Emma and David’s French Wedding
The moment after David proposed the wedding planning started. At the forefront of our mind we always wanted to have an intimate wedding at my family's farmhouse in the south of France-beautiful location, great food and wine and great weather. However we had no idea where to start as the house is in a remote location and we were not sure where to source everything. We were extremely lucky as we had two fantastic family friends who were living locally that were able to help us source local suppliers but it was still a huge amount of work.
Having the wedding at a location where David and I had spent many happy holidays meant the wedding had a very personal and sentimental value to us both. It was also important as it meant we could source everything ourselves and put our personal stamp on it.
I wanted a rustic chic wedding with lots of natural clean colours, hessian, wood and white flowers. I gained a lot of my inspiration from Pinterest and wedding magazines and I then tried to source the items locally in France or shipped them in fresh. From the UK it was challenging at times and took a great deal of organisation.
I was keen to have an English speaking hairdresser and make-up artist as wanted to be able to have trials prior to the day. Another hairstylist recommended Emma Louise Hairstylist. Having seen her website I was extremely keen to try and get her as I loved the styles she did. We had a trial when she came to the UK, and the style she created was exactly what I wanted. My 6 bridesmaids also saw the pictures of my hair trial and decided they wanted theirs done as well. It was worth it as on the day, everyone looked amazing.
I found an article in a wedding magazine about a French wedding show in the UK which was showcasing suppliers based in France or willing to travel there. That was a great help as I managed to secure my stationery, make-up artist and videographer there, as well meeting Emma again.
The day was as magical as we imagined and more. We decorated the Dutch barn with hay stacks for seating, draped with throws and cushions. We hung lanterns and candles from the roof, decorated the poolside with candles, and had beautiful flowers arranged in crates. We sourced a local string quartet to play in the church and they then came and played at the reception. We had a marquee in the garden with homemade hessian table runners, woven wicker table centres filled with beautiful white peonies and roses. The caterers came recommended from Brantome and served us the most beautiful and delicious canapés and 5 course dinner. We finished with a night of dancing.
It was the most magical event and although at times hard work it was worth every second.
Having a central website detailing all the local vendors would have made the whole process much less stressful and easier however I would highly recommend all the suppliers we used to create such a perfect weekend.
Emma Browne x
With thanks to Emma and David's Photographer: Benji Barnes