Category Archives: Interview

Let’s Talk Weddings: Kiss Me in Paris & Château Bouffémont

 

Each week during lockdown our General Manager, Sarp Gogebakan, has been live on Instagram for Let’s Talk Weddings – a series of interviews with Château de Bouffémont vendors offering inspiration and useful tips on weddings and events. Despite the easing of restrictions here in France we’re having such a good time doing these interviews that we will continue our series until at least the end of May.  

 

Last week we hooked up with Chantelle Streete, Executive Planner at Kiss Me in Paris to talk about a concept that is really taking off right now: elopements and intimate weddings.  Kiss Me in Paris has been specializing in these types of wedding since the firm opened its venture here in the capital of France in 2013.

 

 

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Let’s Talk Weddings: Grand Chemin Traiteur & Château Bouffémont

 

Each week during lockdown our General Manager, Sarp Gogebakan, has been live on Instagram for Let’s Talk Weddings – a series of interviews with Château de Bouffémont vendors offering inspiration and useful tips on weddings and events.

 

We’ve had an exciting week here at the château with the easing of lockdown restrictions, including a surprise marriage proposal in the gardens!  Still no events for the moment, but we will be continuing our series until at least the end of May, so stay tuned.

 

Last week we had the pleasure of speaking to Julie Lemaçon from the Grand Chemin Traiteur catering firm. With a background in hospitality and wedding planning, Julie joined Grand Chemin Traiteur last year as head of wedding catering.

 

 

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Let’s Talk Weddings: Jennifer Fox Weddings & Château Bouffémont


Each week during lockdown our General Manager, Sarp Gogebakan, has been going live on Instagram for Let’s Talk Weddings – a series of interviews with Château Bouffémont vendors offering inspiration and useful tips on weddings and events. Despite lockdown restrictions being relaxed in France, we remain unable to host events, but don’t worry we’ll still be here every week with loads of helpful advice and guidance!

 

This week’s special guest was wedding planner Jennifer Fox of Jennifer Fox Weddings. Originally from New Jersey, Jennifer moved to France 10 years ago to study wine before doing an MBA in international hospitality and working with a wedding planning agency. She launched Jennifer Fox Weddings in 2015.

 

 

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Let’s Talk Weddings: Zen Film Works & Château Bouffémont

 

Each week during lockdown our General Manager, Sarp Gogebakan, has been going live on Instagram for Let’s Talk Weddings – a series of interviews with Château de Bouffémont vendors offering inspiration and useful tips on weddings and events.

 

Last week we had the pleasure of speaking to a super-talented filmmaker with a keen eye for storytelling through videos: Chris Nemes of Zen Film Works.

 

Chris started shooting videos when he moved to France in 2012, he makes high-quality, documentary-style wedding films full of emotion; timeless classics you can watch again and again for years to come.

 

 

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Let’s Talk Weddings Akiko Kovacs from Floraison Design & Château Bouffémont

Each week during lockdown our General Manager, Sarp Gogebakan, has been going live on Instagram for Let’s Talk Weddings – a series of interviews with Château de Bouffémont vendors offering inspiration and useful tips on weddings and events.

 

Last week for our Let’s Talk Weddings series, our General Manager, Sarp, hooked up with Akiko Kovacs, creator of one of Paris’ top floral design studios Floraison.

 

 

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Let’s Talk Weddings: Luxe x Billy Folchetti & Château Bouffémont

Each week during lockdown our General Manager, Sarp Gogebakan, has been going live on Instagram for Let’s Talk Weddings – a series of interviews with Château de Bouffémont vendors offering inspiration and useful tips on weddings and events.

 

For this first episode, we spoke to the internationally-renowned wedding and events planner, Billy Folchetti, founder of Luxe X Billy Folchetti, about wedding planning in general and during quarantine.

 

 

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The World of Château Bouffémont: An Interview with Wedding Photographer Daria Lorman


A moment is just a moment – but
it lives on in the mind. Memories make up our sense of self, whether childhood remembrances or the first time you met the person you’ll marry. These moments can become even more precious with time, expanding in significance and becoming more beautiful every time they’re remembered. Yet even the most treasured memories can be fragile and elusive, changed and forgotten – as Virginia Woolf said, “Memory is the seamstress, and a capricious one at that.”

 

 

So it makes sense that we yearn to capture a moment to stop it melting away, particularly on the most significant days of our lives. Weddings are planned for months, even years, a single day filled with precious and significant moments – whether just for two or surrounded by friends and family. Letting go into it completely means you need a good photographer, who shares your joy and your vision, to capture moments that can be cherished forever.

 

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The World of Château Bouffémont: An Interview with Billy Folchetti of Luxe X Billy Folchetti

Wedding days are a dream come true – a tangible realisation of love and celebration of a lifelong union. Uniquely special, these days come in many forms; at Château Bouffémont we’ve been delighted to see everything from an elopement to the romantic streets of Paris to intimate gatherings on our terraces and grand destination weddings in our royal château. And of course, every wedding needs an architect working behind-the-scenes to make these dreams a reality.

 

 

Weddings run through the heart of our Château and, with the same sense of inevitability, through Billy Folchetti’s career – including how he got started. “I was at a point in my college years where I was feeling a bit uninspired and insecure that my study choices were actually going to lead me where I wanted to go in life. At the same time, as the universe would have it, I was offered a sales job working for a company focusing on Vietnamese weddings. Prior to this opportunity I had never considered the wedding industry but I very quickly fell in love.”

 


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The World of Château Bouffémont: An Interview with Akiko Kovacs of Floraison

 

There’s a special significance attached to flowers, whose paper-thin petals and delicate scents hold a strange power over us. Nature’s rich colour and variety is on full display in their intricate, sweet-smelling forms. Buddha’s flower sermon saw him hold up a lotus flower; one enlightened disciple smiled in response. This disciple saw, inherent in the beautiful object, fleeting beauty – momentary joy. Flowers aren’t just beautiful, they’re symbolic, from bouquets celebrating joyous occasions to those given in times of sorrow. Stems and petals comfort and inspire us to reflect on our own place in the natural world, and on the way in which delicacy exudes its own power: “The violets in the mountains have broken the rocks,” says Tennessee Williams in Camino Real.

 

 

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