Chateau la Durantie
22nd May 2018
Karen and Zak from New York kicked off my 2018 wedding season in real style at Chateau la Durantie in the Dordogne.
They were a delightful couple to work with, with a wonderful story; they had met when they were just 15 years old at high school in California, and had been together for 12 years – they were real childhood sweethearts, so my job was made easier by having such an interesting story to tell!
My brief for their ceremony was that they wanted something which was “Romantic, light and with some humour. We want it to be memorable not just for us, but also for all of our guests. We are not religious at all, yet we do envision a ceremony with sentiment and lots of love.”
As Zak & Karen are both very close to their mothers, we included a ‘first kiss, last kiss’ at the beginning of the ceremony to pay tribute to their mums, who were both absolutely thrilled to have a special (and surprise) role within the ceremony!
After exchanging their traditional vows they exchanged their own very personal (and at times very funny) duet vows which were absolutely beautiful. We finished with an enthusiastic group vow and a very personalised hand blessing before they sealed the deal with the exchanging of rings.
Zak and Karen were delighted with their ceremony and their feedback on the day was that it was far better than they ever could have imagined! They loved how personal it was and Karen was especially thrilled that their little dog Finn back in New York got a mention!
They brought their own photographer from San Diego to capture the day; the delightful Aubree Lynn. Scroll down to see a selection of photos from the day. They are incredible!
All photos by the very talented Aubree Lynn Photography