As soon as I hear “French castle wedding,” my mind immediately drifts to fairy tales. Maïwenn and Benjamin’s wedding isn’t far off from a fairy tale with a lace wedding gown designed to wow, a lofty party in Le Château de la Colaissière, and a veritable treasure trove of French desserts (including a cake set on fire with sparklers!) all captured beautifully by Joyeuse Photography.

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From the bride, Maïwenn: We just wanted a day that was like us — young, happy, with plenty of laughs (and a little bit retro because I love “Les années folles”). We decided to say “I Do” in the middle of winter. So, for more cheerfulness, it was fun to create a dress code for our guests. Attendees were asked to wear red, yellow, or pink, and all our decorations were based on these 3 colors.

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Flower recipe: I created my bouquet with artificial flowers and brooches. The flowers in the church and in the dining room were lilies and freesia (because it was the favorite flower of one of my grandfathers).

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Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Be yourself and enjoy your wedding day! (and before that, you should prepare the day with little details, it’s the key to enjoying the day!)

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From the photographer, Tahni of Joyeuse Photography: Maïwenn and Benjamin are pretty creative and unique and wanted an interesting spin on their wedding. They got married in a church and had their reception in a castle outside of Nantes and had a bit of a nostalgia theme going on. All their tables were themed by “bandes dessinées” – which are comic/graphic books from France or Belgium. They got married on Valentine’s Day and their colors were pink, red, and yellow and had all their guests dress in those colors (and wear hats!). They also had cootie catchers- those games you played as a child with the folded paper thingies. Also, their wedding cake lit on fire – on purpose! PS – the Rolls Royce that escorted us around was Brad Pitt’s! Ha!

Wedding Music:
Bride’s Processional: “Ruby Tuesday,” The Rolling Stones
Recessional: “I Was Born to Love You,” Queen
Ceremony: “Flora’s Secret,” Enya; “Una Mattina,” Ludovico Einaudi; “Tales of Two Sisters (Epilogue),” Byeong-Woo Lee; “I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You,” Ingrid Michaelson
Newlywed Entrance: “Right Here Right Now,” DJ Zebra et le Bagad de Carhaix
Cake Cutting: “Levels,” Avicii
First Dance: mix of “Stranglers,” Golden Brown; “Johnny B. Goode,” Chuck Berry; “A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (All We Got),” Fergie

Wedding Location: Landemont, France / Photographer: Joyeuse Photography / Venue: Le Château de la Colaissière / Wedding Dress: Designed by bride’s friend / DJ: Kirfa Mix

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