Amandine and Tanguy combined blue florals with a grand setting for their magical do at Chateau de Guilguiffin in France
Tanguy popped the question on a bright, winter's day in New York, next to a frozen lake in Central Park. “It was an unforgettable moment that completely shaped our vision for the wedding,” says Amandine. “Elegant and romantic with a natural, outdoors-y feel.”
Photography by Emma-Jane at Caught the Light
The couple married in Brittany where Amandine’s family live. After a traditional Catholic ceremony they headed over to their reception venue, Château de Guilguiffin, an old castle with lots of character and gorgeous gardens.
“We fell in love with the marquee inside the venue,” says Amandine. “It was bright and airy, set against a beautiful stone wall. Straightaway, we imagined decorating it with white lanterns to create a magical atmosphere.”
Amandine wore a classic Vera Wang dress from the Luxury Collection. “As soon as I tried it on, I pictured myself walking in the castle gardens,” she says. “I loved the way the cascading layers of organza and lace flowed into a blossom-like texture.”
When it came to finding the perfect pair of shoes, Amandine knew exactly what she was looking for – and she was willing to wait. “I wore Manolo Blahnik’s famous ‘Something Blue’ heels,” she says. “They were really difficult to get hold of and I had to be put on a waiting list for weeks before I got the call from the store in London. They were a fab finishing touch.”
“We love Liberty and their floral fabrics so we decided on a blue floral motif to illustrate our natural theme,” says Amandine. “We tied a little of the fabric to the orders of service and it was also a recurring touch on the best men's ties and the flowergirls' outfits.”
“We had personalised stationery from Smythson,” says Amandine. “I designed two sketches (one for the wedding invitations; the other for the evening reception), which we also incorporated into the favours and menus.”
The couple made tons of details themselves for a super personal vibe. “We bought a trunk and filled them with white blankets, which went down really well with the guests,” says Amandine.
In keeping with the blue colour scheme, the table plan was made using the same floral fabric from Liberty, stretched into a white frame.
“Our favours were small, heart-shaped boxes filled with chocolates from Charbonnel et Walker,” says Amandine. “As a nice little gift to us, Tanguy’s sister asked the guests to write messages on cards, which she has been posting to us throughout our first year of marriage.”
The tables were named after famous parks in London, New York and Paris and the table names were an extra special handmade project on Amandine’s part. “I made three paper flowers and each petal was glued on one by one,” she says. “Making them for 16 tables was pretty time consuming, but the result was amazing!”
Amandine went for a bunch of white peonies for her bouquet – classic and elegant to match her Vera Wang dress.
For the décor, the couple had blue hydrangeas (to match the flowers in the castle's gardens), white peonies and avalanche roses, gypsophila and white orchids. “We had a mixture of white and blue flowers to form high-impact orchid trees,” says Amandine.
“My favourite memory of the day was the dancing,” says Amandine. “Tanguy insisted on making an entrance for the dinner so we worked with a friend who choreographed the final tap dance in the movie, The Artist. Everyone was really impressed!”
For behind-the-scenes details on Amandine’s beauty look, pick up the January/February 2013 issue of You & Your Wedding, on sale 29 November 2012. Or download the digital issue now!