Enya and John
Loire Valley, France
May 21st 2007
Dear Ms. Caroline Berthe,
Well, we are finally starting to get moved into our new home after returning from a beautiful honeymoon in southern France and Italy.
We just got the pictures you sent from the photographer and they are wonderful. We are still collecting and organizing pictures from our amazing wedding in the Loire Valley and each time we look at them, it's impossible not to smile and re-live what was one of the most incredible experiences of our lives.
It's hard to put into words how grateful we are to you and everyone who made our dream wedding a reality. Everything was above and beyond anything that we had hoped for. From beginning to end, EVERYTHING was perfect!
As you may recall, when I first contacted you via email, I wrote that more than just a beautiful wedding, what we really wanted was to create a unique and memorable experience for our closest family and friends. Well, without a doubt, you delivered exactly what we wanted.
I'll never forget the first time we drove up the hill to our castle. It was hard to believe that we were really there after months of planning everything online without seeing anything in person until that moment. It was incredible! When you book things online, you always assume that the pictures have to be better than things really are. We were shocked and ecstatic to find that this was definitely not the case with the Baroness Chateau. Our rooms, as well as each of our guests' rooms were incredible! Each one immaculate, unique, and absolutely beautiful.
The castle staff could not have been more helpful. Their attention to each detail made everything go smoothly and made us feel completely at ease in what would normally be a very stressful time.
We also loved each of the venues you helped us choose for our pre-wedding activities. Our guests particularly enjoyed the day trip to Amboise!
As for the wedding itself, what can we say....it was PERFECT. We could not have asked for a more wonderful Celebrant...kind, fatherly, and humorous as well! We loved the way he handled the entire service. I was especially touched by the reference he made to my late father and loved the way he explained the lighting of the unity candle. It was truly a blessing to have him there.
The flowers were gorgeous! Every arrangement, from the men's boutonnieres to the altar and buffet arrangements were perfect. And I never imagined that you would be able to get an almost EXACT replica of the picture of the bride's bouquet I emailed you! What a wonderful surprise.
Everyone loved the musicians! My new mother-in-law, who is a music teacher and former concert pianist was particularly impressed with both the classical music played during the ceremony as well as the jazz during dinner. And being a musician myself, I especially have to thank you for finding such a talented group of artists for our big day!
We were all completely "blown away" by the reception dinner! In fact, one of our guests, who travels extensively, remarked that he had "never in his life had food like [this] at a wedding"! We realize that the French are particularly famous for their cuisine, but this went far beyond our expectations. And we absolutely LOVED the traditional French wedding cake, especially the surprise fireworks!
Caroline, it goes without saying that we could not have done this without you. Thank you so very much for your outstanding work and for helping us to create this absolutely magical experience. We look forward to returning to the Castle again on our anniversary.
I would defintely recommend a destination wedding to anyone who asks would HIGHLY recommend they plan it with you!
Love and God Bless,
Enya & John