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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

French Chateau Destination Wedding

Words by Lauren Marshall
Photos courtesy of Pierre Torset - Paris Photographer

Biñe and Kenan had a mutual love for France from the start. They both lived in the beautiful country at one point before getting engaged by Paris’ famous Eiffel Tower. So, when it came to deciding where to hold a destination wedding, it was a no-brainer.

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“Since we have had the opportunity to live in many cities during our lives, a lot of our friends and family are spread out all over the map and this beautiful country happened to be somewhat geographically central to all,” the couple says.

The two knew they wanted to create a fairy tale wedding in none other than a 17th century French chateau. The duo then found Château de Bourron and fell in love with its classic elegance and timeless romance.

The actual execution of their French destination wedding vision wasn't easy, though. Luckily, the couple says they couldn’t have found more talented vendors to help make sure every personalized detail came together perfectly.

“The personalization aspect is what made it all worthwhile and we were thrilled to hear several of our guests comment that they had never been to a wedding like ours before,” the bride says.

Biñe and Kenan say they prepared travel logistics as soon as their wedding date was locked in. They checked for big events during that weekend and helped block hotel reservations far in advance for guests. Because many guests would be traveling cross-country to come, the couple reminded all attendees to check their visa requirements and passport expiration dates far in advance. 

The pair says, “We also presented them with all the corresponding transportation tips and even arranged shuttles with multiple pick-up and drop-off schedules throughout the wedding day for their convenience.”

When the ceremony day arrived, so did the sun, so when guests arrived, they received wooden hand fans that were engraved with the couple’s initials and the date of the big day.

Other unique details that customized Biñe and Kenan’s wedding were included in the grand reception salon. In fact, guests found their place cards in cork holders that the couple had saved from bottles of wine the two of them enjoyed together throughout their relationship. The table numbers were also labelled onto bottles of one of the duo’s favorite Bordeaux reds.

Overall, the couple says the details of their French fairy tale day came together smoothly due to meeting over video chats with their vendors.

“E-mail is often convenient, but we strongly recommend to grab the phone and use Skype or FaceTime to TALK to your vendors,” the two say.

Vendors: Ring Designer: Cartier, Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Giorgio Armani, Shoes: Kate Spade, Veils and headpieces: Panache Bridal, Dress Designer: Isabelle Armstrong, Fireworks: Fireworks by Ciels En Fête, Transportation: Guest shuttles by Tourisme Excursions Transports & Vintage car by Atelier Classic Auto, Hair Stylist: The Reporthair, Floral Designer: Pleione Design Floral, Cake Designer: Frédéric Cassel, Culinary: Les Prémices, Musicians: XS Showband, Cinema and Video: 2P Paris Prod, Officiant: Deacon Jean-Marie Vaute at l'église Saint Sévère in Bourron-Marlotte, Event Venue: Château de Bourron, Perfume: "Le Plus Beau Jour de ma Vie" by Guerlain

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