Oh darlings, what a day, what a week! What incredible weather! I allowed myself a little time in the garden today over lunch to soak up those rays and it was utterly glorious. Genuinely, where we live, providing the weather is good, you don’t need to be anywhere else to enjoy summer, the North Yorkshire countryside is utterly divine.

Not that I’d decline the opportunity to spend some quality time in the beautiful French countryside. This gorgeous photoshoot immediately transports me to the kind of French wedding venue I can imagine all the beautiful people hanging out at on a sunny, summers afternoon. The creative team behind these images have done a superb job in transporting the essence of light and space and elegance into these beautiful photographs that were taken on location at Le Jardin La Francaise, by photographer Mathilde Dufraisse. Everything was co-ordinated, planned and styled to perfection from the very lovely Holly of Simply Perigord Weddings, who tells us more…

“Often the best inspiration comes when I have the chance to get together with other creatives to work on inspiration shoots with each other. This editorial was inspired by the colours in the last hour of sunset here in The Périgord Noir, hence the title ‘an hour of opulence’ in French of course! Focus was on the mix of both softer rose tones paired with cooler contemporary grey’s, a light sprinkle of sparkle, white space, clean lines and elegant details.”

Images by Mathilde Dufraisse

Styled shoot may18 259 maSelection - L'Heure Opulence: A Natural and Elegant French Editorial Shoot featuring Charlie Brear, Pronovias and Hermione Harbutt

“Working with this colour palette (a somewhat unexpected combination) we soon saw that this would work for many seasons and inspired us to not let a season of the year control a design process!”

“My biggest inspiration, always comes from the venue itself, and with a 360° view Le Jardin à La Française was the perfect choice. For this shoot I chose Jade, because her natural beauty needed hardly any help at all, to model for us and Mathilde Du Fraisse as the photographer as her use of natural light was a perfect fit with the original inspiration board.”

This is the second shoot we have featured this week that showcases the beautiful bridal headpiece designs by Hermione Harbutt.

“All of the amazing suppliers took my inspiration and ran with it and I find this creates a much stronger sense of authenticity to any type of shoot or styling of an event (I always ask my couples to trust in their suppliers!)”

“By discussing ideas and letting the creativity flow without any constraints the results are often innovative and stunning and we hope this reflects in our end edits of L’heure Opulente.”

A natural and elegant French countryside editorial featuring Charlie Brear and Pronovias - L'Heure Opulence: A Natural and Elegant French Editorial Shoot featuring Charlie Brear, Pronovias and Hermione Harbutt

“The styling team offers four fashion looks from designers  Charlie Brear and Pronovias Atelier. While all are beautifully editorial they are entirely different looks and I have to acknowledge that the way each of these elements has been photographed in the beautiful setting captures how wonderfully the team worked together to achieve the vision.”

Leave a Comment!
 - L'Heure Opulence: A Natural and Elegant French Editorial Shoot featuring Charlie Brear, Pronovias and Hermione Harbutt


Annabel is the founder of Love My Dress. She lives in rural North Yorkshire with her husband and business partner Philip, two daughters Eska and Leanora and three dogs. If she's not being a Blog Queen or practicing her photography, you'll find her fighting her way through a renovation dust cloud as she and her family transform their forever-home.

Read more posts by Annabel

More inspiration

Join the Discussion

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *