You arrive and are overcome by the beauty of the château. Your
lofty expectations are exceeded...for the next week, this château
is yours! Stroll the grounds feeling the warmth of the Provençal
sun and taking in the fragrant flowers in bloom all around you.
Explore each of the 18 château bedrooms in anticipation of
your guests' excitement upon arrival. Relax by the pool set within
picturesque ruins and feel your anxieties wash away.
Close friends and family begin to arrive and each meal becomes an
excuse to relax and share notes on recently visited outdoor cafes,
boutiques, beaches, and local markets. Guests staying in the nearby
village are thrilled to find a welcome basket upon check-in filled
with regional favorites, a bottle of wine, including local cheeses,
olives, chocolates, lavender soap and a personal welcome letter
from you, highlighting your favorite local activities. Private day
trips lure guests to arrive early and partake in the best the region
has to offer. Board the private bus with 5 or 50 of your closest
friends to explore beautiful medieval towns, unforgettable wineries,
picturesque fishing villages or historical sites...this must be
It's time for the rehearsal dinner. The wedding party meets in the
Chateau's chapel to walk through the ceremony. The string trio runs
through their repertoire and everything begins to feel real.
the rehearsal, a few more guests join you for poolside cocktails,
followed by an intimate, candle-lit dinner at which your guests
take turns toasting your honor. Each table is adorned with a candelabra
entwined with ivy...the lighting is romantic and the cuisine heavenly...
You awaken early with excitement and take a quick stroll around the
grounds before breakfast. Fresh flower arrangements have been placed
at the chapel's entryway and you peak in to see the florist sprinkling
rose petals down the aisles (apparently she was up earlier than
that every detail has been attended to, you gather your bridesmaids
and head into town for some pre-wedding pampering. After a water
massage at Aix-en-Provence's famed roman baths, you and your bridesmaids
set out for the salon. The salon's stylists make quite a fuss over
the gaggle of "jeunes Americaines" in their midst, and work their
magic on you - everyone looks great! Feeling refreshed, you return
to the château to hear that your soon-to-be husband and his
entourage having enjoyed the day golfing.
thing the master bathroom is the size of a studio apartment. Before
you know it, twenty sets of hands seem to be occupying themselves
with your final ablutions make-up, veil, and the endless
set of buttons down the back of your wedding dress... Your Mom gives
you a last minute kiss then heads down to join the guests... Someone
sneaks you a sip of champagne, and you take a final peak in the
Finally, the moment you've been waiting for has arrived and you are escorted
down the stairs. You enter the chapel and the guests rise - it finally
hits home that this is all for you! A handsome tuxedoed figure awaits,
and your vision blurs as your eyes meet for the first time. You
pause briefly to collect yourself before the long walk down the
aisle. You steady yourself at your father's side as he gently takes
your arm and leads you past the smiling faces of friends and family
and you take your place next to your sister and best friends. Throughout
the ceremony you look around, savoring every moment so that it doesn't
slip by too quickly. The vows, the rings, the wine, the kiss...
You and your new husband are doused with rose petals on the way
out, and someone hands you a glass of champagne. Still a bit light-headed,
you make your way through the receiving line and to the buffet and
enjoy a delicious brioche toast covered with tapenade. The jazz
combo swings softly in the background as the party makes it way
to the reception on the Château's front patio.
Your guests feast on rack of lamb and sea bass encrusted in wild mushrooms
as the sunset paints the sky. You are unashamedly thankful for the
Chateau's "moat of distance" that has kept the wedding small so
you can enjoy quality time with all the people who are most important
The jazz gives way to a DJ, and you dance the night away, surprise
guests with a fireworks display over the lake (a French tradition)
before slipping up to the master suite for some time alone.
The next morning at brunch, you politely laugh and disagree as your
guests tell you, one after the other, that this is the most spectacular
wedding they've ever attended. In truth, you couldn't agree more...