Bride and groom standing beside French shutters Chateau Soulac in Dordogne France

“We instantly clicked with Jonny when we met him for our pre-wed shoot. He is someone we could be friends with in the outside world so blended in well and was able to have a good laugh with all of our friends. He was unobtrusive yet managed to capture all the amazing moments from every angle. All the pictures were so natural and relaxed which was the way the wedding felt.”

Rachael & Oli | Dordogne Wedding Photos | France

Oli & Rach met at Warehouse Project in Manchester. Rach was living in London and Oli was living in Leeds at the time. Oli started messaging Rach on Facebook following this and they both met up in London the following weekend and every other weekend after that. The rest is history. Fast forward to their wedding day, the most important thing for them was to have a really relaxed vibe with good food, good wine and some french sunshine! Here the adventure their own words..

Describe some of your favourite wedding details and how you came up with them.

The venue Chateau Soulac was the most idyllic setting for our special day. We had access to the old stables which were full of wedding decorations from photo booth props to candles to parasols for guests to use during the ceremony. There were lanterns hanging in the trees which looked beautiful as night fell.

Why choose a Dordogne wedding venue?

We took a risk and booked it initially online before going to see it in person but we had faith in our wedding planner when she told us it was a beautiful venue. We were blown away when we went to visit it and it got us so excited for the big day. The stunning views of the Dordogne round the back of the chateau made it the perfect location for champagne and canapes.

Tell me about the dress.

The dress was by Pronovias from the London flagship store on Bond Street. I ended up spending over my budget but I fell in love with it instantly when I put it on. I like the way that it is classic but the cut of the front and sides gives it a modern edge.

Bride: What advice would you give to future brides for their wedding day?

We were very lucky that the celebrations were spread across 3 days – (we had drinks on the Friday evening and a BBQ and pool party on the Sunday), this meant we didn’t feel under pressure to speak to everyone on the day of the wedding and we could just relax and enjoy the moment. I would really recommend doing this.

Groom: What advice would you give to future grooms for their wedding day?

It’s a cliché answer, but pause and take it all in particularly during the speech look around and see the smiles on everyone’s faces.

What song did you walk down the aisle to?

Billy Joel, Only a Woman and out to The Beatles, Here Comes the Sun

What song played for your first dance?

Bob Dylan Make You Feel my Love

 

Bride spraying hairspray Chateau Soulac Dordogne wedding photos

Bridemaids spraying hairspray on feet Chateau Soulac Dordogne wedding photos

Bridemaids with bride in kimonos at Chateau Soulac Dordogne wedding photos

Groom doing his tie at Chateau Soulac Dordogne wedding photos

Groom doing his hair in mirror at Chateau Soulac Dordogne wedding photos

Groomsmen arriving at Chateau Soulac Dordogne wedding photos

Groom in sunglasses and suit in France

Groomsmen in sunglasses and suits under grapevines in France

Father of the bride kissing his daughter in her wedding dress in France

Bride with her bridesmaids outside chateau Soulac in Dordogne France

Bride with her bridesmaids in hallway at chateau Soulac in Dordogne France

The grand entrance of chateau Soulac in Dordogne France

Outdoor ceremony at chateau Soulac Dordogne wedding photos

Outdoor ceremony under trees chateau Soulac Dordogne wedding photos

Emotional mother of the bride outdoor ceremony chateau Soulac Dordogne wedding photos

bride and groom walk through confetti chateau Soulac Dordogne wedding photos

Scenic views over the Dordogne valley in France

Bride and groom eating oysters at chateau Soulac wedding photos France

Wedding guest with a lovely hat and necklace in France

Funny group photo at destination Dordogne wedding photos France

Romantic bride and groom photos at Chateau Soulac in Dordogne france

Bride and groom wedding photos at Chateau Soulac in Dordogne france

Bride and groom wedding photos at Chateau Soulac in Dordogne france

Bride and groom waving to guests Dordogne wedding photos France

Bride smiling during father's speech Dordogne wedding photos France

Father of the bride using hankerchief Dordogne wedding photos France

Speeches in the barn Dordogne wedding photos France

Raising a glass of champagne Dordogne wedding photos France

Guests drinking and smoking outside Dordogne wedding photos France

Three guests in evening sun Dordogne wedding photos France

Bride and groom at sunset Dordogne wedding photos France

Child being swung behind cake Dordogne wedding photos France

Bride and groom cutting cake Dordogne wedding photos France

First dance chateau Soulac Dordogne wedding photos France

Kissing on dancefloor chateau Soulac Dordogne wedding photos France

Guests dancing sticking out tongue chateau Soulac Dordogne wedding photos France

Baby being held aloft chateau Soulac Dordogne wedding photos France

Groom with friends drinking at chateau Soulac Dordogne wedding photos France

 

Shout outs where shout outs due:

Wedding planners – marrymeinfrance.com

Make up artists: Niki Cooknell – nicolala.co.uk

Florists: Jenny Moss – [email protected]

Rings: MNM Ceylon, Hatton Garden – http://heartjewelleryemporium.com/portfolio-item/mnm-ceylon-gems-jewellery/

Cake: Cupcakes 16 – cupcakes16.fr/

Catering Company: Laurent Iribarne Traiteur, http://iribarne-traiteur.fr

Entertainment: Tomorrow Band – facebook.com/Tomorrow-Band-France-250379281977547/

Cars/Transport: Autocars Gerardin – autocars-gerardin.com/

 

 

Thinking of having a destination wedding?  If you like the look of these Dordogne wedding photos I’d love to hear more about you, your wedding day plans and what you want from your destination wedding photographer.