Melissa & Jack, France

Melissa and Jack had an utterly romantic whirlwind wedding full of surprises in a private French Chateau…

“In June, we went on a two-week vacation to Morocco and France. Before our trip, Jack mentioned that we should elope later in the year. He suggested I get a dress and he would start looking into local venues. We agreed to not mention to anyone our elopement plans.

Jack proposed in Morocco and I excitedly messaged our families to announce our engagement. Two days later, we were in Bordeaux, France on a private wine tour. On the last stop of the tour, the winemaker suggested we go to the back patio to enjoy the views. I rounded the corner and was greeted by mine and Jack’s families, screaming, cheering and crying. I was shocked and confused! Jack revealed he had been wedding planning for months, and we were getting married on Sunday at a Chateau where our families had been staying a week prior to our arrival. They had been drinking wine together when I had messaged about our engagement! We spent four nights with our families at a 19th century castle in its own private grounds of 50 acres with woodlands, lawns and vineyards. Jack had arranged every detail and my mother had secretly snuck into our home and brought my wedding dress to France.

Our wedding was very relaxed. My aunt gave me a small antique charm to attach to my bouquet that my great grandmother had given her on her wedding day. Jack’s mother brought a chandelier to hang from the branches, the same chandelier that had hung at Jack’s brother’s wedding. We did the ritual breaking of the glass, followed by a communal Mazel Too and enjoyed hors d’oeuvres with champagne and an al fresco dinner overlooking the vineyard.

I still cannot believe my husband was able to pull off this epic surprise. We were engaged and married within five days, a magical whirlwind. He is the perfect partner to me in every way, and it was the perfect wedding for us.” –Melissa


Photography Bianco Photography | Venue Chateau Le Petit Verdus | Event Design And Then We Got Married | Florals Le Coeur Sauvage | Bride’s Dress Rue de Seine at Union Bridal | Hair & Makeup Artist Laura Cawte

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