Authentically French Secret Farmhouse Venue for a Relaxed Festival Influenced Wedding

Authentically French Secret Farmhouse Venue for a Relaxed Festival Influenced Wedding

I’m really excited to be sharing this with you today, an exclusive first look at a beautiful new farmhouse venue. Tania and Alex were married at Haute Caussine, a beautiful farmhouse venue for weddings nestled in the Midi Pyrenees, France last August. Siting on the top of a hill overlooking nothing but fields. It is a private residence owned by a fashion designer and this was the very first wedding there.

The area is very rural and off the busy tourist routes. Nothing but hilltop villages and fields of sunflowers for miles around, complete bliss! It makes no pretense to be opulent or polished, it’s rustic, rural, authentic and full of French charm.

These lovely images are courtesy of Mark from Mr and Mrs W and captures the wedding of his brother Alex to lovely Tania at the farmhouse.

french farmhouse
Bride getting ready
Peacock at the venue
Brides dress and bridesmaids dresses
Brides getting ready

Alex and Tania met at work at work in Tania’s words ‘over a crowed office desk’ . The pair got engaged on the Top Field while at Glastonbury in 2015, so having got engaged on top of a hill, getting married on a hillside too seems like a nice touch.

The farmhouse and blue skies
brides ankle jewellery
guests outside awaiting bride
bride's traditional sri lankan headpiece
french shutters

They chose Haute Caussine as it fitted the feel they were looking for and they could make it their own for the weekend, along with all their friends and family;

It was perfect, it is a 15th century farmhouse and has some outbuildings that have been converted into accommodation. It can sleep 11 people in total and with a few hotels in the neighbouring village where guests can stay. There is a pool on site and we found that this worked really well for a pool party following the wedding on the next day.

sun flower fields
wedding ceremony set up
dad sees bride for first time.
pretty dried flowers
guests waiting for bride

The inspiration for their day was a relaxed, festival vibe with sunshine and fun. Friends and family were an important part of the day too. As well as the photographer being family, the couple’s sister in law Kristin of Mr and Mrs W (married to Mark the photographer) is a wedding planner and helped the wedding run smoothly.

bride arrives
bride and groom
bride and groom
guests
bride and groom

Kristin really helped keep us in check and didn’t let the bride get carried away with buying nonsense! She also kept everything running to plan during the the wedding, day and evening.

She came up with great ideas and the finer touches that we never would have thought of. You only get married once so having someone there that knew and had experience of wedding days was priceless!

the wedding
the wedding guests
fans for guests
the couple kiss
confetti shot

Tania chose her dress from bridal boutique The Case of the Curious Bride in the town of Sale

It was by designer Johanna Hehir. I loved it as it was light, not too busy and fitted so well. It appealed to me as it didn’t look like a traditional wedding dress.

flowers on tables
plan for the day
marquee
 polaroid table plan
marquee set up
POOL PARTY

My friends got me a perfume to wear on the day as a pre-wedding gift. It was Jo Malone Pomegranate and Noir. I love it and still wear it now. 

bride with guests
guests
guests
guests
guests
guests
bride with guests
flower girls

I am half Sri-Lankan so wanted a bit of a nod to my Asian heritage. I and the bridesmaids wore foot jewellery as opposed to shoes (which helped as I’m not one for heels and the venue was outdoors on grass) and I wore a beautiful jewel head piece that draped down my hair. 

SPEECHES
SPEECHES
SPEECHES
SPEECHES
SPEECHES
SPEECHES
SPEECHES

My best friend did my make up for me. I don’t usually wear much and I knew I could be honest with her and she’d do something I was comfortable with. We kept it subtle but it was enough to make me feel special.

SPEECHES

I can’t pick a best bit from the day, just the full day!! I wouldn’t do anything differently, not one thing. The hick ups made the day!

SPEECHES
SPEECHES
SPEECHES
SPEECHES
SPEECHES

We got the bridesmaids dresses from ASOS, we had them taken up and fitted prior to the wedding. We didn’t want anything too heavy due to the weather being so amazing. The pretty flower girl dresses were from a range at Tulip and Nettle.

Alex went for a smart short and shirt look with Hugo Boss Shorts and Shirt and Timberland Shoes.

THE BRIDE AND GROOM
THE BRIDE AND GROOM
THE BRIDE AND GROOM
THE BRIDE AND GROOM

A local French florist did all the dried bridal flowers and supplied the flowers that my mother in law then arranged at the venue. We had a cheese stacked cake, bought from the French market and catering on the day from a local French company.

