For Amélie and Beaufort’s Chateau du Grand-Luce wedding (see her couture bridal shoot), the stylish couple chose to celebrate their love with an intimate, multi-day affair at the most beautiful Neoclassical château in the French countryside. Designed brilliantly by Rachael Ellen Events, I’m proud to share that their beautiful soiree has been featured today on Style Me Pretty. Scroll down for all of the beauty and for the full story!
The smell of warm croissants, the touch of antique velvet curtains, the crisp Loire Valley Autumn air…traveling in France is nothing short of an overwhelmingly beautiful sensory experience. Among the stunning châteaux of the region, the gorgeous Château du Grand-Lucé is the perfect place to immerse yourself in the beautiful ambiance that is France. The property allows you to take a step back into a time where days are spent wandering the rose gardens, enjoying tea in the grand salon, and admiring the many statues given as housewarming gifts by Louis XV.
Amélie and Beaufort’s intimate wedding ceremony, planned by Rachael Ellen Events, was elegant, heartwarming, and filled with love. For their Chateau du Grand-Luce wedding, Rachael chose the back stairs of the Neoclassical facade and I love the way her floral designs perfectly balanced the statuesque symmetry of the chateau.
For Amélie’s wedding look, she wore a gorgeous Monique Lhullier gown – perfect for the romantic setting. While grand and elegant, it also made a refined feminine statement with the low back and bow shoulder details.
Amélie’s hair was styled in a classic french chignon and she wore natural, dewy makeup. Her handsome groom, Beaufort, wore a classic tux – the perfect counterpart to her bridal look.
After their ceremony, Amélie and Beaufort opted to spent the afternoon together, quietly basking in their newlywed bliss and soaking up the stunning surroundings of the chateau.
While it is impossible to pick favorites, I just adore this photo of the newlywed couple. The way that Beaufort held Amélie’s hand as they walked up the stairs of the chateau and her beautiful gaze just made my heart melt.
Of course, we had to take some time to explore Château du Grand-Luce’s 80-acres of manicured French gardens. I especially love the way the leaves had just slowly begun to change colors. The Loire Valley in autumn is nothing short of magical.
Before returning to celebrate with their guests, Amélie and Beaufort spent a few moments together in the historic salon. With stunning boiserie, intricate crown molding and plasterwork, and the most perfect mint-green color palette, the couple relaxed in this room fit for Nobility as the Loire Valley sunshine streamed in through the tall French windows.
Finally, Amélie and I stepped into the formal dining room. Filled with oil-painting portraits from three centuries including an original portrait of Napoleon III, we created iconic bridal portraits of her that, in time, will be cherished heirlooms passed down for generations, too.
The wedding table was adorned with the same romantic tones as seen throughout the house and in Rococo paintings. Caramel, rose, and mauve taper candles gave the table setting height while overgrown florals added the perfect sense of romance.
The blush linen was topped with a romantic chiffon runner and paired with velvet rose napkins to balance the caramel velvet chairs. Rachael Ellen Events chose rose petal chargers to pair with the chateau china and vintage French glassware. With Loire Valley charm and French refinement, Amélie and Beaufort’s wedding was truly fit for a Queen.
Chateau du Grand-Luce Wedding Photography: Molly Carr Photography | Planning, Design, Styling, & Florals: Rachael Ellen Events | Venue: Château du Grand-Luce | Paper Goods: Every Little Letter | Jewelry: J. Brooks Jewelers | Gown: Monique Lhullier | Hair & Makeup: Jen Lagers | Tuxedo: The Black Tux | Linens: BBJ Linen | Cake: Synies