Refined French Countryside Elopement

Samara & Tim celebrated their refined French countryside elopement by privatizing an entire castle in Burgundy!

Refined French Countryside Elopement

For their refined French countryside elopement, our goal was to create an intimate elopement for 2 celebration that was peaceful and organic with distinctive fine art touches that featured plenty of French gastronomic elements!

French Château in Burgundy

Bespoke Elopement Stationery

Wedding Rings for Elopement

The day began with beauty preparations for the bride and time of reflection for the groom. Their bespoke stationery details were nothing short of spectacular! A custom keepsake wedding announcement, vow books, menus and place cards scrolls were the perfect addition to the couple’s already very personalized wedding design.

Bridal details

Bridal Bouquet

Bride on her wedding day

Château de Varennes - Jennifer Fox Weddings

Groom prep

Wedding day blooms included spray roses, dianthus, butterfly ranunculus, lysianthus and tulips along with seasonal foliage in green and autumnal colors. On the château’s interior marble staircase, ivory pillar candles sat atop wooden candleholders to create a cozy backdrop for the couple’s first look.

Pillar Candles

Bride & Groom First Look

Ceremony Venue in Burgundy

Wedding Chapel

The ceremony took place on the step’s of the château’s onsite chapel. An asymetric ceremony arch was complimented by floral and foliage as if growing from the foot of the chapel’s stairs. The bride was serenaded by a solo cellist playing “Pachelbel’s Canon in D” as she walked down the aisle.



The bride and groom wrote their own vows that they recited out of their keepsake vow books. As a thoughtful surprise during the ceremony, the couple had each of their children write their heartfelt wedding wishes ahead of time. When the celebrant read them aloud during the ceremony, there wasn’t a dry eye in the château!


Elopement Couple

Autumn in Burgundy, France

Elopement in Burgundy

Château de Varennes

After the couple’s portrait session, it was time for their gourmet lunch in the petit salon. To highlight the château’s gorgeous fireplace, an incredible floral installation was be created on the the mantle. Candles were added on the top of the mantel and inside the hearth in order to create a cosy backdrop for the couple’s dinner for 2! In keeping with the season of the wedding, warm textures were brought in to compliment the table top. A custom velvet tablecloth, gold and lace detail on the plates, patterned etched glass stemware and patchwork napkins added an extra dimension of warmth!

Elopement Venue Château de Varennes

Fireplace Florals

Refined French Countryside Elopement

Elopement Dinner

The couple enjoyed a 5-course tasting menu with wine pairing for each course. Everything was expertly prepared by private chef using only regional products of Burgundy. One of the menu highlights included quail with smoked chantilly served with puffed buckwheat and a black truffle and potato purée.

Wedding Cake

The couple had not one but 2 flavors of signature wedding cake! Strawberry, basil & balsamic and vanilla spiced apple cake topped off the day. The bespoke design was inspired by the couple’s intricate stationery design. Two tiers, that look like they have been elegantly wrapped in beige handmade paper. On the top tier, the couple’s signature crest was incorporated in 3D to add some depth to the design! To finish, a circular “arch-like” arrangement of sugar flowers was also adorned to the top tier.

American Wedding Cake

Cutting the cake

Wedding Cake Feeding

To refer to this refined French countryside elopement as exceptional would be an understatement! Each and every unique detail that went into creating their bespoke celebration was curated with intent.

Want to see more? Check out the feature on Style Me Pretty and the couple’s gallery!

What special elements do you envision being part of your elopement for 2 in France? Tell us more!

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