Key West Destination Wedding by Richard Bell Photography

Here at LWB, we’re always on board for a good Florida affair. Think coastal beauty meets modern design, with splashes of lime on white with pops of fuschia thrown in for good measure. Held at the retro cool Casa Marina Resort in Key West and snapped beautifully by Richard Bell Photography, this destination wedding is a waltz of loveliness, from the angelic-faced bride in her Jimmy Choo’s right through to the cute key lime cupcakes and lush outdoor cocktail bar and beyond! 

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From the bride

When Dan and I were planning, we were going back and forth on where we should go to celebrate our marriage. We surely knew we wanted a destination wedding, as we love how it forces all of your family and friends to enjoy an extended time with one another. When we ultimately decided on Key West, we knew it would be perfect – as we would be able to blend elegance with the laid back style Key West has to offer, which is exactly what the Casa Marina is able to provide. 

The natural beauty of Key West and the resort is what inspired us the most. The resort is exquisitely designed, and the reception room is not your typical ballroom — it has simple candelabra chandeliers, and deep hard wood floors throughout. It does not have any of that “glitz and glam”, which is something we truly appreciated.

It was also extremely important for us to know that our guests felt loved and appreciated — having almost 70 of your nearest and dearest travel from all over to share in this special moment is enough to make your heart burst – and we needed them to know that we felt it! We organized a backyard BBQ bash at the house we were renting, and hosted an open bar welcome party for everyone the night before at one of our favorite local jaunts, Willie T’s.

 

Photographer:  Richard Bell Photography // Reception Venue: Casa Marina Resort // Reception Venue: Casa Marina Resort // Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Delightful Destination Wedding in St Augustine Florida

Cupid shot a whole bunch of pretty arrows into this romantic destination wedding in St Augustine Florida. Not only were the abundance of pretty florals designed by the bride, but the combination of the beautiful outdoor venue, chic yet classic decor and dreamy palette of gold, ivory, pink and orange made it a match made in wedding heaven. Each and every detail is heartfelt and gorgeous to the max and the imagery by Pure Sugar Studios is sheer perfection too!

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 From the photographer

Jessica and Andrew decided to do a destination wedding in St. Augustine. They both live in San Francisco, but often vacation here, and loved the feel of the ancient city as the backdrop for their wedding day. Jessica, as a designer, did an amazing job with the florals, that she had shipped in from the west coast. Their wedding ceremony was one of the most touching I have seen {and see a lot of them}. Andrews father did the service, and tied the entire marriage around the baking of a cake- it was so beautiful!

The colors and the lights, and the little touches were perfect for this couple and the venue- such a fabulous of job of tying it all together but still keeping the focus on their marriage and love story. It was one of those weddings that when you leave, it makes you feel amazing for having been a part of their beginning.

 

Photographer: Pure Sugar Studios // Makeup Artist: Amanda Hopcraft Makeup Artist // Event Venue: Pena-Peck House // Lighting: St. Johns Illuminations // Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Destination Wedding at LaPlaya Beach Resort in Naples Florida.

This is one of those affairs where every perfect detail you dream of is beautifully weaved together in one fabulous destination wedding. Where the stunning bride dons an equally stunning Pronovais gown and elegance meets a modern classic theme against a backdrop of stark white sands, surf and blue skies at the gorgeous LaPlaya Beach Resort in Naples Florida.  This, my friends, is what we’re calling a “serious dose of pretty” and you can see every lovely moment captured by Tonya Malay right below.

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 From the photographer:

Victoria and Tim are from Surry, England and traveled with their closest friends and family to the LaPlaya Beach Resort in Naples, Florida. Victoria’s parents are part time residents in the Naples area, spending half the year in Florida and the other half in England. Victoria and Tim absolutely love the beach, and not only did their ceremony on the beach at LaPlaya, but also had their dinner reception beachside on the lawn. Reverend Wayne Salter performed their lovely ceremony. Victoria’s dress was designed by Pronovais and she found her gown at Harrods in Knightsbridge, London. Rythm Trail provided both their ceremony and reception music. Floral Encores provided their gorgeous flowers, and Ella’s Cakes created their lovely wedding cake. The guests had a blast with the photobooth provided by Bash Booths. Victoria’s father, Roger, restores cars for a living at Naples Hotrods and Exotics, so needless to say Victoria and Tim had a great time posing with Roger’s latest restoration, a vintage 1933 Dodge Sedan.

