The heart  of this wedding was The Tree. Graziella and Jean Philippe had first been inspired by the mighty baobab trees in Africa - majestic, symbols of protection and strength and also the venue for weddings, religious and social ceremonies. So when they saw the magnificent banyan (is it?) tree in Chateau Bel Ombre, they knew immediately that this was THE place!

Centred around enhancing the natural elements, the decor was kept simple and warm. We used earthy colours with wood as the dominating element. For the wedding 'à l'ombre de l'arbre', wooden benches encircled the couple - this warm layout has in fact become one of my favourites! Little details like clusters of flowers within the tree roots, kissing balls, roots at the entrance, a welcome signboard with Jean-Philippe's own quote (oh yes, the groom is a poetic soul!) added personalised touches. Oh and to reflect Jean-Philippe's love for motorised helicopters, the wedding rings arrived by air!

The cocktail was a cosy get together by the lake, with a band strumming in the background.

And against the magnificently lit grand Chateau,  guests cosied up under a lantern-lit bedouin for the reception dinner.  The nature-inspired decor theme continued with white bouquets on wooden logs sitting on jute table runners.  Table names were cute poems on trees and a sprig of romarin nestling in the napkins added a sweet-smelling touch. Thoughtful touches for the children was a kids' corner and a marshmallow bar (though I saw more adults than kids there!). 

And Graziella and Jean-Philippe has this to say about Marry-Go-Round:

"Nous voulons encore une fois te remercier pour ce mariage que tu as rendu possible. Honnêtement, nous n'aurions pas espéré mieux et les retours de tous les invités ont été très chaleureux. L'organisation à distance n'était pas la plus facile mais heureusement que nous t'avions à nos côtés pour gérer ! Professionnalisme, conseils et surtout gentillesse, tu es super :) Merci pour tous ces bons moments et ceux passés à échanger avec toi pendant la préparation"

Graziella & Jean Philippe
Graziella & Jean Philippe
Graziella & Jean Philippe
Graziella & Jean Philippe
Graziella & Jean Philippe

Technicals: Impact Production Ltd

Florals: Inseptiv

Photos: Mayline