Chinese Traditional Wedding in a French Luxury Castel

20 January 2024

Château Varennes – A Luxurious and Elegant Wedding Venue

Nestled in the heart of the Burgundy region, renowned for its sprawling vineyards and rustic landscapes, the wedding unfolded in a French château (Chateau de Varennes) dating back to the Renaissance. The historical backdrop provided an enchanting setting, perfectly contrasting with the vibrant Chinese ceremony, creating a truly distinctive ambiance. The sprawling vineyards of Burgundy, famed for their exceptional wines, added an extra layer of sophistication to the celebration. Chateau Varennes is perfect if you are looking for a wedding in a luxurious chateau fit for A-Listers and VIP. This chateau, nestled in the Burgundy region of France, is perfect for a private celebration filled with all the must-have luxury that a French wedding demands.  A private mansion, where up to 20 guests can sleep, immaculate gardens and a pool make it the perfect wedding venue for a destination wedding.

What set this wedding apart was the bride’s meticulous approach to styling, evident in each of her gown choices. From the short and playful welcome dinner dress to the richly symbolic Chinese ceremony gown and the chic cocktail hour creation, each outfit was a reflection of her unique taste and personality. The inclusion of miniature replicas added a whimsical touch, turning the bridal fashion journey into a delightful visual narrative. The carefully chosen setting and the bride’s subtle stylism choices collectively elevated this wedding into an event that blended cultural richness with personal flair, creating an unforgettable and truly original celebration.

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An Enchanting Evening: Welcome Dinner in the Gardens of Château de Varennes

As a wedding photographer, I’ve had the privilege of capturing countless special moments, but some weddings stand out for their unique charm and ambiance. Today, I’m thrilled to share one such memorable experience with you.

Imagine a warm summer evening in the heart of Burgundy, France, where the scent of blooming flowers fills the air, and the soft melodies of a jazz orchestra serenade the guests. This enchanting scene unfolded during the welcome dinner at the picturesque Château de Varennes.

A Setting Straight from a Fairytale

Château de Varennes is renowned for its timeless beauty, and it served as the perfect backdrop for this extraordinary soirée. The lush green gardens, bathed in the golden glow of the setting sun, set the stage for an unforgettable evening.

The Soundtrack to the Evening: Jazz

As the guests arrived, they were greeted by the soothing sounds of a live jazz orchestra. The melodies, both nostalgic and uplifting, immediately put everyone at ease and created an atmosphere of elegance and relaxation.

Floral Delights and Vibrant Colors

The welcome dinner’s floral decoration was a true testament to the couple’s vision for a joyful and vibrant celebration. Bursting with colors, the floral arrangements exuded an air of celebration and happiness. The tables were adorned with fresh, seasonal blooms that added a touch of whimsy to the evening.

Culinary Adventures and Interactive Workshops

One of the highlights of the evening was the array of culinary workshops that engaged and delighted the guests. From wine tasting sessions to cooking demonstrations, these interactive activities allowed guests to immerse themselves in the rich Burgundian culinary culture.

The aroma of freshly baked bread, the sizzle of a perfectly seared steak, and the clinking of glasses filled the air as everyone enjoyed the delightful culinary creations. The guests not only indulged their taste buds but also connected with one another over shared culinary experiences.

A Truly Unforgettable Evening

As a wedding photographer, I’m constantly in awe of the love stories and celebrations I get to witness. The welcome dinner at Château de Varennes was a testament to the couple’s desire to create a unique and unforgettable experience for their guests.

From the lively jazz melodies to the vibrant floral decor and interactive culinary workshops, this evening was a celebration of love, culture, and the joy of togetherness. It was an honor to capture these moments and preserve them as lasting memories.

Stay tuned for more stories of love, celebration, and enchantment as I continue to share my experiences as a wedding photographer. If you’re planning your own magical celebration, consider Château de Varennes for a fairytale wedding experience.

For the welcome dinner, our bride went for a playful yet sophisticated look with Anna Mariee’s Bambin dress. It had a corseted bodice, a laced-up back, and a flowy A-line skirt made from silky mikado. The removable sleeves made it easy to transition from the dinner to the later fun. The dress, in a soft ivory, perfectly matched the pastel vibes of the evening.

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Chinese Wedding Ceremony

On the following day, the grand traditional Chinese wedding ceremony took place, weaving a tapestry of cultural richness and timeless romance. Before the grand reveal of the bride, the groom embarked on a series of traditional challenges, testing his love and devotion. As he successfully navigated each trial, he earned the privilege of meeting his beloved bride.

