bride and groom kiss outside chateau de la Bourlie

“Jonny you were everything we could have hoped for and more! You took amazing photos and were great to have around. So many guests commented how fab you were.”

Laura & Chris | Chateau de la Bourlie Wedding | Dordogne | France

Laura & Chris first met at a friend’s birthday and went on a few dates but things didn’t work out. After 2 years in the US Chris came back in the summer of 2014 and they met again at a friend’s wedding although Laura was off to work in Malaysia and Chris off to work in Poland. However, this time it was different and they had their first proper date at Cafe Rouge in Terminal 3 at Heathrow when Laura left to move to Malaysia. After lots of exotic travel and a very long distance relationship Laura moved to Dubai in summer 2016 and they got engaged in April 2017 in a resort in the middle of the desert on a group holiday with friends.


wedding venue landscape beautiful french field

wedding guest pours drink into other wedding guests mouth on dance floor

bride poses with bouquet by vintage car

bride and groom embrace in open field as sun sets

table with lemons and wine detail

bride and groom at golden alter

wedding guests play party games with chocolate mints

best man whispers to groom as bride walks down aisle

bride and groom embrace in open field in french countryside

bride and bridesmaids arrive at wedding venue in the sun

bride and groom kiss in front of stone wall

bride with bouquet and sunglasses portrait

groom picks up and spins bride during first dance

french hills and countryside on sunny day landscape

bride and groom embrace as wedding guests celebrate with sparklers

french picnic and food detail

wedding guests watch as guest jumps into pool

Why choose Chateau de la Bourlie as your wedding venue?

The dream was always to have a destination wedding. Due to living abroad we don’t get to see our friends and family anywhere near as much as we would like and therefore wanted a three day event so we could spend some quality time with our guests. It was also important that the venue could sleep all the wedding party so that we were all together. As soon as we saw Chateau de la Bourlie we knew it was going to be our wedding venue. It was the one- it had so many areas which were all so picturesque at the design of the building, interior and grounds is just gorgeous. It also meant that there was very little to do in terms of decorating which was handy!

Tell us about the wedding dress.

Initially I wanted something lacy with long sleeves, however, after visiting about 7 dress shops and realising that style didn’t suit I got dress fatigue and settled on Sassi Holford‘s Sienna dress. At the time I thought it was nice but it didn’t blow me away.  However, once it was fitted I absolutely loved it and it is the most comfortable piece of clothing I own! I also bought the accompanying cape which completely transformed the outfit for the service. Treating myself to some peachy/orange Jimmy Choos to gave the outfit a splash of colour. They were also extremely comfortable and will get lots of wear for many years to come!

Chris wanted a relaxed and comfortable look so went for a navy Boggi blazer and white shirt, with grey trousers from Massimo Dutti. He then had cashmere tie and pocket square from a Viola Milano. Bridesmaid’s dresses & shoes were Asos.

bride and groom kiss as guests celebrate with confetti

groom plays party game with chocolate mint in dance hall

brides wedding dress trail and wedding guest detail

bride and groom watch as guest tears up at emotional speech

best man reads speech with funny image of groom

groom kisses bride on cheek portrait

wedding guests at dining tables with fairy lights at chateau de la Bourlie

prepared dining table for guests detail

brides wedding dress hung up and bride swimming costume

bride and groom stroll through the gardens at the french chateau


 bride and groom play wedding game with mints

groom and bride celebrate as the venue gates open for them

valet tag on baby seat carrier bag candid detail

groom makes speech at vintage french chateau

bride and bridesmaids smile and pose for camera

wedding guests celebrate as they win party game

bride and bridesmaids giggle and laugh with bouquets

wedding guests jump into pool in france

wedding guests pour drinks onto each other on the dance floor

bride and groom celebrate with profiterole cake

wedding guests pour drinks into each others mouths on dance floor

wedding guest reads out wedding speech black and white portrait

guests clap as wedded couple walk down aisle

bride and groom wave goodbye as they drive off in citroen c2v

wedding guests drink and party on the dance floor

bride and groom cut french profiterole cake

bride and groom recreate dirty dancing in first dance

wedding shoes and flip flops detail

bride and groom laugh and drink at dining table

live music from star preacher play

 bride and groom dance in field as sun sets

panic as bride throws bouquet to guests

What was your Chateau de la Bourlie destination wedding inspiration?

Due to living in Dubai we wanted green green and more green! Relaxed, simple, natural and great food and wine.  We had lots of homemade details which were made by various friends and family. Our welcome sign was hand painted by one of my bridesmaids. Mum made all the confetti from roses in our garden and hand made lavender bags as favours. I drew a picture of each city we have loved in for our place names.

Any advice for those planning their dream destination wedding?

Assign roles to your wedding party on the day so you can just enjoy yourself. Love every minute! Don’t get hung up on little details and enjoy yourself. Prioritize what is important to you then don’t fret about the other stuff. Book stuff early such as the venue and band. Be prepared to go over budget. If you have a planner don’t be afraid to set out clear expectations from the start and if they are not delivering say something.

wedded couple drive away in decorated citroen c2v

groom poses in sunglasses portrait

dining table outside chateau detail landscape

wedding guests drink and party on dance floor

wedding guests struggle with party game

bride and groom kiss outside chateau in france

baby drooling on wedding guests arm candid

wedding guest flipping hair on dance floor candid

groom picks up bride in field black and white

bride and groom hold hands and admire chateau de la Bourlie

Life as a married couple

Looking back on the day we chuckle that the bridesmaids went for it much more than the groomsmen! It was so lovely remembering how well everyone got on and enjoyed themselves. One moment that will last with us both forever was walking down the aisle and the time after the ceremony in the courtyard soaking it all up, and of course the dance floor

We’re really looking forward to life as a married couple. Building our new life together in Amsterdam will keep us busy and see us set for many, many happy years!

bride and groom dance in open french countryside

bride and groom embrace and pose in garden

bride and groom kiss at dining table

husband fans wife in the back of car

bride and groom stroll through chateau garden

wedding guests greet each other in the shade

groom and groomsmen pose together after wedding

bride laughs at silly wedding speech

wedding guests eating at wedding venue gate

wedding guests cheers and celebrate wedding

wedding guests wipe away tears at funny speech

wedding guests gather and pose for photos

bride and groom gasp at embarrassing wedding speech

bride and groom smile and embrace outside

bride and groom hold hands in open french field

Chateau de la Bourlie Wedding Supplier Shout Outs

Wedding Planners: Marry Me in France

Make up artists: Jane Emerson:

Flowers: Lucy Williams:

Rings: Cara, Dubai – designed by Chris

Catering Company: Chez Amis

Entertainment: Star Preacher:

Cars/Transport: Citroen C2v:

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