 

Photographer:  Tonya Malay Photography // Photo Booth Equipment: Bash Booths // Floral Designer: Floral Encores // Event Venue: LaPlaya Beach and Golf Resort // Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Australian Wedding in Venice Italy from My Italian Wedding Planner

Venice would have to be in the top wish list when it comes to romantic destinations.  It’s a magical city overflowing with stunning architecture, fabulous culture and delicious food around every corner.  It also happens to be a pretty amazing place to get married. Imagine cruising through the canals in a gondola to your ceremony, lingering in the picturesque streets for your photos and wining and dining in an intimate rooftop restaurant with your closest friends – pure Italian bliss. 

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From wedding planner Stefania:

Julie and Keith are an Australian/British couple from South Australia. They wanted to get married abroad and they decided to choose the romantic setting of Venice for their big day. Last May they travelled to Italy with a few close friends and they had a very intimate civil wedding ceremony in Palazzo Cavalli, the Venetian town hall which the ladies reached by gondola. The day was quite gloomy with a few drops of rain, but it gave Venice a quite dark and intriguing atmosphere which came out quite well in the photos by Milos and Natasa Horvat. 

Stefania and Sylvie, from My Italian Wedding Planner, helped the couple handle all the paperwork as well as some of the finer details including the flowers. We choose fresh and elegant peonies and callas in the shades of pink and purple – so that they could match the colour of Julie’s dress and shoes. Together with the bride’s bouquet there were also four smaller ones made of light pink peonies only, which perfectly matched the black dresses of her bridesmaids. 

After a photo shooting around San Marco, they all headed up to the renowned Danieli hotel for a meal in their roof terrace.

 

Photographer: Milos & Natasha Horvat / Wedding Planner: Stefania & Sylvie from My Italian Wedding Planner / Flowers: Munaretto / Reception: Danieli Hotel Venice 

 

 

Tiffany Blue Destination Wedding by Gary Kaplan Photography

A destination wedding on an island in Mexico… what’s not to love?  With a stunning oceanic backdrop, an elegant outdoor ceremony and a pretty Tiffany Blue theme complete with girls in blue, it’s a nuptial paradise. Photographed by Gary Kaplan this wedding is all love, all gorgeousness and all Mexican sunshine!  Soak up the pretty pics here… 

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From the Photographer

Kat & Justin held their destination wedding in Isla Mujeras, Mexico at the all-inclusive Palace resort on October 11, 2012. There were very blessed to have 40 of their friends and family celebrate their nuptials on this beautiful island. Kat is slightly obsessed with Tiffany’s, so the bridesmaids dresses were Tiffany blue. Justin gave her a Tiffany ribbon charm for her Tiffany bracelet the day of their wedding and you can catch glimpses of it throughout the images. They took a trip to Italy before their wedding, which is where she found her wedding shoes.

 

Photographer:  Gary Kaplan Photography / Venue: Isla Mujeras Palace, MexicoSubmitted via Two Bright Lights

Destination Mediterranean: A Wedding on Santorini by Anna Roussos

I think it’s safe to say many of us have dreamt of running off to the Greek Islands with the love-of-our-life and basque in the romance of it all. Well, blissettes, thanks to the extraordinary talents of Anna Roussos and the spectacular backdrop of Santorini, it’s one of the prettiest Mediterranean weddings you will ever lay your eyes on. This intimate rendezvous is exactly why I adore destination weddings

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From the photographer: 

It was Jenna and Sam’s dream to get married in Greece, and because of the travelling distance from the States, they decided it would be easier without family nor friends. Of course famous Santorini was the first island they thought about and it was a great choice (other couples who have wed in Santorini will understand). The wedding was very intimate and romantic. They could enjoy all the time for themselves, without any worries. While Jenna and Sam were exchanging vows, I could see tears of happiness in their eyes. It was truly beautiful moment!  

