When you choose to get married in South West France, the one thing you expect is sunshine.

At least if you choose to get married May-Sep. OK, May was a bit ‘off’ this year, but since early June, it’s been mostly wall to wall sunshine with just the occasional dramatic storm.

And so it was for Marie & Danny’s wedding at the gorgeous Chateau la Gauterie, owned and managed by Sarah & Rupert.

My coverage began as it does for over 90% of the weddings I am engaged for, with a 1/2 day prior coverage.

This allows for an on-site meeting, practice photo-shoot and relaxed, low-key, documentary coverage of the evening ‘meet & greet’. Sometimes this is a pig roast, or a mobile pizza van, or a meal at a nearby restaurant, or in this case, a BBQ.

There were some familiar and ‘old’ faces for me on the supplier side… I’ve worked at Chateau la Gauterie before so already knew the owners, plus Wendy Mears the caterer on this occasion.

New faces were Gemma the MUA, the celebrant Lisa Lister and band The Sidekicks.

The ceremony itself took place in the on-site chapel, which for a chapel is fortunately reasonably light (which is not often the case with chapels!) followed by a confetti arch for the exit.

Drinks & canapes took place on the terrace with some very welcome large parasols in order to shield some of the intense sunlight.

The meal & speeches, plus dancing took place in the on-site marquee.

Fabulous day, fabulous people, slideshow above, selection of highlight pics below.

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