Photographing weddings in the Dordogne has become a regular occurrence for me most summers. I can’t get enough of visiting the region and try to spend as much time as possible enjoying the inspiring countryside, French hospitality and of course the wine and food! But there’s one thing that is as important as all of these for a photographer and that’s the light. It’s a joy to work at such beautiful venues when the light’s on your side.

Frankie and Alex’s wedding took place at Chateau La Fourtonie, near Bergerac in the Dordogne. It’s a former vineyard which now hosts weddings amid nearby wood and farmland. The main house has lost none of it’s original charm and provides an elegant venue for the bridal party to get ready. The ceremony took place outside, under the arch of the original entrance, which perfectly framed Frankie and Alex in front of their seated guests. There’s always something special about outdoor ceremonies, they seem to add to the emotion and drama of the occasion.

Once the formalities were over, the party started in the grounds of the chateau, with music provided by a traditional French trio adding a touch of Gallic flair to the afternoon. At sunset everyone moved into the barn for dinner and dancing and I was again privileged to photograph at another stunning location in the Dordogne with such lovely people.

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