Andre and Suzanne of Belle Momenti Photography envisaged putting together an inspirational photoshoot to capture a number of eye-catching and vibrant bridal images – each evoking a distinctly different French look and feel – to showcase the exquisite fairytale location of Château des Buis as a wedding venue, setting the stage for the dramatic and truly romantic creations from Ritva Westenius Bridal Couture. If you can imagine the finest French maiden perched sedately on a plush velvet antique carved love seat, making her way through the magnificent shuttered stately rooms, dancing on the staircases of a majestic Chateau and whirling and twirling in the French countryside, you’re already half-way there. From the evocative mink ‘Gatsby’ gown – resplendent in its stunning beading (and dare we say with a to-die-for back detail), the huge, voluminous petal veil that could and perhaps should feature, in its very own French Midsummer nights dream-like fairytale, to the the ‘Ooh-la-la’ swoon-worthy pièce de résistance that is ‘Magnifique’ (or ‘the dress with a bow’. I mean, could you find a gown that was more French?) These are to name but a few in the collection, so sit back and relax end enjoy this showcase of French-style beauty...
Château des Buis is a privately owned 13th Century castle located in the Rhone-Alps region of France. It is available for exclusive hire for a limited number of Destination Wedding events between April-October each year. Ideally situated (just 30 mins from Lyon & Geneva airports) for Destination Weddings for the Irish/American/Canadian/Australian market that value the historical significance of this venue and seek a fairytale wedding venue.
London's leading Wedding Dress Designer with over 35 years of experience and dedication producing innovative Bridal Couture of the highest quality.
The common thread running through her wedding gown collections is elegance and simplicity of style. Behind this lies meticulous and skilled workmanship with an emphasis placed on perfect fit, structure and proportion.
Ritva Westenius is the winner of the Best British Bridal Designer 2012 Award (and again Finalist in 2013) and winner of the Bridal Designer Retailer category, at the You and Your Wedding, 2014 Retail Awards.
An award winning Husband & Wife team of professional wedding photographers with over 500 weddings photographed across the UK, France, Italy & Cyprus. Capturing beautiful moments to cherish forever, Belle Momenti Photography is an established leader in their field. Professional, personal and caring about the clients they work with, their unobtrusive style enables them to capture the special day from two completely different perspectives.
Photographers - Belle Momenti Photography, Hitchin, Herts, UK (www.bellemomenti.com)
Bridal Gowns - Ritva Westenius, London, UK (www.ritvawestenius.com)
Wedding Venue - Château des Buis, Jujurieux, France (www.chateaudesbuis.com/)
Model: Diane Vidor, Lyon (dianevidor.book.fr)
Make-up - Elisabeth Bouvet l'institut oxygène, Jujurieux, France (www.institut-beaute-oxygene-jujurieux.fr/)
Hair Stylist- Nadine Savey, l'institut oxygène, Jujurieux, France (www.institut-beaute-oxygene-jujurieux.fr/)
Flowers - Wedding Venue Decorators, Luton, Beds, UK (www.weddingvenuedecorators.com/)
Stationery - Tiggity Boo - Bespoke Wedding & Event Stationery, St. Albans, UK (www.tiggity.co.uk/)