Today’s Escape to... post is a very special one ideed. There’s nothing I love more than a destination wedding that takes place at a gorgeous European estate, and Chateau de Montplaisant near Lyon, France is no exception! The origins of this property date back to the 15th century as the home of Antoine de Loras, the Lord of Montplaisant; the current incarnation is the result of various owners since. Yet, what makes this estate and post so special is the intimate connection that bride and groom Aude & Gilles have to this region of France and the wedding details that followed suit. In the words of wedding photographer, Mademoiselle Fiona:

“Aude & Gilles have been living in Los Angeles for several years and are originally from Lyon, France. They got married at the Chateau de Montplaisant, a beautiful estate near their hometown. The style of their wedding was truly the result of the bride’s vision and creativity. As a designer, she even handmade a few details herself. I loved her ballerina wedding gown and her bridesmaids’ tutus. Earlier in the day, Aude also wore a gorgeous traditional pink sari, in honor of her mother-in-law Sri Lankese heritage. I’ve rarely seen such a handsome groom and such a graceful bride!”

As a designer herself, the bride chose a stunning Monique Lhuillier satin mermaid gown with detachable ‘ballerina’ tulle skirt…perfect for the the ceremony to reception scene change.

The ceremony itself took place in an old chapel near to the estate, followed by the reception back on the Chateau grounds.

The best part about French chateau weddings? All the gorgeous architectural details that make for the perfect wedding portrait backdrops. Makes you wonder how many couple throughout time have stood on that balcony and embraced in a kiss. If only the walls could talk!

And what chateau wedding would be complete without a vintage car to drive off as husband and wife?!

Before heading into dinner, adult guests enjoyed cocktails while younger attendees indulged in treats from a local ice cream cart.

The reception florals and decor captured the essence of the chateau’s garden, infused with colors of green, pink and white…the perfect final ode to a place the bride and groom hold so dear.


Being a destination wedding, Chateau de Montplaisant offered more than just the wedding celebration location. Just minutes to hiking, sailing, biking, tennis and horseback riding, not to mention the medieval town of Bourg en Bressethere were a million must-see spots that surely kept out-of-town guests busy for days before and after the big event. Staying at the chateau, here are my picks for the best in where and what you should eat/see while in Bresse:

Eat: La Fleur de Sel … known for simple farm to table fare, and friendly service, La Fleur de Sel is a must stop on your trip into town. Be sure to try the munkfish rissotto and creme brulee.

See: Royal Monastery of Brou … Beyond the gorgeous countryside, the Royal Monastery is a breathtaking example of the traditional Gothic style churches seen all throughout Europe. What makes this location so special is that it was built as a token of love by the Duchess Margaret of Austria to her husband, the Duke of Savoy in the early 16th century. A museum in also located on the property, and guests can take self guided tours throughout the location, daily.

Congratulations Aude and Gilles! Until next time…

xo ~Cynthia



What a gorgeous wedding venue. The day was captured beautifully.

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