 

 

Photography by Anna Roussos / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Pretty Vancouver Island Wedding by Vivid Photography

I had the privilege of visiting Vancouver Island many years ago and it is one of the most picturesque spots you’ll find. So naturally this gorgeous affair snagged at my heart-strings immediately. Stylish, sophisticated and with west coach beach flair, this pretty Vancouver wedding brought guests together all the way from Ireland and beyond. Vivid Photography captured all the beauty of the beachfront celebration and every last detail of this destination affair. It’s a beautiful fresh burst of Canadian style you’ll want to drink right in!

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FROM THE BRIDE ANDREA: 

How Did The Two of You Meet?

Des and I met in Ireland while I was travelling abroad! He is from a small village called Enniskerry in County Wicklow, Ireland. My sister married a man from the same village (followed by her best friend marrying Des’s best friend after visiting Ireland and my best friend meeting Des’s good friend at our wedding who are now in a serious relationship and she has moved to Ireland to be with him!) Needless to say, there is definitely a connection between ladies from Saskatchewan and men from Enniskerry! It must be something in the water.
 

Why Vancouver Island for your Destination Wedding?

After the proposal we spent 6 months travelling the world together and then returned to Canada where we live now. As a prairie girl, I have always adored the west coast of Canada and my mom and step-father have retired on Vancouver Island so we decided it would be a fabulous place to have our wedding. We lived in Victoria for 6 months and discovered Tigh-Na-Mara resort in Parksville at this time which we fell in love with.
 

What was your Wedding Vision?

Our vision for the wedding was an outdoor ceremony that incorporated west-coast rustic elegance. Because of our common love for the outdoors and adventure, we wanted to bring the outdoors in and Tigh-Na-Mara definitely was the place for this, not to mention the name itself is in Irish Gaelic meaning “house by the sea.” It seemed like fate.
 

Tell Us About Your Day. . 

The day itself was amazing. I had 6 bridesmaids and Des had 5 groomsmen (4 of which were from Ireland). We had nearly 40 guests come from Ireland and the other 60 were from all over Canada and the USA. Our flower-girls and ring-bearer were all from Ireland as well. They all wore match ivory dresses and head bands and our ring-bearer’s suit was rented from Moore’s to perfectly match the groomsmen. 
 

Wedding Style & Colour Palette 

Our colour scheme was bright yellow (my favourite colour) and colours from the surroundings at Tigh-Na-Mara – including tan (sand), greens and white. The bridesmaids wore bright yellow sweetheart, strapless short dresses which they ordered online from J-crew with tan heels and the men wore black suits with bright yellow vests and ties which matched the shade of the ladies’ dresses. I got my wedding gown in Ireland from a little local store. It was the “Dakota” dress by Enzaoni which I had altered to have a deeper sweetheart.  
 
I gave the girls matching sand-dollar necklaces with their initials and a coin-pearl with coin-pearl earrings. I found these on “Etsy” which is a great website for wedding gifts! My bouquet was filled with bright yellows and oranges with roses, orchids and calla-lilies. The groomsmen wore the same yellow orchids in their boutonnieres and I surprised Des with a passion-flower for his, as this is his favourite special flower.  The girls had white orchids with beautiful long green grasses as their bouquets. There were also sprays of yellow orchids framing the gazebo at the ceremony. 
 

The Ceremony

The ceremony took place late morning and we were lucky to have pleasant sunny weather as it had been lashing rain all week! The girls and I got ready in the “Grotto Spa” at Tigh-Na-Mara where we had our makeup and hair done as well as a glass of bubbly and breakfast. Meanwhile, the men went swimming in the ocean and Des saved a Canadian goose from the mouth of a dog – a great way to start his wedding day as a believer in good karma!
 
Suzanne Hedges was our wedding coordinator and did and absolutely amazing job. She picked all of us girls up in a golf cart and we made our way down to the ceremony sight that was surrounded by arbutus trees, log cabins and overlooked the sea. The tide was out that day so it was even more beautiful with the sand stretching on for miles! My wonderful step-dad and uncle (who was also our masters of ceremony) ushered everyone in and gave each person bubbles to blow after the ceremony. For the reserved seats I made small signs out of cart paper, white marker and placed them in pine cones, incorporating the natural elements of the setting. We also made the wedding programs ourselves using tan cart paper, twigs and yellow ribbon.
 
