremony within the coronary heart of rural France.

Please welcome Kirstie and Matt, who each work in tendering within the construction trade, who escaped to the idyllic environment of Le Château de Mailly, Mailly-le-Chateau in Burgundy for his or her pre-Covid, summer time marriage ceremony.

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The styling of the day was easy and chic, with a contemporary color palette of ivory, blush pink and smooth inexperienced for a timeless look. The couple fell in love with the fairy-tale really feel of the Chateau and it’s dry-hire method meant they may create the day they dreamed of.

“We knew we needed a marriage overseas, primarily for the climate and an opportunity to have a extra intimate day with these closest to us.”

“We discovered the château on-line via a vacation leases firm and after a visit to France to view a few locations, we selected Chåteau de Mailly because it ticked all our containers and felt like an actual fairytale vacation spot.”

“The château had hosted some weddings earlier than however solely a handful because it was primarily a dry rent venue. The proprietor and housekeeper have been amazingly useful at letting us know what was out there to be used, similar to furnishings, occasion lights and desk linens etcetera.”

“They even allowed us a weekend keep out of season to familiarise ourselves with the place and to go searching at what we might use and plan for what we would wish to rent or convey.”

Kirstie and Matt met via certainly one of their greatest associates while they have been of their late teenagers and have been associates for a 12 months or so earlier than they turned a pair.

“We’d been collectively for eight years once we bought engaged. Matt organised essentially the most good proposal on the evening of our anniversary. We went out for dinner and once we bought dwelling the lounge was stuffed with candles.”

“I used to be very confused and thought there was no manner he was proposing however I circled and he was down on one knee. He knew getting engaged in our home collectively privately can be good and it actually was.”

“We bought married simply over a month earlier than our ten-year anniversary, which was a giant milestone.”

I am keen on the quirky contact supplied by the bride’s DIY sneakers; the addition of a velvet bow remodeling a pair of New Look sneakers.

“I used to be lusting after a pair from Emmy London referred to as ‘Florence’ however I knew I wouldn’t put on all of them day (I ended up sporting my trusty Birkenstocks below my gown for dancing!) and I’m not a lot of a heels woman. I made a decision to DIY my very own with a pair of pink suede block heels from New Look and a few pink velvet. I beloved making them.”

“To go together with the velvet bows on my heels, I made an identical clutch bag and painted my new title on it. I didn’t carry it spherical a lot however it had all my necessary bits for contact ups after I wanted them.”

“Matt gifted me a phenomenal, knife edge, white gold bangle and matching half-hoop earrings on our marriage ceremony day, a pleasant contact because the profile of them matched his knife edge marriage ceremony band. I wore the bangle on the day.”

The bride and bridesmaids did their very own hair and make-up, with Kirstie sporting her blonde hair in a beautiful cascade of curls that are so romantic and carefree.

“Being in France meant it was tougher to search out somebody I appreciated and would journey to the venue. I felt extra comfy doing my very own and simply spent a bit extra cash on some good merchandise to make use of.”

I feel you’ll agree with me that Kirstie seems extremely subtle and horny in her strapless, fitted ‘Eithel’ robe from Pronovias. The plunging bodice neck and lengthy practice are simply spectacular.

“I bought my gown from Karen Forte in Bassingbourn. That they had an enormous vary of clothes and the workers have been so skilled that they helped me discover a gown I beloved that I by no means would have picked if I had been left to it. I believed a strapless gown wouldn’t swimsuit me in any respect, however I used to be proved completely mistaken. I purchased the pattern gown from the shop. It was new in and had solely been tried on by one different bride, which meant I bought it at a reduced value.”

“I had some additional work completed to the gown to have the practice lined with the identical nude material because the physique as I believed it appeared extra seamless. I had a number of fittings as we bought nearer to the marriage, however they have been nice about becoming issues round our journey plans.”

“I had a day of gown purchasing with my mum and bridesmaids the place we went to some totally different retailers and boutiques. I had a sense I used to be going to be actually fussy, so I needed to see an actual vary.”

“It was good to go to the fancier boutiques that have been extra fashionable and have that have. After a day with others serving to and plenty of compliments in virtually all the things I attempted, I did nonetheless really feel a bit overwhelmed.”

“I had a few different locations I needed to try to determined to guide appointments for them to go alone, partly to not put the ladies via one other lengthy day of gown purchasing but additionally simply to get some extra retailers ‘below my belt’ pondering I used to be certain to be indecisive.”

“I believed it could be a bit unhappy going alone, however it really felt like a lot much less strain and I discovered the gown that day with the assistance of a stunning woman at Karen Forte.”

