Noel and Daniel laugh together walking shoulder to shoulder away from an old French countryside building with a red door

Saying “Oui!” in Wine Country: A Bordeaux Wedding


June 26, 2024
Words by Kristi Blane
Photos courtesy of Thomas Raboteur Photography

Forget the courthouse rush! Noel and Daniel took their love story to a whole new level with a stunning destination wedding in Bordeaux, France. Instead of the usual hustle and bustle of Los Angeles, they craved an intimate and unforgettable experience, and Bordeaux delivered in spades.

Finding the Perfect Chateau

Imagine rolling vineyards, a historic chateau, and the charm of a French countryside escape. That’s exactly what Chateau Le Vert offered Noel and Daniel. Their advice to other couples? When picking a venue, prioritize authenticity and envision the entire guest experience, not just the aesthetics. If possible, a visit in person is ideal – but don’t worry, virtual tours can work wonders too!

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A Celebration of Two Cultures

Their ceremony was a beautiful blend of their backgrounds. Readings in both French and English added a personal touch, while a traditional French dinner and Bordeaux wine tasting ensured a truly immersive experience for their loved ones.

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Creating Lasting Memories for Guests

Planning a wedding from afar isn’t an easy feat, but Noel and Daniel found a champion in the chateau’s manager. He acted like a wedding planner extraordinaire, offering local expertise and vendor recommendations. To ensure their guests’ comfort, they arranged for airport transportation, nearby accommodations, and even a local activity guide – Bordeaux beyond the wedding!

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Budgeting Bliss (and Unexpected Delights!)

Let’s talk budget! Noel and Daniel advise prioritizing what matters most and exploring all-inclusive packages. A healthy reserve fund is also key for any unexpected expenses. And speaking of unexpected delights, the perfect weather on their wedding day added a touch of magic that couldn’t be planned!

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A Day Steeped in Personal Style

From the rustic-chic décor to the vineyard-inspired color palette, every detail reflected Noel and Daniel’s personalities. Their vows were especially touching, personalized messages that spoke volumes about their love story and values.

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Local Vendors, Global Love

Hiring local vendors like Thomas Raboteur, the talented photographer they chose, enriched their experience. Their tip for navigating communication? Reliable recommendations and clear communication are key. Translation tools can be your best friend!

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Making Everyone Feel Welcome

Inclusivity was a priority. Group activities before the wedding helped everyone bond, and the menu catered to various dietary needs. This thoughtful approach ensured all the guests felt valued and involved in the celebration.

Noel and Daniel joyfully dance together in a bright, elegant room with wooden flooring. A chair and a framed sketch are visible in the background, and the room is softly lit by hanging light bulbs.

Looking Back with Love

While they would have loved to capture their pre-wedding Bordeaux adventure with friends, there are no regrets! Their biggest takeaway? Embrace flexibility and focus on celebrating your love, not achieving perfection.

Vendors: Photographer: Thomas Raboteur Photography & Venue: Château le Vert

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