My gorgeous mom and wonderful Dad walked me down the isle as we had traditional live Irish music play. We had a fiddler who we saw play down in Victoria several times, a guitarist and an Uillean pipe player (a traditional Irish instrument which is my favourite instrument of all). Among others, they played a Celtic version of Pachabel’s canon. It was a very emotional and exciting day and I couldn’t have been happier to see Des standing smiling at the end of the aisle.
 
After saying our vows, having his sister do a traditional Irish blessing, having my sister speak words of marriage wisdom and getting bright pink lipstick all over Des’s face after our “I-do” kiss, we signed the registry where I had made a vase using the bark of a birch tree from my Dad’s backyard and a vase. I engraved Des and my initials in a heart and we placed wild flowers we collected in it. Everyone blew bubbles as we made our way back up the isle where we shared champagne and gorgeous appetizers  (made at Tigh-Na-Mara) which people enjoyed on the grass at the ceremony location. 
 

The Beach Photo Shoot

We did the photo shoot on the beach at Tigh-Na-Mara. For the beach photo shoot, I gave my bridesmaids red, yellow and pink polka-dot “wellies” (rubber boots) to wear which I brought from Ireland. The men wore bare feet for this. After the first shoot, Des and I (and his awesome best man, Barry) did another one which was a little drive away from the ceremony sight. It was full of giant pieces of driftwood and unique stone and I loved the creativity Vivid used with their photos! 

Decor & DIY Details

The petal and kettle helped with our decorations and we also incorporated a lot of DIY’s. They made us a wishing tree using natural curly sticks which was a lovely way for people to send their best words and wishes. They provided bright yellow sashes on the chairs to match the same yellow of bridesmaids dresses. We incorporated burlap and lace table runners on top of white linens and we made table names ourselves using mason jars, sand, burlap and lace, small chalk board squares from Michael’s which we stuck in the sand and then photos of the two of us from our travels around the world to name our tables. 
 
I have a true love for beach combing so we incorporated lots of driftwood and sand dollars and small yellow starfish which I found myself and got from a shop on the island. I also made (with the help of my family) napkin wraps out of baby sand dollars and hemp…very simple and beautiful! The centerpieces were gorgeous up-lit yellow orchids in jelly bubbles which varied between tall and short vases on each table. 

 

Wedding Cake

Our cake was a one tier, very dense chocolate biscuit cake (traditional to Ireland) covered in thick beautiful bright yellow icing and pearly white drops. It was placed on a tree stump that the Coastal Cake Company made at our request to incorporate the rustic element and the cake was topped with simple white orchids. We also had yellow, white and brown cake pops with sand dollar decals on them each with different flavours including: white chocolate raspberry, passion fruit vanilla and chocolate. 

 

The Reception

Our reception was so much fun. We started early with appetizers and drinks in front of the stone fireplace. We had seafood martinis (a collection of crab and other seafood served in martini glasses) as well as potato martinis to bring in the west coast feel by providing fresh seafood.
 
We had a kids craft table set up with colouring books, craft paper and hats to create. We had a buffet dinner, lots of touching speeches and a slideshow. Our music was amazing for the night. The same musicians played in the evening–incorporating traditional Irish and Canadian songs while they led dances. We followed this with a DJ and had a midnight snack of vegetarian pizza, wings and veggies and dip. 
 
The party went on all night as we danced the night away (our first song being Etta James’, “At Last” which Des and I first danced to in Ireland at a “silent” disco). The gang then made their way to the beach for a bonfire as we retired to our honeymoon suite overlooking the ocean. It was a truly magical day!
 

 

Photographer: Vivid Photography /Ceremony & Reception Venue:  Tigh-Na-Mara Resort / Flowers & Decor: Petal & Kettle: Parksville Florist & Tea Co / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

San Diego Destination Wedding by Melissa McCLure Photography

On the west coast of USA in San Diego there is a gorgeous seaside town called La Jolla. A pretty locale that is ideal for  a wedding – just like this beautiful destination wedding by Melissa McLure Photography. It’s stylish, it’s understated and it has us dreaming of romantic sunsets and walks along the shore. I’ll leave the rest to beautiful bride Natalie, who shares with us all the lovely details below. Enjoy the sunshine lovelies….

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FROM THE BRIDE:

Describe your proposal?

