When we first got an E-mail from Rebecca and Karl enquiring about our videography we were instantly excited at the thought of crossing another country off our Destination Wedding list! Having never filmed a wedding in France we could not wait to fly over and start filming. Rebecca and Karls elegant and relaxed vintage style meant that this wedding was perfect for some Super 8 filming!
Why not watch the video and then read what Rebecca has to say about their beautiful french wedding!
What was it like planning your wedding?
Pretty stressful at times! It actually felt like we had a part time job with all the organisation we had to do. Parts of it were very enjoyable though and it was fun to chat through ideas that we had for the day.
What was the most memorable/special part of the day for you?
Having all our friends and family around us was so special. A lot of them had travelled very far to get there – from NZ, USA and various countries in Europe. It means so much to us that everyone made such a big effort to be there.
Were you nervous?
Not really, although just before I was heading off down the aisle, we realised that my veil was too long so had to bring out some scissors and cut it! I was a bit upset about that but soon pulled it together again!
Did everything go according to plan?
Pretty much, yes. A few minor hiccups but nothing anyone else would notice.
Were there any funny/emotional moments that stand out for you?
The best man, Ian showed up on Friday night for drinks before the wedding and announced he forgot his suit so Karl had to lend him a spare suit for the wedding! Luckily we didn’t go for the matching look so it was fine. The free bar meant that there were quite a few casualties on the Friday night and on the wedding day. A few of our friends ended up going skinny dipping in the pool about 4am on the night of the wedding. One of the boys, Rob then fell asleep naked on the lawn after his dip!
How did you prepare for your first dance?
We did a little bit of practicing in our flat beforehand… which only proved to us how rubbish we were!
Tell us about the proposal!
There was no big proposal moment. Karl knew I didn’t want a big fuss and so he asked me one day when we were in bed at home in our flat – it was lovely. We then went shopping for a ring together.
Are there any other special little touches you planned that you’d like to tell us about?
We didn’t go for a theme or colour scheme for the wedding and really we just wanted the day to feel like a really nice relaxed party. We didn’t go overboard on the decorations either as the chateau was already so beautiful – it really didn’t need anything more. We did splash out a bit on the flowers though – they were so beautiful, I think it was worth it!
Were there any surprises?
My Uncle Robert makes artwork in his spare time and as a wedding gift to us, he painted a picture of the chateau. It was such a thoughtful gift and made us both very emotional when he showed it to us. The chateau owner, Stefan also had some Chinese lanterns left over from a previous party and gave these to us at the end of the night to light and let go – it was so nice!
Do you want to give a special mention to anyone who really helped a lot in planning your day?
I did all the planning for the day with some help from Karl.
Venue – Chateau de la Goujonnerie, Loge Fougereuse, France
Wedding Dress – Main dress – Claire Pettibone from Rachel Scott Bridal Couture
Bridal Shoes – Rachel Simpson from Mirror Mirror
Flower crown – Wildabout Flowers
Evening headpiece – Jenny Packham
Bridal Hair – Nikki Burnham
Bridal Makeup – Jodie Hazlewood
Bridesmaids dresses – Virgos Lounge
Groom’s suit – The Cad & The Dandy
Groomsmen’s suits – Groomsman wore their own suits
Flowers – Wildabout
Cake – Fondant Fox
Meringue Tower – The Meringue Girls
Band – Rip-it Encore
Photographer – Nick Tucker
Caterers – Rare Catering