THE WORLD OF CHÂTEAU BOUFFÉMONT: An Interview with Gown Designer Joanne Fleming

 
Whispers of lace, delicate clouds of chiffon, slithers of silk, a veil lifted gently in the breeze… At the centre of any wedding, the bridal gown offers a story all of its own, from dreamy fairytale to captivating drama. John Keats says it best: “A thing of beauty is a joy forever: Its loveliness increases; it will never pass into nothingness.”

 

Destined for a single, special wear, a dress can be one of the most significant elements of a bride’s wedding plans. On this day, an exquisite garment can transcend the physical to embody and exude a celebration of love, the symbolism of the wedding day and the promise that the future holds. Paired with an exclusive wedding destination in France, it creates a day to remember forever.

 

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THE WORLD OF CHÂTEAU BOUFFÉMONT: FIAC, International Fair of Contemporary Art

Our digital newsletter keeps you up to date with everything happening at Château Bouffémont – this week we delve into FIAC, International Fair of Contemporary Art.

 

 

A land of rolling pastoral hills and picturesque rivers, the Val-d’Oise region invites gentle reflections on nature and the self. Camille Pissarro’s paintings of ‘the essential nature of things’; Claude Monet’s Impressionist works formed in field-fresh air; Vincent Van Gogh’s Post-Impressionist dream fragments: imaginations have wandered through these green valleys and discovered in themselves unheard-of ideas.

 

This week we see FIAC, International Fair of Contemporary Art, launch in the heart of Paris. It offers a continuation of artistic imaginings and creativity, with a selection of almost 200 galleries – from Amsterdam to Zurich, New York to Tehran – given spaces in the city to exhibit works. Installations come from the modern masters of the early 21st century through to those pushing the boundaries of contemporary artistic thought. And with our French château near Paris, conveniently situated just 30km from the centre of the city, your stay affords the perfect time to visit this renowned art fair.

 

 

Among the grandeur of iconic Parisian settings, from the Grand Palais as a bastion of Art Nouveau to the Musée du Louvre, FIAC throws open the doors of the contemporary art world. Observe and explore vibrant aesthetics, immersive performances, cinematics and movements that crackle with potential. You can even experience a revival of Henri Matisse in joyful and unexpected forms, thanks to collaborations with Maison Matisse and artists given the opportunity to celebrate him through their own expressions.

 

Switch seamlessly from a royal château in France to regal glories, designed to showcase Parisian splendour to the world. The decorative intricacies of the Grand and Petit Palais, and the verdant Jardin des Tuileries, are works of art in themselves. They make an ideal backdrop to this international art event and host the majority of FIAC installations.

 

As you enter the Grand Palais, a billboard by Emekah Ogboh sets the tone for visitors with a thought-provoking message. Once beneath the glass-domed roof – a feat of Art Nouveau architecture, with its masterful ironwork – you can wander the many booths, which incorporate a large sculptural work by Yayoi Kusama in the Victoria Miro booth through to landmark pieces from the Hauser & Wirth collection. You can also meet artists, attend book signings on the Balcon d’honneur and more.

 

 

While you have to have a ticket to see the Grand Palais installations and events, the FIAC Programs also include a cultural performance program (Parades for FIAC), conferences (Conversation Room) and film screenings (Cinéphémère), that are free and open access – many hosted within the Petit Palais. Make your way past the imposing yet alluring golden gates into the marbled atrium, and explore the setting of this sister to the Grand Palais. The inner garden provides a thoughtful and picturesque setting in which to contemplate, discuss, or simply sit quietly for a moment. Close by, Jeff Koons’ ‘Bouquet of Tulips’ offers a tribute to the victims of the Paris terror attacks in the Champs-Élysées gardens.

 

 

This year, FIAC continues to offer a series of Hors les Murs, Outside the Walls, exhibitions in spaces beyond the Grand and Petit Palais. Head to Place de la Vendôme to experience more of Yayoi Kusama with her enormous, inflatable polka dot pumpkin. In the beautiful Jardin des Tuileries, take in the beauty of the garden cloaked in its autumnal colours, and enjoy twenty artworks that respond to their richly historical surroundings. If you’re imaginative in your observation of the garden, you’ll be rewarded. John M. Armleder’s new reading of his ‘Furniture Sculpture FS 85a’ sees three chairs suspended from trees in the Jardin du Tuileries, transforming this monumental work.