The moment was nothing short of magical as the groom, dressed in his finest attire, saw his bride for the first time. She was resplendent in a traditional Chinese kimono and hairstyle, a vision that paid homage to the beauty and customs of Chinese weddings.

A Tapestry of Red and Gold

The traditional Chinese ceremony unfolded amidst a backdrop of rich red and shimmering gold. Elaborate Chinese symbols graced the surroundings, conveying enduring themes of love and fertility. This fusion of red and gold, coupled with an abundance of Asian decorations, created an ambiance of timeless elegance. Imagine the contrast with the French bourgeois style of the chateau de Varennes decorated with Chinese symbols.

The Grace of the Tea Ceremony

The pinnacle of the Chinese wedding ceremony was the graceful tea ceremony. This age-old tradition symbolizes the couple’s respect and gratitude to their families for their love and support. As the couple served tea to their elders, they received blessings and words of wisdom in return. It was a heartfelt moment that underscored the importance of family and tradition in their union.

A Blend of Cultures and Elegance

The evening was a harmonious blend of Western and Chinese cultures, where love and tradition intertwined seamlessly. The ornate settings, vibrant colors, and meaningful rituals created a wedding experience that was as enchanting as it was memorable.

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Traditional Wedding Ceremony

Step into a world of enchantment where the wedding unfolded like a living canvas, each moment painted with a dazzling color palette. At the welcome dinner and the Wedding ceremony, an exquisite harmony of delicate hues adorned the buffet and tables, intertwining seamlessly with the graceful flowers arranged in small vases and suspended in ceramic cups. A symphony of pastel pinks and soft blues created a celestial atmosphere, inviting guests into a dreamy realm.

Beyond the colors, the artistic essence of the wedding revealed itself in every detail. The traditional ceremony transformed into a picturesque scene, featuring a half arch composed of two floral pillars—an asymmetrical and unstructured arch in a natural, romantic garden style. Two generous arrangements, both floral and vegetal, marked the beginning of the aisle, leading to two smaller arrangements in the middle, creating an airy and garden-like ambiance. These artistic creations found a second life, adorning the dinner area and weaving a visual continuity.

The dinner setting became a wellspring of artistic inspiration, with a succession of Medicis-style arrangements and small vases spanning the entire length of the tables. Vegetal and floral compositions, reminiscent of a romantic garden, embraced pastel and light tones, crafting a visual fairytale. Each floral detail resonated with the beauty of the ceremony, creating an intimate and enchanting atmosphere.

For the bride’s bouquet and boutonniere, the artistic vision was airy and romantic. Pastel hues took center stage, adorned with a touch of elegance in the form of a silk ribbon. The boutonniere, a natural and refined accessory, completed the ensemble, adding a touch of sophistication to the celebration. Through each artistic detail, the wedding transcended the ordinary, telling a story of love, tradition, and timeless beauty.

During the secular ceremony, our bride stunned in a creation from Chinese designer Denise Bridal. The off-the-shoulder gown with gorgeous lacework brought a touch of romance. Luxurious details and an elegant silhouette made this dress a blend of tradition and modern grace, reflecting the depth of commitment during the vows.

To sprinkle a bit of whimsy into the mix, our bride had miniature doll-sized replicas made for each dress. These cute creations, like classic doll dresses, were strategically placed around the venue, adding a personal touch to the celebration. It turned the bridal fashion journey into a fun visual story.

 

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Wedding Cocktail at Chateau Varennes

During the secular ceremony, our bride stunned in a creation from Chinese designer Denise Bridal. The off-the-shoulder gown with gorgeous lacework brought a touch of romance. Luxurious details and an elegant silhouette made this dress a blend of tradition and modern grace, reflecting the depth of commitment during the vows.

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Venue @chateaudevarennes

Planning & Design @peonymoments

Photo @christophe_serrano_wedding

Video Liu Chen

Flowers @leclosvegetal_laura_champion

Rentals @jolibazaar

Stationery @promessegraphique

Caterer @private_chef_georgewinterford

MUAH Sissi Wen

Brides wedding dress Denise

Evening dress Fancy Yuting

Welcome dinner dress @anne_mariee_brand

Welcome dinner shoes @bellabelleshoes

Guests Hair @am.coiffure

Wedding band @justmarriedband

Rehearsal dinner band @littletreme

 

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