“We wanted vibrant, candid shots which captured the mood of the day. We love documentary photography and Jonny was the perfect choice for the style we envisaged. He has a lovely energetic energy and is really easy to get along with. He understood what we wanted to achieve and was a joy to work with”
Ciara & Lloyd | The engagement
Ciara & Lloyd met through mutual friends in Brighton in 2010. Lloyd proposed on the High Line in Manhattan (3 days into a month long trip around the USA). He waited until it was almost closing time so they had the entire place to themselves, except for a jazz saxophonist busker who was finishing up for the evening. Lloyd took Ciara to a vantage point under the guise of kneeling down to take a photo of her. As she was waiting for the photograph to be taken, he got down on one knee and produced the ring!
French Chateau wedding photos | Dorgogne | France
Ciara had been to the Dordogne on holiday as a child and always loved the area. She thought France was the perfect destination for a wedding as it offers beautiful weather, fantastic food and wine and the chance for family and friends to have a proper weekend break. The main draw of the chateau itself was that it sleeps up to 45 on site which meant that half of our wedding party could be together for those four magical days.
In Ciara’s own words: “My favourite colours are aquamarine and cornflower blue so it was easy to choose bridesmaid dresses and shoes. The overall theme was laid back décor with nothing deliberately matching – although I did carry the foliage theme into some of the stationary and table plan which was all designed by my talented Mum, Oonagh Moore at Foxglove Stationery. The wild foliage on the table contrasted perfectly with the tapered candles in glass jars which created a really warm and atmospheric glow in the barn. We decided to have understated decorations and let the chateau and spectacular grounds speak for itself. “
Laure de Sagazan | Verlaine wedding dress
“I always knew I wanted a Laure de Sagazan dress from the moment I got engaged. I wore her Verlaine dress which was purchased from the fabulous team at the Mews Notting Hill. I had seen images of the dress on Instagram but discounted it in favour of other styles. The lovely team at the Mews encouraged me to try it on. I felt an tingles all over my skin when I tried it on so I knew it was the one. When purchasing wedding dresses friends had advised me that you often pick something you would never expect to pick – which in my case turned out to be completely accurate! The veil was handmade by Belle and Bunty in Kentish Town. One of my favourite items were my shoes. I had a vision of pastel blue suede sandals but couldn’t find them anywhere in the UK. In the end I had them shipped from Anthropologie in the USA. The iridescent heel was a gorgeous flash of colour under the dress. Lloyd surprised me with a beautiful pair of pearl and diamond earrings to wear on the day – which was lucky as I hadn’t had time to buy any to wear myself. My necklace matched those of my bridemaids which were a gift from me on the day; they were handmade gold and freshwater pearl chains which were handmade in Greece and shipped over just in time for the big day.”
Any advice for those getting married?
“The cliché is true: it all goes by in the blink of an eye and you wish you could do it all again. My advice is to have a late afternoon ceremony to give yourself plenty of time to get ready and relax in the morning. Try and savour as many moments as possible and accept that you won’t get much time with everyone. Finally do not stress about the tiny details. No one notices or remembers them. If you have plenty to eat and drink and plenty of music your guests will have a fantastic time.”
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Shout outs where shout outs due
Planner – MARRY ME IN FRANCE | Celebrant – CELEBRANTS IN FRANCE | Bride’s Dress – ‘Verlaine’ by LAURE DE SAGAZAN, purchased from THE MEWS OF NOTTING HILL, London | Veil – BELLE AND BUNTY | Shoes – ANTHROPOLOGIE | Bridesmaids’ dresses – ASOS | Make up artist – Jane Emerson of FRENCH PERFECTION | Hair stylist – EMMA LOUISE HAIR STYLIST | Groom’s outfit – RIVER ISLAND | Flowers – Jennifer Moss | Catering – CHEZ AMIS | Entertainment – HICKSVILLE SWING BAND
If you like the look of these French Chateau wedding photos then I’d love to hear more about you, your wedding day plans and what you want from your documentary wedding photographer.