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A destination chateau wedding in France

A destination chateau wedding in France

Written by Katie Byrne

Sinead and Patrick tied the knot in a romantically elegant celebration at Chateau de Lisse


Sinead Whelan and Patrick Murray were married at Chateau de Lisse in South West France.

We wanted a wedding that was totally relaxed, in a beautiful location surrounded by the people we love.

We always wanted to have a destination wedding: primarily, it meant we would get four or five days together with our family and closest friends, celebrating our wedding with a holiday atmosphere rather than it all being over in a day. Also, hailing from Ireland, we wanted some sunshine!

We both love France and have enjoyed many holidays there together - holding our wedding in a chateau in the South of France was our dream, dating back before we even got engaged.

Chateau de Lisse is a stunning chateau in Gascony. I loved the romantic feel: I felt like the turrets made it like something straight out of a fairytale. Paddy loved the historical aspects of the venue, which dates back to the 14th century. The fact that the chateau has its very own vineyard, which produces beautiful wine, was an added bonus! 

We really wanted everyone to feel relaxed and happy for the five days we were there and given that we both love a good party, we very much wanted a party atmosphere, filled with lots of fun and laughter to celebrate our love and commitment to one another.

The venue is so breathtakingly beautiful that we really wanted to let it do the talking. We didn't focus on a 'theme' as such - in the end, the look came together quite orgaincally. I love wild flowers and lavender in particular, so lavender was threaded throughout different aspects of the day, including the flowers, bridesmaid dresses, invitations and table plan!

My wedding dress was from Sanyukta Shreshta. I always knew I wanted a vintage-inspired dress - something quite slinky.

I loved the 1930s inspiration of my gown, as well as the silhouette. I knew that a more traditional wedding gown wouldn't be my style, and I wanted to look and feel like myself! I found the dress in a Dublin boutique called Little White Dress - it felt so 'me' the minute I tried it on.

The bouquet choice was left to Faith, our florist. I knew the style and colours I wanted to have but was not sure on flower varieties. My bouquet was made of Duchesse de Nemours peonies, avalanche roses, white astilbe, white stock, provence lavender and eucalyptus.

I chose the flowers as I love wild flowers and wanted something that was timeless. I always had it in mind that I wanted the flowers to be predominantly white with green foliage.

Paddy wore a suit from Louis Copeland. His buttonhole was made of gypsophila and lavender tied with rustic string.

The bridesmaids wore lavender ASOS dresses. I had four beautiful bridesmaids who all have very different styles and so I was worried that it would be really difficult and had envisaged us traipsing around many different shops trying to find something everyone felt comfortable with. Instead we didn’t go to one single shop!

I ordered maybe five different dresses in total from the fantastic ASOS bridesmaid range and invited the girls over for a night over in my house (accompanied by wine and cheese!) where the girls tried on the dresses and we all loved the lavender!

Again, I knew I didn’t want the traditional style, full length, bridesmaid dresses and thought the midi length of the dresses we chose to be really elegant without being overly fussy and ‘bridesmaidy’. It was SO easy and such a good experience - I would highly recommend it as a great option for any brides getting married soon.


The reception room was a beautiful room which had been recently renovated by the owners of the chateau. It had stunning high ceilings, a magnificent fireplace, beautiful decorative walls and all in all was just fabulous! Decoration wise, it was very simple again. Vintage pickle jars and antique apothecary bottles filled with gypsophila, astilbe,stock, roses and lavender. Faith’s flowers were so beautiful as centrepiece I felt it was all it needed.

When Paddy and I walked into the reception room for dinner where all of our guests were already seated, the band sang us in to The Beatles ‘All you need is Love’ wandering around from table to table, which meant everyone was on their feet singing us in – it was a very special moment!

My favourite moment: Absolutely the speeches - Paddy’s speech in particular. They were the perfect combination of sweet, sentimental and laugh out loud funny. I think they were the best speeches I’ve ever heard at a wedding, however I am totally biased!

Steal their style!

Photographer: Darek Smietana Venue: Chateau de Lisse Florist: Faith Brennan, Le Coeur Sauvage Dress: Sanyutha Shrestha, purchased at Little White Dress Bridesmaids: ASOS Groomswear: Next

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