We first met with Solenn and her sister, Vanessa on skype to discuss Solenn’s wedding. They were in the Philippines where Solenn and Nico live. This virtual meeting was really fun as we discovered common facts between us. Obviously Solenn sister and I shared the same first name, but both Solenn and I have the same birthday (I am a year older though!) and they were originally from Brittany where Caroline and I are from too! And Solenn and Nico had decided to get married in Brittany so we were more than thrilled to start planning this wedding in this part of France we really love.
Simple with a rustic touches, Solenn and Nico wanted most of all good food, good wine and a lot of fun with their guests: a real fete! The venue, Chateau du Grand Val, was ideal as it had houses on the grounds for accommodation. It felt like a family home with the ancient look and huge garden. We opted for vintage dinnerware from Le Grenier de Rosa who had a great selection of plates, cutlery and crystal baccarat glasses. Vintage decoration were also added to the cocktail hour and the flowers were in simple brown bottles as vases, put on pieces of logs for a rustic style. Vanessa, Solenn’s siter, designed the stationery which represented the family’s origins.
The guests were invited for a welcome party the night before the wedding where the atmosphere was more casual and relaxed. The next morning the preparation started and Solenn was beautiful in her Lihi Hod dress. All of her bridesmaids were dresses in the same colour palettes and all had flower crowns. Solenn’s father, brother and brother in law wore traditional kilts with the colors of the family. The groom and his groomsmen prepared in a separate house and had so much fun. Like the girls they did get prepped with the hair stylist. The ambiance was festive and fun, and still very relaxed.
The wedding ceremony happened in this beautiful church in Combourg and thankfully, although Brittany as the reputation of having cold and rainy weather, it was sunny and warm. The ceremony was beautiful and Solenn and Nico’s priest, who came from the Philippines and was originally French lead a touching ceremony.
Then the festivities began at the Chateau du Grand Val, where the cocktail hour was held in the garden entertained by some live jazz music. Solenn’s father who was born in Brittany prepared a surprise during the cocktail. He had hired a “Bagad” which is a music band typical from Brittany, using bagpipes. It was really impressive.
The dinner was very much expected especially with the fresh sea shells presented on big trays for everyone to see. Solenn was adamant about sea food: she wanted a lot of prawns, oysters….presented on a buffet and a typical french menu.
The dinner had an intimate feeling with the candles, the vintage dinnerware and simple flowers made it feels at home.
During the night a “crepes” (french pancakes) foodtruck came to make live crepe for the guests!