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Kimraj and Sherry: Marvellous
My girlfriend and I recently returned from our first major vacation to Paris, France where we have spent 10 beautiful days. We've been together for five years and I wanted to propose but I wanted to do something very special for her. Since she was from France and couldn't stop talking about the place I figured there's no better place than the city of love. Being together that long, I needed to pull out all the stops. I knew clearly how I wanted to pop the question but I just needed the perfect setting to pull it off...... I wanted to blow her mind so I started to do some research on castles situated in France since she's into fairy tales. While surfing the web, I came across Chateau-de-Challain. After reading several reviews and numerous visits to the web site, I realized it could have made the perfect setting and would blend well with my ideas so I decided to contact the owner by the name of Cynthia. With very limited knowledge in French language, I was delighted to know she was from North America and spoke English, what a relief! After explaining my ideas to her, we started working on the proposal almost one year in advance... being a perfectionist; I wanted everything to be done perfectly for the special day. When planning the trip, I told my girlfriend I needed at least one day out of our schedule to visit the country side of France as I've seen it on television and it looked so beautiful. She knew I liked nature so she agreed for one day only. For months prior to the grand trip, she kept asking "where in the country side are we going"? I would respond "I don't know, I will decide eventually, just give me a map of..."

Wednesday, 14 April 2010
Melissa: I dont have words!
Cynthia, I've been trying to think of the words to adequately describe my appreciation for you since before we even left your chateau. I still don't have the words, but until then I want you to know that I'm so grateful for everything you've done for us. Memories of the day keep coming back to me and with each time, my appreciate for you grows boundlessly. Despite the look on my face, I believe I took in as much of the beauty of the day as I could. I kept hearing Jason compare you to a life saver and other things to that extent. I didn't understand initially, but as our wedding day progressed I came to understand that you truely are amazing. I'm sure that because of you, I was not aware of everything that was happening around me as I was getting ready, but I was aware of enough to know that you were creating and protecting an environment that I desperately needed. As I continue to come to a better memory and understanding of the day, I am in shock and awe of the grace and ease with which you handled everything and everyone. It was very apparent, even in the craziness of my mental state and behind the blur of my tears, that you had a knowledge, understanding, and control of everything and were working for Jason and my best interests. Every bride and groom need a Cynthia Nicholson! Thank you so much for EVERYTHING!!! Melissa P.S. I keep saying that I wish I was able to spend more time with Rebecca. For only the few minutes that I did have with her, she was loads of fun.

Wednesday, 14 April 2010
Nia and Dai Powell: Chateau weddings in France
Hi Rebecca, Thank you so much for making mine and Dai's wedding day so special. You really made us feel welcome and it was a shame we had to leave so soon. It was lovely to have you as our wedding planner and I couldnt have wished for a nicer person to carry out our wedding. We will have to keep in touch and if you ever want to come to wales for a holiday just let me know. Hope yo speak to you soon and thanks again for making our day so special. I have placed a thank you card in the post to you also as I just cant thank you all enough. Speak to you Soon Nia Love xx

Thursday, 24 September 2009
Melissa Ternes and Jim Bonnet: Dear All
Dear Cynthia, Jean-Marie et Fabien, Jim & I would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the most lovely & fabulous visit to Chateau Challain. Every single thing was perfect! The delicious meals, the beautifully appointed rooms, the lovely flower arrangements, the champagne, the tours....we simply cannot say enough about how wonderful everything was. However, the thing that added the most to our wedding was the beautiful people...Jean-Marie & Fabien, you are jewels and we appreciate your kindness & all that you did to make the entire weekend incredible! We can't stop raving about our entire experience and we will most definitely plan to visit again in the future. Please also pass along our thanks to Therese and Bridgette! You all were amazing & have given us an experience that was above & beyond what we ever dreamt! Hope you enjoy the photos-there are some great ones! With our kindest regards, Melissa Ternes & Jim Bonnet

Tuesday, 14 July 2009
Maciej and Anna: Cant believe it was real.
Dear Rebekah, We got back to Poland succesfully last Sunday evening, although with some troubles, most on the Paris end of the highway at payment gate it was incredible bottleneck. Had to go back to work Monday and now I cannot believe it was real. I remember staying at your place like a dream.. :) It was the best part of our visit in France - no hurry, no visiting, no tourists, beautiful and charming place. We dind't have ocassion to say it to you, but we engaged during this trip to France, pity I didn't wait till visit to you, but howether when we recall our engagement we remember mostly your place - so calm, so romantic, so beautiful, so adequate for it. It was most romantic part of our visit to France. Pictures from our visit to you are marvelous. We send you some. Zeus was great. How is the bat? Hope come back in the future to this marvelous plase, please remember to contact us if you would like or would have ocassion to visit to Poland. Best regards for You and Zeus Maciej and Anna

