High school sweethearts Katy + Paddy flew all the way from New Zealand to celebrate their destination wedding in the Dordogne, surrounded by friends and family from Ireland, the UK, Dubai and Australia.
They wanted a rustic, relaxed and natural feel to their French wedding day, so one of our favourite Dordogne venues (La Léotardie) was a perfect fit.
The day was planned to perfection by our dear friend Joanna at A Dream French Wedding and we were brought on board to help bring Katy’s design vision to life.
Let’s take a look!
When Katy first got in touch, her Pinterest boards were a *bit* all over the place! It was all really lovely, but she had pulled inspiration photos in a wide variety of styles and colour palettes etc. A little bit rustic, a little bit boho, a little bit vintage, a little bit woodland. She wanted everything to be beautiful, but not too girly-girl.
Part of my job as a wedding designer and stylist is to spot the connecting threads and tie them together into something cohesive. This sometimes means I need to expand on the ideas, and sometimes I need to edit them down. With Katy, I went through many iterations of the design before honing down to this gorgeous New Zealand woodland vibe (set in the French countryside!)
In addition to lanterns and candles in rustic jars from our collection, we sourced mossy log stumps to line the ceremony aisle. Katy really wanted the natural beauty of the surroundings (and that incredible oak tree!) to be the star of the show, so their florist (Jenny Moss) used overgrown greenery, exotic ferns, and just a few white flowers to decorate.
One of the absolute best parts of designing and styling a wedding is the creative exchange with a fantastic florist! Each element plays off the other – with the flowers elevating the styling and vice versa. Jenny was able to take my (sometimes rambling/incoherent) description of what we wanted to create, and translate it into the most perfect florals – some of my favourite of the season!
One of the highlights of the day (and our whole season!) was staging K+P’s outdoor first dance under a canopy of lights. We re-purposed their ceremony rug and placed lanterns at the corners. With their family and friends crowded around them and their faces lit by candlelight – it was truly a magical moment.