CASTLE IN THE SNOW

A visit to a medieval landmark on a snowy afternoon.

Château de Creully, Normandy

chateau de Creully Normandy

flowers in the snow

Unfortunately, most of France seems to have the flu at this moment, so we took a family drive to Creully, a small town several miles east of Bayeux.

The Chateau de Creully is a rare medieval fortress which evolved greatly between the 11th to 17th centuries.

After D-Day it was the BBC’s headquarters who housed its transmitter in the tower.

It was perfectly silent and still the day we visited, the lawns covered with a light blanket of snow. Flower beds colored the landscape, hopefully a promise of Spring soon to come.

OUR WEDDING IN NORMANDY

Images from our wedding at Chateau Crosville-sur-Douve.

I’d always dreamed of having a fancy French wedding and several years ago my dream came true. Since we haven’t been able to do much work on our Tour lately, I decided to share some images here with you.

Setting up:

The dining room at Chateau Crosville-sur-Douve is so majestic that we decided to keep things simple. Time and money being short, the decorations were all very easy and DIY. I was blessed to have a great team of friends and family (led by my fearless mother) there to help us out.

We set up and prepped the tables ourselves and then the caterers set them with the rented china, silver, and glass wear. My mom also made an elegant swag with wheat and origami birds to hang over the fireplace.

For the prep we covered each table with a different fabric: Lace, embroidered satin, linen and embellished tulle.

We covered the windows with embellished tulle.

We draped lines of plastic pearls along the candle holders and tables.

The place cards shown above were hand-made tags cut out from the left-over invitations. They were attached to each guests’ dragée bag (a traditional French party favor of hard candy served at weddings, christenings and communions). The bags were just tulle circles tied up with grass twine and various pre-made paper flowers (more…)

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