Karen & Sam tied the knot in a magical chateau in France…
A Wedding by Scarlet Events
Our bride Karen had always dreamt of having her wedding in a dream Parisian chateau after her mother gave her an antique Cartier tiara as a gift, which had been passed down in her family for generations. She had wanted to wear it at her wedding and where better to hold a fairytale wedding than a dream chateau in France.
They chose Chateau de Chantilly as it was incredibly picturesque and had a number of great practical features such as the sheer quantity of locations and event spaces, the luxury 5-star hotel on-site, and the close proximity to the airports and to Paris.
“They instantly fell in love with Chantilly and its iconic chateau.”
Hosting a wedding at Chateau de Chantilly comes with an enormous cost and the couple was kind enough to give us a flexible budget to help them create the wedding of their dreams. They are a hard-working young couple who wanted the very best for their wedding, and they were willing to pay whatever price for a magical wedding. However, we were mindful of not letting the costs spiral out of control. Careful planning, strict guest numbers, and making the right choices along the way, plus having a fairly extensive contact book did help mitigate costs.
For the rehearsal dinner, we opted for a mixed colour palette in the different rooms of the venue, using cream or pastel blue to compliment the room décor. Being from Hong Kong, the couple appreciates British design and wanted to go with English style white flowers with hints of greenery. Karen loves warm pastel tones and knew she wanted to have blush, nude and dusty pinks throughout the ceremony and reception. We suggested elements of beige and gentle grey, with touches of gold to tie everything together.
For the outdoor ceremony on the island of love (a 96-metre long private island on the grounds of the chateau), the couple exchanged vows in front of a stunning gazebo decorated with arches of natural-looking foliage and finished with delicate blooms. Every element of the ceremony design was carefully placed to only enhance the natural beauty of the island and not to completely transform it.
We chose transparent ghost chairs for the guests which seamlessly blended into the setting, leaving the focus solely on the flowers. Natural loose style pastel floral arrangements were added around the fountains and stone turns, creating a beautiful walkway. Custom hand-made linen in beige was designed exclusively for this wedding with warm gold candelabras and beautiful deconstructed pastel flowers creating an elegant and sophisticated look. We finished the table designs with touches of gold in the dinnerware and pretty candles to match the colour of the flowers.
The bride had four beautiful dresses over the two days of celebrations. At the rehearsal dinner on the first night, she wore a striking Galia Lahav mermaid-inspired dress featuring pearl touches for the all-white dress code.
On the second day, for her ceremony, she wore a bespoke off-shoulder Elie Saab gown with intricate details and touches of floral lace on the veil which she also wore for her entrance to the reception. After dinner, she changed into a bespoke Vivian Luk unicorn dress for the fireworks display, before finally changing into a striking fringe dress by Marchesa for the first dance.
Karen wanted an elegant look for her hair and make-up which would work throughout the day with minimal change and that could go with all of her outfits. Her makeup artist Cherry specialises in Asian skin and did a fantastic job throughout the day. Karen changed her hair in three distinctive styles, down for the rehearsal dinner and then keeping it tied up in a bun for the ceremony and reception before finally tying back into a tail for the first dance.
As international luxury wedding planners, we are very used to organising large-scale epic celebrations over multiple days, with guests flying in from all corners of the globe. However, organising a wedding at Chateau de Chantilly is an incredible challenge. Firstly, the replies take a lot longer from France which can add severe delays to the project timeline. Secondly, the sheer number of rules and regulations in regard to what can and cannot be done at the Chateau made organising this wedding a huge task, as we had to work our way around the huge rulebook – many of which we are not common in other parts of Europe. Lastly, we had a vast multi-national team of vendors coming in from different parts of Europe and Hong Kong to put this wedding together. So just that element including flights, transport, and hotels was a project in itself!