An Elegant, Vintage-Inspired Garden Wedding at Chateau de Varennes in Burgundy, France

It doesn't get more idyllic than Alexandra Kowal (34 and a marketing manager) and Samuel Frei's (33 and a chief marketing officer) pastel-hued ceremon

It doesn't get more idyllic than Alexandra Kowal (34 and a marketing manager) and Samuel Frei's (33 and a chief marketing officer) pastel-hued ceremony in the garden of a 400-year-old French chateau. Playing up Chateau de Varennes' vintage aesthetic, the couple used delicate pastel florals, wooden barrels, a vintage swing set and more for the outdoor affair. Everyone moved to a white-fabric-draped dining room for the reception, where dinner was an elegantly intimate experience fit for royalty. From the live music performed by friends at the ceremony to the vintage-inspired dress code, the entire affair was authentic and intimate. —Allie Volpe

Boutonnieres, like the rest of the floral arrangements, consisted of pastel blooms designed in Burgundy, France.
The ceremony took place between two trees on Chateau de Varennes' lush lawn. Two wooden barrels topped with flower arrangements sat at the entrance to the aisle.
Wooden directional signs helped lead guests in the right direction.
A vintage swing was draped in a garland of blush and ivory florals. Alexandra and Samuel were seated on the swing during the ceremony.
Jack Johnson's "Better Together" played while Alexandra and Samuel walked up the aisle as husband and wife. Guests tossed blush rose petals on the couple.
Table assignments were printed on floral printed card stock and fastened to tin buckets of delicate white flowers. Each pail was hanging off a wooden fence.
Samuel wore a navy blue suit and patent leather shoes. His groomsmen wore varying shades of blue suits and bow ties.
Cocktail hour took place outside on the grounds. Vintage furniture and lawn games like cricket were available for the guests. Alexandra and Samuel began their own champagne tower.
Chateau de Varennes features private woods—perfect for a quick photo getaway.
The reception was held inside the chateau in a brightly lit dining room, draped with white fabric. Long tables were covered with ivory tablecloths, candelabras and blush rose floral arrangements in low urns.
Dinner menus were printed on floral stationery and placed on gold cardholders. The china was transparent glass with gold rim detailing.
The lawn outside the chateau was decorated with romantic bistro lights.