“I bought my mum and certainly one of my bridesmaids to return again with me a number of days later for his or her seal of approval earlier than I went forward they usually beloved it simply as a lot as me.”

The ultimate contact for the ladies have been the dreamy flowers, armfuls of pure foliage and cream and blue summer time blooms.

“We went with a florist in Dijon referred to as Pois de Senteur and Maude was fantastic at getting precisely what we needed. We needed a wild and inexperienced look with some smooth blues and whites. She added particular flowers I had talked about like eryngium and plenty of eucalyptus. We met Maude on our planning journey beforehand and she or he had created a pattern bouquet based mostly on Pinterest photos I had despatched her.”

“We modified a number of issues however she was really easy to work with and adaptable even with the language barrier. One in all her workers kindly helped translate which made the entire thing simpler. She was very moderately priced, and the flowers have been stunning.”

“Maude was good on the day, organising the lengthy desk garlands. We disassembled the desk garlands within the following days and plenty of individuals bought to take some dwelling to dry out – we now have a good few bunches round our home.”

I like how the couple injected a contact of modernity although, particularly with the selection of Matt’s tailored, slim-fit navy blue swimsuit, a bespoke piece made on vacation in Vietnam.

“Matt proposed simply earlier than a three-week journey to Vietnam. We knew from our analysis that Hoi An is well-known for its big array of tailors and we have been advisable Bebe Tailor.”

Though we had nothing else deliberate for the marriage, we needed to profit from the chance for Matt to have a totally customized and tailor-made swimsuit made that will be extra luxurious than something we might purchase within the UK. Bebe’s was nice, very skilled, nice high quality workmanship they usually had Matt in for 2 fittings to make sure it was completely good. It was all made within the area of some days.”

“His shirt was from Charles Tyrwhitt, tie and pocket sq. have been Notch and his sneakers have been Base London.”

Matt and Kirstie legally wed the day earlier than they travelled, which means that they have been capable of make the French ceremony really their very own. Learn on for particulars of how they did this and included all the things that was necessary to them.

“We bought legally married the day earlier than we travelled at a neighborhood registry workplace, with solely my grandparents who couldn’t journey to France and Harry for some observe! Our ceremony in France was purely symbolic.”

Matt and Kirstie have been capable of wed exterior towards the backdrop of their handcrafted marriage ceremony arch. The aisle was created by the country chairs and Kirstie approached Matt as ‘(No One Is aware of Me) Just like the Piano’ by Sampha was performed.

“It’s really a extremely unhappy tune however the intro is so stunning. It was actually necessary to me that each my mother and father walked me out. They each imply a lot to me and it felt necessary to switch the outdated act of my father ‘giving me away’.”

Learn on for particulars of how the couple made their marriage ceremony ceremony really their very own.

“One of many nice issues about getting married in France was that we might have somebody necessary to us officiate the ceremony. Our good friend Harry carried out our ceremony. He’s the rationale we met, our oldest good friend and has all the time been there for each of us, so we knew it needed to be him. It was fairly emotional for all our family and friends as Harry has had some struggles since we now have identified one another. It meant a lot for him to be in France with us, talking in entrance of all our company and marrying us.”

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“It was essential to us that we tailored as a lot of our marriage ceremony as we might to really feel balanced and about equality – we disregarded patriarchal references in the usual ceremony wording and readings as these simply didn’t sit proper with us. We determined to jot down our vows collectively. We went on-line and checked out lists of examples and selected those that match us greatest. It was good to learn the identical vows again to one another.”

Along with their vows, the couple included a hand fasting of their ceremony in addition to some rigorously chosen readings.

“We needed one thing memorable, totally different and symbolic to point out our dedication. It was fairly easy after a number of observe periods with Harry.”

“We used ribbons positioned over our joined palms to tie an infinity knot – we did get a bit gasp as we pulled the ribbons and the knot shaped. It was one thing to interrupt the ceremony up from numerous talking too.”

“We had ‘From Starting to Finish’ by Robert Fulghum and ‘At all times Love Every Different’ by Larry S Chengges. So most of the readings we got here throughout have been too conventional, lengthy, soppy or ‘unrealistic’ and didn’t really feel like us.”

“The 2 we picked have been quick sufficient and felt like they match our values round rising collectively.”

For marriage ceremony rings, the couple every selected one from Rachel Boston Jewelry in London to match Kirstie’s engagement ring.