For Entertainment we had Agence Mess, they were amazing and came complete with a brilliant DJ that played great music into the night.

We decided to do all the invites as an online app and the table plan was Polaroids of each guest, put together by me and my bridesmaids. Because we knew it would be warm, we had fans for the guests as favours, which we bought from Ebay.

THE BRIDE AND GROOM
THE BRIDE AND GROOM
POOL PARTY
POOL PARTY
POOL PARTY

Tania walked down the aisle to ‘Porcelain’ by Moby and was given away by her son and her Dad. The couple then chose Al Green – ‘Lets stay together’ for their first dance.

POOL PARTY
POOL PARTY
POOL PARTY
POOL PARTY
POOL PARTY

I can’t pick a best bit from the day, just the full day!! I wouldn’t do anything differently, not one thing. The hick ups made the day!

POOL PARTY
POOL PARTY
POOL PARTY
POOL PARTY
POOL PARTY

My advice to other couples would simply be to just enjoy the day!

Congratulations to Alex and Tania and thanks for sharing your wedding with us, it looks amazing. Thank also to Mark at Mr and Mrs W for these beautiful images.

You wont find a website for this secret french farmhouse ‘Haute Caussine’, if you’d like more information about this enchanting private residence get in touch with Kristin from Mr and Mrs W who is the coordinator for the venue. She’ll be happy to provide you with all the information you need and can arrange visits to check out the venue.

with love

Photographer – Mr and Mrs W | Venue – Haute Caussine  | Wedding Planner – Kristin Mr and Mrs W| Bridal Designer – Johanna Herir | Bridal Boutique – Case of the Curious Bride | Bridesmaids Dresses – ASOS | Groom’s Attire – Next | Flower girls – Tulip and Nettle  | Entertainment – Agence Mess | Marquee – La Bon Fete |

A Romantic Elopement on the Streets of Paris

A Romantic Elopement on the Streets of Paris

Have you ever dreamed of an elopement in Paris? Such an incredibly romantic thing to do. Hannah and Mitch decided to do just that and I’m so happy to share these breathtaking images of their elopement that were captured by the ridiculously talented Craig George. Based in Paris, but shooting worldwide, Craig is a real artist, his work has an authenticity that is so beautiful and unique. I am a huge fan of his photography and was so excited when he approached me to feature these amazing images.

I know you are going to love his work as much as I do and we have an extra treat to enjoy, this 4 minute film that Craig shot on the day too.

I personally have a very fond place for Paris in my heart. I got engaged on the day before New Year’s Eve on the steps of the Sacre Coeur in Montmartre, as the night fell and the snow fell too. We asked another tourist to take our photo and then we walked round the corner to a cosy cafe and drank tea out of small coffee cups and basically planned the day there and then.

Magic happens in those little Parisian cafes, love stories told and made. The Parisian part of Hannah and Mitch’s love story started in a cafe too, for a pre-wedding shoot with Craig. The couple loved the experience so much that it stayed in their thoughts beyond their wedding day.

elopement in paris by Craig George

Hannah and Mitch are originally from Canada but have recently moved to Lille for Mitch’s work. Hannah is an amazing food blogger and is currently enjoying the new cuisine opportunities offered by her new home.

The couple were married in the Dordogne in the summer surrounded by friends and family. Their wedding was truly stunning and everything they had hoped for. After the wedding the couple were still drawn by the allure of Paris and their pre-wedding shoot. They spoke with Craig as they wanted to capture a beautiful intimate moment after the wedding back in Paris and so they planned a simple elopement.

They agreed a place to meet and Hannah wrote some beautiful, spontaneous vows on a little paper napkin in the cafe to read out to Mitch.

This stunning elopement is shot entirely in black and white film. Craig shot with film in a camera from the sixties, it gives the photographs that beautifully timeless feel.

The couple dressed up in their wedding outfits, Hannah’s stunning dress is by New York designer Alvina Valenta and is just so elegant and feminine and looks like it was made just for her and for the Parisian setting.

They met early in the morning in this truly special city, to avoid the crowds, the results are an heirloom. A moment captured perfectly in time.

Huge congratulations to Mitch and Hannah and heartfelt thanks to Craig George for these beautiful images and kind words of support.

 | Photography – Craig George |  Bridal Designer –  Alvina Valenta |

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