Charlotte & Leo

CHATEAU

DE LA VALOUZE

Ko samo slišiš besedo “Francija” - in ni treba, da ob tem poslušaš tudi njihov jezik, ki je skoraj kot glasba - je tvoja prva asociacija na to - romantika. Tudi jaz sem se v Franciji znašla zaradi romantike - namreč kot poročna fotografinja Charlotte in Lea.

When you just hear the word “France” - and you don’t even have to listen to their language, which is almost like music - your first thought is - romance. I also found myself in France because of romance - as a wedding photographer for Charlotte and Leo.

Hkrati pa sem se počutila izjemno, saj me na Francijo vežejo stari spomini.

Francijo sem bila prvič obiskala kot majhna deklica, v Lyonu namreč živi moja teta, mamina sestra. Zelo dobro se spomnim, kako všeč mi je bilo mesto. Ni bilo veliko turistov, zato smo lahko užili vse njegove kotičke. Nato sem – že malo večja – odšla na “road trip” iz Slovenije v Italijo, nato pa v Francijo in Španijo. Moja želja takrat je bila sicer priti do Portugalske, a mi je zmanjkalo tako časa kot denarja.

Ko sem obiskala teto v Lyonu in ko nam je teta vrnila obisk, je bilo moje največje veselje, da sem poslušala, kako govorijo francoski jezik. Spomnim sem, da sem poskušala ponavljati za njimi, a zdelo se mi je, da si bom polomila jezik.

Od takrat še vedno sanjam, da se bom odpravila na popotovanje po Franciji in to se je nekako uresničilo lani, ko me je za fotografiranje poroke v Bordeauxu najel par. Lahko si samo predstavljate, kako srečna sem bila. Tudi zaradi njiju, seveda! A predvsem zaradi sebe.

Charlotte & Leo sta za svojo poroko izbrala prekrasen Chateau de la Valouze.

Ta čudoviti dvorec leži v bližini mesta Bordeaux, natančneje v mestu La Roche-Calais (sem vam rekla – kako prekrasen zven ima francoščina! 😁 ) v pokrajini na jugu Francije, Dordogni. Chateau je obkrožen s 34 hektarji parka, v katerem imajo tri jezera, številna eksotična drevesa in tam raste celo najstarjši hrast v Franciji! Če si želite poroko na prostem, boste imeli torej težko izbiro, kje to opraviti, saj je povsod v okolici gradiča prekrasno. In mogoče se vam bo na ta vaš poseben dan pridružil tudi kak jelen – to je namreč njihov dom in navajeni so stalne prisotnosti ljudi.

Spomnim se trenutka, ko sem stopila iz avtomobila in zagledala Chateau de la Valouze tik pred mojimi očmi. Nisem mogla verjeti, kako velik in magičen je v realnosti; že na fotografijah je videti mogočen, v živo pa … Velika okna, velike sobane, retro pohištvo; tisti poseben vonj parketa, velika vrata. “To je neverjetno!” sem ves čas razmišljala. Moje sanje so se uresničile!

Poroka se je odvila na prostem, pred dvorcem. Lepi leseni stoli, bele rože, toplo poletje in ljudje, ki se smehljajo. Kaj bi si poročni fotograf še lahko želel boljšega?

Charlotte in Leo sta dve čudoviti duši, ki sta si želeli preprosto poroko v družbi najbližjih. Po obredu smo se sprehodili okrog gradiča in ustvarili skupne, nepozabne spomine.

A moje sanje se s tem niso zaključile. Zdaj sanjam o tem, da … A – ne, o tem pa več v kakšnem drugem zapisu!

Hvala, Charlotte in Leo, da sta me izbrala za vajinega poročnega fotografa. S tem sta mi dovolila, da sem dodala en, majhen košček k vajini srečni zgodbi.

At the same time I felt exceptional, because I have old memories of France. I visited France when I was a little girl. My mums sister lives in Lyon and as far as I remember It I loved the city. It’s not that full of tourists so we could enjoy out time more. Later on when I was older I went on a road trip from Slovenia to Italy, then France and Spain. My wish was till Portugal but I was out of time and money. 

When I visit my aunts family and when they visited us It was such a pleasure to hear them talking in French. I remember I sometimes tried to repeat after them but I thought I would break my tongue. From then on I always dreamed going on a road trip around France. Somehow that came true last year when I was hired by a couple French and German origin to shoot their wedding in Bordeaux. You can imagine how happy I was. 

Charlotte & Leo chose a beautiful location – Chateau de la Valouze. 

Chateau de la Valouze is located in one of the most beautiful regions of South France, Dordogne. Around the castle there are 34 hectares of parkland, three lakes, many exotic trees and even the oldest oak tree in France! So if you wish to have your ceremony outside, you will have to really make an effort to choose the right one. You might even have a deer joining you on the day, because they live here and are accustomed to human company.

I remember when I stepped out from the car and saw the chateau in front of my eyes … I couldn’t beleive how big and magical the chateau was in real life. Big windows, big halls, retro furniture, that smell of the wooden floor, big doors. I thought to myself: “This is amazing! What a dream come true.”

The ceremony took place outdoors in front of the chateau. Beautiful wooden chairs, white flowers, warm weather, people smiling.  As a wedding photographer what else could you wish for?! Charlotte and Leo are two beautiful souls who wanted a simple ceremony with their closed ones.

After the ceremony we walked around the chateau and made beautiful memories together. But my dreams didn’t end there. Noe I dream … Ah – no! More on that on some other occasion.

Thank you to Charlotte & Leo for choosing me to be your wedding photographer! I’m grateful, that you allowed me to add one, small piece to your happy story.