We Love Everything About This Bride's Dreamy Look

Now that it's officially fall and our summer travels are over, let's take a much-needed mental vacay to France and live vicariously through Hildegunn and Samuel as we pore through these photos from their gorgeous Château le Mont Epinguet wedding.

It was no easy feat — Hildegunn planned the entire wedding while she was staying in the Philippines, and while her fiancé was living in Finland. To say we're impressed is an understatement. This wedding just goes to show that sometimes, all you need is a little bit of time, ingenuity, and help from your friends and family to pull off a beautiful day.

Hildegunn says, "We first met at a wedding in Hawaii the summer of 2012, and from there I moved to Paris to study French. Samuel pursued my heart in Paris, and that is one of the biggest reasons we chose to get married in France. It is so special to us! Since we also come from two different countries, one side of the guests would have needed to travel anyway, so why not meet up in France?! We both love the French culture, and we thought it would be perfect with a laid-back, yet classy chateau wedding."

And that's exactly what they accomplished. Congratulations to these two newlyweds — we'll be dreaming of this wedding for a long, long time.
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We can't tell what's more beautiful: that antique wallpaper, or these bridesmaids' dresses and flower crowns. It's safe to say this is going to be one picture-perfect day.

Photography: Logan Cole Photography.












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A shorter train like this gives just enough drama while keeping it simple. Paired with the bride's soft curls, it makes her whole look effortlessly beautiful.
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This gorgeous vignette captures the quiet moments before the bride and groom's first look.

Venue: Château le Mont Epinguet.
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He's about to get the surprise of a lifetime.

Wedding dress: Jun Escario.
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"The first look was definitely the highlight for both of us," Hildegunn says. The smiles on these faces are the sweetest.
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Lush greens, a stone castle, gray skies, and this beautiful pair make this photo feel like it's straight out of a romance novel.

Shoes: Vic Matie.
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How beautiful are these soft, pink dresses against the forest greens?

Bridesmaids' dresses: Etsy.
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And here's the stately groom's party, made up of dapper gentlemen in perfectly tailored suits — a handsome contrast with the weathered building.

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In the middle of nowhere, and loving the photo opp.

Groom's suit: Turo.
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Okay, our mistake — these two are the cutest pair of the day.

Florals: Bride’s good friend Elena Goetzinger.
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But it's probably actually a tie...

Hair and makeup: Bride.
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We love how intimate this whole ceremony feels, with giant trees surrounding the venue and securing its privacy.
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A close-up shows the dense ceremony canopy, which matches the greenery throughout. We sense a theme here.
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These two probably can't wait to say "I do."

Officiant: John Gillespie.

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A quick moment of celebration gives us a peek of Hildegunn's adorable shoes — and her happy feet.

Music: Erik Klintenberg.
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Antique details like an old record player, vintage sofa, and an array of throw pillows make the venue feel warm and inviting, as we feel transported back to a more elegant time.
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These armchairs are fit for a king and queen. Though we wouldn't mind sitting in those intricately patterned chairs, either.

Catering and rentals: La Ferme des Mares.
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We're loving their too-cool-for-school vibe against such an elegant setting. What a way to shake up the big day!
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As the sun goes down, string lights and candles illuminate the reception. Très romantique!

Videography: Matti Haapoja from Heart Visuals.
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Hildegunn and Samuel went with one of our favorite guest-book ideas: Polaroid cameras for the guests to snap personally captioned photos with.
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Simplicity was clearly one of the couple's themes for the day — and this beautiful cake, with just a few roses placed throughout, fits right in.

Cake: Gift from a friend.
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Check out these stunners — they're so cool it hurts.

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