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Love,

for most of us, is a very personal concept. We believe that although what we feel is universal, it is at the same time customized specifically for us and towards the person that our love is aimed at. The truth is that the concept of love itself is relatively new — at least when looking at it as a part of human culture.

The first to give romantic love a name were the Greeks, calling it “Eros.” However, romantic love didn’t actually become a popular concept until the medieval ages. During this period of roughly 1,000 years, the concept of romantic love formulated and spread through European culture, but nevertheless was not yet considered to be necessary for marriage; only during the Victorian period did romantic love become a prerequisite for marrying someone.
Love is a wonderful thing :-)
So if not for love, for what reason did people marry? Originally, marriages were not by choice, but rather by arrangement or by capture. When men raided other villages, farms or castles, they would capture the women and take them as brides. Even more common were marriages formed in order to strengthen business relationships or to create political alliances.

Dowries were also strong motivators, but until the 5th century, the idea of loving someone and marrying them for this sole purpose was unheard of. Romantic love, which fully blossomed during the Victorian Era during the 19th century, has basically remained an important concept in western culture today. We have even gone a step further – the bride and groom want a destination wedding such as a romantic beach weddings in Tenerife, Spain.

The relationship between a man and woman

Nevertheless, the concept of the relationship between a man and woman has changed. Overlooking the whole gay marriage movement, the concept of marriage itself has begun to change. Nowadays many believe marriage to be a rather archaic concept, one that no longer fills a cultural void.

Tradition has in the past played a significant role in cultures all over the world. While in many parts of the world, tradition remains the main guiding light, in the most developed countries the importance of tradition has dwindled and the tradition of marriage, specifically, has begun to transform.

Peoples’ ideals have shifted and a culture that was once focused on family and togetherness now revolves around the concept of independence. The priority of human beings for centuries has been to begin a family — to procreate. That, I believe, is no longer the case — generally.

Are we focusing on ourselves

Most people — especially those living in an urban setting — have shifted their focus from the family ideal to a more egocentric way of Harmoni and lovethinking and of living. While during the Victorian Era, many found the idea of finding a lover and starting a family to care for as their sole purpose in life, many of today’s youth shudder at the idea.

If we look at this closely, we will notice a pattern: our culture is slowly cycling back to the days prior to the Medieval period; we are resorting back to the days when our focus was on ourselves. The main difference is that during those days of yonder, marriage between a man and woman brought with it many monetary and/or political gains. Today, marrying to get ahead in life is rare.

Because our culture focuses so much on independence and on self-improvement, many people prefer to make their fortune themselves rather than marry into it. Not to mention that the richest of the rich tend to carry a prenup in their back pocket, just in case.

Will you marry for happiness

If you aren’t going to marry for profit, then you will marry for happiness. This, however, brings another problem. The current dominant vRomantic Chateau wedding at Hattonchatel Chateau in Franceiew on marriage is that it leads to tension within the relationship, leading to a separation and much unhappiness. But we are often getting married again after a divorce – we are looking for happiness!

We love our freedom and tying the knot leaves us feeling tied down. If we look at the divorce rate, we will notice that this idea is not so farfetched. I honestly believe that marriage is becoming such a deterrent because people are becoming more and more afraid of divorce.

Divorce causes pain, misery, monetary loss and is seen as a significant setback to living a happy life. So, we are beginning to avoid the possibility of divorce by avoiding marriage altogether. This is not to say that we are boycotting relationships. We do and always will date — what passes for dating these days is rather sad, but I will try to refrain from going off on this tangent.

Romantic and exclusive Gazebo weddings in Tenerife, Spain

The main problem that I see with the way most of us are living our lives these days is that while we cherish our independence and prefer to focus on bettering ourselves as people, we have been exposed to romantic love and romantic places such as Clansani Venues in Tenerife where many wedding couples has booked their romantic wedding ceremony or tend to go for a romantic honeymoon. For all of you that have experienced that magic of falling in love, you will surely agree that there is no other feeling like it in the world.

