Nick is from UK and Renee from New Zealand. They met during a trip that Renee took to UK 6 years ago. They felt that a Chateau in France would be a great venue to symbolize their union with elegance & character, and would make it perfect to welcome both families coming from abroad in a charming french location.
They chose Chateau Saint Julien because it is a large imposing & beautifully furnished Chateau in the center of France & south of Paris, easy to connect with. It was perfect for the wedding as it could accomodate all the guests in the Chateau’s Deluxe bedrooms, and allows to spend the entire weekend there with the large estate around the Chateau & enjoy the local way of life with the nearby cute little village of Saint Julien l’Ars. I have been shooting weddings a few times there and I must confess that it is a great location for wedding photography near Paris.
Perfect Castle venue for a wedding near Paris
But unfortunately, Renee already knew the day before that rain was going to fall all day long on her wedding day, and that we could not enjoy as planned the ceremony under the oak’s alley outside, the cocktail on the terrace and pictures outside with the Chateau’s background. But as soon as I saw her in the morning of the wedding day with the same fresh and contagious smile she had the whole day long, I knew it was not going to be an issue !
The theme was sober and simple with yellow, pink & purple pastel notes spread in bouquets and maid’s dresses. It was a perfect fit with the Chateau’s interiors decoration (framed mirror, large glosses, wooden furnitures,…) that was already classy with a dominant of yellow and beige tones. The perfect balance between lightness and elegance, and just awesome for great indoor photography !
While Renee was getting ready with her friends with laughs and a glass of white wine, Nick helped coordinating the ceremony that took place in the dining room of the Chateau Saint Julien. A cute detail : Renee decided for flat shoes not to look taller than Nick on pictures !
After the ceremony, the cocktail was set up around 3 connecting large rooms at the first floor of the Chateau, each one with a different atmosphere. And we picked a large & long yellow corridor for our group and couple pictures before heading to the reception and diner in Chateau Saint Julien ‘s Orangery.