They celebrated their beautiful wedding day in an exquisite castle!
Lauren’s Ph.D. research involved holding speed-dating events. At one event, Michael walked in, sat at the back, and as he made his way from table to table they couldn’t keep our eyes off each other. It was complete and utter recognition. Lauren even texted a friend saying I was in love, and it really is as close to love at first sight as I can imagine. A week later, Michael emailed Lauren’s lab and learned that of all the interactions he’d had that night ours was the shortest but the most memorable and he wanted to date me instead.
The reception was held on the castle grounds next to the century-old tree they were married under. In order to keep guests mingling with one another, they opted to have a steady stream of classic French hors d’oeuvres throughout the evening. In honor of some missing guests, they had two signature cocktails: the first being the French 75 which they called the Goose for their dog, and the second, a mojito, for their niece and nephew. Dances and speeches all took place on the castle’s stone terrace.
Photography: Studio Baron Photo | Castle: Château de Laplanque | Gown: Calla Blanche | Entertainment: DJ Happy Daze | Planning a wedding in France: Hitched in France | Video: Tomy Vincent | Flowers: Poésie d’un Jour | Invitations & Stationery: Feel Good Invites
A quote from you, the bride or groom
You have one job that day and that is to get married! We highly recommend having a day-of coordinator or family member who you can pawn all questions off to. Your focus should be on soaking up the moments that will fly by and on each other. Lastly, try to sneak away to spend time together just the two of you. We specifically arranged to have a long session with our photographer. That intimate, “alone” time is one of our favourite memories from our wedding.
Tables were decorated with brass candlesticks, peach and green wildflower inspired arrangements, and deer antlers. In one of the trees, they hung photos of themselves throughout their lives. They also set up a table of Jenga bricks for guests to write messages to the newlyweds.