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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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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: 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 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 World of Château Bouffémont: An Interview with DJ Chris Ange

Music is the true foundational element of any romantic celebration – whether that’s a private candlelit serenade, a string quartet during the wedding ceremony or a rock band at the reception. As Shakespeare himself put it: “If music be the food of love, play on…” With this in mind, we spoke to renowned DJ and frequent Château Bouffémont collaborator Chris Ange, to get all his best tips on planning the music for your special day.

 

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The World of Château Bouffémont: An Interview with Wedding Planner Cindy Jeudy

From the flowers and the seating arrangements to the music and the guestlist, planning a wedding is a vast undertaking. Here to make it a whole lot easier is Cindy Jeudy and her agency, Lovin’ Concept – Cindy is a wedding planner extraordinaire, and a frequent collaborator with us at the Château Bouffémont. We spoke to Cindy to find out a little more about life within the full-time business of celebration and romance.

 

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The World of Château Bouffémont: An Interview with Photographer Pierre Atelier


Every photograph tells a story – and they also serve as reminders of the most special and unforgettable occasions in our lives. From weddings and anniversaries to milestone dates, baptisms and birthdays, a beautiful photo lasts a lifetime. We spoke to Pierre Atelier, a Paris-based photographer and collaborator with Château Bouffémont, to discover the story behind his magic lens.

 

 

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The World of Château Bouffémont: An Interview with Florist Laura le Cam

 

Appreciated for their diverse beauty and universal appeal, flowers are a staple at every important event throughout our lives – from birthdays and baptisms to weddings, anniversaries and other milestone celebrations of all kinds. We spoke to Laura le Cam, one of Château Bouffémont’s favourite florists, to discover some of her best tips and tricks for floral design.

 

 

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