Sophie and Ben’s Wedding at Chateau de la Belle, Benest


Chateau de la Belle Benest, France, is a stunning 16th century surrounded by a wooded park of 22 acres. It was a super romantic and intimate setting for Sophie and Ben’s French wedding.

They hired Chateau de la Belle Benest for the whole weekend and invited their nearest and dearest to celebrate with them and of course, us! We joined them Friday afternoon and straight away started snapping, there was so much to see and capture from the amazing decor to the beautiful woodland area, the fields, the donkey’s and of course the wonderful couple and their friends. Everyone made us feel welcome and we soon felt like part of the family, we were honoured. On the Friday night they hired in a pizza van as a treat for their guests, everyone mingled for the evening and then watched a movie under the stars, it was perfect!

Saturday was wedding day. Sophie and Ben both spent the morning eating breakfast with their guests before heading separate ways to get ready in different wings at Chateau de la Belle. The rooms were gorgeous and perfectly decorated, they made great settings for bride and groom preparation photos, a wedding photographers dream and both Simon and I snapped away documenting the first part of the day.

The ceremony was held at the front of Chateau de la Belle due to a soggy lawn at the back but it worked out perfectly as the couple were meeting again just after they were ready and then walking the aisle together. They walked through the woods hand in hand, kissed and then parted for the short walk around the drive and then walked the aisle together, honestly, it was one of the most romantic things we have ever captured and it was Sam’s idea (go Sam – not just wedding photographers!!). There wasn’t a dry eye in sight! The ceremony was conducted by a friend from their church and he delivered it perfectly. The ceremony photos are lovely.

After the ceremony we took a group photo and then some formal photos, including some fun photos with the bridesmaids and groomsmen. We then spent some time lone with Sophie and Ben to make use of the grounds and take some wedding couple photos.

The newlyweds and their guests then made the most of the grounds where they played lawn games, hook a duck and had drinks and canapes, including crepes!  They had a lovely French meal, lots of delicious French wine and then celebrated throughout the evening and into the night.

We fell in love with Chateau de la Belle Benest, it’s a gorgeous Chateau in France, the perfect wedding venue for this awesome couple.

Thanks for having us Sophie and Ben – you guys rock!!!

Sam and Simon xx

Venue – Chateau de la Belle, Benest, France. Also know as Chateau de la Borderie