Does our culture still focuses on romantic love

Our culture still focuses on romantic love and for this reason it is embedded in our minds. I don’t believe this is a bad thing — we ought to focus on love. Just imagine how it would be to declare your love and propose to your loved one in one of the beautiful wedding castles in France such as Hattonchâtel Château. The only issue is that many people get lost in their independence. They live alone for so long, that the idea of marriage and finding love seems to become an impossibility. These people tend to resort to saying: “marriage just isn’t for me.”

There isn’t a single thing about marriage itself that ought to deter anyone from getting married. All it is is a piece of paper and a promise. Those who resort to such line of thought rather not admit to themselves that they have lived alone for so long that they believe themselves to have become incapable of sharing their lives with another. Whether or not this is true, I cannot say for sure since I am not in this situation.

The wedding picture from FranceDo you avoid love

The one thing I can say is that love ought to remain cherished because it is the one concept in this world that remains untainted. As of now, our culture has resorted back to the days of pillaging — only that after we pick up a woman and use her, we don’t marry her; we send her on her way. Love can be a scary thing — or rather the loss of it can be.

Living in fear is no way to live. The concept of marriage fading doesn’t bother me as much as people avoiding love for the fear of being hurt or having to break a promise. You need a bit of pain and suffering in your life in order to experience joy and happiness.

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Beautiful castle wedding venues in France

Last September my wife and I spent five nights in the romantic bridal suite and Honeymoon Suite at the Gothic-style castle in Hattonchâtel Château. We were going to get married in France and had chosen this exciting and private castle to celebrate our special wedding day.

Getting married again

We arrived in the small French village Hattonchâtel Friday morning and picked up the key at the house of the keeper of the castle. He and his wife just live next to it. It was the first time we were about to sleep in a real authentic castle, we never had this kind of experience before and, accordingly, were very excited.
The reason of our stay was our wedding celebration. Though we already got married in Toscana, Italy in May 2010 we decided to celebrate it a second time with family and friends who did not make the trip to Italy. But this time it was only a small and intimate wedding since we had invited only 29 wedding guests but we went through the whole wedding ceremony again – starting in the small church next to the Castle.

Renting the castle includes wedding exclusivity

We got the key from the keeper of the castle and our extraordinary time traveling adventure was about to begin. The castle is situated at the far end of the little village. We entered through the big iron door and stood inside the yard and garden with a wonderful view over the countryside and the lake named “Lac de Madine”. In addition you will see a large water basin right in front of you and beautiful flowers await you where ever you turn. By hiring the castle we had exclusivity the weekend where we were celebrating our wedding which was absolutely fabulously – we surely enjoyed the castle stay with our family and closest friends.

The castle wedding was held on the Saturday and it was the perfect wedding venue indeed and the wedding settings was just stunning. The staff was professional and very helpful and we were very happy for having decided to stay the first couple of days  after the wedding at the wedding castle as the beginning of our romantic honeymoon in France. After we had finished our Castle honeymoon we went to the French capital Paris and stayed at The hotel Ritz, they offered a special budget honeymoon package for newly wed couples.
We have stayed at many different hotels worldwide but never at an old romantic castle. It was an unforgettable experience. Unfortunately the castle stay was too short and that taken into account that we spent the rest of our honeymoon in Paris “The city of light”. Once you taste that lifestyle – staying in an authentic & historic Castle – you can really get used to it.

The Bridal- & Honeymoon suite is located in the upper tower at the end of a long corridor on the first floor. To the left on the ground floor there is a magnificent large dining room with a romantic fire place where sofas invite you to relax. To the right there are the breakfast and reading salons and the bibliotheca. On the stone walls there are rich tapestries and paintings – it was indeed going to be a fairy tale wedding.

A bridal suite worthy of a princess

When we entered the bridal suite we were met with a bottle of Dom Pérignon Champagne on ice and a beautiful bouquet flowers and a basket of fresh fruits.
The Bridal suite itself consists of a beautiful bedroom with a fire place, nice tapestries, a wonderful wooden oak floor and a balcony. Furthermore, there is an adjacent salon with cozy armchairs and comfortable sofas. Finally there is an huge en-suite bathroom combing a modern state-of-the-art shower and a Victorian style bathtub. It is a perfect and peaceful place to relax and recover. The bed is very comfortable and inviting.

