Lauren Duckworth’s Perfect Wedding Day
How did your partner propose?
In Iceland! We were snowmobiling on the largest glacier and just as the sun was setting he said let’s take a picture over here, next thing I know he was on one knee and all I could say was “OMG!” It was truly breathtaking!
What’s the best piece of advice you received in the run up to your wedding?
It’s your day, so choose exactly what you want for it and remember to have a moment just you two in the evening to take it all in!
How did you go about finding your wedding dress?
I came to Fross Wedding collections and had such an fantastic experience that I didn’t look anywhere else!
How many dresses did you try on before you found ‘the one’?
Do you know the name of your dress designer?
Justin Alexander, and then my second dress worn to my UK wedding and the evening of France was Stella York.
What made you fall in love with the dress that you chose?
The detail and the way it felt when I put it on! I didn’t want a strapless dress but had seen the lace and beading and really loved the shape of the dress. When it was on I just knew, it felt so different to all of the others and then Fross helped me to realise we could custom make sleeves to build exactly the dress I had pictured in my head!
Did you wear a veil and/or any other bridal accessories?
Yes a cathedral length veil
Tell us a little about your wedding day – the vibe, what inspired you, etc.
When we imagined getting married we never pictured it being in the UK, we wanted something that was a real weekend of celebration, not over in a day. We then looked at where had multiple travel options, and fell in love with the idea of a chateau in France, we found the venue online and went to view a few with our wedding planners Marry Me in France a few months later. The fairytale chateau had our hearts from the start. It was so chilled, all about family and the kids having the best time too. I wanted timeless elegance but modern so kept flowers and decor more traditional roses, peonies and hydrangea. We lit the chateau so it was magical in the evening and for the barn, and then I had @creationsandcelebrationsltd do a full balloon centre for the dancing. We kept some French traditions of a later wedding (3pm) entering to white napkins being swung, and crocembouche instead of wedding cake! We all ended up in the pool at 2:30am! Most of our guests stayed at the chateau and surrounding buildings on site from Thursday to Monday, we held a pizza night the night before the wedding which was so fun and then the day after had a pool party BBQ which was AMAZING. So much good food and fun! Finished the weekend off beautifully star gazing on the last night with all our best friends.
What was your favourite moment from the day itself?
It’s so hard to choose! Probably the dinner and speeches, the speeches blew us away they were so funny yet so emotional and there wasn’t a dry eye in the room! Just to have all of the people who mean the most to us in one room full of so much love was incredible!
Is there any advice you would be happy to share with other brides?
Aim to be ready an hour before the ceremony so you have time for any last minute touch ups and photos etc, it goes so quickly so you need more time then you think!
Are you taking a honeymoon and if so when (in relation to your wedding, ie, immediately after, or sometime later) and what are your plans?
Yes, Jack surprised me with a trip to Santorini in September in my wedding card that I opened in the morning! We stayed in France for another week after the wedding too which was lovely.
Would you mind sharing details of any other suppliers you used? Ideally by their Instagram handle but if not, just a business name will do!
Photographer – @emmahillfilmandphotography
Videographer – @emmahillfilmandphotography
Planner/Stylist – Beth and Kristian @marrymeinfrance
Venue – Chateau de Cazenac, Dordogne, France @domainecazenac
Shoes – @louboutinworld
Accessories – @frossweddingcollections and @tiffanyandco jewellery
Groom’s suit – DKNY from @mossbros
Bridesmaids – @krispclothing
Flower girls – @nextofficial
Page Boys – @occasionwearforkidsuk
Florist – Jane @lesfleurscoupees
Cake – a local bakery in the area!
Transport – N/A
Entertainment – Justin Burley @dj_crystalbeats
Rings – @tiffanyandco
Catering – @chezamiscatering_dordogne
Stationery – @psxodesign
Hair Stylist – @daisybarrhair
Makeup Artist – @enyadoherty1
Honeymoon – @pegasus_suites
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Fross and the Team x