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Chateaux Wedding in France – Hayley & Bradley


What words would you want to be associated with your wedding? Chateaux, South of France, Vineyard, Rustic, Rolling Countryside, 30+ Degrees and Sunny? Well, Hayley and Bradley had it all for their Chateaux Wedding in France! This is pretty much my idea of the perfect wedding to photograph- I was so excited to be involved and loved every minute. It also helped that I could speak French with the suppliers and guests- It certainly comes in handy every now and again!

I started off the day with Hayley and her girls. With so much prep having gone into the day, there was such a sense of anticipation hovering in the air. The morning became even more special when Hayley’s Dad saw her in her dress for the first time. The tears were soon flowing! As I’m sure every father of the Bride can attest to, there aren’t many moments like this in a lifetime! Everything took place on the grounds of her Godmother’s Country House near Bordeaux so there was not long to wait, nor to travel, until the ceremony.

A Chateaux Wedding in France

The ceremony took place in the outhouse on the grounds and Hayley and Bradley deliberately kept things simple so that the beauty of the location could shine through. It was such a beautiful ceremony, with such a familial vibe. Everyone was gathered around the bride and groom, with their children looking on as well. It felt so personal.

Onto the reception and it was the picture of community. No matter if not everyone knew each other, everyone just gathered together for an afternoon of pure fun! The reception for this Chateaux Wedding in France was held in a marquee within the grounds of this beautiful setting. The speeches were all amazing with Bradley getting Hayley in tears (always a triumph for a groom’s speech in my books!). The night ended up on the dance floor, with everyone rocking out to the playlist Bradley had expertly crafted. All in all, one heck of a celebration!

As you can imagine, I got pretty excited about the couple portrait shoots for this one! And, I actually had the opportunity to do two- I was so spoilt! Wondering through the vineyards and the coppices of trees, I was in my element. The light was my best friend on that day. It had a beautiful, only to be found in the South of France, softness to it. So THANK YOU to Hayley and Bradley for the best weekend of wedding fun at a Chateaux Wedding in France- I had a blast!

Check out their English wedding (part one!) here– together they make for quite a story!

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