The Knights Hall – Le Grande Salle

The Knights Hall is steeped in French history, from its huge stone pillars to its imposing stone fireplace. Remnants of a forgotten era grace the walls from spears and shields to more unusual objects. The ambiance of the room is indescribable – you have to see it and more important you have to feel it! The Knights Hall is just next to the lawn with its classic fountain which is a perfect area for arrivals drinks and canapés.
The Hall was where we celebrated our wedding and had our wedding breakfast – later that night the stunning fireplace was lit, the fireplace has the mutable crackling sounds of burning wood and blinking light and the room was full of atmosphere which lifted the whole wedding party to another and new level. It was a very romantic Castle wedding and honeymoon location and the beautiful hide-away French Castle lived up fully to our wedding expectations.

Yours Sincerely
Eva & Patrick Christoph

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Sexy Fetterlein has finished his relationship to a beautiful lady – again

Single again – Tennis star Fetterlein & Charlotte Damberg has left each other

The handsome Frederik Fetterlein and Charlotte Damberg has just informed the press – separately, that they have gone from one another – and that they are singles from today. The very hot relationship lasted only for 8 months. It was agreed that Frederick should go to the south of Europe, Spain, where Charlotte currently is staying on holiday at the moment but that holiday or reunion has been canceled too.
Frederick’s desire for beautiful photo models and bright ladies were finally too much for Charlotte and she had to let Fred live his own life with disco,nightclubs, festivals and beautiful celebrities, who want a little more than just talking to the charming gentleman and former tennis star. It certainly was an expensive Christmas dinner and night out for the 40 years old star Fetterlein, who started the party at the nightclub Simons in Copenhagen with a black-haired beauty on his lap.

Love moves in mysterious ways

In the short time they were together in the hot love relationship they managed to move together, both in Copenhagen, Denmark, and in London, UK. They were also ring engaged and held a big party in Copenhagen to celebrate the big event. At the engagement party the celebrity Fetterlein gave Charlotte a beutiful diamond ring. She loves diamond rings – just like most beautiful or rich women does. And finally, the two celebrities had also arranged a beautiful and romantic castle wedding at Hattonchâtel Château in France, but now it’s all fallen into ruins.
The French hide away Castle is know from the television program “The Celebrities at the Castle”.

Charlotte certainly couldn’t stand the matter and pressure any longer – she only wanted to end the relationship with the womanizer and keep her dignity! Frederik does not know how to keep the fire Burning in a Relationship – he wants more and can’t stop himself from flirting with other women. He is the master of broken relationships.

It is not celebrity gossip!

We have spoken to one of the owners of the authentic French wedding Castle, Hattonchatel Château, the beautiful Norwegian businesswoman Anita Waage, who confirms that there is not going to be a romantic castle wedding for the Danish tennis celebrity Frederik Fetterlein this time.

Charlotte Damberg has confirmed towards the media and the press that the relationship has now finished. She has also changed her status on facebook to single again. Frederik’s status is still listed as “engaged”! Charlotte has gone to the south and sunny part of Tenerife or Gran Canaria on holiday, where she will recoup after the terrible Christmas week, where the two hot lovers relationship has been in question. Now we will see what the future will bring for the 2 singles!

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Beautiful wedding settings for winter & autumn weddings

Winter is the time to relax and having a good time with candlelight and lots of warm colours. Below are the inspiration for winter wedding table settings and hence table decorations.

The golden colours are perfect – both for a autumn wedding and a winter wedding in the snow

The purple colour creates peace and tranquillity and would look gorgeous on your wedding table.

The red colour may appear slightly Christmas like, but is nice with e.g. gold, white and green.


Lots of white can lead me to Dr. Zhivago … It is the perfect table setting for a beautiful winter wedding.
This will give you lots of inspiration to design and create your own wedding decorations.


Orange is a great fall colour and it suites a castle wedding perfectly

Lots of light – candles and ordinary light – Plus a little pine cones. And Christmas balls – that will guarantee you the perfect wedding table.

Choose your anniversary or wedding location

This is just a few of the possibilities you have when you choose to have your perfect wedding at the Danish Manor House or an intimate wedding or anniversary at the French hide-away Castle. A both wedding locations you will have a free wedding planner at your service.

