Camille and Nathan’s Wedding In France – Domaine De La Gravette

Last summer I had the honour of photographing Camille and Nathan’s beautiful wedding in France.  Camille is french and her family live in the beautiful city of Niort.  They chose Domaine de la gravette as their venue and it was just stunning.  Nestled in the small village of Beauvoir Sur Niort, Domaine de la Gravette is the perfect spot for a wedding in France with its beautiful chateau, rustic barn and picturesque grounds

Preparation

Camille and her four bridesmaids started their day at a salon in Niort which is run by one of her bridesmaids mums.  Hair and make up was done there and then it was back to the family house for the final preparations.  Upon our return the boys were still in the house so they were swiftly moved on to a local pub (I don’t think they minded too much) and then it was time for the girls to get ready.  The spacious and light house was perfect for the girls to get ready in.  Then off to Domaine de la gravette for the ceremony

The Ceremony

 

The ceremony took place in the beautiful gardens of Domaine de la gravette.  They had hired the venue for the weekend so they were able to set up the beautiful flower arch the day before.  Very typical of a summer wedding in france, it was an incredibly warm day, 35 degrees to be precise.   Thankfully the flowers had lasted the night in the heat.  Camille and Nathan’s ceremony was conducted by one of their close friends.  Their official ceremony had taken place back in the UK a few weeks prior.  It was a very touching service followed by a traditional wine mixing ceremony

Drinks Reception

 

The drinks reception was on the lawn in the gardens and it was a beautiful relaxed affair.  Guests were treated to a mix of sweet and savory canapes and there was beer, punch and soft drinks on tap.  Children played on the bouncy castle and had a great time.  Adults relaxed under shade in the afternoon sun, it was idyllic.  I love a wedding in france!

I stole Camille and Nathan away for a few portraits of the two of them.  The grounds were so beautiful I was spoilt for choice when it came to backdrops

 

The Reception

Everybody moved into the barn for speeches and food.  Camille had lost her father a few years ago and so her brother stepped up to do the speech.  It was in french so I didn’t fully understand but it was clearly a very touching speech as there wasn’t a dry eye in the house amongst the french contingent.   I could only imagine the beautiful sentiment.  Nathan’s speech lightened the mood and had everybody in stitches and was the perfect mix of comedy and adoration for his new wife

Guests were then treated to a hog roast and a cold buffet which was delightful on such a hot day.  Then it was on to the evening do and a beautifully rehearsed dance by Camille and Nathan which brought the house down.  The guests partied well into the night as there was no time restriction but I left them to it at an appropriate hour

Thank you so much for choosing me for your wedding in France.  I had a ball and will always remember the love and laughter and the hospitality

“I think Suzy’s photographs speak for themselves for their quality and originality. Suzy has an amazing eye and pays attention to the smallest detail. Suzy was incredible with us. From the engagement photo shoot to the wedding, she always made us feel comfortable and relaxed. She even helped us arranging flowers and decorating the reception room. She was really patient with all the guests and also with us. You will never regret choosing her! We never did”

I hope you have enjoyed my blog.  If you are looking for a photographer for your wedding in France, or anywhere else for that matter, then please get in touch, I love to travel!

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