Ok this is a long one!  If you’re looking for a Chateau La Durantie wedding photographer keep scrolling and scrolling and scrolling because I found it exceptionally hard to narrow down my image selections for this blog post.  You’ll forgive me when you see the beautifulness that was Sophie and Oli’s wedding in the Dordogne, France. This is one heck of a destination wedding.

I was actually enchanted by the fields of sunflowers (to the point of squealing…) and we experienced the most terrifying thunder storm right above our little gite.  In fact it knocked the power out at the Chateau and when Pete and I arrived to start taking pictures they’d only just managed to reinstate it!  You’ve got to have a wedding story though, haven’t you?

Sophie and Oliver met on the train. He offered her his seat and something sparked between them. She ran away and then returned once she had plucked up the courage to speak to him. In their own words it began as all normal love stories begin, in their home town in Hertfordshire.

Here’s what they said about working with us:

We loved the way Laura and Pete capture emotion, their creativity and the fact they were known to make couples feel at ease in shoots. Laura and Pete brought out the best in us. They were good fun, creative, made us really feel at ease to the point where we forgot we were being photographed!

Scroll down to read more about Sophie and Oli’s Chateau La Durantie wedding in their own words and if you’re looking for a Chateau La Durantie wedding photographer I would love, love, love to explore sun drenched sunflower and lavender fields in France with you so get in touch.

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The Venue
Sophie’s family is French and we both love France, including the wine, food etc! It seemed like the ideal place to come together. Sophie looked for venues for a long time and fell in love with this venue immediately.

The Outfits
Neither of us had a fixed idea in mind. Everything just evolved naturally. Sophie loved feeling like a princess. It wasn’t what she had expected to go for but it felt right and fitting in a chateau! Oli loved having a tailor made suit which for once fit his rugby frame and he felt comfortable in!

The Decor
We wanted a really soft and romantic feel that went with the venue. The owners of the venue recommended vendors that we absolutely loved.

The Ceremony
We both wrote our own vows. Oli is not one to cry and did not expect to, so it was special seeing his emotion throughout the ceremony. Sophie got her tears out secretly when she first saw her dad, ready to walk down the aisle. It was also really special seeing everyone there supporting us.

The First Dance
The way I am – Ingrid Michaelson because we felt the lyrics spoke to us about our relationship

The Entertainment
A bar, a crepe stand..and a lot of entertaining guests!!

The Best Bit
The ceremony. We got to tell one another how we truly felt.

The Words of Wisdom
Do what feels right for you. You will end up spending more than you think, even when you think you have thought of everything. Things will go wrong, but there is always a solution, don’t worry. Eg when there is a major thunderstorm the night before your wedding and you wake up with no electricity and rain.

The Credits
Destination wedding photographer /  Chateau La Durantie wedding photographer: Babb Photo
Hair: Kerrie Langfield http://kerrielangfieldweddinghaimakeup.webs.com/
Make up: Kerrie Langfield – http://kerrielangfieldweddinghaimakeup.webs.com/
Flowers: Lisa Gatenby – French Flower Style – www.frenchflowerstyle.co.uk
Cake: Caseras Cakes – www.caserascakes@weebly.com
Caterer: Jean-Michel Maquet – La Table D’Aline – http://latabledaline.fr/
Outfits: Fleur De Lys Bridal. Oli: Dress 2 Kill
Bridesmaids: Debenhams
Ushers: various including Mrs Bow tie
Film/Video: Daniel Armitage – Shoot Me Now Films – https://www.shootmenowfilms.com/

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