My heart has a special affinity to France. This is helped by the fact that my papa and step-mama relocated to the Limousin region a few years back. Any country that sells a decent bottle of red wine for less than five euros, I’m sold. The incredibly beautiful Château de Cazenac is nearby in the Dordogne region of Southern France and I’m honoured to have spent time there for Kat & Guy’s wedding.
Picture this: day one. I arrive at Bordeaux airport, aware that I have a two hour drive ahead of me. Bergerac is closer but for some logistical reason I couldn’t make this work. Breezed through passport control and followed the signs to collect my rental car. It’s a good ten minute walk, straight past the car park with the little booth where you pick up the keys. Sign at the counter says return to the car park booth. Sigh. I’m narked already.
It then takes me four hours to reach the Château. Apparently Bordeaux traffic is legendary, especially on a Friday night. Kat gives me a big hug and hands me a glass of red and a plate of chicken and salad. I realise that her nieces and nephews are straight out of a Sally Mann portrait. It feels like photographic heaven. I spend my time, as I do, working out who is who family-wise and who the couple naturally seem to gravitate towards. I’m pretty good with names, so I make a mental check list for the formals list the next day.
Suddenly it’s around 10pm and I haven’t checked in to my Air BnB yet. Google Maps reckons it’s a 20 minute drive away. I log in to the airbnb app and hit ‘get directions’. Thirty five minutes later, a time I put down to the winding French roads, I arrive in a very small and very dark village. After back and forth scattered English/French conversations with my host, I realise I’m in the wrong village entirely.
Don’t panic, dear reader. I make it to my bed, albeit an hour after I thought I would.
Good thing the wedding day was so incredibly beautiful. Kat is Australian, so her bouquet and table arrangements were sourced (as much as possible) from Australian flowers. The ceremony was held out doors in a stunning tree-lined location. The booze flowed from a ‘gin bar’ and a haphazardly eccentric but insanely talented bunch of musicians followed us round during the drinks reception.
A big shout out to Sue from Marry Me in France, their wonderful planner. An absolute delight to work with!
If you are planning your wedding at Château de Cazenac and would like to discuss your wedding photography, please do contact me for a chat.
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For more French weddings, check out Ella & Cillian’s day here.