“Our rings have been undoubtedly one thing we splashed out on. Matt had my engagement ring made bespoke by Rachel Boston; a gray or ‘salt and pepper’ diamond which I had dropped many a touch about! Matt labored with Rachel to design essentially the most stunning ring so I used to be actually eager to get our marriage ceremony rings from her too.”

We got here up with an ombre-style diamond marriage ceremony band that fanned out below my engagement ring. Rachel’s course of and her customer support have been actually faultless – she despatched us a 3D mock up mannequin of the ring earlier than it was made which was superb.”

“We opted for a easy, white gold, knife edge band for Matt from her assortment too.”

“My favorite a part of the day was the ceremony. We had a wobble with the climate and we virtually needed to transfer it inside however Grace and Mitch gave us knowledgeable recommendation that our out of doors plan would all work out and to belief that it will solely be a brief bathe – which was true!”

“The wording and construction of the ceremony was one thing we labored actually onerous on to make it really feel like us, and I felt prefer it was the crux of the day, the rationale we have been there! It was helped by the truth that Matt bought a bit emotional, which isn’t quite common, so all of it felt so significant.”

For the couple, selecting a photographer who completely understood their aesthetic was key, they usually discovered this in duo Grace & Mitch Picture & Movie. As you will notice from Kirstie’s testimonial, this pair come super-highly advisable.

“Aside from the venue, pictures and videography was crucial choice within the planning course of. We knew what sort of look we needed from our pictures – relaxed however nonetheless very swish – and we contacted a photographer we noticed on a Love My Costume article.”

“As they have been busy for our marriage ceremony date, they advisable Grace and Mitch. As quickly as we noticed Grace and Mitch’s web site, we knew we’d like not look any additional.”

“We even most well-liked their work to the unique photographer, so it actually felt prefer it was meant to be! We have been so fortunate they have been out there and up for coming to France.”

“The entire course of from our preliminary enquiry to how fantastic they have been on the day, meant we couldn’t have made a greater choice than to decide on them. They’re the warmest and friendliest individuals and have been such a pleasure to get to know.”

“They made us really feel completely relaxed on the day regardless of solely having met them in individual the night earlier than, and actually did really feel invisible within the moments you wanted them to.”

“They’re clearly professionals in terms of vacation spot weddings and being adaptable. They even seen our candles weren’t lit earlier than everybody began making their manner for dinner, and rushed with a number of associates to get all of them lit in time.”

“They captured the day so completely. I felt like I used to be taking a look at another person’s marriage ceremony once we first noticed the pictures and movie – in one of the best ways doable – it felt like an incredible spotlight reel or film trailer.”

“They despatched via some sneak peek pictures by the top of the week, simply in time for us to look via as soon as we arrived at our mini-moon Airbnb in Bruges.”

“I’d advocate them in a heartbeat to anybody planning a marriage, particularly a vacation spot marriage ceremony. They’re pleasant, versatile, skilled and super-talented.”

“I ordered a completely mammoth quantity of clothes from ASOS and, after I modified my thoughts about color schemes, we settled on a pale/summery mismatched vibe.”

“The women all came to visit and had a trying-on session collectively which was enjoyable and certainly one of my bridesmaids even despatched us making an attempt on movies all the best way from New Zealand for us to assist with hers.”

“They purchased their very own sneakers and I gifted them preliminary necklaces and dainty moon and star rings, which I additionally had and wore on the day.”

The newly-weds and their company moved inside for the marriage breakfast, served up at tables which can be so stunning with their easy foliage runners, hand-made stationery and personalised marriage ceremony favours – these are such an ideal concept for making a extra eco-friendly marriage ceremony too.

“We determined to kill two birds with one stone with our marriage ceremony favours. I hand lettered everybody’s names onto a white and blue enamel mugs as place settings. They appeared very French and we requested individuals to maintain them for his or her drinks that night which reduce down on the quantity of single-use plastic we used throughout the day. I even did the youngsters their very own utilizing colored water bottles as an alternative.”

I like how DIY this couple have been, with Matt creating the suite of marriage ceremony stationery and each of them getting artful so as to add a contact of character to their beautiful venue.

“This was one thing we all the time deliberate on doing ourselves. Matt is useful with graphic design and used to work for a print firm so he designed all our stationery, from save the dates, invitations and menus to the order of the day and the desk plan. He pulled in some favours to get them printed so it ended up costing us nothing.”

“We actually needed to maintain the décor as easy and chic as doable. The venue itself is so gorgeous that we didn’t need to take away from that.”

“We appreciated the thought of tying in some French touches, so we used a darkish blue on all our stationery and signage. We hand revamped 100 paper tassels with the assistance of our associates and we even took on constructing our personal marriage ceremony arch to assemble in France.”

