Although each editorial I design holds a special place in my heart, this Refined Wedding in Burgundy at Château de Pierreclos will be a forever favorite of mine. Recently featured on Style Me Pretty, I am over the moon to present our work!
As you approach the château, you drive along a winding path that leads up the hill. When the château entered into sight, I began crying – this is where I exchanged my vows with my husband, and it was the first time I had been back since our own wedding day.
Located in southern Burgundy, Château de Pierreclos – with a history dating back to the tenth century – boasts panoramic views of the village and vineyards below and features a glazed, multi-color roof, typical of Burgundian architecture. Currently available for booking as a bed and breakfast or a wedding venue, it’s also a fully functioning vineyard and winery. A big fan of Burgundy’s wines myself, I drew inspiration from the wine culture of the region while planning this editorial.
Baskets of curated goods welcome guests, filled with regional treats including locally made jam with a swatch of Toile de Jouy tied over the lid, a bottle of Burgundian wine with a bespoke label incorporating the same pattern (I always encourage couples getting married at a vineyard to gift their guests with a bottle of wine sourced from the venue), fresh grapes, pears, a baguette, and a sweet note. These welcome gifts set the tone for the decor of the day, as the invitations incorporated the Toile de Jouy in the custom envelope liners, and an illustrated map of the area highlighted the locations known for grapes and pears.
When selecting the Bride’s fashion, I knew the venue called for something with amazing texture and a strong silhouette. The Ersa Atelier gown, had the most beautiful, lace and pearl bodice. Featuring a mock turtleneck and ¾ length sleeves, the demure front balanced an unexpected open back. The delicate top paired with a full satin skirt created the picture of elegance. Satin, pink heels complemented the gown perfectly.
Florésie designed the most stunning bouquet for the Bride to carry. A traditional, cascading bouquet in a soft, neutral palette with pops of greenery throughout. She was the picture of elegance, as she walked down the ceremony aisle in the front courtyard of the château and said her “I Do’s” under the floral arch while guests kept comfortable with the tasseled, illustrated fans featuring the château.
Although we originally planned to hold the dinner outside on the grounds, when we arrived at the château, we were greeted with a freshly painted blue wall and the exquisite, hanging tapestry. We knew it called for a last-minute change in plans. Florésie Frameworks built and assembled a pergola with hanging, metal orb chandeliers. The final effect was that of a 3D art installation, the greenery on the pergola bringing that of the tapestry background to life.
Toile de Jouy linens set the foundation for the tablescapes, which we built upon by layering carved wooden chargers, Cutipol flatware, and vintage crystal glasses. Each place setting was completed with a tiny favor box, tied up with a single blue velvet ribbon. The centerpieces – arrangements of garden roses, iris, tulips, and Queen Anne’s lace – were nestled amongst candles on wooden platters, grapes and pears in pedestal bowls, and crystal votives. The contrast of refined elements against the natural materials of wood, linen, and metal created an overall aesthetic of rustic elegance.
Finally, the events moved to the back courtyard of the château for an evening of drinks, desserts, and dancing. We created cozy – yet distinctively French – seating clusters for guests to relax and enjoy the decadent treats, as well as an exquisite dessert table. Our cake designer produced the most beautiful assortment of treats, dressed in vibrant fruit. The cake, pavlovas, and tarts were served on an array of silver platters and wooden chargers, again celebrating a mix of materials and textures.
Our incredible DJ and technical producer closed the evening, DJing using what I think must be the most gorgeous music stand of all time, decked out in an explosion of blooms. Who knew DJ equipment could be so beautiful? Having a live DJ on set added such a fun element to the day, playing music as Franklyn K. Photography captured the details. Our full creative team ended the day with dancing, such a fun juxtaposition against the formal feel of the event, and truly cementing this refined wedding in Burgundy editorial’s position as the one I will never forget.
I’m eager to hear all about your plans for a refined wedding in Burgundy! Tell me more!