Destination I Do
Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Destination Wedding: A Chateau Rendezvous in France

Words by Courtney Kellar
Words by: Kelly Ryan
Photography by: K Hulett Photography

Coined as the City of Love, Paris is any bride's dream location for her perfect destination wedding. For Alicia and Shane, this city of romance made their big day nothing short of a Cinderella fairy tale. The ceremony took place in the breath-taking 17th century Chateau de Vaux le Vicomte, surrounding the couple with flying buttresses and Gothic-style architecture.

"We had recently traveled to Europe and loved everything about Paris," Alicia says. "The architecture, culture, food and the scenery just has a romantic and magical feeling. No other destination was ever discussed!" Originally from Perth, Australia, Alicia and Shane wanted to pick an intimate setting for their wedding day. By choosing a destination wedding, the couple was able to narrow down their guest count to 25 people.

The lucky friends and family which were invited to the ceremony were ecstatic to be by the love birds' side while they tied the knot. One difficulty when it came to having a Paris wedding was finding a venue which would pick the couple's smaller wedding party over a larger wedding party. The Chateau de Vaux Vicomte welcomed the modest guest list with open arms and made the couple's dream wedding come true.

When it came down to planning the wedding, the couple relied on a local wedding planner who was able to keep the couple from getting lost in translation. The planner was able to coordinate everything Alicia and Shane needed to make their day complete. Alicia says having an expert take care of all the venue details was a huge stress reliever.

The couple made sure to keep their guests busy, all while giving them a taste of French culture, Alicia says, "Apart from the wedding, we organized wine tastings, a trip to Monet's Gardens in Giverny and a dinner for our parents at La Ciel de Paris which has beautiful views of the Eiffel Tower." Apartments were made available for accommodating guests for their mini-vacation in Paris.

"Our wedding had a really different feel to it in Paris than it would have in Australia, it felt intimate and exclusive," says Alicia. "A destination wedding gives you an extra special sense of occasion. Plus, it gives you a good excuse to travel back there for anniversaries!"

Photographer: K Hulett Photography
Wedding Planner: Rendez-vous in Paris

Ceremony: Chateau de Vaux le Vicomte  
Reception: Yachts de Paris
Gown Designer: Anastasia Collections, Leederville, Western Australia
Florist: Frederic Bertin
Groom’s Clothing Designer: Domingo by Bagnato 
Videography: Studio Artifice

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