With a canvas as good as this, today’s real wedding didn’t need much embellishment. Tam and Nick were married at the Chateau de Sannes, a magnificent 16th century chateau in the Luberon region of Provence. With its beautiful honey-colored buildings and formal French garden, complete with ancient cedar trees, lavender fields and olive groves, the chateau provided a truly magical setting. Add a little of that gorgeous late afternoon sunlight, and voila! We have a classic French fairy tale wedding.
Sandra von Riekhoff of Divine Day Photography was on hand to document this whole lovely affair, and she spoke to BWB about the day.
The Couple – Tam & Nick
Tamara (Tam) & Nick are from Cambridge in the U.K. Tam works in technical marketing & Nick works as a patent attorney. They love to travel and particularly love skiing. They are a very independent couple who don’t rely heavily on each other. It’s what works for them, and why they feel that they are so happy together. The couple had been together for ten years by the time they got married. Initially, Tam didn’t have her heart set on marriage or a wedding, but celebrating with the people they love turned out to be the best decision they ever made.
The Wedding Destination – Chateau de Sannes in Provence, France
Chateau de Sannes might just be one of the most magical places on earth, and the Provence light at that time of year made the setting even more dream-like. The chateau somehow manages to be both grand but understated all at the same time, and Tam and Nick wanted to theme the wedding with the feel of the venue – simple and not overdone. The photos speak for themselves as to why it is an incredible destination wedding location.
Time of Year
Tam and Nick were married in August. As mentioned, the lighting was exceptional and added a dream-like setting to the day and the photographs. The greenery, set with the earthy tones of the setting (including urns, flower pots and the brickwork) all came together so beautifully.
Planning a Wedding at Chateau de Sannes
The couple worked with Jennifer of Jennifer Fox Weddings, who orchestrated the whole day. Jennifer had a great eye for detail and created the most perfect atmosphere. She covered everything, including the little touches that really made the day for Tam and Nick. Their celebrant was Father David Barrow, and the ceremony itself was perfect.
The Wedding Day
The wedding ceremony was held outdoors beside the pool. Following the ceremony, the wedding reception was held in the amazing courtyard area next to the chateau. The local wine was obviously amazing, and the dressing of the venue was all done to complement the chateau using locally sourced materials.
Advice for Others Considering a Wedding at Chateau de Sannes
From the Bride:
This venue doesn’t need much, so if you love it as it is and you don’t already have a set theme in mind, then it is perfect. If you are wanting something that is largely outside, again it would be perfect.
It can seem like a bit of a mountain when you’re planning a wedding, but don’t lose sight of why you’re doing it. You’ll never (hopefully) do this again, so don’t sweat the small stuff. Details are important but they’re really not worth falling out over. Sometimes, good enough is enough.
Practical advice: stay organized and on top of things when planning (spreadsheets are great). That way, you avoid unnecessary freak-outs and stress at home. Most of the grooms I know (including my own) don’t care as much about the wedding details. This can translate as a complete lack of proactivity around wedding planning. To avoid feeling like you’re doing everything alone (and subsequently feeling resentment or frustration), give them jobs to do with clear deadlines and don’t get upset about having to do so. It’s just the way it is.
Last thing, try to avoid the weird expectation that everything has to be perfect on and around your wedding day. It’s unrealistic and it’s very likely that some things won’t go to plan and that’s ok (and normal); removing the expectation allows you to truly enjoy the time for what it is rather than what it should be. That was the best advice I ever received and it applies to everything in life, not just your wedding day.
Tam & Nick’s French Wedding Vendors
Wedding Photographer: Divine Day Photography
Wedding Venue: Chateau de Sannes – Sannes, France
Wedding Planner: Jennifer Fox Weddings
Event Catering: Roland Paix
Wedding Hair & Makeup: Camille Bonardi
Event Furniture Rental: Be Lounge
Wedding Flowers: Wild Blossom
Wedding Cake: Made in Cake
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