A whimsical, rustic and romantic photo shoot in France
16 Aug 2019
Get inspired for your big day with this enchanting same sex wedding fashion shoot set within the French countryside
The starting point for planning this shoot was the colour. We knew that we wanted to incorporate shades of purple, from dark to light, without being a completely monochromatic shoot. As time went on, we chose to focus on purple as well as pink, from blush to fuchsia touches.
Overall style and inspiration
Once the colour palette was set, we began to think of the style of shoot we wanted to create. Because of our French heritage, we have always been immensely inspired by our country’s history and after seeing a piece of lilac Toile de Jouy fabric, we were set on a regal theme with a bohemian twist.
We began researching châteaus in France and came across Château Challain. As well as the château itself, we had access to the grounds, which we chose as the backdrop to our Enchanted Elopement, and Château Challain’s team were truly instrumental in making our vision come to life, particularly with the forest set up.
We wanted our brides to have two gowns each and both very different. As well as traditional white gowns, which we made sure had different silhouettes with fishtail, ballgown and straight, we included a Bowen Dryden blush embellished gown. This tied in our couple to their setting and truly brought out the romantic and enchanted nature of our project.
Accessories and jewellery
We made sure that our brides’ accessories matched with each gown, so we paired a silver leaf-inspired headband, embellished comb and Astley Clarke diamond hoops with the blush gown; a white knotted headband, pearl hoops by Laura Adele Jewellery and a pearl necklace with our ballgown courtesy of Brides Do Good and a ‘Mrs’ embellished hair clip with our straight lace gown. We absolutely loved including fashionable hair pieces such as message clips and headbands and showing that trendy items can still work for a wedding. The rings we chose were rose gold and diamond by Astley Clarke, which are both simple yet elegant and timeless.
Hair and makeup
Our brides not only had different hair colours but also different lengths. Eva from Eva Beauty Art chose to give our brunette bride an elegant yet soft updo, which was decorated with an embellished comb and silver headband, which later would be changed to a ‘Mrs’ crystal clip. Our blonde bride had a short, platinum bob and we decided to give her soft waves, finished with a knotted headband.
Both makeups were kept quite natural, just with delicate smoky eyes in earthen tones, flawless skin and glossy lips with a touch of colour.
Our stationery by the fantastic De Winton Paper Co. combined both nature in the delicate floral border and the majesty of the venue, with a bespoke watercolour illustration of Château Challain. While elopements traditionally might not require invitations and stationery, we wanted to include the presence of witnesses, hence the invitation, dinner menu and place card.
In keeping with our overall theme, Château Challain created for us a stunning three-tiered cake, complete with tree bark effect, sugar flowers and edible moss. We chose to present the cake on the piano as an alternative to a traditional cake table, which reinforced the magical nature of the forest ceremony.
We chose to have a series of romantic portraits taken in the gardens of the chateau, keeping the forest for the ceremony. In the forest, the atmosphere that we wanted to portray was bohemian and romantic, yet luxurious. The décor was kept to a minimum: simply dream catchers and a circular floral display as the centrepiece, accompanied by wrought iron candelabras and a moss covered piano.
The flowers supplied by Château Challain were an integral part of this shoot. We opted to stick with a palette of purples and pinks, making sure to contrast the brides’ bouquets. The piano was covered with moss and a purple arrangement ‘escaping’ from a hollowed-out log, while the circular feature at the top of the aisle focused on pink tones and foliage. Our brides’ drink bar included the repurposed pink bouquet in a vintage wine crate, as well as a cluster of white peonies.
Planner/stylist: Charlotte Ricard, La Fête
Photographer: Divine Day Photography
Videographer: Reel Love Films
Venue: Chateau de Chaillan
Stationery: De Winton Paper Co.
Models: Charlotte Godfrey and Clementine Wood
Florist: Mister Brett Events
Make-up and hair: Eva Couturier, Eva Beauty Art
Cake: Delicious Gateaux
Table décor: Chateau de Chaillan
Hair Accessories: Tilly Thomas lux