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Lavender crepe wedding cake

What a pretty wedding cake this is, what with the dusting of icing sugar and the decoration of lavender and ferns.  What is most impressive is that it’s made entirely of paper thin crepes – no sponge cake here.

There are all kinds of alternatives to your traditional wedding cake, but this isn’t one I’ve seen before and perfect if want something a bit different.  I’m not sure how you eat it – whether you’d cut slices normally, or whether you’d dish out the layers of crepes to your guests – any thoughts?

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Chateau de Fayolle France wedding venue

If you’re dreaming of a sunny French wedding, then don’t miss this fantastic special offer from Chateau de Fayolle in the Dordogne region of France.  This 17th Century fairytale chateau is owned by the lovely Janet and Gerry de Bathe, who would be delighted to welcome you and your guests to their beautiful home, which includes a private chapel, gardens and natural salt water swimming pool.

eco-friendly French chateau wedding venue

For those of you looking for somewhere that is more eco-friendly, you’ll be sound in the knowledge that Janet and Gerry run Chateau de Fayolle with an eco-friendly approach, from the salt water pool and eco light bulbs, to a carbon neutral wood heating system and furnishing and decorating the chateau with flea market finds.

French chateau wedding venue

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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

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Natural French countryside wedding

Natural French countryside wedding (part one)

It goes without saying this might possibly be one of my favourite weddings ever.  Shot by American photographer David Blair, this oh-so-pretty wedding of Mariette and Benjamin took place at a family-owned, rustic stone villa in the French countryside.

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

Rustic French countryside wedding

French wedding rustic villa

If you’re regular readers of the blog, it won’t come as any surprise that the brides dress is one of my absolute favourites – I’m not sure I’ve seen many more that I think are more exquisite.  I even told Nick that I might have swapped my own wedding dress for it – he was shocked!

Antique lace country style wedding dress

Antique lace wedding dress

I love the delicate lace sleeves and the way the front is loosely draped and edged with more lace.  I love the ribbon sash around the waist that is fastened in a bow at the back and the way the skirt falls simply to the floor – the lace hem full of dainty detailing.  It seems quite Edwardian inspired – one of my favourite eras for wedding dress inspiration.

French wedding dress with lace sleeves

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France is one of my favourite places to go on holiday – if I wasn’t committed to having a low-key wedding at my family home in the Cotswolds I think we might have opted for a lazy wedding in the Loire (maybe here at our friends place).

This traditional French wedding cake – called a croquembouche – is made from cream filled choux buns and bound together with caramel.  The additional decoration of purple lavender flowers makes this cake full of country charm and elegance.

Ideal I think for someone looking for an alternative to the five-tiered white wedding cake.

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Romantic venue for a family wedding in the Loire Valley

If you’re considering having your wedding abroad with a small group of family and friends, look no further.  Our friends at Le Chant D’Oiseau – family run gites and camping in an idyllic spot in the Loire Valley, France – are looking to offer couples an inclusive wedding package.

Stu and Syb and their family are a talented bunch who among other things could provide a fully qualified French chef to cook your wedding feast!  Stu also is a fantastic photographer who has recently photographed a British wedding held in a beautiful French chateau.

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