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#FrenchBride n°2 - Margot

The stunning Margot said "Oui!" to Gabriel in September 2017. A classic and elegant wedding that took place in the Loire Valley with a très chic reception in the Château de Chissay. She tells you everything below, with beautiful pictures of Iwona Paczek (Mon Conte de fées).

Your story

Gabriel and I met while studying law at University. It was a classic dating story - even if Gabriel took four years to get started! Just before our first anniversary, we had to live apart for the last year of our studies. It was challenging but decisive for our couple. Just after that, we moved in together in Paris and started our working life.

The proposal

Five years after we started dating, Gabriel organized a surprise trip to Venice, the most romantic city in Italy. I was kept in the dark and only discovered the destination when we arrived at the airport! Gabriel had arranged everything and booked a beautiful hotel with a stunning view and a private terrace with a jacuzzi, where he proposed on the first evening. The atmosphere was just perfect. We then spent three amazing days in this gorgeous city talking about how we would organize the wedding…

A French bride for you is…

A mix of elegance, simplicity and good taste characterizes the French bride’s style. I also think that a natural make-up is specific to Frenchies for this special day, as well as in everyday life. Jewelry is also discrete and simple. The bride must be the main gem!

Your dress and style

After trying wedding dresses in several Parisian boutiques without finding “the one”, I visited “La Mariée Parisienne”, a shop that offers many brands. At that point I was quite lost, as I had thought that it would have been easier. I had figured that I would have known immediately. In fact, I had to try again before being sure it was the right one: a wonderful San Patrick dress. The boutique suggested a “cape” veil to accompany the dress. I right away loved its originality. Made of lace, the "cape" veil was stunning and immense. On D-day, I felt like a royal princess!

The location

For the reception, we chose the Château de Chissay, an old fortified castle, full of history, located in the Loire Valley. It was a crush! We live in Paris but we both come from that region and it is full of castles! We had only one point of contact during the whole preparation, it was very helpful to find good providers in the region and to set up everything on the big day.

Your inspiration

We tried to make every detail reflect our style. We did not opt for a precise theme but worked with a palette of burgundy and white colors with a touch of gold. The style was classic and traditional yet very elegant. There were also many flowers, assembled with good taste and refinement by our florist (Nivéole). It sublimated the church and the reception venue. For our wedding stationery, we chose something in the Art Nouveau spirit.

The preparations lasted almost a year and it was quite long! Some moments were euphoric and other less so. We were delighted with the result and so proud to have organized everything on our own. At the end of the day, this wedding marathon was really a pleasure!

The most wonderful moment of the day

Walking down the aisle at my father’s arm was magical, both of us were moved to tears. An unforgettable and emotional moment! It was really special to me to witness the emotion of my dad in a church because he follows another religion. It proves that the symbolism behind a wedding is so strong that the religion doesn't matter. Our témoins’ speech was a wonderful moment as well.

Your honeymoon

It was magical, as we left the day after the wedding, just after the brunch, for Bali (Indonesia). At that point, we hadn’t yet had the time to talk about the wedding with my new husband so we spent the flight doing that. We were exhausted but so glad to share our different versions of that special day. It was a great time. And then of course, who wouldn't like spending three weeks in an island with the sun? Again I had organized everything myself in advance and it was perfect. We were also happy to come back home and discover the words our guests had written during the wedding. We tried to land back to earth and the real life before going back to work, still with sparkles in our eyes...

Vendors & addresses

Venue & caterer: Château de Chissay-en-Touraine | Photographer: Iwona Paczek – Mon Conte de fées | Wedding dress: San Patrick, via La Mariée Parisienne | Hair accessories: Nion et Shuvaloff (boutique based in France but ships worldwide) | Shoes: Repetto | Hairdressing: Préscilia Coiffure | Florist: Delphine Theis – Atelier Nivéole | Music: Youenn – L’atelier des émotions | Stationery: Paillettes et confettis (they have moved to the US but not restarted their activity yet)

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