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29350 Moëlan sur Mer
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Marriages made in Breizh
Brittany ……… Arrogantly jutting out to the ocean with its rocky inlets, forests, rolling hills, ponds and heather-carpeted moors Brittany is truly a land of legend and romance. A region, which has inspired artists since the beginning of time, which will provide the perfect setting for your romantic wedding. Little wonder that a growing number of British brides-to-be are looking lovingly across the Channel and dreaming of a fairy-tale wedding in the Breton countryside.
For some it will be more than a dream. In fact, the appeal of taking those vows here in Brittany is becoming something of a trend – something Jacquie-Althia and Jean-Michel are promoting. Such is the success of their cookery holidays; they extended their home to include five extra en-suite bedrooms and a bridal suite plus an enormous conservatory dining room with panoramic views over the estuary. In 2011 they started offering a complete wedding package, even arranging for the happy occasion to be conducted in English so everyone feels at home.
Jean-Michel says “These days many brides want to be different and destination weddings are the latest trend. It is far more exciting to take family and friends to a foreign country, whilst Caribbean beach weddings are popular; they are not often practical for a wedding attended by more than a handful of people. And the packages on offer are not flexible enough. This is where Brittany triumphs – far enough away to be individual and appealing, yet close enough for any number of guests to attend without costing a fortune to get here.”
To that end Jean and Jacquie have arranged a special deal with their good friends at Brittany Ferries for those using their new wedding service; just tell them you require a ferry booking and they will ask Brittany Ferries to provide you with a quotation.
Feuneteun Velen, a very large converted farmhouse set on the southern tip of Brittany, near Möelan-sur Mer, overlooking the Bay of Biscay and the Aven-Belon estuary, already renowned for its cookery holidays and excellent cuisine, has since 2011, hosted weddings for groups of 20 to 75 people.
What helps make it extra special for such occasions is their unique and beautiful gardens with a background of natural arcs of mature pine trees and a lighthouse on the headland, where the blessings will be conducted.
“Our idea at Feuneteun Velen is that the wedding party takes over the whole place for around four nights and treat it as their own" says Jacquie-Althia. "So it's more intimate and relaxing than a hotel, especially as the wedding can be as formal or informal as the couple wants."
A wedding that lasts longer than the usual few hours also gives guests the chance to get to know each other.
"We are happy to provide a barbecue or garden party the night before the wedding so that everyone can meet up before the big day. And on the day after the wedding we will organise a picnic on our deserted beach, just a five minute walk from the farmhouse."
The accommodation at Feuneteun Velen offers a choice of six luxurious en-suite rooms, sleeping up to fourteen guests. If the wedding party is larger the remainder of the guests can be accommodated by our good friends at Les Moulins du Duc, a beautiful hotel just a twenty minute drive.
“Jean-Michel and I will take care of all the arrangements," Jacquie explains. "Everything from florists and hairdressers to catering and music, and it doesn't matter whether it's a religious or non-religious service that's required.”
"Never in a million years did we expect to become wedding planners - and there's a huge amount to do - but we love it. It will give us great pleasure to help the happy couple have a stress-free, romantic day they'll never forget" says Jean-Michel
Hopefully, guests will arrive three or four days ahead of the blessing to give themselves time to explore nearby Breton attractions such as Pont Aven, Kemperle, the walled town at Konk Kerne and the cathedral at Kemper, around 45 minutes to an hour from Feuneteun Velen.
Your special day in Brittany, amongst landscapes that seem to have been decorated by Merlin, will be unforgettable! Your wedding will be surrounded by the magic and romance only a wedding in Brittany can promise.