An incredible Chateau wedding venue in France
Scarlet recently had the pleasure of organising a two-day wedding at Chateau de Chantilly, a very exclusive and magnificent historic château located north of Paris. Our amazing couple from Hong Kong - Karen and Sam were joined by 100 of their international guests.
The couple were looking for a beautiful Château wedding venue in France, featuring a picturesque setting, enabling them to capture the most exquisite wedding photos and have their travelling guests to enjoy a memorable European experience from start to finish.
Scarlet presented Chateau de Chantilly due to the large number of event spaces on-site, 5-star hotel on-site and the close proximity to the airports and to Paris.
Domaine de Chantilly
Nestled amongst 115 hectares of carefully sculpted landscape and manicured gardens, the Chateau is the jewel in the crown of Chantilly. Attracting over 4 million visitors each year and housing one of the largest collections of art in France, second only to the Louvre. The Domaine is famous for its heritage of horse racing, hosting major annual competitions in the racecourse which is located adjacent to the Chateau. Chantilly was also the location for the 1985 James Bond movie ‘A View to Kill’ starring Roger Moore, the weddings of the Brazilian football player Ronaldo and both children of His Highness the Prince Aga Khan.
Chantilly is conveniently located just 30mins drive from Charles de Gaulle and Le Bourget airports, 30mins by train from Gare du Nord and a one-hour drive from Paris. There are two 5-star hotels located in the Domaine. One being situated right beside the Chateau’s doorstep, containing 92 bedrooms with its own Michelin star restaurant and the other a short drive away with 108 rooms.
The Rehearsal Dinner was an intimate affair, with a stylish ‘All-White’ theme and dress code. Taking place at the 17th-Century Maison de Sylvie, also known as Sylvie’s House, nestled away in the forest of Chantilly. Boasting crystal chandeliers and 18th century paintings, the charming Maison Sylvie was the idyllic location to begin the wedding celebrations.
Scarlet organised luxury shuttles to escort guests from the hotel to the venue in comfort and style. Champagne and apéritifs were served on arrival in the French Garden with the glistening early evening sun providing the perfect setting for the cocktail reception. Guests then made their way inside where they were treated to a five-course menu, prepared by the team at La Capitainerie restaurant, under the care of Michelin starred chef Julien Lucas. Quail Filet, Pan-Seared Foie Gras and a platter of fine French Cheese were some of the dishes on offer.
The ceremony took place outside on the impressive 100m long Ile d’Amour (Island of Love). Where else for a bride to make her grand entrance than this enchanting island, each and every bit as romantic as the name suggests. The gazebo at the end of the aisle was the perfect location for the couple to take their vows and was adorned with foliage and stems of delicate flowers, carefully designed to enhance the beauty of the natural setting, without being too elaborate. A statue of Eros, the Greek God of Love overlooked the wedding aisle, adding that extra touch of romance.
Pastel floral arrangements were added to the fountain edges, loose blooms and ivy cascaded from the stone urns, creating a magical walkway for our beautiful bride. Of course, a bridal entrance would not be complete without a bespoke Cinderella horse-drawn carriage. Karen’s arrival was in true fairytale fashion, her bespoke Ellie Saab bridal gown was adorned with intricate lace detailing and embellishment, her veil featuring delicate floral appliqués fanned out behind her. A statement bouquet filled with an abundance of roses, sweet pea and blown peonies tied with a blush pink ribbon finished off her bridal look. Karen’s father greeted her at the entrance of the Island of Love and together they walked down the 100m long aisle. The sun beaming down on father and daughter, creating a memorable moment that is captured very rarely at this magnificent and exclusive venue.
Following the ceremony, guests made their way back over the bridge towards the Jardin Anglais (English Garden) for photos, overlooking a full panoramic view of the remarkable Chateau in the background.
The wedding reception took place on the terrace of the Chateau, inside a bespoke glass conservatory that we had built for the wedding. Overlooking the grand Chateau, as well as the spectacular Parterre Nord (North Gardens) with its geometric lawns, impressive fountains and numerous statues. The perfect location for this enchanting and decadent affair, guests were driven up to the terrace for an early evening reception and here they enjoyed a welcome reception outside on the grand staircase. After indulging on Foie Gras, Truffle and Champagne, guests headed inside the glass conservatory, where they were welcomed by a series of elegant tablescapes and beautiful flowers
Gold candelabra and dreamy, expressive florals set within opulent gold vessels swept down the centre of the banquet tables - blush garden roses, cream peonies and peach blooms making up the beautiful arrangements. Gold rimmed glassware, decadent gold cutlery and menus delicately finished with gold leaf, added the luxurious finishing touches to the place settings. The newlyweds were introduced by their close friends and made their entrance to Etta James’s classic ‘At Last’ – the romantic moment being met with loud cheers from the guests. The bride wore another stunning Elie Saab piece for the cutting of the cake. The five tiered masterpiece was created by a renowned pastry chef from Paris and featured ruffle detailing with gold leaf edging and exquisite sugar embroidery that matched the lace on her gown.
Live music was provided by a six-piece soul band, creating an uplifting and energetic ambience. Fine wine was enjoyed, paired carefully to compliment the Parisian inspired cuisine. Guests feasted on Truffled Egg followed by Spring Lobster Salad. The main course - Filet of Beef, was served in style - hand carved by a chef at each table. Plenty of entertainment was on offer throughout the evening and dinner was followed by a grandiose fireworks display, lighting up the night sky overlooking the Parterre Nord gardens.
Partnering with the exclusive fireworks company behind the Olympics, World Cup and of course New Years Eve, we built a bespoke terrace along the edge of the glass conservatory and the couple kicked off their firework display by pressing the trigger themselves as a lovely surprise. Guest’s enjoyed the extravagant show, themed to the brides favourite Disney music. For this special occasion Karen had changed into a stunning Vivian Luk ‘Unicorn’ inspired gown, each delicate layer of tulle featured a beautiful pastel shade of pink, purple, yellow and blue.
Shortly after the spectacular fireworks, the bride changed again, this time into a gorgeous 1920’s gold Marchesa dress with fringing. In a change of ‘Bride and Groom’ first dance tradition, Karen and her father shared a special moment on the dance floor. Followed by a dazzling dance performance by the newlyweds, a routine that was captivating, lively and magical, the perfect way to get the party started! High powered, vocal performances from the live band brought the house down and guests danced the night away under the Chantilly stars.
Photography: Jada Poon