Greenery Wedding in a French Castle: Cassandra + Krister

We are looking back to September last year, to a sunny France and the wedding between Cassandra and Krister, photographed by Martina Lundborg. It was a fabulous wedding that was held at the Chateau Du Grand Val castle and which looks amazingly wonderful! We look into today's wedding story straight away, and let the bride Cassandra tell us when she married Krister.

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how the couple met

Cassandra: We met at a nightclub in Stockholm. We had super fun when we suddenly got kicked out by the guard "for aggressive dancing". Once outside we would take a few laps around the building and there and then we changed numbers. And that was the beginning of our journey.

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French vintage

Cassandra: We had French vintage as the theme of the wedding, but also wanted to weave in nature. We wanted to be outdoors as much as possible and found inspiration in the form of pictures of magic outdoor weddings mainly from Instagram, Pinterest and through a number of hours on Google.

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Clothing and styling

Cassandra: We wanted to follow the theme of French vintage even in the choice of clothes, so we chose a beige suit with vest and hat for my husband and a classic lace dress all the way with long sleeves for me. Kristers best men also had their suits in beige and my bridesmaids tulle dresses in dusty pink.

My close childhood friend who is also a hairdresser and makeup artist fixed my hair and makeup. We chose a half updo with embedded braids and fresh flowers for my part, while the bridesmaids each had a flower wreath in their hair. When it comes to accessories, I only had simple diamond earrings because I usually do not wear so much jewelry.

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Choice of flowers

Cassandra: We had a so-called "greenery wedding" with a focus on green plants. Among other things, we had large flower garlands of eucalyptus that hung over the entire roof of the party room. We also decorated both the party room and the wedding venue with lots of ivy that we picked ourselves in the forest next to the castle.

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A Castle wedding in northwestern France

Cassandra: An old colleague celebrated his birthday at the Chateau Du Grand Val castle in northwestern France. Even when I was not at the party, I decided that "I'll get married one day" when I saw pictures from the spectacular place. I have been telling everyone for so many years that I feel that I should be married in a castle in France (long before we engaged), haha. When we first experienced the castle and the place for real, reality surpassed all the pictures. We instantly fell for the rural French charm, the local cuisine and the drink and the spectacular surroundings.

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the ceremony

Cassandra: We had an outdoor wedding at the castle's courtyard under splendid sun and blue skies - after days with gray clouds and some rain. We had a super charming priest who was responsible for the wedding ceremony and an awesome live band that played our favorite songs. Both my sister and Christian's sister read beautiful poems and the wedding is a moment we’ll never forget.

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Cassandra: We really think it was the world's coolest and funniest thing to marry each other after being together for eight years. To choose each other again was so damn nice and something we both warmly recommend!

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about the photographer Martina Lundborg

Cassandra: I was recommended Martina by another photographer whom I first contacted but who was busy. Martina had the style of photography that we were looking for, so we started talking trough e-mail. We were treated very well by Martina and we were happy that she could also offer a filmmaker that we booked.

In the beginning, we were just going to choose still pictures but are SO happy that we also booked a videographer as nothing beats watching a real movie from the wedding. Martina and William were just as professional in reality as in the mail contact before. The pictures were also magical and we could not have been more satisfied. If there is anything to put some money on in the budget then it is photo and film. The day is over quickly - but the memories and the pictures are always alive.

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best memory from the day

Cassandra: After the wedding, our toast masters had arranged for us to jump into a car with a small bottle of champagne in our hands and be taken to a helicopter that took us on a trip where we got to experience the whole of Brittany from the air. We were both SO shocked and especially when the pilot suddenly says "look, there is the castle" and then gets closer to the Grand Val. We saw all of our guests, the people we love most in the world, waving balloons against us in the air with the biggest smiles. It took a few minutes before we realized that we would actually land at the castle yard and everything was just like in a movie. Such an awesome experience.

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Advice to others who are planning their wedding

  1. Book a venue in time: If you want a special church, party room or similar, chances are that many others wants it too. Therefore, be out in good time when it comes to booking a venue and determining the place for the wedding. I would say this is the first thing you should do.

  2. Set a budget: As any project, it is easy for the money to be used up too quickly during the work. In order not to risk going over your budget, you need to keep hard on the money and prioritize how the budget should be allocated in good time. When you are in the middle of planning, you want to have just EVERYTHING, but it is important to choose what is the most important thing for you.

  3. Make checklists: At the beginning of the planning, you can have one and the same checklist to check points such as church, party room and rings. The closer the wedding you come to, the more important it is with separate checklists. One for the bride, one for the groom, one for the toast master, and so on.

  4. Appoint key people: Do you have any creative and structured person in your life with an eye for details? Then he or she can be the right person for the job as a toastmaster. We chose to have two toastmasters. If you want to have bridesmaids and marshals, these should also be appointed and informed.

  5. Decide theme: Vintage, rural or solemn wedding, with a theme on the party, the day feels more personal. Let the wedding theme go as a red thread through all the details like decor, upholstery, local and food.

  6. Make the planning a date: I got the tip by a friend to plan the wedding in connection with going out and doing something fun together. For us, there was a lot of planning during restaurant dates and it’s a tip I would like to pass on to others. At home a lot of planning can often lead to irritation but on a date both are in a good mood, feel inspired and have set aside time for wedding planning.

  7. Let go of everything on the wedding day: The day really goes on fast and it is so important to point out that not even one minute should go to worry, stress or anxiety that something did not go as it was supposed to. Let go of everything, take a deep breath and focus on being in the present and having as much fun as you can.

  8. Inviting guests: Do not invite guests you really do not want to spend your big day with. Like relatives or friends you "should invite" so that they arn’t getting hurt. Now we talk about YOUR big day, choose the guest list completely according to what feels right for you.

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Photographer: Martina Lundborg
Location: Chateau Du Grand Val, Combourg, Frankrike
Wedding dress: Frida Jonsvens
Makeup + hair: Jonna Younis