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French Country Banquet Wedding Inspiration

French Country Banquet Wedding Inspiration

This Debbie Lourens and Green Goddess Flower Studio collaboration shoot is a vision in red. The deep ruby is just so mesmerizing and definitely screams French countryside when you see how this rich color is woven and worked into this editorial. It’s such a strong color on its own and adding a delightful punch of pale blue to the mix of colors is the icing on the cake. Not only does it bring out the red even more, it softens the whole look, giving it a nice touch of whimsy. There are so many treats to see with this wedding inspiration!

countryside wedding ideas - photo by Debbie Lourens

From the floral designer and stylist, Green Goddess Flower Studio: The inspiration for this shoot was a French banquet in a relaxed country setting. Reminiscent of traditional family dining around a big table in an old Loire Valley chateau. The overall look of the table is one that is relaxed, but elegant without being overly rustic – a little bit of French country botanical. We wanted a table that looked warm and inviting, particularly for couples who want to consider a cooler weather wedding. It can be a wonderful time of year to get married and really enjoy those rich, decadent winter meals, with great wine and a roaring fire. We opted for warm, rich colours of reds, peach and coral, with hints of mint and deep purple for some added drama. We chose large opulent, heavily petalled blooms to convey the sense of understated elegance and to off-set the rich textures of the finer berries. We chose to do a swag style arrangement which is very on-trend and suits the French banquet style of dining.

pets at weddings - photo by Debbie Lourens

bridal accessories - photo by Debbie Lourens

wedding hairstyles - photo by Debbie Lourens

cascading bouquets - photo by Debbie Lourens

Langverwagt is a historic farm with beautiful heritage buildings. As the reception cellars were built for practical use of storing wine, they are quite dark – which invites filling the rooms with lots of warm candlelight and rich warm colours. The farm has beautiful gardens around every corner and it was lovely to bring some of the garden into the venue as part of this shoot. And to make use of the venue’s permanent fairy light installations to add some romance to the look.

We wanted to use items that were effortlessly elegant, as if you had been invited to a French country chateau for this celebration. Almost as if the village had all rallied and lent all of their best family crystal, flatware and candlesticks to help the couple celebrate amongst those who had watched them grow up. The slight colour on the flatware added an interesting perspective instead of going for more neutral crockery. It also had a slightly raised pattern on it that gave it a more relaxed feel than if we had chosen something with a gold rim for example. The glasses from Woolworths were ideal they were very classic shapes with beautiful etching that conveys old tradition without the heaviness of a cut crystal glass.

vintage wedding invitations - photo by Debbie Lourens

rustic wedding decor - photo by Debbie Lourens

floral table runner - photo by Debbie Lourens

red place settings - photo by Debbie Lourens

We used a stone coloured linen tablecloth to keep the look relaxed and added a striped linen runner to give it a more French feel. The lighter coloured linen also served as a great backdrop for the deeper coloured flowers and complemented them, rather than competing with them. The gold cutlery was a little nod to some opulence and completed the look by adding to the warm colours of the décor.

We also chose the clear perspex Victoria chairs, which are based on the design of Louis chairs, again the French connection. But we opted for clear chairs, to let the opulence of the table do the talking, rather than confusing the look with more detail in the chairs. We considered using wooden chairs, but the clear perspex added a more contemporary feel, that was too old-world.

printed table numbers - photo by Debbie Lourens

smoky eye wedding makeup - photo by Debbie Lourens

red and pink wedding flowers - photo by Debbie Lourens

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We call this type of arrangement a swag or a floral runner. It is often made with mostly greenery, but in our case given the season and the abundance of beautiful berries (in red, purple, brown, green and pink tones), we used the berries as the main ingredient of the swag, with a little greenery for some definition. This was complemented with coral charm peonies (from Holland as they are in season in the Northern Hemisphere between May and August), but peonies are available locally at the end of October, but not necessarily in this colour), red tulips (these are in season in South Africa between June and October), red ranunculus (in season in South Africa from June to November), cream, red and peach roses (available all year round), foliage, all complemented by a mix of seasonal berries.

wedding food and drink - photo by Debbie Lourens

painted wedding cakes - photo by Debbie Lourens

lace wedding dresses - photo by Debbie Lourens

View all images from this shoot in the gallery

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  • I love this blog post. What a beautiful wedding! Great write up! I am bridesmaid on my best friends wedding and we talk about nothing else at the moment. I am so excited for her. I wish her wedding will look like this. It is so amazing but talking about wedding planning. I would have never believed it but finding the right band is really tricky. The last few days we went band scouting around town and found a really good band. It is really important that their set reflects the wishes of the crowd and that they cover a wide range of good music. I love this blog and come here sometimes to read up on ideas or just get inspired. I was wondering if anyone had an opinion. I am from Ireland by the way. I’ve heard this group the other night and they were so different to all the other acts I’ve seen. After searching them on the web I found this brilliant wedding band online. What do you guys think?

  • An interesting blog. The natural arrangement with the berries are a wonderful idea and touch. In the recent months our customers have been buying plain or printed hessian which also give a natural look and feel. Our traditional clients also are using Ingwe printed runners and chair covers to keep to the African traditional look which are animal printed overlays and runners. All these could be found at

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