A Wedding in Provence: From the #1 bestselling author of uplifting feel-good fiction

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A Wedding in Provence: From the #1 bestselling author of uplifting feel-good fiction

A Wedding in Provence: From the #1 bestselling author of uplifting feel-good fiction

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When I want to read some romantic fiction, Katie Fforde is an author I turn to first. As I have been reading and enjoying her novels since 1995, I think I can safely say her writing never fails to provide just what I need at the time. Romantic escapism. Cookery school-trained, with ‘colloquial and rustic’ French, Alexandra is to take charge of le Comte’s – Antoine’s – three children in a chateau in Provence for a month. Orphaned herself at a young age and ‘supervised’ from afar by relations living in Switzerland, Alexandra has always fended for herself in the family home in London. Now she has to care for children who view her ‘with a mixture of hostility, resentment and defiance’.

We probably don’t need to convince you that Provence is magical. The region delivers sunny, blue skies, fabulous landscapes, delicious food and world-class wine. However, flawless weddings in Provence require experts who speak the language and can create magic. No matter how beautiful the bride and charming the groom, dream weddings do not happen on their own. With many moving parts (venue, food, guest lists, flowers, etc.), every wedding requires teamwork and planning. A destination wedding adds more layers of complexity and a real need to understand the region. Only a few steps away from the hotel, the small church Saint Romain de Crillon le Brave welcomes the religious ceremony. Made of stone, this typical church is the perfect place for a wedding in Provence that is both intimate and sublime. The church square, surrounded by classic buildings and small, charming homes, is the perfect setting to savour this moment with a few souvenir shots. Under the golden light of the South, seal your wedding in Provence in a timeless paradise.The above residency rule for getting married in France does have a little flexibility because ultimately it is up to the mayor of a commune whether you can get married there or not. If, for example, your parents live in Provence permanently, and you are a regular visitor, this may be enough for the mayor. Plus if you’d like to learn more about some of the best wedding venues in France, we’ve got lots of blog posts dedicated to the very best chateau, vineyard, barn, intimate and coastal wedding venues, along with those nice and close to the UK too! You can read them all here. Chateau Saint Roseline I normally love anything written by Katie Fforde but this one didn’t work its usual magic for me. It’s the story of Alexandra, a 20 year old orphan who manages to fall into a job as a nanny to three children in Provence. Alexandra is a lovely character and her relationship with the three children is lovely although slightly reminiscent of The Sound of Music. The Chateau where they live is almost a character in itself and definitely feels like a real place that I can imagine visiting and the surrounding area of Provence is also well detailed. There are a host of other characters who are all lively and interesting in different ways too. Valerie chose the Suite Prestige Ventoux to wear her beautiful white wedding dress, accompanied by her mother and her sister. In a few minutes, Valerie and Antoine will exchange their vows in this magnificent village of Crillon le Brave in front of their friends and family members. After this emotional moment, all the guests and the newlyweds leave for the Crillon le Brave hotel to celebrate the union of Valerie and Antoine during the vin d'horreur on the terrace of La Table du Ventoux offering the best of Provence. Fortunately that evening, the mistral did not rise, Valerie and Antoine and their guests were able to organize the buffet on the terrace enjoying the magnificent sunset on the Mont Ventoux. The decoration is sumptuous: a floral wall was installed for the occasion. Valerie and Antoine, wanted a wedding in accordance with the place of reception is a Provencal theme. Region where nature is of a crazy richness, associated to the well being, to the radiant green foliage and to the majestic flowers, to celebrate a wedding on a theme of Provence allowed Valerie and Antoine to imagine a unique, plant and poetic decoration. The tables were decorated with ivy, olive and eucalyptus foliage with candles and soliflores vases. A romantic, chic and sober decoration, which characterizes Antoine and Valerie. Belonging to the Alphéran de Bussan family for many years, the chateau d’Alphéran was built around the 1720. It is located in Aix-en-Provence, in the Bouches-du-Rhône department of France (Provence-Alpes-Cote-d-Azur Region). The chateau has been restored in the traditional style. This small castle has its place on the list as one of the best wedding venues in Provence, due to its unique style. Rooms have been kept just like in the 18th century, with refined influences. The place can hold private events such as weddings or professional events or festivals. Two words can define this place and those are romantic and charming. As a result, Chateau d’Alpheran is on the top of the list as one of the best Provence wedding venues.

