Posy & Mike’s Chateau de Saint Paul Wedding.

There is a myth out there that needs squashing. That myth is that venue experience is important.

I get why some couples want…need sometimes, to see previous weddings at the venue they are getting married at.

The reality is, there are no ‘secrets’ or ‘special places’ at any venue that can only be revealed by venue experience. There is nothing that 10 minutes on the morning of the wedding day will not reveal. Bride prep is taking place in Room A, groom prep in Room B. Ceremony on that terrace. Drinks reception on this terrace. Meal and dancing in barn.

The difference is not therefore venue experience, but photographer experience, ie, the ability to shoot in bright sunshine one minute and dark barn the next. The actual venue has little to no impact on a photographers abilities, – it’s just what is in the background.

The important stuff is (in no particular order), subject, moment, composition and lighting.

And why the emphasis on this point in this post? No real reason other than Posy & Mike’s wedding at Chateau de Saint Paul was another example of a first visit to a new venue. First visit to this particular venue and a very nice venue to, but no ‘secrets’ that any number of previous visits would have revealed!

The date was the 8th September so we were on the cusp of the end of Summer meets very early Autumn. Just a bit of a nip in the air early on, but once the sun is up and running, essentially a Summer’s day. This is probably my favourite time of year for a wedding as those Autumn colours are just coming in but it’s still warm.

Posy & Mike’s wedding had a great team of suppliers headed by independent wedding planner Louise Ham of Handmade Events.

Coverage began for me the day prior as it does with around 90% of my clients; an on-site meeting and recce, an opportunity for a practice photo-shoot which ensures enhanced results the next day plus low-key coverage of the evening prior event. In this case it was a very informal pre-meal drinks reception at the chateau before heading off to the nearby medieval hilltop village of Monflanquin.

The day itself dawned with an autumnal nip as mentioned before but soon turned into a typical full Summer’s day but without the searing heat that can be a problem in July or August.

After capturing the usual bride & groom prep it was into the on-site chapel (a light & bright one for a change!) for the ceremony followed by confetti.

Drinks took place in the courtyard accompanied by an accordion player and at one point, a duet with Mike’s mum which was pretty special.

The meal & speeches followed in the barn with dancing open air to a band. Very atmospheric.

Congrats to Posy & Mike. A special day with I think some pretty special results. There’s a full gallery including international print ordering facility which can be accessed by clicking here:

Oh and one more thing…

In many families, there is a matriarch. In this one, it’s Nonna, of Italian descent, somewhere in her 80’s and lives in Australia and in every picture, has the biggest beaming smile. Every wedding should have a Nonna!