December 2004

The XVth century château, venue of this outstanding celebration

Friends from America, England and France, gathered to celebrate a wedding and enjoy an afternoon’s hare hunting in the foggy countryside of the Sologne-Berry regionof France.  Probably, no doubt, the best wedding party ever attended by all the guests who were keen hunters.  For Nick de Toldi’s page on the wedding please click here.


Special thanks for the excellent  pictures courtesy of Ben Eden Wedding photography – London – Paris – Rome – New York. The wedding was featured in Grace Ormonde Wedding Style Magazine.

The bride, the music, and members of “the field”, getting prepared for the ceremony…

The escorted bride walks to the chapel…

Just married, and the new husband soon shows his real personality chasing the poor bride !

A well deserved (but solemn) cup of champagne, eventually sealed the alliance…

and soon it was time to join the kennel to meet the participants of the second ceremony…

it is a special day, but things must be done seriously says the Master, explaining plans of attack…

To do things seriously, a good start in France, is often a good picnic…

And no worries ! Things ARE done seriously !

but the stirrup shot is soon swallowed…

and the count says, “Mesdames et messieurs, we will attack behind ‘la Garenne’…”

“En selle!”  (It’s time to be in the saddle).

To line the forest road in pursuit of the quarry…

The hunt has started rather quickly, producing a moment of uncertainty…

not an uncommon situation afield, and the party is not loosing hope…

though things may not be as easy as expected…

Tally Ho!  I think I hear the hounds!

Taïaut ! The field joins the hunt again, but will the hunt join the quarry soon ?

Congratulations monsieur le comte!  It’s been really tough in this weather, but it went well…

Another well deserved cup of champagne in front of the fire is required to recover before dinner…

and in the night, the château is getting prepared for new feasts.

Guests interested by literature will like to know that Alain Fournier was born in the nearby village of La Chapelle d’Angillon. The château inspired the cover painting of the book and probably also the manor in the woods of the mysterious feast where le grand Meaulnes met mademoiselle and Frantz de Gallais for the first time.

Adapted from a tale by our friend and wedding planner, Nick de Toldi, with credits to our photographer Ben Eden.