September 24, 2014
Set in the most breath-taking scenery in the Dordogne, Lara & Richard were married in a MORE than gorgeous Chateau surrounded by their loved ones.
I was like a child in a sweet shop photographing this wedding. JUST gorgeous.. everything and everyone!!!!
Lara tells me their oh soooooo beautiful LOVE STORY.
We met at the start of university, where we were both at St John’s College in Cambridge studying Natural Sciences, which involved looking down microscopes a lot, electrocuting each other in Physiology practical classes, and going on field trips to Wales where we counted barnacles in the rain! We became good friends, and moved in together as ‘housemates’ after we graduated. We got together a year later, which was apparently no surprise to any of our friends!
Richard proposed at the top of the mountain. On the way up I was complaining how cold it was and I decided we should turn around and go back – but he seemed very insistent that we must get to the top!
He was acting very strange indeed and very specific about where exactly we should stand on the top of this mountain. He wanted us to keep walking a little further to the other side of the summit. This was easier said than done however, given the slippery ice and snow both of us fell over on the way!
So when he finally got down on one knee, I first thought he might have just fallen over again – before I realised that this was the moment! It was so beautiful up there, the ice and snow was shimmering in the sunlight and it was like we were in another world.
We decided to get married in France for a number of reasons. First, many of my married friends had said that their wedding day went past in a blur, and that they barely had time to talk to all the people they had invited. We thought that it would be lovely to have our family and friends with us for a long weekend, so that we could have a more relaxed time with our favourite people and enjoy celebrating with them. We have both spent lovely holidays in the south of France, and that coupled with the (usually!) beautiful weather, good wine and food made it the obvious choice.
We decided to have a ‘DIY’ wedding as much as possible, so we found a beautiful old chateau that was self-catering and roped in our friends and family to help. It really was a team effort! My bridesmaids and I made the cake together – the months leading up to the wedding were spent finding the ‘perfect’ chocolate cake recipe, and the morning of the wedding we were up to our elbows in chocolate icing! We put together all the decorations ourselves, making pompoms and paper flowers to adorn the beautiful barn. The groomsmen put on an amazing BBQ to welcome everyone on the first night, and the ceremony was a real family affair, with my step-dad as the celebrant and Rich’s musical family providing gorgeous cello music and a little sing-along to lighten the mood when we were all getting too emotional!
Although we planned the wedding ourselves, we are really glad we booked a wedding co-ordinator Beth Stretton from Marry Me in France to organise us on the day. She was fantastic, especially when the heavens opened and we had to move the ceremony inside to escape the thunderstorm! I would advise anyone doing a french ‘DIY’ wedding to make sure someone is there to take the pressure off on the day – you have worked so hard up until that point and you don’t want to be carrying chairs and putting out napkins in your wedding dress!
Wedding Photography – Claire Morris Photography
English speaking wedding photographer based in Paris, France.