Italian English Wedding in SW France
Rachael and Neil chose to get married in the L'Eglise Saint Severin and continue the celebrations at the beautiful Chateau La Gauterie in Saint Paul Lizonne. Many of the guests were accommodated at the Chateau which had been decorated by Rachael’s family.
Neil and the groomsmen were getting ready in the coach house and once ready were rewarded by a bottle of Vintage Port to calm their nerves before heading to the village bar.
Rachael of course was in the Chateau where her family had spent many hours preparing the staircase and other areas.
Once ready the bridesmaids then Rachael and her Father were transported to the church in a lovely vintage Citroen. On arrival at the church Rachael was early and the Priest asked us to wait outside. Then there was a sudden downpour and it was fortunate that the local Tratoria was open and we rushed inside for shelter.
After 10 minutes the Priest was ready and the church with its white flower decorations provided a lovely setting for the catholic blessing.
After the ceremony there was time to have a quick stroll around Saint Severin before heading back to the Chateau.
The vin d’honneur took place on the terrace of the Chateau and everyone relaxed and enjoyed the sunshine. There was of course a few guests who quickly got into the party spirit.
Later in the afternoon Rachael and Neil took some time out to take a stroll around the grounds of the Chateau.
The wedding breakfast was arranged in a marque positioned in front of the Chateau and at the appropriate time the wedding party settled down to their meal.
Afterwards as the sun set the wedding party got into full swing and clearly everyone was enjoying themselves.
Other than the vintage Citroen breaking down and failing to collect the new bride and groom the months of planning and creating decorations and details came together and the wedding day was enjoyed by everyone.
It was a wonderful day with lots of love, laughter and tears of joy. Everyone enjoyed themselves and I had a great time too.
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