Peonies and Vintage – a dreamy DIY wedding in the South of France

I've been reminiscing about some of the magical weddings I've shot this year and as summer is frankly a distant memory I feel that now is a perfect time to revisit and share the sunshine and love with you all!

So picture this: a fairytale château, Cymbeline dress, coral pink peonies...check check and check! Caroline and Simon realised their dreams of tying the knot in a romantic French setting at Château du Bourbet, Cherval in the South of France earlier this year, having fallen in love with this picturesque corner of the world whilst visiting Simon's mum who lives nearby.

Having met and worked with the wonderfully talented Caroline at 91 Magazine I was over the moon to be asked to photograph her wedding. Caroline is a consummate crafter and lover of all things vintage, and favours a modern twist which was evident in her wedding aesthetic. Through her work at Patchwork Harmony and 91 Magazine I knew that Caroline would not miss the opportunity to embrace the attention to detail that can make a wedding day extra special. Indeed, her clear vision shone through a colour scheme based around coral pink peonies, offset with pastel colours and quirky vintage flea market finds, such as mismatched lace on the tables and petit four tins as candle holders. The cake table was also decorated with whimsical vintage books, kitchen scales and cute tins and I loved the Guest Book which was an old copy of the beautifully illustrated The Lovers Pocketbook – what a perfect find!

Caroline spent hours making the eye-poppingly gorgeous pink pompoms which decorated the marquee (provided by La Bonne Fête, who also provided them with the vintage bicycles from which ice-cream was served, as well as the mis-matched vintage teacups) and used floral fabrics and vintage lace to make the table plan. The napkins were vintage or made by her mum – the creative crafty streak clearly runs in the family!

It was such a fun and relaxed wedding to be a part of, in a perfect setting. The bride and groom achieved the ideal balance of style, romance, colour and vintage charm for their big day, looking both suitably glamorous and more importantly, completely in love!  

Bride and groom kissing outside the doors of the château

Birds eye view of marquee at Château du Bourbet, Cherval, France

Detail shots of back of brides dress and vintage fabric

Groom looking out of window before wedding service, dressed in a Paul Smith suit

Bride on stairs holding bouquet, in a dress by Cymbeline

Detail shots of glass bottles with straws and boxes of strawberries with mini bride and groom decorations

Detail shots of guests favours

The wedding ceremony with celebrant and guests

Little boy, bride and groom in garden

Bride and groom in the grounds of Chateau Boubet

Exterior shot of château and wedding party during wedding ceremony

Confetti over bride and groom

Three detail shots of wedding guests

Detail of flowers in brides' hair by Gil Fox

Two shots of the bride and groom in the Chateau grounds

Bridesmaid and bride's bouquets by Marie-Claire at Les Halles Fleuries

Bride and groom kissing by an old well

The bride and her two bridesmaids with bouquets laughing

Bride smiling

Inside and outside shots of marquee, table plan detail and The Lovers Pocketbook

Pompoms and fans decorating the wedding tables

Floral table decoration, seating plan stand

Flowers in jars on vintage lace

Vintage handkerchiefs as napkins for bride and groom

Mini ice-cream bubble dispensers, flower table decoration

Pink peony in jar on table

Table with wedding cake, croque en bouche profiteroles and other sweet treats

Biscuits, macaroons and a cake stand with cupcakes

The wedding cake with 'Congrats' sign on top

Collage of flowers in jars, candles and teacups decorating tables

Groom laughing with bride and bride's mother during speech

Groom delivering wedding speech with hand on bride's shoulder

Best man wiping away tears

Glasses and temporary tattoo, embroidered napkin

Collage of wedding guests wearing glasses and tattoos

Croque en bouche profiterole tower with lavender sprigs

Collage of guests with pompoms in marquee

Bride and groom with pompoms

Exterior shot at night of marquee decorated with bunting



photography by pearl pictures