You know those classic moody paintings you see in museums around the world with fruit and flowers and beautifully posed people, well this next shoot brings that same renaissance beauty into the 21st century and is here to show you how to implement it into your wedding day! With the gorgeous Chateau de Camon as the backdrop and two fabulously attired brides, we kinda want to frame every single photo from this amazing shoot!
Situated in the foothills of the Pyrenees, L'Abbaye-Château de Camon is a charming ancient Benedictine monastery dating back to the tenth century. Entering Chateau de Camon you will feel as if you had time-traveled. The venue offers a truly sublime and mesmerizing experience. Beautifully renovated maintaining its impressive stone staircases, column courtyards and picturesque gardens, it became a dreamed wedding venue. We were inspired by the mystical yet welcoming atmosphere of the chateau, perfect for a romantic wedding with a bohemian twist.
The florist, Sarah Menager says: "In this photoshoot, I wanted to experiment with a complex and unusual colour palette and textures. The mystical atmosphere of the chateau and the unique personalities of the brides inspired me
It was not easy to combine the colours including old mauve, antique rose, soft pink, pale orange, and a touch of blue. Roses, berries, shaded eucalyptus looked fabulous supplemented with delicate flowers. I loved this little challenge I gave myself, and I was delighted with the results. All these colors brought sweetness and poetry to the whole look and looked beautiful in the stunning, painterly photos by Pattie Fellowes.
Sarah is not only a talented floral artist. She also uses natural materials exclusively, respecting the environment.
A local baker, Marie Arvidsson, provided us with a selection of six incredible cakes. Marie, whose Swedish mother was an amazing baker, loves experimenting with recipes and cake decor. The first - the largest cake - is a lemon sponge decorated with clementine curd and caramelized citrus. It’s a perfect winter cake with a hint of summer nostalgia. The second cake is a vanilla sponge with hiding juicy blueberries, covered with light blue icing and winter thistle. The third one is a rustic wedding white with swirly Swiss meringue butter Icing, and understated floral. The mocha coloured cake in a simple style highlights stunning antique rose decor. It is a coffee flavoured sponge with chocolate layers. Finally, we have a traditional two-tiered white fondant cake with sparkly ribbons.
For the table set up, we used beautiful repurposed antique French linen, hand-dyed in blue and gray shades. The floral and candles decor was complemented by hand made table stationery, inspired by the medieval style of the Abbey. The dessert table set up included hand made ceramic bowls, provided by a local artist.
Celestine is a romantic and classic style bride who loves playing with her style. A bridal stylist, Emilie, choose a classic gown with a long train from Lunanovias. The statement element of the dress is an open back with crossover straps and delicate embroidery, adding a playful twist to the elegant look.
The makeup artist, Raphaelle, says she "wanted for Celestine's natural beauty to speak for itself. The subtle and natural colour make up revealed the sweetness of her personality".
Annette Carr, the hairstylist, highlighted Celestine's romantic personality by dropping down her long, voluminous, curly hair. "Twisted into a wrapped around ponytail, they finished the whole look."
A hair accessory designer, Rachel Suhubiette, provided us with stunning handmade hairpieces, inspired by antique classicism. "This floral jewelry with a modern twist is perfect for romantic brides with firm personality." A porcelain head crown suited Celestine perfectly. We added a little bit of foliage and pale berries to the hairstyle, for a more playful and unique look.
For Celestine’s jewellery, we chose yellow earrings inspired by buttercup flowers. As the jewellery designer, Caitlin Harper describes: "We love their unique colour and classic elegant style. They add a real pop of colour that was complemented with the yellow berries in the bridal bouquet."
The large cocktail ring, set with a beautiful tumbled chalcedony and a small faceted citrine, was inspired by the buttercup flower. Caitlin chooses it because it adds a contemporary feel to this very contemporary wedding".
For Diane, Emilie chooses a guipure sheath gown with long sleeves and deep neckline, from Adelaide. This creation highlights Diane's delicate and luscious curves while revealing some of her tattoos to show her creative personality
Adelaide, the dress designer, says she has a special affection for guipures: 'they give the dress volume and allow it to flirt with transparency while exuding a certain modernity'.
Annette created another individual and beautiful hairstyle. "Diane's long, soft, bohemian waves and gentle twists, were held in place by a delicate, handmade comb from Rachel Suhubiette."
Caitlin complemented the look with a pink sterling silver earring and pendant set. It features pink tourmaline beads and was inspired by the cuckoo flower, which itself has many romantic connotations.
For wedding rings, we choose a 'friendship' stacking ring from Distinctly Caitlin Designs.
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