Anything in the French countryside is bound to exude effortless charm, and this destination wedding shot by W Scott Chester defines it quite perfectly. Melanie and Matt’s wedding is proof that rainy days can be just as beautiful too!
We wanted a venue where our family and friends could spend some quality time together. Some had travelled from Australia and Canada so it was amazing to have a holiday with everyone there (and all their help too!). We were the first wedding the venue had had.
I have an artsy background so I knew early on I would definitely be doing some DIY. I made Matt’s ring, made of honour necklace, my bracelet and hair slide, ring pillow, flowergirl baskets, lace bunting, lace candle holders, hanging fabric balls, willow heart, all the stationary and pouches, fans (it was meant to be hot!) and seating plan. I really enjoyed making everything – so much so I am in the process of starting up a little business Belle Pom Pom where things can be made to order or hired. The spoon table markers were by Etsy seller, hammermann.
We wanted a soft rustic background so people could bring the colour. The surrounding area is full of vines, olives and lavender (my favourite flower) so we wanted to echo that. I’m a bit lace obsessed (used to make it as a kid) and I’ve been collecting doilies for years so it was great to get them all on show!
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Have fun and try not to stress about things. We travelled to the south of France to find sun and they had the worst weather in 100 years! We did not expect it to rain but you can’t cry; you just have to laugh. If you are diy-ing, start early and enjoy ticking things off the list. You’ll want the day all over again so relive it through amazing photos.
Ceremony and reception locations: Owner’s Direct / Wedding planner: “The guardians of the villa were extremely helpful, kind and full of local knowledge. We used an English wedding coordinator to overcome the language barrier”. / Florist: Blandine / Photographer: W Scott Chester / Wedding Dress: Claire Pettibone – Yolanda, bought second hand from Pre Loved / Makeup: friend / Wedding Shoes: Wallis / Hair accessory: bride’s grandmother’s brooch converted into a hair slide / Bridesmaid Dresses: Flowergirl dresses from Monsoon ; Maid of Honour from Debenhams / Groom’s suit: Debenhams / Officiant: Peter Madan is English and based in Cannes, he was an amazing celebrant and provided us with the dJ’s. (firstname.lastname@example.org) Quatour Saint Jean / Caterer: La Ferme du Pezet / Wedding dessert: croquembouche / Wedding invitations: handmade Bride’s friend Nicole drew the map (email@example.com)