So this summer, the man and I were privileged enough to be invited to THE wedding of the year!
The stunningly gorgeous Jasmine Rose Noél was marrying the very lucky Greg Mansell. A match made In heaven, and with their adorable son Alfie already Part of the wedding as ring bearer, it promised to be the stuff that fairy tales are made of!
The venue was none other than the amazing Château de La Napoule in Mandelieu, south of France. My mans family holiday home isn’t far from here, so we happily tagged on our summer holiday and went a few days earlier and left a few days later.
We donned our wedding guest attire and headed off, chauffeured in the Bentley, no less!
I think almost all of W’s outfit is from Ted Baker, the Cravatte is my favourite part, and luckily is making a big fashion comeback, for all you men out there!
The venue itself is simply breathtaking, with unrivalled views out to sea, luscious gardens in the grounds and a magical atmosphere. This restored medieval castle is usually home to La Napoule Art Foundation, a non-profit organisation incorporated in 1951 by an expatriate American, Marie Clews, as a memorial to her late husband. Together the couple spent 17 years restoring the Château de La Napoule and it now houses the Clews Collection and hosts international programs in the arts, as well as providing a spectacular venue for private events.
What followed when we took our seats, was a very moving ceremony. Jasmine looked simply stunning in her dress (I can’t remember the designer!) all the ushers and best man were smart in their tailored suits, and the ring bearer was the cutest I’ve ever seen. I’m not ashamed to say, there were more than a few tears shed! The readings by close friends and family were simply beautiful, a truly memorable ceremony and very moving.
After fixing my make-up to look respectable again, we headed off to sample the canapés before dinner and enjoy a drinks reception overlooking the ocean. I indulged in a few local delicacies … Frogs legs and escargot. I have to say, I won’t be in a hurry to try escargot again, the texture did not sit well with me! The frogs legs however, were surprisingly delicious!
There were many congratulations offered, photos snapped and lots of indulgence in food and wine, before we were called through to take our places in the idyllic courtyard. Greeted by a charismatic band, who roamed around the tables throughout dinner, we stood to welcome the newly married couple, before dinner service commenced.
We started with a delicious cheese risotto and crisp, placed on top of a sugar bowl, and followed with a very succulent veal and the best vegetables I have ever tasted … Seriously, they were amazing!
To be perfectly honest, everything got a little hazy around dessert, considering we had indulged in copious amounts of champagne, rosé wine and cocktails! I can honestly say it was the most amazing wedding I have ever seen though, and we were truly privileged to be a part of it. It’s a day that will never be forgotten and W and I wish the happy couple every happiness and joy for the rest of their lives together. XX