Tuesday, October 06, 2009

This weekends wedding was hosted by Chateau des Conde in France

I've just got back from photographing a fabulous wedding in Vallery, France. Vallery is a small village about an hour and a half from Paris in the champagne region. Katie came on this wedding with me and with all the kit you want to take for a destination wedding, if you can drive, you drive. We left on Friday and stopped off for a night in Reims to break the travel up. Reims is very pretty although I warn you that it is currently being dug up and has roadworks pretty much everywhere. They are installing a tram system to be ready for 2011 so do not expect clear roads for a while yet.

After our stay we had a leisurely drive onto Vallery and met up with Hamish and Helena the day before the wedding. We joined a tour of the venue, the beautiful Chateau des Conde and stayed to shoot the evenings wine tasting in the cellars.

The Sunday was the big day and the couple were a dream to photograph and the venue was magnificent. A beautiful chateau that was exclusively the wedding parties for the weekend. Grand rooms, lovely gardens and their own church made this a truly special and memorable wedding. After a day of endless photo opportunities a bonfire was lit and we all warmed up with a glass of port. Very civilised.

So you can get an idea of the venue I have broken my one shot rule and put a few more images in.

Here's the chateau.
One of the rooms
A montage of the gardens (the bride and grooms room is the circular building), the bridal suit complete with glass star gazing ceiling and a side view of the chateau.
And then of course there has to be a detail shot from the wedding, so to complete the set, I went for another room, this one hosted the wedding breakfast.
As ever, the full story and pictures from the wedding will follow shortly.

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