Chateau de la Bourlie Destination Wedding Photos

“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 | 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 scenic french field landscape

Chateau de la Bourlie Wedding dance floor party

bride wearing sunglasses holding bouquet by vintage citroen 2CV car

sun sets at chateau Bourlie dordogne France

table with lemons and French wine detail

wedding guests play party games with chocolate mints

bride and groom romantic french countryside dordogne wedding

bride and bridesmaids arrive at wedding venue French village dordogne

bride and groom kiss big bouquet France wedding

bride with bouquet and sunglasses Sassi Holford Sienna wedding dress

groom picks up and spins bride during first dance at chateau Bourlie france

Chateau de la Bourlie Wedding Dordogne France wedding photos

bride and groom sparkler exit photo

french picnic and food detail team bride bag

destination french wedding pool party

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 Bourlie Urval France

sassi holford wedding dress detail

best man reads speech with funny image of groom on bicycle

groom kisses bride Chateau Bourlie wedding photos France

Courtyard setting Chateau de la Bourlie Wedding Photos

Chateau de la Bourlie Wedding Photos table detail

Sassi Holford designer wedding dress French chateau

bride and groom stroll through the gardens Chateau Bourlie Dordogne France

groom and bride entrance wedding breakfast Chateau Bourlie venue

valet tag on baby seat carrier

groom makes speech at vintage french chateau wedding

bride and bridesmaids group photo French Chateau wedding

bride and bridesmaids colourful bouquets asos dresses

bride to be with wedding guests jump into pool in France

bride and groom French profiterole cake sparkler

Speeches at French wedding Chateau dordogne

Wedded couple walk down aisle in French cathedral

bride and groom wave goodbye as they drive off in citroen 2cv

bride and groom cut french croque en bouche wedding cake

wedding shoes and flip flops detail

live acoustic music from wedding band star preacher

Romantic sunset bride and groom portrait Chateau Bourlie wedding photos

Bride tosses 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.

Advice for those planning a 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 france

dapper groom suit sunglasses portrait

dining table Chateau de la Bourlie destination wedding

Chateau de la Bourlie destination wedding photos France

baby drool on mothers arm

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Chateau de la Bourlie destination wedding photos bride and groom

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!

Chateau de la Bourlie destination wedding photos sun set

Chateau de la Bourlie destination wedding garden

bride and groom kiss at top table wedding

groom fans wife in the back of classic french 2CV wedding car

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wedding guests wipe away tears at funny speech

Bridal party group photo Chateau de la Bourlie Dordogne France

bride and groom awkward embarrassing wedding speeches

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Chateau de la Bourlie Wedding Supplier Shout Outs

Wedding Planners: Marry Me in France. Make up artists: Jane Emerson: beaute.par.jane@gmail.com. Flowers: Lucy Williams: lucywilliamsevents@gmail.com. Rings: Cara, Dubai – designed by Chris. Catering Company: Chez Amis. Entertainment: Star Preacher: starpreacher@gmail.com. Cars/Transport: Citroen C2v: lagrangesteph@gmail.com

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