logo

Real Wedding

Texas European Chateau Wedding Inspiration Session

Degrees North Images

Photographer Dawn Browne teamed up with several talented colleagues to bring to life an idea she’d had for awhile: a destination wedding at home. Recently, she encountered many couples who wanted to hold a wedding abroad, but found finances or family concerns made such a wedding impossible. With this in mind, she challenged the team to concoct a premier destination wedding experience without the travel worries.

The shoot’s theme became European Chateau Destination Wedding, and the venue was a perfect match having been built with just that feel in mind. A sub-theme of easygoing elegance emerged as the session unfolded.
Degrees North Images
Degrees North Images

Browne’s other priority was that the shoot be centered around a male couple. She recognized that men are sometimes left out of wedding planning.  Browne really wanted to do something grooms could see as inspiration and that generated excitement.

Degrees North Images
Degrees North Images
Degrees North Images
Degrees North Images
Degrees North Images
Degrees North Images
Degrees North Images
The team searched for a real-life couple to model for the shoot, and ultimately met Michael and Julius. They made the session so much fun with their fun and easy-going personalities.
Degrees North Images
Degrees North Images
Browne and her colleagues ask viewers to imagine the kind of wedding you might see at a country home in southern France or a chateau in Italy, full of food, wine and laughter. Vintage chairs, matte and satin napkins, and centerpieces overflowing with delphinium, eucalyptus, lavender, lavender, pastel pink snapdragons, ivy, sage and rosemary all rounded out the European country home feel.
Degrees North Images
Degrees North Images
Degrees North Images

The beautiful displays of food are all typical of what you would find in the south of France, including various cheeses, garlic-stuffed olives and marinated artichoke hearts. She wanted to capture the European tradition of “dining as an event worth savoring.”

Degrees North Images
Degrees North Images
Ultimately, the session came together perfectly, with a charming and handsome couple full of love enjoying the perfect destination wedding at home.

Their LGBTQ-Friendly Vendors

Photographer: Degrees North Images // Reception Venue:  Chateau Polonez // Event Designer:  Elizabeth Abshire Events and Design // Floral Designer:  Flower vibes // Makeup Artist:  Hayley and Company // Linens and Coverings:  House of Hough // Caterer:  Kouture Kuisine // Calligrapher:  Lily and Rose Studio // Cinema and Video:  Love Captured Productions // Cake Designer:  Sinfully Sweet Cake // Tuxedo and Mens Attire:  The Ivy League Men’s Shop // Equipment Rentals:  Vintage Indulgence

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

More Real Weddings