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Wedding reportage from Château d'Arcelot in France

The wedding reportage in the beautiful Château d’Arcelot in France was our first fully international assignment. The journey was challenging, but Chantal and Simone's wedding exceeded our wildest expectations!

Switzerland: Journey with Adventures

Due to the distant destination, we flew to France two days earlier. It wasn’t without adventures along the way. We landed in Switzerland. We rented a car, which turned out to have a broken air conditioning, and we faced a several-hour journey in over 30-degree heat (with Kasia in her 6th month of pregnancy – don’t worry, for this assignment we had two photographers:). However, we finally reached a beautiful, small town – Dijon, which greeted us with afternoon sun and fresh baguettes.

Pre-Wedding Photo Session: A Chance to Get to Know Each Other Better

The day after landing, we met with Chantal and Simon for a small pre-wedding session. We had the chance to get to know each other better and spend some time together. The couple showed us around the charming Dijon. We explored the square where they met, and passed by the place where Simone proposed. In the evening, we enjoyed a fantastic dinner with Chantal’s closest family, during which we felt like guests rather than just “service providers.

The Family Took Care of the Details

The wedding day began with the crowing of the rooster. The smallest details were taken care of by Chantal’s family. Mom Lidia, along with the Godmother, took care of decorating the tables, flowers, seating arrangement, and gifts. Dad polished the car, while the grandparents were bustling around. Early in the morning, we grabbed our cameras and captured fleeting moments of pre-wedding hustle of the Château d’Arcelot.

Wedding Reportage in France: Wedding at Notre Dame Church in Dijon

The wedding took place in the majestic Notre Dame Church in Dijon. It’s incredible how beautiful churches can be even when they are not renovated in cheerful rainbow colors 🙂 Here, the original frescoes were preserved, while still maintaining the raw character of the building, which was only broken by the amazing stained glass windows. On one hand, we didn’t understand much during the mass, but on the other hand – we understood everything. The language of love is always enough. Emotions were written on the faces of the guests, and the couple couldn’t hide their emotions from the moment they stepped into the church.

Outdoor Fun

The wedding started with an aperitif – delicious snacks and champagne put everyone in a good mood. Shortly after, everyone was swept away by New Orleans jazz, which we couldn’t resist either. Dancing and outdoor fun continued until dusk, then everyone moved to the wine cellar, where they could let loose to the music. We’re not fans of games, but these were captivating and really positive. The quiz about the couple engaged all the guests, and the traditional Polish wedding customs (“oczepiny”) took place before the first dance. Perfect sequence!

Wedding Videography by Kostek from Château d’Arcelot in France you can find here!

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