Imagine receiving a hand-written letter on Smythson of Bond Street stationery, inviting you to a village in Gascony for the wedding of your dear friends–could anything be more heavenly?
Kate and Mike actually rented the private village of Castelnau des Fieumarcon for their three-day celebration; each of the town's 16 stone houses was filled with family and dearest friends who enjoyed pastries delivered to their door each morning by one of the groom's pals and spent late evenings celebrating with the newlyweds.
The bride spent the morning in an Agent Provocateur kimono, opening gifts from her husband-to-be; a blue leather passport cover engraved with her new monogram, a first edition of Capitan Correlli's Mandolin, a photo of a friend's beloved dog they look after from time to time and a pair of diamond earrings were her something old, new, borrowed and blue–tell me you're not swooning at the thought!
Mike looked dapper in a suit from Stowers Bespoke and shoes from Dolce & Gabbana, and Kate's bridesmaids wore ivory dresses from Whistles with Halston Heritage gold sandals. The bride wore a romantic Suzanne Neville gown with studded Christian Louboutin peep toes, and carried a bouquet of white ranunculus by Le Jardin des Fleurs.
They were married on a hillside in the afternoon, and after a sumptuous dinner catered by Fabrice Biasiolo , the newlyweds and their guests sipped Armagnac under the stars. With no other guests to disturb, the celebration stretched until 5am the next morning!
Luckily, Polly of Polly Alexandre Photography had the stamina to stay up with the revelers, and what gorgeous photos she took! Thank you Polly, for sharing your spectacular images of this beautiful wedding!