Château de Cazenac Wedding | Dordogne | South of France

Hey! You’re engaged! Congratulations!! 

I’m guessing that you are on this page because you are considering getting married at Chateau de Cazenac, or simply want more information about it. 

I’m Claudia, an international wedding photographer based predominately in the UK. Let me show you why I love this venue…

Chateau Cazenac Wedding | Kat and Guy

If you’re looking for a wedding photographer for the moment you say “I Do” then please contact me for a quote. 

I’m currently offering 30% off all week-day celebrations and 20% off weekends throughout 2020 and 2021.

Weddings at Chateau de Cazenac come with the incredible wedding planners, Marry Me In France, to ensure that every part of your celebrations are what you dreamed. I interviewed Beth Stretton, who began Marry Me In France 15 years ago…

1. Hey Beth, could you please introduce yourself and describe a little about what you do? 

I am Beth Stretton and I run Marry me in France. We specialise in high quality weddings at a reasonable price for clients from all over the world. We have been planning and running weddings, specialising in the South of France for 15 year. We work alongside our partner venues to provide the logistics and administration for their events. I also run a styling and prop business which covers South West France and Wales named Megan and Claude

2. What is your relationship with Chateau de Cazenac and how did it begin?

I have a very long and very personal history with Cazenac. I lived at the chateau for some time around 20 years ago and returned to it when I started doing weddings five years later. It’s one of my favourite places in the world. 

3. What are your favourite things about the venue from a planners perspective? 

It ticks every box. It houses a high number of guests in comfort, it has the prettiest spaces, cyclamen carpets in autumn, authentic French detail, swimming pools. The list goes on and on. The atmosphere is something you can only describe once you have been there. You really do fall in love. 

4. What are your favourite things the venue has to offer to couples? What sets it apart from other venues? 

All the venues we work with have their own selling points and each couple is looking for something that speaks to them. At Cazenac the strong selling points are the intimacy of the venue despite it housing high numbers and the location which is second to none. It attracts couples who have a real sense of romance. It’s not ostentatious, it’s a simple and real elegance with a touch of the real Dordogne, stone, wood, turrets and trees. 

5. What would you recommend as the first steps to a couple looking for a venue in France?

Find the right person to help you find the perfect venue. There are so many products now but those of us who have been in the industry from the beginning really know the reality versus the projected images. It’s such a personal thing and to get it right, good guidance is the best tip. 

6. What is your favourite memory from working in this industry for such a significant period of time? 

Oh that’s a tough one. There are so many. I have been trying to select pictures to represent our 15 year anniversary and it is quite a challenge. There are so many amazing memories and so many deeply touching moments. I love my industry – every moment is special. 

7. How important is it to hire a photographer (or any supplier) that has worked at the venue (or in the country) before? 

I think its is always preferable to work with someone who has shot the venue before. They will know the way the light works, the spaces that are used to best effect. We also find that many of the best events are those where the team working on the event are friends and have worked together before. Backstage is very seldom considered but it does really change a wedding in all sorts of subtle ways. 

8. Is there anything else you’d like to add?

Only that at this difficult time I would encourage people to still follow their dreams, even if it takes a bit longer to get there. 

9. Social media links, website links etc :)

Marry Me In France website
Marry Me In France instagram

Megan and Claude website
Megan and Claude France webite
Megan and Claude instagram

Kat + Guy at Chateau de Cazenac | A Real Wedding

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. It’s all these tiny details of being a destination wedding photographer that I most appreciate. 

Arriving at the Chateau, 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.

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 wedding planner. An absolute delight to work with!

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If you are planning a wedding Chateau de Cazenac and loved the photographs above, please do contact me to chat further.

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