May 29, 2016

{Château de Chissay Wedding- Francois+Meghan-France}

The last 48 hours have been a whirlwind but completely memorable. Once at the train station, well, I shouldn’t even call it a station as it was a mere spot we got off the train, Francois and his good friend came to pick us up to take us the quarter of a mile to the chateau. Greeting Meghan as I arrived she showed me to the front desk where I checked in. Chambre 16 on the first floor was the most magnificent suite with beautiful victorian blinds, antique furniture, a large bed and deep bathtub. Rushing to drop my things off, I followed Meghan to the nearest town for her to get her hair prepped for the wedding.

Friday evening they had a little dinner that was the best salmon I have ever had atop grilled vegetables and followed by some mixture of fresh pears and vanilla bean ice cream that was phenomenal. The morning of the wedding I met everyone down in the main hall for a buffet breakfast which again was nothing short of amazing. From fresh breads, meats and cheeses to pressed apricot and orange juice. The most scrumptious strawberry yogurt and jam. At 11:30 we left to the city hall for the civil ceremony. The Mayor of the town was so cute, they had never had an American come to be wed there so he practiced his english and did his best to accomodate both the French and the English. He really wanted me to photograph his town as he felt American’s needed to know about the small village and with my photography, he just knew they would! Unfortunately we didn’t have time as we rushed to take a few photos outside the courthouse, stopped by Francois’s mother’s summer cottage and then back to the chateau to get ready.

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Hair and makeup, then the wedding dress, leading up to the first look. Running around I caught my arm on the window latch in a stairwell and caused quite a large gash. With no time to really treat or look at it I was off to help Meghan down the stairs with her dress. She was so stunning as she came out the main entryway and towards the front of the castle where Francois was anxiously waiting. Their embrace was wonderful and of course I shed a few tears.

The weather forecast has been predicting rain on this day for a while. I prayed and prayed that we would be able to have the ceremony outside in the somewhat forest. Apparently I have some good prayers because the rain held back and we were able to have a marvelous ceremony in French and English. Dinner at the reception was another treat. Veal. Cheese. Desserts. My palette has never tasted better foods. His family was so sweet and appreciative for my hard work. The hotel owner, main woman even asked if she could see the photos. I would love to be able to return here and photograph at this beautiful castle. Here is a sneak peak to this beautiful scenery and couple!

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