Located at the entrance gate of Loire Valley, Chateau D’Esclimont was the perfect set for this wedding!
The luxurious castle with sixteenth-century Renaissance architecture and beautiful gardens, made me crazy with so much inspiration!
We arrived in Paris on May 28th, two days before the wedding,
and went straight to see the place which, until then, I had only seen by photo.
From there we went to our Bed & Breakfast in a little town nearby, named Rochefort-en-Yvelines.
It looked like a dollhouse and not only my room had small dots of light on the ceiling (as the owner said,
so that we could sleep looking at the stars), but also my almost secret garden had planted peonies!
I could stay there the whole time… but after a few hours of sleep, at 5:00 am,
we were all ready to go, en route to the “Rungis Marché”, the famous flower market!
Mrs Monica went crazy with so many flowers, and so did I!
Lots of work, two days almost non stop, but the result is always rewarding!
Mrs Monica and Aline produced a spectacular show of flowers!
Looking at that wonderful castle, even though I was exhausted, I could only be thankful for this opportunity!
The wedding was fit for a princess, and now I’ll show you all the details!
We start with the ceremony! The photos speak for themselves!!!!
At cocktail hour, the cake for the bride and groom to cut?
The famous “Cheese Cake”. Yes, the cake is made with delicious French cheeses!
The room, called o Salle des Trophées, where the reception took place, was simply marvelous!
The beautiful sweets table! Ahhhhh, Mrs Monica… I think she could
spend the rest of her life creating her arrangements there!
The sweets were from the renowned Angelina and Fauchon!
The cake could not have been any other! The famous macaron tower from Ladurée! Check out the cake top!!!!
The tables were set up with proper etiquette!
Isn’t this the most beautiful napkin ring?
The dance floor lounge was charming, with a beautiful view out the window!
The tea table was another show! The day before the wedding I met the bride at the
Bon Marché, in Paris, and we got all the tasty tidbits for an authentic French tea table!
Each sugar cube more beautiful than the other!
Not to mention the several types of teas and comfits from Fauchon!
The table for the guests to leave messages to the newlyweds,
with chocolates, liquors, cigars and other goodies was also a success!
Everything thought of to the last detail, the ladies room drove some guests crazy!
Miniature perfumes and makeup for everyone!
The “grand finale” was the evening surprise, when all the guests were invited by the
newlyweds to light up the famous sky lanterns, to let them all go at the same time in the garden!
The lanterns are flame resistant and biodegradable, plus we got authorization from the local municipality!
We’ve been doing more and more events outside the country and, as I usually tell my brides,
the wedding abroad provides not just the day of the ceremony, but a whole week of celebration
with all the guests embarking on the journey!
After the ceremony in the castle, everyone went back to Paris… for more celebration!
The following day the husband and wife did a jaw dropping photo shoot, with the perfect set: Paris!
They got dressed again and went out in search of each angle of the city that overflows with romanticism!
A dream, no?
Photos by Joao Coelho and Studio Cabrelli.