London dwellers Emma and Jason decided to marry at Les Noes Blanches, a gorgeous private hire château in Loire Valley, France. The 450 acres of gardens and private estate made for the perfect setting for their intimate vintage inspired wedding.
“The main theme was the 1920s”, said Emma. “Our colour scheme was white, black and gold but we also gave the day a modern twist. We took cues from art deco and stripped it back to clean lines, and added a softer colours through flowers. The rural French château itself suited our theme too as it was white, clean and unfussy. We removed anything from the wedding that didn’t speak to our core values and we jettisoned anything that is just hanging on for traditions sake. We considered what was important to us, and tried to transmit that with each element.”
“While these were our primary sources of inspiration, I spent a long time scouring the Internet for ideas, and anything that made our hearts sing was appropriate”, she continued. “We also wanted a mystical and spiritual nature at the wedding event. I wore a gold Vesica Piscis temporary tattoo from Danielle Laporte representing the union of god and goddess. The pointed oval at the centre of the sacred geometric pattern is also said to represent the divine feminine. This was something that was really important to me as a woman.”
Their ceremony took place outside and was conducted by Jason’s friend and spiritual guide, Alan Chapman. “It was based on our joint held believe in equality, oneness, truth and freedom”, Emma explained. “It was so deeply personal and everything about it was done the way we wanted. We created our own traditions. The ceremony and saying our vows was the best part of the day. That moment was holy, sacred, magic and divine. I never knew what limitlessness felt like till that moment, saying those vows, and looking into each others eyes.”
The bride wore a corset from Agent Provocateur with a tulle skirt made for her by a friend who is a designer. Her ceremony headpiece was an antique wax crown from the 1940s and her amazing veil was made in 1890. After the ceremony she changed into a Jenny Packham crystal headpiece which she rented, instead of bought, in order to save money. “Having my dress made for me by my incredibly talented (genius!) designer friend was one of the best things about planning the wedding. It’s not every day you get a couture dress and I really did feel totally beautiful, and like myself (most importantly).”