France Destination Wedding at Le Chateau de la Borderie

France is one of those countries that we dream about, sort of like in a fairy tale. Like, how charming would it be to get married in a rustic chateau, right? If that’s what you’ve been thinking, you need to read this blog. You may think that the best of France is Paris, or Provence. Thing is, what you can expect from France is so much more! You have yet to explore the real wonders of the heart of France— which includes a little town called Benest, France, where this fairytale-like chateau lies. That’s mostly why I want to share with you this incredible wedding day— a France Destination Wedding at Le Chateau de la Borderie.


Having a Wedding at Le Chateau de la Borderie

If you’re searching around France for the perfect chateau to get married at, then you’ve come to the right spot! I’ll tell you (and show you) exactly what it’s like having your wedding at Le Chateau de la Borderie in Benest, France. I’ll start by showing you a full day from a real wedding that me and my husband photographed this year, then I’ll give you some handy tips that will be super helpful for you in making your decision. Either way, I’m glad you’re here and that you stumbled upon our photography website. All these photos were taken by us and we hope you love them enough to bring us back here to photograph YOUR wedding!

France Destination Wedding— Benest, France

Let me give you a run-down! This couple was from New York, and they wanted something exquisitely different for their wedding day. It was going to be such a special event, why not go all out? Why not make your wildest dreams come true?

They found this chateau hidden in the French countryside and immediately knew it was the right place to gather their closest friends and family for their intimate week-long wedding celebration. It had on-property accommodation, a banquet hall, a backyard for the ceremony— everything they needed in one place (heck, they even have a pool).

I’ll let the wedding day speak for itself in the photos. If you want your wedding photos to look like these, then contact us and let’s start the planning.

Tips for Having Your Wedding at Le Chateau de la Borderie

If you’re planning your wedding at Le Chateau de la Borderie, hurray! There are some things to consider when it comes to your photos at this specific chateau, and these are some tips we’ve noticed brings us success:

  1. Do a first look! We always recommend to couples getting married at this chateau to do a first look before the ceremony. See the photos below for what they can look like! Our favourite spot for doing a first look at la Borderie is the front of the chateau, then you get to see all it’s glory in the background.
  2. Have your ceremony later in the day. If you want the best lighting for your ceremony time, aim for later in the day. Midday is usually (depending on the season) the worst time because the sun is high and will cast ugly shadows on your faces! If you aim for anytime past 4pm, then you’ll be getting much nicer lighting for some beautiful ceremony photos!
  3. Have your ceremony behind the chateau. The chateau has a beautiful backyard, so that’s where we would recommend having the ceremony set up. That way, you’ll have the best views of the back of the chateau and enough space to seat all your guests. We also recommend facing toward the building if possible!
  4. Leave room in your schedule for at least 30 minutes of portrait photos on the property. The whole property is absolutely gorgeous— you won’t want to miss getting portrait photos done around the chateau grounds. Make sure you schedule in enough time to make that happen! Right after the ceremony or during cocktail hour is usually most convenient.

Wedding Ceremony Location at Le Chateau de la Borderie

I’d love to show you how beautiful and perfect a ceremony can be at Le Chateau de la Borderie! Now, like I’ve said before, there’s a lovely backyard with the chateau in the background. If you’re not convinced to have your wedding ceremony here by looking at these photos, then I really don’t know what to say! Le Chateau de la Borderie offers a breathtakingly natural outdoors setting coupled with a rustic chateau experience that will blow away your friends and family!

This particular wedding ceremony was around 5pm in October. They had an entrance by the groom, then the bride, followed by a prayer, a saying of vows, a short and sentimental speech by the officiant, and then a triumphal exit down the aisle.

Group Photos at Le Chateau de la Borderie

Groups photos are amazing at the back of the building, right after the end of the ceremony while everyone is gathered together already! We got these family photos of everybody with some amazing lighting here. Group Photo Tip: It’s good to have someone who knows all the family to arrange people (especially if there’s a lot of guests) in groups and get everyone situated so the photographer doesn’t have to be overwhelmed! We had the bride’s brother-in-law help us on this one.

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One name: Jake + Genessa Photography!

So, I hope this has been helpful for you as you plan your wedding at Le Chateau de la Borderie in France! If you’ve got any questions, drop us a message on Instagram or fill out our contact form.

Are you planning a France Destination Wedding at Le Chateau de la Borderie?? Are you still looking for your wedding photographer? Pick us! We would love to hang out and get to know you better, and you’ll get amazing photos like in this blog! Contact us here.

France Destination Wedding + Elopement Packages

Our France Destination packages are about so much more than just photography. Our goal is to make it an experience you’ll never forget. We’ve been working together on destinations weddings for years and we know how to take care of you and make sure you get the absolute best photographs! We’ll guide you through the whole process of planning your wedding or elopement at Le Chateau de la Borderie, tips for getting the best photos and planning your timeline.

Our France Destination Wedding packages range from 2700€ to 3800€ and include all travel expenses.

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