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Fairytale Destination French Castle Wedding

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French chateau wedding at Chateau Challain

Sherri and Ken’s destination castle wedding is a true fairytale in more ways than one. They met, fell in love and after almost 10 years of dating, decided to throw a week-long celebration in France with their nearest and dearest in attendance. The moment they saw the dreamy Chateau Challian, they knew it was the perfect venue to host their luxurious event.

After a week long celebration, it all came down to their biggest day ever which featured vintage furniture, fresh florals and luxurious details in shades of blush, gold and white. See more of their happily ever after below, and be sure to visit the full gallery for more must-see moments from Anne Bequtte.

Regal invitation suite and key favors

Wedding dress with lace top overlay

Choosing an overseas wedding

From the bride: The more Ken and I spoke about our wedding the more we wanted to do something different, something more intimate. We both came up with the thought of getting married overseas. At first, I was opposed to the idea, I mean not everyone can afford to fly over and spend enough time to make it worth it. And having everyone share this time with us was important to us. Ken came up with the idea of renting a place for a week and having our friends and family just pay for their flights.

Wedding at Chateau Challain in FranceFrench Chateau wedding

Greenery decor ideaFloral wedding arch

Floral covered wedding arch

Vintage chic decorUse vintage furniture as a wedding bar

Finding the perfect venue

With a new plan set in motion, the internet was our best friend. We searched for weeks for places to stay that would hold 50 plus people. At the end of our research, we had 7 Chateaus to visit. We planned a trip to France and spent 2 weeks driving the countryside in search of our perfect venue.

Blush and gold outdoor receptionFramed table number

Rose gold key wedding favor

Greenery centerpieceFrench chateau wedding

Plain white wedding cake

The Magical Chateau Challain

At the end of our week, exhausted from driving and moving each day we arrived at what would be the most magical place we’ve ever set eyes on. Driving down the last strip before our arrival you could see the tips of the chateau in the trees and the excitement began. Pulling into the driveway we both knew this was it. After meeting with a member of the staff we made a decision to have our wedding here at Chateau Challain. It took a year of planning which was made quite easy because of our amazing planner, Cynthia Nicholson.  She made our vision come to life. So on the week of July 25, 2017 Ken and I got married in front of 54 of our closest friends and family in the most beautiful Chateau in the Loire Valley.

Kiss silhouette photo

Wedding fireworks

You'll want to check out the wedding film from Alex Znaharchuk below to get a closer look at this French castle wedding!

https://vimeo.com/245848311

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