A modern fairy tale in the making at Château Bouffémont

An inspirational setting

Château Bouffémont itself was the main source of inspiration for this unapologetically romantic fairy-tale wedding shoot. The bucolic setting of the surrounding countryside and the majestic Montmorency forest inspired the design for this bridal editorial by J Bennett Design, shot by Sophie Kaye Photography and filmed by Yana Kishko.

Even the stationary by Isidore and Augustine was inspired by the muted stone colours of the château’s iconic terrace completed with a gold floral seal and vellum jacket covered in delicate white-ink floral motifs. The stonework was also an inspiration for the engraver Focus and Light who inlayed a marbled acrylic illustration of the château into white acrylic on a brass tray.

A look fit for a princess

This fabulous natural setting and the historic château call for a bridal look fit for a princess. First in the boudoir where her soft ivory bustier is enhanced with French silk tulle veiling by Blossom and Bluebird and Bella Belle ‘Esther’ kitten heels with delicate tulle bows. Then, for the main event the satin wedding dress by  Monique Lhuillier is both a throwback to the past and resolutely modern with its long-line cape and voluminous sleeves, beautifully accessorized with champagne ‘Frances’ Bella Belle Shoes, a custom Victor Barbone ring, and openwork gold floral statement earrings by A. B. Ellie.

The wedding hair and make-up by Jenya emphasised the romantic theme with a soft bun and trailing curls.

A voyage in time

The design as a whole takes us right back to the 19th-century when the château was built and hosted prestigious events for its previous owners, the Marquise of Preignes and Baron Empain.  A number of features in the reception design evoke times gone by: the traditional chairs from La Maison Option, the tableware and glassware, and the French blue palette offset with La Tavola‘s ‘Topaz’ linens. These are complemented by Jessica Bennett’s floral compositions of soft ivory roses, white lilies, purple freesia, and statice, with peach, purple, and blush orchids adding a touch of modernity.

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