 

 

When you have taken your fill of art and let your imagination run free, our château near Paris awaits your return for a peaceful place to reflect. See you next time, for more news from us at the Château Bouffémont.

 

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The Château Bouffémont Vlog: How to Organize the Best Private Dinner Party

The Château Bouffémont Vlog N° 006: Organizing A Private Dinner Party

 

With its immaculately-designed luxury interiors and 19thcentury beaux-arts architecture, Château Bouffémont is renowned as the perfect setting for a destination wedding in France. But that’s not the only option – while an undoubtedly elegant backdrop for a French chateau wedding, Bouffémont is also available as a special occasion venue near Parisfor anniversary parties, birthdays, christenings, family reunions, and more.

 

These smaller gatherings and parties can be trickier to plan than larger events – there is a greater focus on details, and a desire to ensure that every single element is perfectly personalised. For this month’s vlog-to-blog instalment, we talk you through the top tips for hosting an intimate dinner party at the chateau, with guests who are celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary with us.

 

From choosing the menu to picking the best music, styling the venue and maximising the décor, we have you covered. A chateau for hire outside Paris, Château Bouffémont is well-suited for everything from a small dinner party under the crystal chandelier, to a large Gatsby-style bash with a ‘20s theme. Read on to discover the best insider information to help you plan the best private dinner party for a smaller group.

 

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The World of Château Bouffémont: An Interview with Gilles Ketir

 

From the kohl used by the ancient Egyptians as protection against the evil eye, to the quick slick of red lipstick that heightens one’s confidence before an important meeting or hot date, makeup and styling has always offered a sense of magic – and your wedding day should be no different. Château Bouffémont only works with the best, so we decided to pick the brain of top makeup artist and hairdresser (and frequent Château collaborator) Gilles Ketir for styling tips for the big day.

 

Gilles Ketir worked in a hair salon for 15 years before he became a makeup artist – this allowed him to hone his craft and perfect his technique by participating in a multitude of competitions and shows. As well as working with us at Château Bouffémont as a makeup artist and stylist for private events, he is also a well-established talent in the world of fashion, working with some of the industry’s most respected names. As Gilles puts it: “I really appreciate the variety… All these prestigious photographers and models with incredible careers are very inspiring, and push me to bring out the best in myself.”

 

 

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The World of the Château Bouffémont: Activities for Autumn

 

Our digital newsletter keeps you up to date with everything happening at Château Bouffémont – this week, we discover the best local activities to celebrate the new season

 

 

Symbolist poet Remy de Gourmon once called autumn “as joyful and sweet as an untimely end”. There is a feeling of wistfulness about this season, bittersweet and poignant, as the leaves change colour and eventually wither and drop, and the animals begin to search for burrows and nests in which to soon hibernate. A beautiful period that embraces the darkness required for future renewal, autumn offers a great time to get out and enjoy the natural world in all its blazing, red-and-golden glory – and where better than in the luminously beautiful natural surroundings of the Château Bouffémont? Read on to discover our top tips for autumnal adventuring.

 

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The World of Château Bouffémont: Girolles Mushroom Omelette

 

Our digital newsletter keeps you up to date with everything happening at Château Bouffémont – including recipes, interviews and activities in the local area

 

 

The great English poet John Keats famously described autumn as the “season of mists and mellow fruitfulness” – a phrase that’s been on our minds as the summer draws to a close and the longer nights begin to gradually creep in. Even here at the Château Bouffémont there is a little nip in the air, and the leaves seem to be thinking about changing their colours. The transformation of the seasons calls for a recipe that’s a little more on the cosy and warming side, perfect for enjoying with friends – and what could be better than a classic girolle mushroom omelette?

