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THIS AND BELOW: Flowers by Mary Devereaux

A church wedding

For many couples, a church wedding is an important part of the day. In France, there must be a civil wedding before a church-based wedding can take place. The English-speaking Chaplaincy in the Poitou-Charentes are happy to be part of the planning, to ensure it meets the couple’s needs and creates an extra special day. Couples do not need to be baptised or regularly attend church, in fact the Chaplaincy are happy to be involved whatever the beliefs of the couple and Rev. Hazel Door can carry out weddings in many churches across the region. By working closely with

“They’re big news for 2014... really big!” “Everybody’s talking about retro and vintage,” says local bridal hair stylist Emma Willett (www.charente, adding that the laid-back Bohemian look is also very popular. “The most popular chic styles are loose braids incorporated with a side-tousled chignon or loose curls pinned up. My tip for getting your hair in tip-top condition for the big day is to have it trimmed regularly, and to seek advice as to the best shampoo and conditioners for your hair type prior to your big day. I’d also recommend using an argan oil for a deep shine. The main thing to think about when getting married in

local French churches, she is able to provide advice in sourcing the right location for your ceremony. “Having our marriage blessed in a place where people have worshiped for centuries, was a powerful symbol of our commitment to each other. Hazel Door made our day relaxed and very special.” said a couple recently who had a Church  wedding at Ladignac Le Long. For more information, contact Valerie on (0) 5 49 97 04 21; email or visit

France is the likely weather conditions, combined with your hair type. It’s always best to wear your hair up, as it can get very hot, and hair down with loose curls can drop out easily, despite even the best products.”


Local florist Mary Devereaux ( says that the vintage theme chosen by brides for their dresses is being reflected in their choice of bouquets and flowers. “There’s a definite 1920s and ‘30s preference, with lace bouquet wraps and pearl adornments,” she says. It’s important to plan your flowers well

in advance. “This is especially important if the bride has a particular flower she wishes to incorporate, as it may not be available, or in season here for her wedding day; if this is the case then the florist can advise on seasonal availability of flowers for each month.” Mary advises brides to think of local flowers, such as lavender. “I find many brides love the idea of having French lavender, either for favours or as part of their bridal flowers. This isn’t available fresh all year, so brides can think of alternatives like dried lavender. When it comes to confetti, cones of dried lavender are an alternative to fresh rose petals.” The regions of France are often marked by seasonal colours which can help give an underlying theme Charente River Sophisticated and unique, this riverside mill in the heart of Jarnac offers magnificent, panoramic views. Ideal for private and professional events, or simply a few days ‘getaway’, Quai 3 marries state of the art technology with timeless elegance, leaving you free to enjoy your special occasion. Step onto the private terrace with its stunning 360° river view to celebrate your perfect day with Champagne - it’s what memories are made of....

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