Elegance and timelessness at Chateau Ernest
Today we take you into the wonderful world of a French team that designed a fairytale wedding world at Chateau Ernest.
Photographer Mégane Schultz told: “Elegance is the watchword of this project that I wanted timeless and romantic. This day setting in a georgous venue, the wonderful Chateau Ernest.
The fairy tale begins at the bend of the road that leads from the Vosges to Nancy. In a village full of heritage secrets, set back, the Chateau Ernest is installed.
It was when I visited the Ernest Castel that the idea of organizing a wedding style shoot was born. I fell in love with this bourgeois mansion that has survived through the ages and generations. In addition to the 18th century castle, its French garden with fountains and sculptures is most charming. The strengh of its sublime and imposing fireplaces, in its salons bathed in light, was the trigger for this project. Also, the white and gold colors of the reception room were undeniably the main thread of the scenography of the shooting. So I imagined a romantic, modern and neat atmosphere.
I was lucky enough to be followed by Lucie, Agence Petillante, who co-constructed this project with me, managed the organization and then the coordination. Her help and the precious skills of each service provider made it possible to give life to this project wedding fine art inspiration “Elegance at Château Ernest”.
The shades of colors chosen were intended to create a delicate, refined, resolutely timeless and precious universe. Beautifully make-up by Melanie M la Vie Maquillage, Laurene, our bride, perfectly embodies these values: soft, elegant, smiling and passionate … Melanie has illuminated her face with delicious gold leaves.
In the same way, orange, lightly pink and champagne shades were chosen pastels to highlight the refined but daring textures of the wedding dress. Embroidered tulle, pearls and feathers breathe energy and strength of character into this fabulous dress, provided by the Elisa Ness fashion house.
An exceptional floral design :
Floral design is for me the essential element of a wedding scenography. A must-have accessory for the D-day, the bride’s bouquet was created by Maison Noce Blanche. I can’t find the words to describe the exceptional flowers reserved for this shooting. Sandrine, with her fairy fingers, also created the floral harmony of this day, especially for the tables, the fireplace, the piano in the main salon and of course the engagement ceremony. The scenography being based on the artistic side notably of the music, Sandrine chose to work with seasonal flowers and obviously old roses.
The Boudoir of the Bride :
The majestic staircase with its particularly elegant wrought iron railing of the Château inspired the imagination of a boudoir session that I dreamed of photographing and staging on the initiative of my first large-scale project. Finally it’s in a luminous room of this charming residence and in the golden lounge that these shots took place.
The Bridal boudoir is a unique photo shoot. Conceived exclusively to offer a sweet and privileged moment to the bride, with a few minutes of intimacy. La Maison Cleophina has sublimated Laurène, our bride, with a silky babydoll and a lace disrobe of the most refined lace.
Table Design :
Opposing modernity with the authentic and luxurious romance of the castle, I wished to set up a first round table and then a second rectangular table, so that the future bride and groom in search of inspiration could benefit from two visuals. In a search for contrasts, guided by Mélie, A la Bonheur Lorraine, our choice went towards a ceramic tableware handmade by Barbara Studio in Strasbourg.
Mélie likes to look for elegance by skillfully mixing old and modern styles, playing with complementary colors, with shadows and lights, dish and relief, in order to find a perfect harmony between each detail. To sublimate this raw and matt ceramic, the colored silk fabrics from Woola La, delicately knotted and arranged in each plate, stand out perfectly. Silky and light, silk is a luxurious material. Never before used for tableware, silk fabric allows sumptuous creations.
The high-end imprint made by these fabrics is accompanied by edible gold leaves, subtly deposited on champagne glasses, in each plate and ceramic cup, bring a voluptuous touch to the table.
The soft colors are enhanced by a touch of burgundy which brings this touch of character to the decoration. Red wine glasses and the installation of colored candles bring color and depth to this design that we wanted romantic, sober and resolutely elegant. The golden cutlery brought by alabonheur Lorraine as well as the Victoria chairs from Maison Options specialists, bring transparency, lightness and light to our tables.
I love stationery that enchants and awakens the senses. Here, Ewiglich-Hochzeitspapeterie offers us an elegant Peach collection in fringed cotton paper, pure and tailor-made with the illustration of the redesigned Castle.
Designed by Sandrine, who also works as Event Designer, the second table and the fireplace are dressed by Maison Noce Blanche and Lovely Instants. A luminous palette of high elegance is born. On a lightly colored tablecloth, ceramic bowls on top of the flat plates give height to the table. The whole table expresses itself through a multitude of textures to be the most luxurious.
The wedding cake takes all its place here with the creation of its transparent veils that seem to dance. We imagined a textured mounted piece, drawn with relief for a more worked aspect. Embellished with white veils and gold leaves, evocative of the universe of this shooting, we wanted to bring lightness and originality with this innovative design. We had the chance to collaborate with Ben and Alice, L’Atelier Patissier from Longeville-lès-Metz for its confection. For the final touch of the wedding cake, some fresh flowers are arranged with taste and delicacy.”
Photographer: Mégane Schultz Photographe
Planning: Agence Petillante
Design & decoration : A la Bonheur
Florals: Maison Noce Blanche
Venue: Chateau Ernest
Scenography: Lovely Instants
Furniture & dishes: Maison Options Luxembourg & Barbara Studio
Bridal Dress: Elisa Ness
Groom Suit : Father & Sons
Jewellery: Flore & Zephyr
Bridal Boudoir styling: Cleophina
Accessories: So Helo Bijoux
Fabrics : Woolala
Food: Lagargote & A la Bonheur
Wedding cake: L’Atelier Patissier
Make-up: M la Vie Maquillage
Hairstyle : Le Boudoir de Cecilia
Models : Laurène & Jordan
Musician : Florent Baeumler