La Femme In Festive Mood

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'La Femme in Festive Mood' fashion story on location at Château de Bagnols.

The moment Kent and I stepped in to our Aux Bouquets suite; I was immediately taken by the charms of a bygone era.

The Renaissance murals, Gothic fireplace and period furniture… Amongst them all an antique oak long table standing against a wall of ancient bouquet frescoes. In my mind that table transported me to a joyful, festive scene… I imagined glorious displays of food covering an entire medieval feasting table and people gathering in their fine attire eating and drinking; dancing to live music and celebrating a great banquet.

'La Femme in Festive Mood' fashion story on location at Château de Bagnols.

While a whole pig or roasted peacock was out of question; silver goblets and other vessels would need to be replaced by the available wine glasses from Château de Bagnols… I was inspired! I was inspired by the jolly scenes I had in my head. But it was not until Kent and I made the trip to the nearby 15th-century town Le Bois-d’Oingt to shop (details here), that this fantasy photoshoot could be realised.

'La Femme in Festive Mood' fashion story on location at Château de Bagnols. Wedding gown photography by Kent Johnson.

When we returned we had lunch then we set up the table. To give the scene a ‘twist’, everything was placed on the Château’s own monogrammed china. To capture a cavalier spirit, I shared the passion of a barefooted gypsy woman, a gitane – not dancing on the table, simply sitting there enjoying the bounty of the food and wine. Checking on our pictures, it turned out that, too much food on the table was not such a good photographic look, so we took some away; we also moved the classic lamp from one end to the other so ‘it doesn’t block the light’. ‘Was the lamp even necessary?’ Well we decided to keep it there as another higher compositional element on the table was required. ‘And we like the warm light it adds.’ Kent insisted. Well that’s some of the technical considerations which make the pictures more compelling.

'La Femme in Festive Mood' fashion story on location at Château de Bagnols. Wedding gown photography by Kent Johnson.

Our shoot was fun, with beautiful food, local French produce around me, I didn’t need more encouragement to be delightful! I was particularly pleased with our use of that long table. The close up of the centuries old murals makes me a very happy woman; what other way am I going to keep those memories forever?!!

'La Femme in Festive Mood' fashion story on location at Château de Bagnols. Wedding gown photography by Kent Johnson.

So It’s a wrap! While Kent was putting his equipment away, I took a big bite of that raspberry tart in my hand – finally! I walked towards the window, leaned on the balconette and saw young girls carrying baskets of cherries to the kitchen from the Château’s own orchard… ‘Must be preparing 1217’s cherry jam!’ I’m not sure if it was the set of our shoot or the laughter and camaraderie of those basket carrying girls. It was only our second day at the Château and my spirit was dancing in celebration.

'La Femme in Festive Mood' fashion story on location at Château de Bagnols. Wedding gown photography by Kent Johnson.

Photography / Kent Johnson
Styling / Vivienne Shui

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6 COMMENTS

  1. joie de viv_re…!!!…make me think that a “chinese dry duck” swanning around the swimming hole invented the turn of phrase, swimming costume…xox0z

    • Hello Indigo, it was nice meeting you and thank you for visiting my blog! I’m glad that my Chinese Dry Duck story entertains you! Cheers~ X

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