Bride laughing during speeches at chateau les merles in France

“Natural photos which captured the day as we remember it without us even noticing you were there! You were relaxed, easy to work with & fitted in great with our guests.”

Chateau les Merles Wedding Photos | Dordogne | France

Amy & Matt met as neighbours in their apartment building in Kelham Island, Sheffield. Matt proposed under the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. He had been carrying a ring around in his wallet for 2 weeks whilst on a trip through Iceland and West coast America! Here’s their wedding day adventure in their own words:

Chateau les Merles is the perfect destination wedding venue in France. It’s a home from home. Superb service, delicious cuisine and beautiful surroundings. These guys discovered it on day one of a weekend trip viewing potential venues and never went anywhere else. You just know when you find your perfect venue!  Music is really important to the pair. It just so happens the band they booked live in the French Riviera but a few of them come from Barnsley! Which is where Amy & Matt live! Performing at a work event of Amy’s in St Tropes a few years ago, she took their card knowing she had always wanted to get married in southern France. A highlight was Chuck Berry – You never can tell 🙂

Tell us about the Ellis Bridal wedding dress

My dress was elegant, lightweight and comfortable by designer Ellis Bridal. Purchased at Limelight Bridal in Huddersfield. Matt wore a Hugo boss suit with Joesph Cheaney shoes and belt.

Any advice for those planning a destination wedding?

Brides, just relax and enjoy your day. Be prepared but also be prepared to just let things go on the day and enjoy it. If there’s anything that isn’t quite right you and your guests probably won’t even notice on the day! Do things just for you – not because it’s how it’s usually done or how others would want it.

The biggest surprise we had on our wedding day was the weather! 36 degrees was much hotter than we could ever have imagined!

Exterior view of chateau les merles boutique hotel

Garden details at chateau les merles boutique hotel France

Garden details at chateau les merles boutique hotel France

Note from father of the bride to his daughter on wedding day

documentary photo of bride getting ready assisted by bridesmaid

documentary photo of bride getting ready assisted by bridesmaid

 Guest with feet in swimming pool at Chateau les merles France

grooms wedding clothes accessories laid out on bed

groom spraying himself with aftershave

groom and bestman at chateau les merles france

groom with bestmen at chateau les merles dordogne

Portraits of bride and groom by window in bedroom

Dog on its back having tummy tickled at wedding

guest taking photo from top of steps outside chateau

Guests in wedding suits taking selfie with a selfie stick

Outside ceremony chateau les merles wedding photos

Bridesmaid wiping away tears during ceremony

Guest reading a poem during wedding ceremony

Emotional wedding guests during ceremony at chateau les Merles

Chateau les merles wedding photo

Signing the register with parents at chateau les merles wedding

Portrait of bride and groom at their destination wedding in France

Champagne being poured into a glass

French ice cream cones being served to wedding guests

Groom keeping cool with a cold flannel at summer wedding

Wedding guest keeping cool with a cold flannel at summer wedding

Bride laughing with a glass of champagne

Guests with arms around each other during drinks reception

bridesmaid being swept off her feet on lawn at wedding

Bridal party group photo at Chateau les merles dordogne

wedding guest with beer bottles talking to dog photo

bride in wedding dress with bridesmaids having a laugh

bride in wedding dress with guests having a laugh

Table settings with flowers at chateau les merles wedding photo

Emotional embrace between guests

Wedding couple arrive for breakfast at boutique hotel in France

Wedding couple sat at top table during breakfast

Groom delivering his speech at chateau les merles wedding dordogne

French chef prepping wedding desserts with a blowtorch

Bride and groom in vineyard on wedding day

Bride and groom kissing in vineyard on wedding day

Bride and groom walking down road on wedding day in France

Bride and groom walking down driveway at french Chateau

Bride and groom silhouetted at sunset in france

Documentary wedding photo of guests

bride and groom jive during their first dance at wedding

Wedding band Brightlights perform at boutique hotel in France

Guests dance to live music at wedding party

documentary wedding party details on dancefloor

reportage wedding photo of dancefloor party

reportage wedding photo of guests dancing to music

Brightlights band play at chateau les merles wedding photo

Bride and groom dancing at wedding montage photo

Shout out to the Chateau les Merles wedding suppliers

Florists: Agnew laye | Rings: Beaverbrooks and Sheffield Steel | Catering: Chateau les Merles | Entertainment: Brightlights & Charlie Smith | Celebrant: Sandie Smith

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If you are considering Chateau les Merles, Mouleydier, Dordogne, France for your wedding, or any French venue, please don’t hesitate to get in touch and start a conversation.