This Provence wedding is utter romance. Because what could be more romantic than a wedding weekend at a château in Southern France, an outdoor ceremony and reception, and a flower décor consisting entirely of pale pink roses and olive branches? Not to mention the bride’s gorgeous tulle dress and Chris Spira‘s beautiful photography that captured the entire weekend, from grand moments to little details, ever so elegantly.
Mia and Sebastiaan chose their favorite holiday spot, Château de Massillan in Provence, as the centre and ultimate inspiration for their sophisticated summer celebration. Read on what the bride has to say about it all, I love her perspective on focussing what truly matters and the way they made this day so personal and special!
The bride on the venue: “We’ve spent many of our loveliest summers at Château de Massillan. Sebastiaan and I have been together for over 13 years and when we visited the chateau for the first time roughly 8 years ago, we had found our perfect place. It has been beautifully renovated, the hotel gardens are stunning and it is located in the picturesque setting amidst lavender fields in Provence. But what we love most about the hotel is its personal touch. It has an uncomplicated elegance to it, which we love. And we adore the inner courtyard – there is a beautiful small pool and in the evenings you can have dinner under the stars. The food is astounding. For us there was never a doubt that this was the place we would get married, the only uncertainty was the limited number of rooms the hotel offers. For us it was crucial to have all guests staying at the same place, so when the hotel allowed us to set up luxury tents for half of our guests in the hotel garden, we were all set.”
About their wedding day: “We just did what felt right for us. We wanted it to be a personal and intimate wedding to the fullest extent and we didn’t feel the urge to invite people that are not an integral part of our daily lives. There was a limited number of guests we were able to invite to due the restricted restaurant capacity, which helped us to really only focus on the people that are truly close to or hearts. Keeping it personal meant that we also wanted to reduce the number of external suppliers. For music, we only had one band throughout the wedding weekend, which were close friends of Sebastiaan’s brother. Our ceremony was conducted by two friends in the garden of the hotel. The whole wedding weekend from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon took place at the chateau, outdoors, which made it very relaxing. We didn’t have to leave the hotel grounds. Overall, we wanted an elegant, but very uncomplicated weekend. We wanted our guests to really enjoy the weekend and we didn’t want any stress. We didn’t put any pressure on ourselves for this to be the most important day of our lives. We were relaxed, extremely happy and able to enjoy every moment of it. Rather than being nervous, we were laughing all along.”
“My bridesmaids chose their own dresses and shoes, I asked them to wear pastel tones, but nothing specific. We didn’t have a theme or real color scheme, but we wanted to emphasize the beauty of Provence by integrating local flavors into the menu, using subtle (pastel) colors and simply spending the full length of the wedding outside, which of course set the tonality for the whole wedding. We wanted the wedding to feel natural and for our choices to be subtle.”
“We spend a fair amount of our time trying to focus on what is really important to us. Everyone has a different view on perfection, every day we try to live our version of it. We wanted our wedding to be a reflection of who we really are and of what we truly like. In every dish that was served, in every song that was played we wanted our guests to feel “us” and for it all to make sense, but in a very unpretentious way.
When the DJ was playing the last song, at 6 o’clock in the morning, around 15 people were still awake and dancing and we all stood in a circle and started singing. That was the moment when it all came together and we realized that the whole wedding was all that we had ever hoped for. We had been enjoying every moment of the day, but there is still always the unexpected and not knowing what comes ahead. At that point we realized we would forever be looking back and knowing it was perfect.”
Photography: Chris Spira // Venue: Château de Massillan // Luxury tents: Blue Bell Tents // Bride’s Dress: Monique Lhuillier // Bride’s shoes: L.K. Bennett // Hair & Make-up: Daniel Chavey // Cake: Catherine from Made in Cake // Grooms attire: Pelikamo // Videography: Matteo Castelluccia