I knew we would get on straight away after I received the very first e-mail from Michelle. She was so excited about getting married and the wedding, I couldn’t help but smile! I think we chatted for like 3 hours about everything and anything when I first met Michelle and her then fiancé Rob. They are so good together, super fun and easy-going and just lovely to be around. And then they started telling me about their wedding day. Rustic French château in Bordeaux countryside, vintage inspired dress (which Michelle designed HERSELF by the way. More about that later), friends and family, outdoor reception, and amazing food and wine. I absolutely fell in love with the sound of their wedding, and with them of course:)

So, on a rather miserable day at the beginning of May, we jetted off to the sunny and warm Bordeaux. Michelle and Rob couldn’t have picked a better day and place to get married. Sun was shining all day, Chateau Lagorce was stunning, and great times were had by everyone. Michelle and Rob have the most amazing friends who helped so much with organising the wedding. They arranged the flowers, made the cake, bouquet and buttonholes, and probably pretty much everything else while Michelle was getting ready in the morning)) In addition to her stunning dress, Michelle had two pairs of shoes! Lucky girl))

When Michelle told me she designed her dress herself, I knew it would be stunning. Being a designer and a talented lady that she is, you wouldn’t expect anything else. It was a vintage inspired dress with beautiful embroidery, and it definitely had the wow factor. Michelle is now in the process of setting up her own wedding dress company. Brides to be – keep an eye out and get in touch with her if you are looking for a bespoke design!

The ceremony was very sweet and emotional, with a fun personal reading from Michelle’s brother))

I love the relaxed style of the reception. Friends and family were mingling, enjoying the band and chilled champagne)) From the vineyards surrounding the Chateau, of course))

A couple of cute details:

I always say I love photographing speeches! Seeing reactions of a bride and guests to facts from a groom’s past is priceless! I like capturing these)) Michelle and Rob’s wedding was no exception, apart from the fact that there were two best men. And one of them, as I was told, is a professional speech writer who has known Rob for like forever. Ahem… The rest as they say is history:

So, there you go! An amazing couple got married in a beautiful place, surrounded by their wonderful friends and family. What could be better to photograph?! Michelle and Rob, huge thank you for having me as part of your day! It couldn’t have been more perfect!

  • clair estelle - June 22, 2012 - 4:12 pm

    What a talented bride to have made such a lovely dress! Nice clean editing Dasha, nice work! :)ReplyCancel

  • Naomi K - June 22, 2012 - 4:20 pm

    OMG you are amazing! Love this wedding and love your work xReplyCancel

  • Vicki DeBlasi - June 22, 2012 - 4:25 pm

    What a beautiful wedding! The dress is gorgeous, the detailing stunning but best of all, they just all look like they’re having the time of their lives!
    Vicki xReplyCancel

  • Rob - June 22, 2012 - 4:28 pm

    beautiful photography Dasha, you captured our day perfectly. Thank you so much!ReplyCancel

  • Debs - June 22, 2012 - 4:34 pm

    Absolutely stunning! And such gorgeous light.ReplyCancel

  • Anushe Low - June 22, 2012 - 5:19 pm

    Sooo pretty! Love her dress!ReplyCancel

  • Hadley - June 22, 2012 - 5:56 pm

    Wonderful photography Dasha,ReplyCancel

  • Holly - June 22, 2012 - 8:22 pm

    These are beautiful Dasha :)ReplyCancel

  • Abs - June 23, 2012 - 2:50 pm

    Great stuff. SENsationalReplyCancel

  • Chanelle - June 24, 2012 - 7:49 pm

    Wow Dasha. I am sure the magazines and bloggers will be falling over themselves for this wedding. Beautifully shot.ReplyCancel

  • Christina Brosnan - June 25, 2012 - 2:57 pm

    C’est tres beau! Je l’adore! So pretty Dasha.ReplyCancel

  • Kirsten - June 26, 2012 - 8:36 am

    Beautiful job, Dasha, and love the new site :)ReplyCancel

  • Jules - June 26, 2012 - 9:49 am

    Absolutely stunning Dasha. xReplyCancel

  • Michelle - June 26, 2012 - 3:05 pm

    I first looked at the post on Friday (just gone)…whilst at work…and it took my breath away! I sneak a peep at our wedding photo’s almost every day…trying to hold onto our day as we have been married 8 whole weeks this coming Saturday. I’m not sure how you do it Dasha, but every time I look at the pics, I feel as though I have stepped back into my wedding day. Thank you so much for your wonderful photo’s. Lots of Love Mrs O’Connor ;))) xxxReplyCancel

  • Chloe - June 26, 2012 - 5:17 pm

    Oh my goodness, Dasha, what beautiful, beautiful photos! I love both of their outfits and the light and atmosphere of the day too. What a gorgeous set-I am sure they must be stoked. Also your new site is just perfect. xReplyCancel

  • robert wharmby - June 27, 2012 - 3:17 am

    These pictures are absolutely stunning. What an amazing job. You have managed to capture the relaxed atmosphere of that super special day in beautiful pictures. Great Job

    Rob xxReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth | Bridal Musings - June 27, 2012 - 4:45 am

    Oh my, Dasha, these are such beautiful images ~ what a stylish bride and wedding! I especially love the shot with the groom’s dapper attire and sunglasses in his pocket!ReplyCancel

  • Scott Darby - June 28, 2012 - 11:19 am

    The light is amazing and you’ve captured some great moments!ReplyCancel

  • Anna - June 28, 2012 - 1:35 pm

    What a beautiful wedding! These images are wonderful and made my day today. xxReplyCancel

  • Lucy - March 12, 2013 - 1:56 pm

    What a beautiful wedding Dasha! Everything is so soft and pretty and the bride’s dress is SO lovely! When I saw the photo of the girl in the doorway with her peach dress blowing gently in the breeze, I couldn’t help but be reminded of the feel of relaxed, sunny days in France. Dreamy!ReplyCancel

  • Denis - September 8, 2013 - 1:45 am

    Such a gorgeous bride! 1920s are back :)ReplyCancel

  • […] Michelle and Rob’s elegant French chateau celebration is in the current issue of BRIDES magazine (Nov/Dec): […]ReplyCancel

  • Nasser Gazi - January 19, 2014 - 3:09 am

    Really gorgeous pictures. Beautiful processing.ReplyCancel

  • Carmen Maria Luis - July 26, 2014 - 8:29 am

    That beautiful this wedding!, Looks like a fairytale wedding. The dress is spectacular, and who has designed the bride herself, is even more impressive. An impeccable work, congratulations. Greetings from Tenerife :)ReplyCancel

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