Written by Katie Byrne, published 20th january
Charlotte and Michael opted to hold a gorgeous French celebration, filled with romantic, glamorous twists
Charlotte Britton, 28, owner of Alpha Beauty Clinic, and Michael Sandbach, 30, a mechanical engineer, said ‘I do’ at Château de Varennes, Burgundy, France.
Floral budget: £2,000-£2,500
We met in Chester at a local late night hot spot. Michael saw me and introduced himself as we had mutual friends. From then on, he would get wind every time I was out and would plan it so he could bump into me!
Our engagement was a complete surprise. I thought Michael was working offshore, but when I arrived at one of my favourite restaurants, it was filled with candles – and he was standing there! We carried on our celebrations by heading to a bar and all of our closest family and friends were there.
Both Michael and I decided early on that we wanted our wedding abroad. After extensive research and visits to the Amalfi Coast and Greece, I had hit a wall. Then we discovered the beautiful château in South Burgunday – we booked it before we had even viewed it!
The château just had that wow factor; it was revealed behind the trees as soon as you pulled into the drive. It had that rustic French charm, with a glamorous and cosmopolitan feel thanks to the beautifully manicured gardens, bedrooms and pool area. Sonia, who is the wife of the château’s owner, is also a wedding planner and had some brilliant contacts.
I wanted our theme to complement our French château setting, so I chose a colour palette of whites, leafy green and gold. I had got a lot of inspiration from Pinterest and was drawn to images where there wasn’t really a ‘colour.’
We wanted a sense of romance and glamour. I absolutely love a Kir Royal, and Dijon is the home of Crème de Cassis, so we decided to go for mini bottles as the wedding favours – we thought it would be nice to gift something local to our venue, as it’s not often that people go to a wedding in France, after all.
One of my favourite moments was dancing the night away under the stars. Another was when our close friend called everyone to the dancefloor for the arrival of the cake. However, there was a slight delay, and so to fill the gap he decided to break into song. His choice? Let It Go from Frozen!
The evening had a true party feel; even my 88-year-old nanna was up on the dancefloor until the very end! Both mine and Michael’s family know how to party – 20 of us were still going at 3am. I just didn’t want the night to be over.
My tip for brides-to-be: Don’t stress about all of the little things. This will be the best day of your life, with all the people you love in one place celebrating your love for each other.
Steal their style!
PHOTOGRAPHY: Amy Faith Photography FLORIST: Minini Isabelle VENUE: Chateau de Varennes DRESS: Anny Lin at Knutsford Wedding Gallery BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES: Coast and Monsoon ACCESSORIES: The Wedding Of My Dreams GROOMSWEAR: Groom Suit Hire Chester INVITATIONS: Too Wordy CAKE: Cakes In The City