It was in 2013 that Founder and Creative Director of La Fête Bespoke Wedding & Event Planners Charlotte, 30, met her now husband, 32-year-old Architect, Antonio Quesada, in Spain, through mutual friends. Charlotte was living in London and three months later, Spanish-born Antonio made the leap of faith to join her.
Fast forward to three years later, on a trip back to Seville, "Antonio took me on a sight-seeing trip around beautiful gardens. At the end of the day, in a quiet area of the Arabic gardens he asked me to marry him, and I of course, said yes."
Since British-French Charlotte was a little girl, she has dreamt about getting married in the ruins of a 12th century building on the island of Île de Ré, in France. “I’ve spent all of my summers there since I was 11-years-old.” She explains.
Charlotte and Antonio hosted a casual pre-wedding dinner the evening before the big day, as most guests had already arrived on the island, and the following afternoon, beside a floral archway, Charlotte’s dream came true as they were married in front of 65 guests, officiated by one of Charlotte’s oldest friends in a trilingual ceremony in tribute to the couples backgrounds. “We are the only people to have held a wedding at the ruins, and it took nearly two years of hand written letters to the mayor of the village to obtain permission. After the ceremony, the guests walked along the seafront to our reception at Fort de la Prée, a 16th century military fort – the perfect blank canvas for our vision, backed by beautiful French stone".
Pre-reception drinks were held overlooking the sea, while a jazz band and vintage photo booth kept guests entertained. The theme of the wedding was Charlotte’s interpretation of a secret garden. Pastel hues were intertwined with white and grey to compliment the natural beauty of both the ceremony and reception locations.
The reception was held in a transparent marquee so that the couple and their guests could enjoy the sunset, and the raw beauty of the local sandstone buildings. "The marquee ceiling was covered in lights and hanging greenery. Our tables were set up banquet-style and we had mismatched antique china and silverware. The tables featured tall candelabras filled with greenery, and small cages overflowing with moss and gypsophilia."
After dinner, the couple shared their first dance to Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman? by Bryan Adams and Paco de Lucia - Charlotte in her custom-made Studio Non Sequitur gown, and Antonio in his bespoke Canali morning suit. Music has always been a huge part of the couples lives and their evening entertainment comprised of a DJ accompanied by a saxophonist and bongo player, making it an night full of dancing, smiling and most of all, love.
BRIDE'S BLACK BOOK
DRESS: Studio Non Sequitur
JEWELLERY: Susannah Lovis (Earrings)
Designed by my husband (Rings)
WEDDING RING – made by a jeweller friend
GROOM’S SUIT: Canali
VENUE: Abbaye des Châteliers and Fort de la Prée, Île de Ré, France
CATERER: Jessy Barbulée
FLORIST: Louis Dubois
CAKE: Cent Pour Cent Fait Maman
MUSIC & AV: Sonomax
INVITATIONS: Ceci New York
PHOTOGRAPHER: Monro Photography
VIDEOGRAPHER: Twix Video
WEDDING PLANNER: La Fête and MG Events
HAIR & MAKE-UP: Eva Beauty
PHOTOBOOTH: Wild Stories
GUEST ILLUSTRATIONS: Sarah Smart Illustrations
VINTAGE CHINA: Blanche Patine
CHAIRS: Couture Chairs
From Harper's Bazaar Bride Spring/Summer Issue 2019