Cristina and Nyle wanted a French-country-styled wedding... So, they went to the French countryside. Cristina wore a black and white polka dotted gown, black velvet Jimmy Choos, and a vintage feather hairpiece. Their wedding took place just outside a little town near Le Mans, at the Chateau Cheronne, which is nestled in the middle of fields filled with sheep and cows grazing lazily. The ceremony took place on the steps of the chateau, and afterwards guests were served cocktails on the long, front lawn. As the sun went down, their guests walked around the back to a large tent with distressed wood floors and chandeliers; topiaries lined the dance floor, and soft purple and green flowers draped the tables. It was French country at its best.
There is something about the light in these Chateaux. It’s full of contradictions. It’s somehow quiet but dramatic. I love it, though it’s very complicated to work with. In fact, I would be content to only shoot in the confines of those chiaroscuro rooms.
What makes this photo for me is Cristina and Nyle’s subtle gestures. While I was shooting the extreme closeups, Nancy was much further away capturing this photo. In the end, I think this photo of their first look, capturing Nyle’s last step towards her, the delicacy of of his touch, the slight hint of surprise in his smiling expression, and her expectant stance captures the moment better. The light bleeding in through the window, and the tapestry lined walls are just gilded lilies in this case.
Both us and Nyle were obsessed with the gatehouse to the chateau; there was something about that structure that was just as architecturally interesting as the chateau. I love it in the background of these two photos, but even more I love the wind blowing in Cristina's dress and her radiant smile as she walks with Nyle.
I could tell you what was going on outside while I shot these two images of Cristina and her sisters, but I believe there are moments that if photographed properly become images that transcend those specifics. I love the mystery and the setting of these two images.
Sometimes we get lucky. No matter how much we practice, we have no control over how flower petals fall (or guests throw them). This time, the flower petals are in just right the places, framing their faces, and you just see the joyous, clapping hands at the edge of the frame.
This may be the first family portrait we’ve ever posted on the blog (though not the last). It’s simple, straightforward, and lacks any photographic artifice (no fancy composition, posing, or lighting, etc), but it’s full of contrasts, and in a very simple way encapsulates some of this wedding.
There is just the suggestion of movement in this photo, and Cristina's face looking at Nyle is perfect. My favorite aspect of it though is the background; you can see her aunts in the lounge area, Cristina's sisters both on the left side and her parents on the right side. It almost looks posed, but it's a spontaneous perfect moment.
Event coordinator and designer: Anne Mulvihill of Fete in France
Venue: Chateau de Cheronne, Tuffe
Caterer: LeRouge Traiteur
Ceremony & Cocktail Music: Jean Toupance
Dinner & Dancing Music: Artmonie Communication
Florist: Anthony Adam of Gabrielle Feuillard in Belleme
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