Chateau De Queille Wedding . France – Chloe & Lukeback
Chateau De Queille Wedding
Chloe & Luke invited me to spend the weekend with them in France this year to shoot their intimate & romantic wedding. Chateau de Queille is a 13th century house set in the countryside outside Mirepoix. I loved every second of this fun and romantic wedding, here’s a selection of my favourites…
Over to you Chloe & Luke…
We met at an after party at Brighton Gay Pride in 2008, surrounded by friends and glitter. There was instant attraction, and we snogged all night. At the end of the evening I walked Chloe home in the rain and took her number. We had our first date in London four days later. As it turned out, we had shared friends, and our parents knew each other; Chloe had been best friends with my sister Sophie at nursery school. Three weeks after the date Chloe moved to Cardiff to begin her post grad but we made it work. It turns out we were good on the phone, and absence makes the heart grow fonder.
A year later Chloe moved back to London and we moved straight in together. A few years later, we set up in our first owned home in Greenwich and started planning the future.
We had Christmas in Brighton in 2014 and I asked Chloe’s father for her hand in marriage. I wanted to wait until the perfect moment and it felt like the right time for us. I had a ring designed for Chloe and we booked a holiday to Mexico. Just before our holiday we found out Chloe was pregnant with our beautiful baby boy, Etienne. It was serendipitous, and on a white beach in Mexico I asked Chloe to marry me.
We wanted our wedding to be a celebration not only of our love, but of our families and friendships. We had always wanted a destination wedding where people could enjoy a nice holiday, but we wanted a good part with live music, great food, and a a beautiful setting in France to celebrate my heritage. Chateau De Queille was the perfect place for us; gastronomic location, picturesque and enough room for all our close family to stay with us.
Our personal style very much developed as we organised the wedding. We are understated people but look for beauty. The venue spoke for itself we very much wanted to feel like we were complimenting the chateau rather We worked closely with our wonderful wedding helper Maeve Elliot to source the best caterers for what we wanted. The day before the wedding we enlisted our entire family to help decorate the place. Each putting their personal stamp on the section they were responsible for.
Our wedding was full of laughter and love. Although the food, the music and the setting were all amazing, nothing can compare to the presence of our amazing family and friends, who all made this the most incredible day for us. Our Photographer Allison captured the day in her unique creative style allowing us to enjoy the day with our friends and family. She was amazing and we absolutely love our wedding photos.
The mother of the bride presented Chloe with a beautiful diamond bracelet, which had been her grandmothers, just before the wedding. Chloe had been covering the bracelet for some time. The mother of the bride had bought Chloe a gorges pair of Costume jewellery earrings from Chloe’s favourite boutique in Brighton, Serene. With a young baby, Chloe had not been able to wear these earrings yet. This was the perfect opportunity.
For Chloe’s final dress fitting at Whiteleaf Bridal, her sister Laura came to see the dress in its final form. Before leaving, she spotted a beautiful bracelet which matched her style perfectly. Chloe secretly bought the bracelet the week later and presented Laura with it just before heading to the chapel.
Chloe’s bridesmaid and sister-in- law Sophie had bought Chloe very cool gold pendant for her last birthday. Sophie loved it too but unfortunately it was the last one in stock. Chloe spent months trying to track one down, and finally managed to get one directly from Head office in Copenhagen.
Sophie’s little girls, Amelia (7) and Betsy (2) were given handmade matching bracelets and necklace made my the bride and grooms good friend Mel of Kerrie Berrie in Brighton. It felt all the more special that a close friend had made the purple and pink jewellery in the weeks leading up to the wedding.
We had such an incredible wedding surrounded by our friends and family. Perfect! x