Jessica & Mark’s Bridgerton-inspired intimate destination wedding at Château du Grand-Luce was every bit of the fairytale that the bride imagined. From the exquisite interiors which feel like stepping into a macaron box to Jessica’s ethereal gown that felt lit from within to their exquisite dinner table (which the bride called her “pink dream”), everything about their day was an absolute dream come true for this Château du Grand-Luce wedding photographer.
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Located in the verdant Loire Valley, just south of Paris, this neoclassical Château du Grand-Luce was built by a nobleman in 1760 and has hosted the most discerning travelers for centuries. With sublime attention to detail, its opulent interiors are a stunning tribute to its royal provenance and uncompromising splendor.
The bride, Jessica, wore a Regency-inspired gown by Love Shack Fancy to get ready. Of course, we had to take advantage of the château’s lush interiors and photograph her in a few of my favorite spaces including on a stunning 19th-century settée with an exquisite French tapestry scene.
The bride opted for an ethereal tulle off-the-shoulder gown by Rara Avis which, thanks to the abundance of glowing French sunshine, felt absolutely lit from within. She paired the gown with a crown from Bridal Adornments which added the perfect touch to her regal look.
La Papeterie Design handcrafted an artful invitation suite which was delivered to guests in a beautiful handmade linen box with ice blue silk ribbon enclosing the paperie.
Each room at Château du Grand-Luce is filled with museum-quality art and antiques, and shooting in these spaces absolutely never gets old.
The couple wrote love letters to each other which they read aloud during their first look which took place in front of Château du Grand-Luce, along with privately sharing their wedding vows.
Jessica & Mark’s intimate ceremony took place in the château’s formal gardens. Lush blooms in blush, lavender, and pale blue set in compotes, urns, and pedestals created an absolutely enchanting environment that felt like you had stepped back in time and into another world.
Jessica & Mark whispered secret promises to each other during the ceremony, an absolutely precious moment which was just for the two of them.
Guests traveled through the hedge maze to reach cocktail hour where champagne glasses tied with handmade silk ribbon and a violinist greeted them to kick off the soirée. As a Château du Grand-Luce wedding photographer, special details like this are what make weddings at this incredible property so one-of-a-kind.
We snuck away from cocktail hour for a few minutes of photos in Château du Grand-Luce’s expansive gardens. Surrounded by the original medieval wall, the private grounds and gardens remain true to French classicism. Inspired by the gardens at Versailles, the Château’s gardens were designed on a north-south axis, with the formal gardens closest to the Château, and with the grounds becoming progressively less structured nearer the woods.
The dinner table was adorned with layers of finery, from handmade blush Belgian linens to exquisitely carved chargers and antique French China and cutlery. Napkins were monogrammed with each guest’s initial and antique gold frames served as placecards which guests took home as a memento from the wedding.
As the sun dipped lower into the sky, candles were lit and guests enjoyed a feast fit for a king accompanied by classical music played on the harp and violin.
As the sun set, Jessica & Mark shared their first dance and cake cutting while guests looked on with candles in the garden. The entire day felt straight out of a dream and we will forever be grateful to have been a part of Jessica & Mark’s love story at Château du Grand-Luce!
Château du Grand-Luce Wedding Photographer: Molly Carr | Wedding Planning: Oui Mon Coeur | Venue: Château du Grand-Luce | Video: Laurent Rostaing | Florist: Le Coeur Sauvage | Venue + Catering: Château du Grand-Luce | Stationery: La Papeterie Design