Fabulous Black & White Themed Wedding at Chartreuse du Bignac
Lauren & Matt had been planning this wedding for some time. When I met Lauren and her Mum at one of their many pre-wedding visits to the lovely Le Chartreuse du Bignac and discussed the photography needs I knew this was going to be a fabulous wedding. And it will be a black and white themed wedding said Lauren. The Chartreuse du Bignac is a 4 star hotel close to Bergerac airport so ideally for wedding guests flying in. It is a wonderful location for a wedding, set on a hill with lots of hidden places to relax and enjoy the views of the beautiful Dordogne countryside.
When I arrived Lauren and the bridesmaids were all getting ready in the honeymoon suite, a private suite set on its own down by the lake. Everyone was relaxed and arranging hair, makeup, dresses and of course drinking Champagne. Lauren had as I expected chosen a wow dress. It and the jeweled shoes looked fabulous.
Matt and the guys were all getting ready in the main house. The bow ties caused a challenge but they overcame that and looked very smart in their tuxedos.
Back at the honeymoon suite Lauren was ready early and had time to relax. Dad arriving obviously caused some emotions.
So all was set for a beautiful wedding. White flowers, white lanterns and white rose petals decorated the wedding area and it really did look lovely.
Afterwards the guests made their way to the south facing terrace where canapés and drinks were being served. Glitter balloons added some glamour, Phil the "Saxman" played in the background and parasols and sun brollies were in place as it was forecasted to be a hot day and it was.
Almost all the guests adopted the black and white theme but there were a few "offenders" but nobody seemed to object. The grounds of the Chartreuse du Bignac provided lots of variation for the guests to relax, tree shaded areas, walled gardens and open grass areas were all popular. The black and white theme did make for some good photography although it did prove a challenge setting the white balance during post production.
During the reception there were some fun activities like frightening the bride in a chair lift. It was spontaneous, she didn't expect it and nor did I. But it made everyone laugh, except Lauren.
Afterwards we took some time out to wander around the grounds and photograph Lauren and Matt relaxing. The setting was beautiful and Lauren and Matt looked great.
On the west facing terrace the hotel had set up the wedding reception. Again there was details everywhere, clearly Lauren had been very busy planning this theme and it looked stunning with the white and copper theme.
There was lots of choice when it came to drinks and they were in abundance too; ready for the party that would of course follow later on.
It was great to capture some fun images during the reception. The fun face cards provided on the tables of course helped. The speeches followed and there was laughter and tears. Everyone was having a great time.
As the sun started to set the party started. Initially it was drinks outside on the lawn but as the sun set the first dance followed and the party got into full swing.
Later on the Fish and Chip van arrived. Again a surprise to me and a good idea I thought; it provided some welcome fuel for the party goers but Matt's Mum and Mia the Flower girl were the first.
As I left the party was in full swing; it was going to be a late night for them but it was a great location for a wedding party.
Keywords: bergerac, black & white theme, chartreuse du bignac, france, lauren & matt huntley, wedding, wedding photography
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