James and Andrew travelled to the Var area of Provence last July to marry in a breathtaking French chateau. Since Andrew had proposed in Paris two years previously, the couple decided to return to France for their wedding, and when they found Chateau de Robernier they knew they had made the right decision. Their day was not only beautiful but full of unique and bespoke touches- planned by Et Voila Weddings and photographed by Capyture, this couple’s celebration was destined to be amazing!

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DECIDING ON THE DESTINATION

Andrew and James decided to return to France last July to tie the knot since Andrew had proposed to James in Paris in July two years previously. Andrew gave James a bracelet saying “Will you?” and a Paris date as a keepsake of his proposal. The couple wanted an elegant affair with a very relaxed feel, great food and wines, and a crazy party as their guests were expecting a lot from them! Chateau de Robernier, was the perfect venue for them: it has the wow factor but also provides an intimate environment with contained outdoor spaces and fairly small rooms inside. The couple also wanted to indulge their guests with a bit of luxury and the chateau provides just that with a pool, tennis court, garden with fountains and statues, library, stunning entrance hall and beautiful staircase.

THE DETAILS

The couple chose their favourite colour, blue, as the main colour of the day. This was incorporated in the flowers, the table linen and a 200m long royal blue carpet aisle running from the chateau door to the bottom of the gardens. White and silver were combined as the neutral colours to add elegance while keeping things simple. James and Andrew wanted their wedding to feel intimate and to make every guest feel special. At the ceremony all the guests who had a reserved seat had an envelope attached to their chair with a personal note inside. On the ceremony piano were frames with photos of the grooms’ closest and dearest. Following the ceremony the couple had a congratulation line allowing them to greet each guest. On the escort cards the grooms included a little “nickname” for each guest: a shared memory or a private joke. All of these combined to make the day feel unique and bespoke, and it made the grooms and their guests feel at home in France. The wedding cake was a traditional French cake with choux a la crème. Flowers were kept simple for ceremony as the chateau and the views spoke for themselves. For the ceremony, big arrangements of gypsophila were paced inside the chateau’s medicis vases. For cocktails reception: hydrangea, lisianthus and Eucalyptus in stone vases to suit the surroundings. For dinner: Hydrangea, delphinium, roses and gypsophila.

The grooms invited their guests to arrive one hour before ceremony so they could be greeted with champagne and ice cream. Garden games such as petanque and giant jenga entertain them whilst they waited and set the tone of the day. The ceremony started at six pm on the terrace of the chateau. As soon as everyone sat for ceremony the grooms and their party emerged from the bottom of the gardens, walking up the blue aisle, to the Glasgow Theme from Love Actually. During the certificate signing the singer and pianist performed “A Thousand Years” from Christina Peri. After the ceremony the guests were served drinks and canapés in the gardens. They were then invited onto the chateau terrace for a group photo and a very special royal kiss. The grooms had a sparklers entrance in the dinner courtyard and got everyone to dance straight away. Sounds (and looks) perfect to us!

Photography: Capyture | Wedding Planner: Et Voila Weddings | Celebrant: Anne Naylor | Flowers: Big Day | Music Band: G -Star | James’ Suit: Gucci & Richard James | Andrew’s Suit: Ralph Lauren | Bridesmaids: Armani | Shoes: Paul Smith

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  1. Anne Naylor

    This was one of the most touching and heartfelt weddings of 2015. The grooms were so generous and thoughtful. They made the occasion very special for all of their guests.

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