Surrey Meets the South of France

If there’s one thing this shoot proves, it’s that less is undeniably more. At this English castle wedding, simplicity and elegance went hand-in-hand to create a spell-binding occasion. 

The day had all the history you’d expect from a 900-year-old castle, alongside the soft, gentle beauty of rural France. The shoot was located in the ancient Farnham Castle, in Surrey. This magnificent venue was built in 1138 and, as you would expect, boasts a rich history, including at one point being occupied by Prince Louis of France in the thirteenth century. 

Almost immediately, the wedding planner for the occasion, Louise Perry, drew inspiration from her love of the quaint villages in the South of France. She had previously spent a week on a cruise liner that docked in Villefranche, and a visit to this castle transported her right back to this picturesque French village, with cobbled streets and a gorgeous sociable charm. 


There’s something rather wonderful about the way in which Louise allowed her feelings to direct the style and feel of this shoot—her instinct paid off beautifully. 

Once having landed on this rural French-inspired wedding theme, Louise ensured all of the other elements tied in seamlessly with this concept. Right from the delicate lace of the dress, all the way to the tall taper candles adorning the table, the style of this occasion was clear: always on theme.

Two talented bridal designers, Madi Lane and Evie Young, created the dresses which display a unique take on bridalwear through their silhouette.


Louise took inspiration from the setting to help her establish the look and feel of the shoot. The use of Provence blue for the colour scheme was a perfect fit. This colour palette is elegant and graceful. 


With the florals, Louise wanted to capture the romance and style synonymous with the South of France, while also taking into account the castle’s location. Together with the team at Blue Sky Flowers, they artfully combined a variety of different sizes, style and shapes – including roses, sweet peas, phlox, ammi, nigella, larkspur, stock, lisianthus, scabious, cosmos, jasmine, forget-me-not, delphinium and foxgloves – with lots of greenery and foliage. All the flowers used were strictly seasonal. 


  • Know your style and understand all of the elements required to bring your vision to life. 
  • Once you have a theme in mind, ensure it is closely adhered to in every element (that way, the whole thing feels absolutely seamless). For example, we love the way in which intricate iced vines and trailing flowers adorned the blue cake at this ceremony.
  • One thing that stood out to us was the use of the tall taper candles—they were such a simple way to bring so much elegance and romance to the dinner. 



Photography: Hannah McClune Photography / Venue: Farnham Castle / Event Planning: Louise Perry Weddings / Floral: Blue Sky Flowers / Stationery: LouPaper / Wedding Cake: Thirty One Cakes / Rentals: Academy Furniture Hire / Linens: Couvert / Hair: Team Glam / Makeup: Lynda Darragh / Wedding Dress: The Farnham Boutique / Candles: Madlilies / Headpiece: Victoria Harper