August 4, 2016
Baharak & Paul were married at Château de saint-loup sur Thouet in France a fairy-tale château, a dream wedding venue.
If we had to tell you one thing about us….it would be that we are so thankful. Thankful that we’ve been brought together and that whatever obstacle that has been put in our way we have overcome them together. As many of you know all too well, it’s been hard and difficult at times and we’d do it all over again if it brought us to this very moment. After 6 years of being married, we are so excited to finally have a wedding and to celebrate it with you all.
When Paul and I began to plan the wedding our first vision was France, history, Chateau Versailles and romance. So we planned a 2 week holiday travelling around France visiting various Chateaux all around the country, 9 to be exact! We learned a lot in the process because we thought we wanted this pristine chateau just like Versailles, but the more chateaux we saw the more we envisioned somewhere steeped in history. We wanted it to be in someone’s cherished home and not just a museum and we also wanted a local village to not feel so isolated with just having a chateau for our wedding. We felt that instantly when we saw Chateau de Saint-Loup in Saint-Loup-Lamaire. So much so that without even going into the actual chateau, Baharak began to cry because she just knew that this was where we were actually going to get married after all these years.
It was a Friday in July 2009 and the weather was pretty miserable in London. A flatmate invited me out with some of our friends. I had no motivation to go as it was late and horrible out, but with some pushing by another flatmate, I decided to go out and arrived at a club called The Verve in Covent Garden around 10pm. I walked in and saw my flatmate and her friends standing in a corner and I immediately made eye contact with a man who wouldn’t stop smiling. He had the most beautiful blue eyes. Who knew that this man, whom I spent the night talking about cars with (I’m sure Paul was testing me, even though I knew a lot about cars since my dad also loves them), would end up being my husband one day.
We ended up seeing each other every day that weekend from taking a canal boat ride to our official first date on the Sunday in Southbank. Paul asked me to marry him in the same spot as our first date. To the day, every anniversary, we still go back to that same spot and dine in the restaurant in the same seats where we had our first date 7 years ago.
What is one piece of advice that you could give brides-to-be?
My biggest piece of advice to a bride-to-be is not everything is going to go as you had planned. In the end it doesn’t really matter and only you will know when something isn’t right. Just have fun and enjoy the moment, because it really does go by so quickly!
Venue Address: Chateau de Saint Loup
Photographer: Claire Morris Photography
Videographer: Zen Film Works
Wedding Planner: Tiphaine at Chateaux Avenue
Transport: Bride’s family
Flowers: Lisa Gatenby – French Flower Style
Celebrant: Bride’s family
Hair/ Make up Artist: Hair: Badrie Shahbodaghloo (Bride’s mother) Tanaz.com
Bride: Dress/ Shoes Dress; Dresses by Baharak Nekessa
Shoes: Christian Louboutin: http://eu.christianlouboutin.com/fr_en/
Groom: Suit / Shoes Suit: Reiss, Shoes: Russel and Bromley
Catering: Le Petite France – http://www.lapetitefrance.fr
Cake: Stephanie Guerin – www.cookingsteph86.com