A beautiful wedding at Chateau de la Bourlie in the Dordogne

I don’t blog often but when I do you know it’s going to be a good one! Kat & Pierre’s French wedding at Chateau de la Bourlie is special for all the right reasons. Located in Urval in the Dordogne region of south-west France it is a spectacular chateau for a wedding, especially when you get a perfect summers day to celebrate it! even though a little hot at 36 degrees, one toasty photographer…

This was my first wedding in France, so I’m glad it was a good one to start things off! Luckily I got to travel with Ben Walton and his brother Sam who were doing the video for the wedding (definitely check out his website at the end of the post, talented guy!) We all got to stay at the Chateau the night before the wedding and it definitely helped, I got to scout out all the great places for pictures as I knew there wouldn’t be much time on the day for portraits of Kat & Pierre. There are so many opportunities to create something special at Château de la Bourlie it was really essential to narrow down where I would take the couple off for pictures.

To have a cool venue is one thing but when you tie that with an incredible couple who truly are meant to be together you have something very special. As you go through the images you’ll see what I mean by the way they look at each other, from when they have exchanged vows at the outdoor ceremony nestled between the row of trees on the chateau lawn to the connection they have during the emotional family speeches you can really feel the support and love they have for one another.

The wedding reception was held in the courtyard of the chateau which looked very romantic lit up as the evening sun slowly dispersed during the courses. I think this was my favourite part of the day to photograph. One of the best surprises I’ve seen at a wedding was the introduction of the chef who came on to make a speech after the cake was cut, he started singing to a tune that even Pavarotti would be happy with, what followed was a 20 minute singing tenor battle between him and the “waiters” with the guests and the couple loving every minute!

The final act of the night was the awesome party in the chateau’s cellar with an indie cover band called the “Brightlights” getting that place even hotter than it was in the day! Definitely made for some awesome images on the dancefloor! It’s nice when a couple invites you to have a few drinks after you have worked your little socks off!

I hope you enjoy this beautiful Chateau de la Bourlie wedding as much as I did photographing it! Let me know what you think at the end of the post.

Other Chateau de la Bourlie Wedding Suppliers

Venue – Chateau de la Bourlie
Planner – Lucy Williams who manages Chateau Bourlie
Flowers – Agnes Laye (florist) and Ajna Ellis (the stylist & will help Lucy with coordinating the day)
Dress – Jenny Packham
Shoes – Jimmy Choo
Suit – Suit Supply
Catering – A local French chef called Fabrice
Bands – Les Peres Peinards for the cocktail reception and Brightlights for the evening
Videographer – Ben Walton


Beautiful Images, love your style

Lovely setting and great capture!

OMG!!! such a great story told here.

Beautiful location with awesome photography to match, great set.

Oh, my goodness. Just so so beautiful.
Wonderfully measured and elegant.
Except for the party pics – they are, instead, gloriously chaotic

Your photographs are like paintings – really beautiful! And wow what a wedding! Nx


Crikey.. Fun, moment driven and such a happy event! You ‘documented’ it beautifully Richard, pretty editing too, of course I bet your couple are delighted too!

Having been this to this venue before and knowing some of the guest I can safely say this is truly EPIC!! Such a beautiful set of images dude, very well captured

Such a dreamy location! Very much liking the last photo, such a cool and fresh take of the evening atmosphere.

Beautiful stuff dude and seemed like such an EPIC day, well captured!

Love the location so beautiful. Wonderful set of images so much raw emotion captured.

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