Wedding inspiration: a taste of France in the Cotswolds


As some of you may already know, I’m off for two weeks on Friday for a proper adventure…. a road trip in France!!! I’m taking my hubby, a digital camera, my Diana F+, and plenty of space in the boot for cheese and wine!

Sadly our doggy Winnie can’t join us due to complication with her pet passport (loooong story), so she’ll be packing her bags and staying with her aunty Maisy the chocolate Labrador in Brighton. I don’t think she minds!

I’ll be making my way down to the South of France via a number of beautiful areas, staying in boutique hotels, safari tents, yurts…. you name it! We’re joining friends in a villa when we get there, where we’ll rest up for a week before the long journey back… though there will be one more stop at a brides wedding venue in Normandy, where she is getting hitched in 2012.

So, what on earth has this got to do with weddings, I hear you cry?

Well ladies and gents. Imagine this.

Wedding Inspiration - French Lime Blossom

What could be more romantic than a French wedding theme, in a chateau style setting, or more casual venue dressed as a cosy French bistro? Candlelight… wine flowing, rustic food and yummy bread, macaroons in simple pastel colours, post cards of Paris. And the bride… Oh my, how much inspiration can one gal get? Marie Antoinette, Coco Chanel, Brigitte Bardot, Marion Cotillard, Edith Piaf… I could go on.

French music will ring through the air, and for entertainment why not hire a local artist to paint portraits of guests (maybe not quite Manet, but a lovely touch).

Flowers and bouquets, keep simple and scented….. include Lily of the Valley, ┬áIrises, Lavender and Rosemary. Devine.

For favours, a cute idea would be to make mini books containing classic French recipes for guests to try at home.

Well this mini post was just a taster as I’m going to take lots of photos and make lots of notes during my own journey through France and then I’ll be back on here with lots more inspiration and ideas of how couples getting married in the Cotswolds can pull of this theme in style.

Any local vendors who think they’ll fit right in, please do get in touch!

Bon Voyage!



Unique Wedding Rings

Some beautiful friends are planning their wedding in 2012 at their gorgeous property in France – complete with a green wedding dress, guests in masks and eco-favours for everyone. I really can’t wait!

I was talking to them about wedding rings and with their love for the unconventional they were of course looking for something a little different. He proposed with a real daisy, and she wears a big flower engagement ring to represent that moment. So what unique and personal item would they want to exchange on the day?

I came across a wonderful company a little while ago called e+k charms, who offer bespoke electroforming of precious items as keepsakes.

e+k electroformed charms

I thought it would be a lovely way of preserving an item from a wedding day at the time, but realised that it may also be something my friend could use beforehand. Why not electroform the daisy she’s so carefully kept safe and make it into an item of jewelery to exchange in place of a ring??

Which got me thinking… could you try it yourself….?? Apparently so!

Now I can’t stop wandering about all the things I’d like to transform into forever keepsakes…has anyone else done this DIY? Personally I think I’ll stick to the professionals!

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