Stevie and Chris

Venue – Chateau Lacanaud.

The château is a beautiful, relaxed venue for a wedding, with a stunning fountain in the courtyard and a wonderfully large garden – perfect for a wedding ceremony.

Wedding planner – Stevie and Chris didn’t have a wedding planner but Stewart, the owner, was wonderful and they paid a little extra to have him coordinate suppliers on the day. Stewart helped to support, recommended local suppliers and even built the supports for their lighting.

Photographer Aaron Collett.

Having a professional wedding photographer as a family friend is such a bonus. Aaron took some great shots that captured the relaxed and friendly atmosphere. This was a wedding where everyone chipped in to help the day run like clockwork.

Musician – Synergy Band – – one of Stevie and Chris’ favourite suppliers. They were so much fun. They heard them play at the wedding show in the UK and knew they had to have them. They flew from the UK and gave us a really good deal.

Hair and beauty artist – Lizbeth did Stevie’s makeup and hair – she was recommended to by Stewart and is located locally in France.

Cake maker – Lucy Simper ( did the food and created a traditional French wedding cake, a croquembouche. Stevie says “OMG that was amazing. I’m glad there was some left over because I was eating about five of those little pastry balls each day after the wedding. The wedding breakfast she provided was equally as delicious. We wanted a relaxed menu, with sharing platters of salads and BBQ’d meats. We have a lot of compliments on the food.” Her very talented mum made a wedding cake; it was orange and almond with a meringue butter icing – yum.

Useful information and tips
We planned the wedding ourselves. As the venue was not a wedding venue as such, there wasn’t a package to include furniture or even crockery. We hired all of that from an events’ supplier – They have a great range of equipment and covered most of our needs, including tables, linen, crockery, cutlery, glassware etc. The rest we sourced from the UK and my mum drove over with a car full.

We also used the local Cave in Eymet town centre for our wine. Mitch was wonderful and supplied us with some gorgeous wine.

“The decision to use Gaynor for our big day was the easiest of all of our wedding day suppliers. From our first skype call, she was warm, friendly and supportive and knew exactly what we wanted for our big day. Regardless of the distance, right from the start, she was on hand for any answers we needed, right up to the big day when she was there to meet us before the ceremony and took the time to get to know our guests.

Gaynor gave us both a questionnaire and used the answers to write our ceremony. Well, we read the first the draft, and we were in tears. She had captured the essence of our relationship perfectly and created the most beautiful story. We had no changes and decided not to read it again until we heard it on the day.

Gaynor was such a huge part of our day, it was like she was a member of the family. She made us feel so at ease and calmed our nerves. The ceremony was warm, relaxed, emotional and with a sprinkling of humour – there wasn’t a dry eye in the house (or garden as it was), be it for tears or laughter.

It could not have gone any more perfectly. It was personal and emotional and much more than we ever would have expected. Still now, we have our friends and family say how beautiful the ceremony was.

Thank you Gaynor xx”