Tuesday, 14 July 2009
Bram Polack: Hi Cynthia,
Just a short thank you for our wonderful stay at Chateau de Challain. Your castle made our honeymoon extra special and unforgettable. We will definitely come back with family and friends. Many compliments for the amazing place you made of this castle and surroundings. Many thanks. Kind regards, Bram Polak

Friday, 19 September 2008
David and Sheridan: Prospective castle wedding brides
We had been searching for the perfect location for our wedding for about 4 months: the moment we saw Chateau Challain we knew we had found it. Cynthia made us feel welcome and confident about how our day there would be a success. Importantly for us, we were given a lot of freedom to plan the details of the day exactly how we wanted it. It turned out to be the magical day we hoped it would be and more. Chateau Challian is so much more than just a beautiful castle and park. Too many venues are a mere pretty shell devoid of any character, whilst Chateau Challain is full of the intricate details, furnishings, knick-knacks, curiosities and embellishments that you would associate with the historic family home it is. On our wedding day we felt it was OUR castle, solely for our pleasure and of our families and friends. The castle and grounds also give many fabulous opportunities for amazing photography to help keep the memories strong. Cynthia and her staff were there but in the background and just let us get on with it. We would heartily recommend Chateau Challain to any prospective brides and grooms. David & Sheridan

Thursday, 15 May 2008
Connor Vermeer: Hello Cynthia
We had two wonderful nights in the chateau!! The room was perfect, the dinners amazing and everything went as i hoped (for example my girlfriend said YES :) . Unfortunately we forgot to write something in the guestbook, I'm sorry for that. I would also like to give my compliments about the staff. Both ladies were very friendly and very very helpful. Thank you also for the option of staying an extra night. We didn't do it only because we still had to drive for 8 hours and still wanted to visit our parents and tell them the good news before going to work on Monday. Thank you again for making my proposal everything my girlfriend hoped it would be. I will surely recommend your chateau to anyone who wants to do something of this sort. With kind regards, Connor Vermeer

Wednesday, 14 November 2007
Liz and Eric: Sorry
Dear Cynthia, Sorry, had a slight technical problem with the computer which seems to be OK now. Thank you so much once again for another memorable weekend at the Chateau - it was so relaxing and we were made to feel so much at home. The dinner at Simon's Saturday night was simply fabulous. James and Zeus were like long lost friends and they was very content Sunday evening curled up in front of the fire with us in the kitchen, (Zeus and James). I would also like to take the opportunity to say an enormous thankyou for our magnificent wedding at your Chateau. Our friends just can't stop talking about it, I guess we'll just have to do the same over again each year! not to mention the weekends in between. No but seriously, it was wonderful to have all the stress of organizing a wedding eliminated - for once, I only had to concentrate on myself. This, of course, all taken care of by you personally and we were all made to feel incredibly welcome and as for the buffet it was simply second to none and with those fabulous table settings and decoration everything looked a million dollars. I had to pinch myself that it was all real! and as for the elegant sumptuous bedrooms - wow! In short, there are no words good enough to describe the whole day, other than to say that you, Cynthia and you fairytale Chateau are the ultimate. It was a dream that we will treasure for the rest of our lives. It would be impossible to better this venue for a wedding, as I am sure all of your couples would no doubt agree. It really is possible to be a princess for the day. Will be in touch very soon. Take care, Love. Liz and Eric.

Wednesday, 12 September 2007
Lise and Tor Magnus Stoker: Wedding at the Chateau
One evening in the beginning of 2007 we discovered this amazing place on the web for wedding celebrations. We had looked for an untraditional wedding (compared to Norwegian tradition and standards) for quite a while. Rapidly we decided to make our own wedding celebrations in what seemed to be a fantastic fairytale surrounding. This was our, an especially the brides dream weeding to come true. So we contacted the wedding planner, Cynthia with our request and quickly got a positive answer for the 30th of June 2007. Friends and family members was rather surprised when they got the invitation for a wedding in France and the expectations grew... "Wedding at a chateau in France, who would have thought!?" was the common phrase we heard. We kept the name to our self so that the invited guests would not find more information about the location. This only increased their curiosity... All the wedding coordination was settled at forehand and a contract was orderly and easily cooperated and completed with Cynthia. Thursday the 28th of June we were greeted by the warm and friendly Cynthia and her lovely daughter. Our nervousness and fear of what to expect felt instantly gone by this lovely family we met for the first time. After a tour at the chateau we coordinated the last preparations easily and quickly to our great relief. The bride, Lise felt that Cynthia was on top of the situation and calmed her instantly. The guest arrived filled with anticipation at the chateau Friday the 29th of June. Everybody was gathered for information regarding the wedding and the surroundings. Saturday the 30th of June - wedding day; Our wedding day started with a warm and lovely breakfast in the Romance suite early at 0730 a.m. At 0900 we had a guided wine tour to an amazing wine museum held by a form Dutchman named Theo.

Saturday, 30 June 2007
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