The best wedding venues in Provence, France include locations like vineyards or rustic villas. There are many factors that contribute to your choice for the wedding venue. Just like choosing the right wedding photographer or any other wedding vendor. Among the most famous factors is the availability of the wedding location. Before looking for a place to have your wedding party, you need to know what your budget is, how many guests you’ll have, but also what kind of venue you want. There are many types of wedding venues in Provence, as well as in other areas in France or in other countries. Alexandra enlists the help of her good friend from England - gay something still illegal in England and her in turn brings a friend. Having decided, at Donna’s insistence, to spend a little longer than the planned 24 hours in Paris, Donna tells her about a job in Paris an acquaintance is looking to fill. When she goes for the interview she has to lie about her age as it is for a nanny position to three children and she is only 20! The only nannying experience she has had is that of her own nannies who brought her up after her parents died. Another type of weddings that you can find in the Provence area, in the South of France, is the beach weddings. There are not many places that sound more luxurious than a wedding on the seashore. If you are looking for the best wedding venues in Provence, France then you can choose to have your wedding on the beach. You can hire a wedding planner to set the ceremony on the beach. This can be a relaxed wedding from where you will truly have great memories. Beach wedding venues in Provence seem from another world.Set in Provence in the middle of the 60’s you are just transported straight into the chateaux with Alexandra, having the confidence to take on the job of nanny to three kids just days after arriving in Paris at just 20 is inspiring and tells you a bit about the kind of character she is. Though instantly attracted to Antoine she knows that there are too many reasons why they could never be a couple and focuses all of her love and attention on his 3 children. She finds herself in a chateau, looking after three children, unaided, two of which aren't keen to have her there, with a grandmerè who doesn't feel she is qualified, an estranged mother of said children, who wants to whisk the children away, and a friendly dog. For a seamless and unforgettable experience, Hotel Baumanière is the perfect place for an extraordinary French wedding. You can find this beautiful venue in Les Baux de Provence, which has been selected as one of the most beautiful villages in France. 7. Chateau d’Alpheran 30-minute drive to Marseille Airport Domaine Les Roullets is a boutique bed and breakfast, self-catering cottage, and vineyard located in the golden triangle of Provence. By choosing this place for your wedding, you’ll be able to enjoy its breathtaking views of the nearby Luberon mountains as well as the extensive landscaped gardens that feature lavender, olive trees, and cypresses. The property also has a small vineyard that produces excellent quality organic wine. Looking for a wedding venue in Provence, or on the French Riviera? Provence is a beautiful place for weddings or engagements. Many people choose to do their wedding in the Aix-en-Provence region or to take an engagement photoshoot in the lavender. This is how to choose your wedding venue in the beautiful Provence, in France.

Location, location, location. This can make the difference between a modern or rustic wedding. Think about the wedding of your dreams. Where does the wedding take place? It’s a beach wedding in the South of France or a modern wedding at a well-known hotel venue? For sure the location makes the difference. With a get-on-with-it mindset, she throws off her pearls and stiff dresses and adopts a barefoot Provençial lifestyle. Soon, however, she finds herself up against Antoine’s former mother-in-law, Grand-mère, who wants to move in and educate the children so they ‘do not grow up as savages’. Yes, she really does say that. She also says she ‘doesn’t think people should be fat’. Ooph. She is a woman of her time.


We get to meet Alexandra's friend David, who comes to help her tutor the children, and he also happens to be homosexual, something frowned upon in England during the setting of this story. He's her best friend, but also like a surrogate father to her.

Alexandre is an orphan, and largely brought herself up when her parents died, with the aid of some remote family members, and various governesses and companions. When the family members decide she should join them to attend a Swiss finishing school, she decides to spend a few days in Paris first, visiting the city. A series of events means she end up as a short term Governess to 3 children whose mother has left, and whose father has to work away, so Alexandre at age 20 finds herself in a French chateau in Province in charge of 3 children - the oldest of whom is 15 - not too much younger than herself. I have read all of Katie Fforde’s novels over the last twenty years or so, and A Wedding in Provence has a lot of the familiar elements that make her books so memorable. Although it features several characters from her previous book, it won’t matter if you have not read it. It stands on its own just fine, but some things will make more sense if you do.

The glorious landscape of this estate envelops 17 acres of mature wooded parkland, streams and elegant formal gardens. It also has a path that drives you right into the jewel: the Chateau itself. Chateau de Tourreau has been lovely restored, using paint techniques and traditional colors. Hence, you will experience an accurate Provencal feel. As a beautiful contrast, it is still offering all modern conveniences. These include Wi-fi, satellite TV, air conditioning, gym, beautiful swimming pool, squash room and tennis court. Hotels are generally very popular as wedding venues. These are some of the types of wedding venues in Provence that many people choose because of their accessibility and the large number of options. Hotel wedding venues can be found in big cities like Nice, Marseille, Cannes but also in smaller cities like Toulon or Antibes. The Aix-en-Provence area has countless beautiful cities where there are dozens of hotels where you can organize a wedding. Choosing one of the best wedding venues in Provence can be difficult with all these options. I had to give it three stars as I didn't feel the plot was entirely original, a Chateau instead of a castle, a gay friend and fellow employee, dressing the house and having a traditional Christmas and skating on the lake and even relations concerned that they should inherit. Only a few kilometres from Aix-en-Provence, Chateau d’Alpheran was built in the 18th century. A 300-year-old Cedar tree stands in the middle of the place and makes this chateau the perfect place for a magical destination wedding in France. 8. Le Mas des Poiriers 15 min drive to Avignon Airport Between Marseille and Monaco, the French Riviera offers a multitude of luxurious and very intimate wedding venues. You will truly be amazed by these top wedding venues in the Provence region. Discover this list with 10 luxury wedding venues in Provence, France and you may discover the next perfect venue for your wedding.

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