 

Girolles are a specific (and extremely delicious) type of mushroom known for their creamy colouring and slightly sweet flavour profile. A beloved staple of chefs everywhere, girolles are best enjoyed in simple dishes such as omelettes, in order to truly appreciate the complexities and richness of their flavour. Rich in Vitamins C and D, a girolle omelette makes the perfect autumnal pick-me-up – especially when complemented by the timeless simplicity of a little salt, pepper, butter, garlic and olive oil. Divine.

 

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The Château Bouffémont Vlog: Choosing Flowers And Decorations For A Wedding

The Château Bouffémont Vlog N° 005: Choosing Flowers And Decorations For A Wedding

 

Château Bouffémont is a French chateau for rentwith a difference. With our harmonious balance of baronial grandeur and ultra-modern attitude, the castle can be styled in endlessly kaleidoscopic new ways in order to provide the pitch-perfect backdrop for your big day – whatever your artistic vision may be.

 

Flowers and decorations are an essential part of this transformation process, as they provide the all-important fairy tale element befitting of a French chateau wedding. For this month’s vlog-to-blog instalment, we took a trip around a Parisian flower market with Billy Folchetti – a frequent collaborator with us at the Château, and the founder of the celebrated, high-end agency Luxe Paris.

 

Billy takes a ‘made to measure’ approach to every event he designs, maximising the capabilities of an event space in order to reflect the mood and style of the couples he works with. Read on below to discover his top tips for curating a romantic wedding atmosphere via the medium of flowers, and to learn more about styling for your big day when planning a destination wedding in France– or watch the full video to witness Billy and the rest of our team in action for yourself.

 

 

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The World of Château Bouffémont: An Interview with Videographer Tuan Nguyen

As every event planner worth their salt knows, special celebrations tend to pass by in a flash – each meticulous arrangement gone in a swirl of champagne and conversational sparkle. One way to ensure that the memories last forever is by engaging the skills of a videographer, who can help you to capture and enjoy each moment for years to come. With this in mind we spoke to Tuan Nguyen, event film creator and frequent face here at Château Bouffémont, to pick the filmmaker’s brain and discover how to record the magic of a special day you’ll cherish for a lifetime.

 

Born-and-bred Parisian Tuan Nguyen has been in the business of event videography since 2011, working mostly in and around the capital and its suburbs with a loose-knit but loyal team of freelancers that he can call upon when required. Tuan estimates that he has probably participated in over 400 weddings, proposals and elopements during this period – so he definitely knows the most important things to focus on when planning out the video for the most important day of your life.

 

Known for our fairy tale setting and magnificently refurbished historical interiors, the Château Bouffémont feels perfectly tailor-made to double up as an opulently romantic film set. Tuan has been working with the Château for several years, visiting regularly to create his elegant proposal and wedding videos – as the filmmaker himself explains, “I love Château Bouffémont because it is a typical French château, and it’s only for intimate events – this is what I prefer to shoot!”

 

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The Château Bouffémont Vlog: How to Organise the Perfect Outdoor Wedding

The Château Bouffémont Vlog N° 004 : How to Organise the Perfect Outdoor Wedding

 

Here at the Château Bouffémont, show-stopping events are kind of our specialty – and if it’s a French chateau wedding package you’re after, you’re definitely in luck. A destination wedding in France provides a classically chic setting, with an outdoor wedding offering a great way to incorporate the beauty of local scenery into the occasion. Guests will love to enjoy the fresh air and greenery of an outdoor setting, often opting for seasonal florals and decorations to reflect the beauty of the seasons. Read on to find out our top tips for planning an outdoor wedding.

 

Our latest vlog, co-hosted by Jennifer Fox, an American wedding planner and long-time partner of Château Bouffémont, is packed with tips and tricks to help you pull of the most perfect outdoor wedding. She talks us through how the chateau recently organised an outdoor wedding supper for 40 people, after a ceremony held in the Grand Salon.

Read on below to learn more about how to organise a beautiful outdoor wedding when you stay at a chateau in France– or watch the full video to see how the team use our beautiful grounds to their very best potential.

 

 

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