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Chateau Soulac wedding photography

Destination wedding in France

One of the greatest and most enjoyable aspects of doing what I do is being asked to photograph destination weddings. Traveling to new places and new countries is always exciting so when Lucy and Rob asked me if I would photograph their wedding at Chateau Soulac in France, I couldn’t have been happier.

Chateau Soulac is a stunning wedding venue, located in the Bordeaux region of France, just by the Dordogne river. I first went to look around the Chateau a couple of days before the wedding, when I met Lucy and Rob to talk through their plans. The whole area is stunningly beautiful and as soon as I started driving down the lane towards the main Chateau I couldn’t wait to get my camera out. This is one of the best and photogenic venues I have ever had the pleasure of working at, both the inside and grounds are breathtaking. It was instantly easy to see why Lucy and Rob had chosen to get married here.

Lucy and Rob are such an incredible couple too. They made me feel welcome and at home as soon as we met up in France and I felt more like a wedding guest with a camera than a wedding photographer. Their happy and fun personalities shone through the whole day and I couldn’t have been happier for them that everything was so perfect. The weather forecast had not been good in the days leading up to the wedding and we even had a short spell of rain in the morning. But, when it mattered, the sun made an appearance and then didn’t leave. It was always meant to be.

Everything I like best about destination weddings was here; beautiful weather, an incredible wedding venue and a sense of calm and relaxation which you rarely find at weddings nearer to home. I think destination weddings often feel a little calmer because the whole wedding experience is spread over a few days, as opposed to the focus all being on one day. The majority of Lucy and Rob’s guests had made a little holiday of the wedding (as did I!) and that made everything feel so chilled out and peaceful. Nothing was rushed and everything was perfect. It was an absolute pleasure and a privilege to be a part of these celebrations.

For me, wedding photography is about two things; capturing beautiful natural moments in a documentary fashion and also providing my bride and grooms with stunning portraits which they will treasure. It is on these two things that I always judge myself. Details are nice but ultimately it is the real moments that will last and be loved the most. Lucy and Rob’s wedding was one where I feel I really hit these targets and I am extremely proud of the photographs I captured. This was mainly down to Lucy and Rob not asking a thing of me except to capture their day exactly as it happened, so a massive thank you to them both for putting so much trust and faith in me.

I would also like to make a special mention to all the staff at Chateau Soulac who could not have been more helpful and kind to me on the day. If you are looking to get married in France then I could not recommend this wedding venue highly enough. It really is a stunning venue where you are almost guaranteed to have the perfect wedding day.

bride opening champagne on morning of wedding
bride and bridesmaid looking at wedding dress
happy bride opening present
groom and best man playing table tennis
bridesmaids laughing together
bridesmaids laughing looking at phone
bride smiling as she has make-up put on
groom getting ready at Chateau Soulac
make-up artist applying lipstick to bride
bride smiling looking in to mirror
creative photograph of groom getting ready before wedding at Chateau Soulac
groomsmen laughing before wedding ceremony
bride opening curtains
mother of bride helping put headpiece in
beautiful portrait of bride inside Chateau Soulac in France
stunning portrait of bride just before wedding service
father of bride seeing daughter in dress for first time
emotional moment between dad and bride before wedding
window light portrait of bride
bridal party walking to wedding ceremony at Chateau Soulac in France
bridal party walking through Chateau Soulac grounds on way to ceremony
bride walking down the aisle at Chateau Soulac wedding
happy moment between bride and groom during wedding ceremony
wedding guest crying during wedding ceremony
emotional moment between bride and groom during Chateau Soulac wedding ceremony
excited bride and groom saying wedding vows
first kiss during wedding at Chateau Soulac
grandmother hugging bride
exterior photograph of Chateau Soulac
groom laughing during drinks reception
wedding guests throwing confetti
bride and groom laughing as confetti is thrown
wedding guests taking selfie at wedding
funny photograph of bridesmaids eating oysters
bride and bridesmaids laughing
portrait of bridal party together at Chateau Soulac
bride's veil blowing in the wind at Chateau Soulac
beautiful photograph of bride and groom in the vineyard at Chateau Soulac
bride and groom walking together outside Chateau Soulac
happy moment between newlyweds at Chateau Soulac
intimate portrait of bride and groom inside Chateau Soulac
bride and groom stood in beautiful light in gardens of Chateau Soulac
table centre piece at Chateau Soulac
bride and groom entering wedding breakfast
laughter during father of bride wedding speech
bride laughing during wedding speeches
groom delivering speech at Chateau Soulac wedding
best man giving funny speech
laughter during wedding breakfast
evening portrait of bride and groom at Chateau Soulac
bride and groom cutting cake
first dance at Chateau Soulac wedding
bride and groom first dance with confetti cannons
bride and father dancing
wedding reception party at Chateau Soulac
wedding guests dancing at Chateau Soulac in France
lots of dancing at Chateau Soulac wedding
bride and friend laughing on dancefloor
funny photograph of bridesmaids lifting up dresses during wedding reception
creative flash portrait of bride and groom
silhouette photograph of bride and groom at night

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