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Staging stimulates and intensifies emotions. As soon as the château was brought back to life in the 1990s, we introduced certain rituals – to accompany a winetasting in the cellars, for example. On the day before the wedding, the bride and groom enter into the 12th century vaulted cellars and revel for a moment in the flame-studded darkness before being joined by their guests, who have gathered in the moat. Each individual then endeavours to identify the contents of each of the crystal carafes. Before leaving, the guests blow out all of the candles - as if to lure the benevolence of the Fates.
The various entrances around the château are lit up by torchlight: the rose garden, the postern, the Oriental Pavilion and the cellars. These flames, too, are loaded with meaning; they are evocative and protective. Celebrations trap us in the heart of such staging, heightening what may be on our mind... Some rules must prevail over such set designs. From table plans to dress code via floral arrangements, we absolutely have to bow down to a certain number of customs, and to etiquette, if we hope to see the magic come into play...
The stunning choreography of the fireworks display creates a dramatic narrative of sound, rhythm, and color that gives rise to an experience of wonder and enchantment. At Vallery, the fire from the fireworks intensifies the majesty of the property by igniting the ruins, the ancient postern, and the dovecot, from the rose garden all the way to the great chestnut tree. This magnificent display transforms the landscape before your eyes, changing the shape of every rock and tree with each new color, casting long shadows upon the oak trees lining the edge of the forest.
The fireworks combined with the starry nights of Burgundy create a dreamlike and whimsical sky that outshines the moon. Try if you can to follow the light, shining for a moment on a wayward knight only to be found next to the ramparts a moment later. The fireworks display at The Château de Vallery makes romantics out of all of us, as the light reverberates back to an antediluvian past.
...and the wedding-blues
Weddings at Château de Vallery begin, at first, as a series of images that quickly transform into amazing memories. No words can truly capture the experience of a wedding at Château de Vallery, any writer would find it indescribable and it remains unmatched as one of the most romantic castles in France. It would be impossible to imagine a more beautiful location for your wedding.
Vallery is a place where different traditions and cultures meet, where they come together to marry and respect each other. Vallery is built from tradition and the celebration of marriage is considered by the Château to be the most sacred of those traditions.
Pictures of wedding receptions at the chateau
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In Vallery, there may be times for contemplation in perfect harmony with nature. The sycamore with seven trunks, formerly known as the tree of meditation, remembers a flowered huppah dangling in the shade of its celestial branches one sunny afternoon, like an ephemeral canopy. There are many such "green theatres" here to soothe the soul, such as the leafy rose garden, the orchard harbouring two caryatids in stone and moss, a clearing at Buddha’s feet, and the shade of a four-hundred-year-old oak tree.
The rose garden stands on the very spot where the old tithe barn used to be, and has inherited its walls. The fascination exerted by walled gardens dates back to medieval times. The trelliswork in the arched gallery has long since disappeared, as if strangled by the wisteria. Box and hornbeam set the tone in this green theatre, sculpting the landscape.
Dazzling, dizzying and ephemeral actors take centre stage here all year round. They bud and bloom, harbouring the colours and the fragrances of lily, fig, dog rose, clematis, lavender, laurel, honeysuckle, jasmine and hollyhock, and roses from Damascus, Cyprus and Marrakech. Vines tangle and snake beneath the conniving gaze of Bacchus. Crystal waters gurgle skittishly out of his mouth to flow from pool to pool.
Further on stands a string of small gardens known as the Closerie. Each one is a masterpiece dotted with sculptures and proudly sporting parterres of camellias, rhododendrons, azaleas and hydrangeas. It is pleasant to stroll among fragrant plants born of the heath.
Pictures of the rooms for weddings
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A"celebration" captures all the quivering gold of the night, freedom, wine, beautiful dresses, passion, the arts and unknown savours, the smell of wax, lily and rose, celestial music and tribal rythms, the promise of the dawn and a little of our soul, dizzied to feel lost in this maze of fascination.
When evening falls, everything at Vallery seems to float in shades of grey and gold: from the Rose Garden beneath the ramparts to the grounds dazzling in the flames of a thousand torches. Later, when night is not quite night but the sun is still hiding below the horizon, the last notes of music fade beneath the vaulted ceiling of the Grande Galerie. Then, as if by magic, silhouettes and ochres appear, sketched out by a play of awaking shadows, stretching, immense. If one consents to fall under the spell, to leave all certitudes behind, to become detached from any culture, one has a chance of experiencing change from within and leaving this citadel steeped in an exquisite serenity.
After being plunged into oblivion for centuries, the château is sparkling once again late into the night. Exalted by this unexpected rebirth thanks to renovations and embellishments, the château dedicates its fine new reputation to its artists and particularly to the photographers and videomen who immortalized him beneath the star-studded Burgundy sky.
May these flames continue to burn and this spirit to reign! May this land resonating with the sound of galloping knights live on! It seems moved by the vows of today’s young lovers. Time stands still here, losing itself in the unfathomable and marvellous maze of our emotions. Elsewhere it would take flight...