Updated: Sep 19, 2019
Recently I was lucky enough to experience the fairytale that is Château de Challain, a beautiful 19th century Château built in the romantic Neo-gothic style. Located in the Loire Valley in the west of France, this venue has become a wedding hotspot for those looking to bring a little bit of elegancy and romance to their special day. The team at Château de Challain specializes in crafting a unique package just for you and will stop at nothing to bring your dreams to reality.
With a rich history behind it the Château's extensive restoration work began after it was purchased by the Nicholson family in 2002 and work continues to bring this elegant home to its original splendour. Since then, staying true to its romantic roots, the buildings and grounds have now become the setting for many a celebration of love.
I was able to experience this thanks to the amazing and talented Shannon Petrolito who I have recently started working with. Shannon is a well regarded and published hair expert with many years of experience under her. She specializes in providing on location hair styling for weddings and special events. I met her earlier this year at a workshop we both happened to be at and I would have to say that it was a life changing meeting! Beyond being an overall wonderful person I have come to consider her a mentor and friend through my own hair journey!
Shannon and I were among an army amazingly talented group of professionals and performers brought together from all across North America and Europe to help bring this magical event to life. It was a 4 day whirlwind adventure like no other in the French country side as I jetted straight from another booking here in Toronto to board my flight.
Tired (and a bit sleepy) from a long overnight flight that ended with a winding drive along the French country side, we finally arrived at something that seemed to have been plucked right out of a storybook. This beautiful château in the middle of picturesque setting perfectly embodied romance and I can see why this is popular wedding venue.
Of course we had but a few moments to take it all in before jumping right in to prep mode, the whole estate was a buzz as everyone prepared for the fairytale that was to unfold in the coming days. Between the rehearsal dinner and the wedding it did not leave much time to explore, but we did manage to steal some time in between to take in the beauty of the French countryside (not to mention sample some of the amazing cuisine!).
It was truly a unique opportunity to be part of and meeting people from all over the the world was just wonderful. Big thanks to Shannon for bringing me along and here is to hoping there are many more opportunities such as this come!
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