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Mariette and Benjamin’s natural French countryside wedding ~ part two

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natural French countryside wedding

Natural French countryside wedding (part two)

If you missed part one of Mariette and Benjamin’s natural French countryside wedding yesterday, get over there now and immerse yourself in an utterly gorgeous wedding.  Today it’s the second part with some gorgeous photos in woodland and around the stone villa, and their fun reception and rustic decorations.

>> View Mariette and Benjamin’s natural French countryside wedding (part one) here <<

countryside woodland wedding

rustic natural woodland wedding

What a happy looking couple – and those gorgeous lace sleeves and floral headband.  Everything is just so fitting about this wedding, nothing seems out of place or contrived – just simple, natural and beautiful.

antique lace wedding dress

It always helps to have a beautiful rustic backdrop to create romantic wedding photographs, like an old French villa with mint green shutters and a rambling rose (oh France how I miss you!)…

French wedding in an old stone villa

rustic French countryside wedding

stone villa wedding in the French countryside

After a quiet moment, just the two of them, Mariette and Benjamin headed back for their wedding reception which was held at the villa.

French countryside wedding

The garden had been simply decorated with weathered metal buckets brimming with deep purple berries, that look very similar to elderberries…

metal buckets with elderberries

blackboard wedding sign

And others with purple thistles and golden coloured teasel heads…

metal buckets with teasels and thistles

For me, this wedding really captures, reflects and becomes part of it surroundings – the season, the countryside, the place. Just look at this beautiful combination of countryside flowers and berries combined with a few striking flowers that matched Mariette’s bouquet…

country wildflower wedding arrangments

Many of the decorations had been handmade, like these origami cranes hung inside from ceiling…

wedding origami paper cranes

And jam jars filled with sand and candles, and tied with ribbons…

jam jars with candles and flowers

jam jars with candles and flowers

The blackboard menus were written in chalk in that kind of handwriting that looks so effortless you know you could never recreate it yourself…

blackboard wedding menus

In the evening guests enjoyed a South African barbeque (Mariette is South African) and French wine, cheese and breads…

reception wedding sign

wedding meal French bread and cheese

Afterwards, the tent was filled with fun, as David Blair said many of the guests had prepared songs, skits and speeches both to honour and humorously make fun of the couple.

rustic French countryside wedding

wedding entertainment

French country wedding bride and groom

I am just so thrilled to have been able to share this wedding with you, so a huge thank you to photographer David Blair for allowing me to.  Do have a read of his blog to see more details and photos from this beautiful wedding.  I wish Mariette and Benjamin every happiness in their life together.

Rustic French countryside wedding with wildflowers

If you are looking to have your own French countryside wedding why not take a look at Chateau de Fayolle in the Dordogne, or if it’s an outdoor wedding ceremony in the UK that you’d like take a look at our Ceremonies page.

>> View Mariette and Benjamin’s natural French countryside wedding (part one) here <<

Images: David Blair Photography

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