David proposed on a Friday evening in September, under a tree in Central park. Very low key, but just right!

What was your wedding vision?

I have never really been the girl/woman with a wedding vision. The things that mattered to me (and us) were that people felt comfortable (not stuffy) and they were able to enjoy good food, wine and dance the night away and simply celebrate with us.

One thing I remember thinking was that I didn’t want really BIG centerpieces because I hate when I cannot see someone across the table at wedding due to some big monstrosity (not to say they are not beautiful, just not my style).

Having some part of the wedding outside seemed natural, which is a big reason David and I didn’t get married in NYC (where we live). We wanted to have the beauty of La Jolla shores be part of the “decoration.” 

Tell us about your planning details:

The ceremony and reception was at Scripps Forum in La Jolla (the ceremony was on the grass overlooking the water and for the cocktail hour we used the space between the grass and Forum. The dinner reception inside the Forum)

I am not sure if I had a “theme” per se, but wanted things to look classy and clean (no clutter of “stuff”)

Green is my favorite color, so it seemed natural to myself and my friends that this would be one of the colors (mint/sea foam). Ultimately it was not, I just seemed to gravitate to more navy/midnight blues.

I started with what I wanted to my bridesmaids to wear – they all have beautiful olive skin so I knew they would look good in just about anything (unlike me!) – and with the time of year being February I thought the midnight blue dresses would look so pretty against the green grass and ocean.

I always knew that tulips would be the flower, they have always been my favorite, particularly the peach ones, which go so well with the midnight blue!

Describe your wedding style:

I got my dress at Nicole Miller (great recommendation from a bridesmaid and wonderful friend who was married not too long before David and I, Melissa shot their wedding as well, that is how we met her).

I think the name of the dress is the Dakota (ivory, strapless, sweetheart, modified mermaid with a mini train). I LOVED this dress! I had a sash made at M & J trimmings in the city (NYC) in a champagne color and some asymmetrical jewel/stone things (obviously I am not good at this stuff). The groomsmen wore grey kingston suites from Friar Tus shop. Our ring bearer wore the same and my flower girl (my niece) picked out her dress with Mom’s help.

And your wedding details?

We didn’t have a wedding cake, only a topper for cake cutting purposes from VG donut and bakery in Solana Beach. Instead our caterer (Crowne Point Catering) put together an awesome dessert station of white chocolate bread pudding, brownies, cheese cake bars, etc. We didn’t do wedding favors, but my Mom did put together little bags for hotel guests (the majority of our guests flew in from various places around the world!) No boutonnieres for the groomsmen, only for my husband and our ring bearer.

Did you include any DIY or personalized details?

We made our place cards with various toys from Paper Source (one opened up about 4 blocks away from us during the wedding planning process, it was awesome). I can actually say that my husband knows how to use an embosser.

David also named the signature cocktail, “Hancocktail” he was very proud of this contribution. A friend of mine had a great idea for a guest book using polaroid pictures. We bought a basic guest book from Paper source, I placed in stickers that hold the polaroids in place. Then guests took pictures of themselves during the cocktail hour and signed somewhere in the book with advise for us. We placed their picture next to their message and now have a snap shot of most guests from our wedding. It is pretty great!

Was there anything that made your wedding unique?

My husband is South African, I am from California and we live in NYC. We wanted each place to be represented, so how better than through alcohol. We had wines from both California and South Africa and our signature cocktail was a Manhattan. Also, in South Africa it is traditional for a close friend of the groom to MC the event. Our very good friend Dean (who flew all the way from Cape Town!) MC’d the night and made it so personal and special.

What was your biggest challenge?

Planning a wedding from the other side of the country is not ideal, but I must say having my Mom and Erin Donoghue (my wedding planner and the lil-sis of one of my closest friends and bridesmaids), made it all very possible and mostly stress-free.

What were your favorite moments?

So hard to choose because it honestly was the best weekend of my life!

Walking down the aisle with my dad, seeing all these people I loved and then seeing my almost-husband, all with the ocean behind them was pretty incredible!

David and I’s first glance (or look, I can’t remember), was so so so special and emotional and the best decision we made. It was supposed to be just us (and Melissa), but we looked over at one point and saw all the groomsmen in one of the hotel rooms peeking out, very sweet.