“I attempted to make and craft as a lot of the décor as doable to avoid wasting prices – desk runners, candlesticks, signage, momentary tattoos etcetera.”

“Coming from a Advantageous Artwork background and loving something artful, lettering the favours, hand portray the indicators and hand dying the muslin desk runners have been all such a pleasant a part of the method and made the marriage really feel so distinctive to us.”

The marriage breakfast was a vegetarian, banquet-style feast.

“We selected native chef Katherine Frelon who is definitely British however has lived in Burgundy for years. Katherine was splitting time between France and the UK, so we managed to take a cooking class she hosted at London Borough Market as an introduction.”

“We beloved the meals she taught us to make and the foremost factor was that she was completely up for a totally vegetarian marriage ceremony breakfast.”

“Each being vegetarian, we needed meals on our marriage ceremony day that we have been enthusiastic about, and extra importantly that our company would nonetheless be blown away by. Katherine hit the spot with that!”

“We had a slight combine up with decisions which meant that Katherine really made sufficient of each dish for all our visitor in a type of banquet-style feast. However, this meant everybody bought to take pleasure in all the things, together with our vegan and GF company.”

“Regardless of the absence of meat, the meals was one of many issues our company actually commented on and raved about afterwards. She made an incredible watermelon candy chilli dip that we had leftovers of with our pizza occasion!”

The four-tier, chocolate-collared marriage ceremony cake was rigorously transported over to France by Kirstie and Matt behind their automotive.

“All of Matt’s earlier jobs got here in useful as he used to work for a marriage cake store, so we had our cake made right here within the UK, by Colin at The Cake Gap, Hitchin. We knew his muffins have been the very best. The truth is, each our brothers had him make their marriage ceremony muffins too.”

“We had our air-con on full to ensure the chocolate didn’t soften on our lengthy drive to France! I don’t suppose both of us bought a lot of it however my nephew Teddy beloved it a lot he had it for breakfast the next day.”

You’ll see in these pictures a phenomenal firework show, a cheerful accident which additionally resulted in some fantastic leisure for the couple too.

“We initially deliberate on going full DIY with a Spotify playlist. Nevertheless, a cheerful mix-up with the château proprietor, involving the village honest being moved to our marriage ceremony weekend proper exterior the gates of the venue, meant she kindly provided to pay for a band for the night to apologise for the inconvenience.

“We booked Uptown Lovers following lots of looking out from Matt on a number of totally different French web sites. They have been completely unbelievable and learnt a few songs of our alternative as a part of their set. The trio bought everybody dancing. Following the band Matt had meticulously put collectively a Spotify playlist for us and we used the venue’s PA system for the remainder of the evening.”

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“With the honest being on, and the preferred day as Saturday, the day of the marriage was a annoying prospect once we have been planning. We have been actually uncertain of how a lot of an affect it will have. Nevertheless, the blokes operating the bumper automotive experience have been understanding once we defined we have been having our ceremony exterior and agreed to show the loud music off for that a part of the day. It really ended up being a humorous finish of the evening journey out to the bumper automotive experience in our full marriage ceremony stand up, and some goes spherical with our company!”

“It additionally meant that the village honest fireworks show was on the day of our marriage ceremony! The view from the terrace of the château was just like the show was solely for us and it actually was a magical second of calm on the finish of the night. The band and the fireworks have been parts of our day we had by no means thought we might have, so that they actually made our day really feel prefer it was on one other stage.”

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“It’s so true that the day goes so rapidly. I really feel prefer it flew by! Matt and I took fifteen minutes out collectively someplace between the ceremony, pictures and meal – simply to take a seat someplace quiet and be alone.”

“I feel it’s good to try this and have a breather, because the day can get so manic. It was a particular second to replicate on the significance of all of it. “

Properly Kirstie and Matt, I’ve simply spent hours consuming in each factor of your stunning day. Thanks a lot for sharing it with us, particularly the small print of the way you made your marriage ceremony ceremony so very private to you.

I additionally prolong because of Grace & Mitch for one more exquisitely atmospheric and romantic set of pictures. Thanks and lovelies, we now have been so lucky to share Grace & Mitch’s work earlier than on Love My Costume, so please do head over right here to see their work. And, for those who’re planning your personal chateau marriage ceremony, we now have many extra celebrations right here to provide you pleasure and inspiration.

Ele xx

Eleanor Crossland

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Ele lives within the Lincolnshire countryside, near the gorgeous coast. A certified Pilates instructor, she loves health, yoga, Pilates and has a wholesome habit to baking, writing and journey.


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