David’s speech at the wedding (also customary in South Africa, the groom has the main speech). I felt very lucky to have just married him!

Have to include a dancing thing here, I LOVE to dance and I LOVE karaoke. There are endless pictures of me with the DJ’s microphone and doing the air guitar, but I loved singing at the top of my lungs surrounded by awesome friends and family to the quintessential “Don’t stop believing” by Journey, cheesy, but highly recommended at any wedding.

 

 

Photography: Melissa McLure Photography / Hair Stylist:  BeautyEverAfter / Event Planner:  Your Event by Erin /Floral Designer:  Franco’s Flowers / Cake Designer:  VG Donut & Bakery / DJ:  Sound Prodigy / Makeup Artist:  ACMakeup / Event Venue:  Scripps Seaside Forum / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Costa Rica Beach Wedding by Katherine Stinnett Photography

Be Warned! – This gorgeous beach wedding is likely to give you an unstoppable desire to jump on the first plane to Costa Rica. We’re seriously loving the natural and laid back vibe of this beautiful affair. The beautiful ceremony, the handsome bride and groom and the stunning fairylit reception right on the beach – just perfect. A destination wedding really doesn’t get any better than this. A big thank you to Katherine Stinnett Photography for capturing all the magical moments!

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From the photographer: Leah and Victor met and fell in love in Miami. When choosing a location for their wedding, they knew there was no place better for them than the beaches of Costa Rica. Victor was born and raised in Costa Rica, and the couple knew this would be the perfect place for their families to meet and celebrate together. After a sweet, intimate wedding the couple danced the night away under the stars on the beach with their closest friends and family. The couple even surprised their guests with a traditional Costa Rican comparsa band complete with dancers, drum circle, and stilt walkers to end the night.

 

Photography:  Katherine Stinnett Photography / Event Planner: Tropical Occasions & Mountian Occasions / Reception Venue: JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Renewal of Vows French Country Style by Belle Momenti Photography

After three days of extensive Asian/Western wedding celebrations, Aaron and Sheena, who were unable to fulfill their ambition of marrying abroad, decided that they would one day renew their vows in a more intimate setting. Through their mutual love of travel, culture and all-things European, they decided that the location should be in an authentic, real-life fairytale castle – Château des Buis, situated in the Rhones/Alps region of France. At nearly 850 years old, the Château is steeped in history and filled with French ambience and tradition, giving Aaron and Sheena the intimacy they were seeking, with breath-taking views over the surrounding countryside.

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From the photographers: In the morning, the venue’s hair and makeup artists arrived at the Château to help Sheena create her bridal look whilst Aaron relaxed with his best man. After some individual stylized photographs the couple renewed their vows in the beautifully renovated stone Orangerie, which had been decorated for an intimate ceremony.

The couple lit a Unity Candle to mark the occasion, witnessed by their two best friends, before making their way to the beautiful fresco adorned coach entrance for confetti throwing. Afterwards, Aaron and Sheena were photographed in all of the key locations in and around the Château – from the wonderful gated courtyard to the classically beautiful staircase, opulent bridal suite and ‘Salle de Freques.’ Sheena was even captured throwing her bouquet of red roses from the tower to her Prince below in a gesture of pure romance! 

Aaron and Sheena then moved into the Écurie, for a lavish yet intimate reception meal with their friends and an appropriate toast of the Château’s own Grand Cru Rose wine. After cutting their cake – a chocolate gateau covered in a Chantilly cream icing – the couple fed each other ‘Tart au praline’ – a delicious specialty of the region. Unbeknownst to the happy couple, their family and closest friends had contacted the Château beforehand, to offer their congratulations and loving wishes. Lucy, the Château’s dedicated wedding planner, transferred these messages to handmade labels and tied these with coloured ribbons onto a wishing tree…adding a further surprise to their day!

To end the celebrations, Sheena changed into her Asian wedding dress, which she wore on her wedding day, before joining Aaron to dance under the candle lit lanterns that Lucy had arranged for them. Finally, after a night’s stay in the Château’s bridal suite, they were awakened with yet another personal touch – a champagne breakfast complete with croissants from the local artisan bakery.

 

Photography: Belle Momenti Photography / Ceremony & Reception Venue: Chateaus des Buis, France