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The tennis Celebrity Frederik Fetterlein chooses the authentic Castle Hattonchatel Chateau in the Lorraine region of France as his wedding venue and wedding destination for his forth-coming romantic Castle wedding.

This will not be the first time that Hattonchatel Chateau will have been in the spotlight and at the centre of the media´s attention. The fabulous venue played host to “The Celebrities at the Castle” broadcast on TV2 during June 2010 and will once again be under the scrutiny of the media´s eye when Frederik Fetterlein will marry 25-year-old girlfriend a CBS student, Charlotte Damberg in February 2011.

Danish celebrity getting married in France – getting married for the second time

This will be the second celebrity wedding for the 40-year-old playboy and tennis star. Frederik was previously married to Czech fashion model Theresa Maxova whom he married in March 2000 in Rungsted church in Denmark. Together they have a son, now 10 years old, who resides with his mother in Monaco.
In addition Frederik Fetterlein had a relationship to singer Saseline Sørensen and they have a 2-year-old child.

The former tennis star Frederik said, “This time I am more nervous than before and this time my marriage will last forever” adding “This is the last time!”   “We both decided to have a small, intimate but very romantic wedding for maximum 125 wedding guests staying at Hattonchatel Chateau over the weekend for a 3 day duration, during which time the wedding ceremony will take place. Their wedding guests are to include immediate family, close friends and a few famous faces too!

It is going to be very interesting to see which of the tennis celebrities the wedding couple are going to invite to the romantic wedding. Is tennis star Andy Murray, Tim Henman, former tennis star Bjørn Borg, Rafael Nadal, Catarina Lindqvist, Stefan Bengt Edberg, Peter Lundgren, Steffi Graf and Andre Agassi or Roger Federer on the wedding list ? By now we know that former Swedish tennis champion Magnus Norman, Kenneth Cals, Caroline Wozniacky, boxer Brian Holm and playboy and reality star Sidney Lee are invited and have said yes to the special wedding invitation.

Beautiful wedding venue

The couple fell in love with the castle wedding venue and were pleasantly surprised to find that their exclusive and romantic castle wedding when calculated was indeed a very reasonable price and in fact worked out cheaper for them to marry abroad rather than stay in Denmark!  Frederik spoke with the owners of the Chateau and thanked them for their involvement and mainly for being able to accommodate them at such a short notice. Frederik commented that he felt that this would be like a Royal Wedding!

The owners advised the couple that the facilities at the Chateau are such, that each and every wedding is tailor-made. They are able to offer full wedding services, all arrangements and catering. Or, they could simply be given the key to the Chateau and have “carte blanche.” This then enables wedding couples the organization, wedding decoration etc. at the Chateau and its beautiful castle grounds, and its facilities to be theirs where they are able to design their own individual wedding and cuisine!

Change of the Danish wedding destination to a wedding location abroad

The Danish celebrities Frederik & Charlotte had considered holding their romantic wedding in medieval castles in Jutland or Funen. Alas, they derived at their many decisions of when, where and how under the invaluable help, guidance and supervision of their professional wedding planner, Christel Winther. It was Christel who suggested a castle wedding at Hattonchatel Chateau as their venue for their special wedding day – it is just the perfect wedding location, according to the wedding organizer.

According to the Danish newspapers, Christel Winther will be very much involved in assisting the beautiful lady Charlotte in choosing her beautiful white wedding dress and bridal bouquet. Christel will also undertake table planning and wedding menu choices, guest lists, wedding flowers and wedding decoration of the local chapel, which is situated within a few minutes stroll from the wedding Castle.

Wedding at Hattonchatel Chateau

The wedding couple is said to be extremely happy and very exited about their destination wedding in France. They are very much looking forward to their own fairytale wedding in the romantic castle. The wedding castle with its magnificent ambiance and beautiful castle grounds and the stunning views will provide the bride & groom with picturesque wedding pictures and wedding memories for years to come!

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Wedding venue ideas

Your fairytale dreams – your dream wedding will come true when you are holding your romantic wedding in the spectacular buildings and landscape of a castle.  Castles are very unusual and special, historic and romantic and who doesn’t want to imagine they are King and Queen on their special wedding day? But there are a few points to bear in mind when considering a magnificent castle wedding venue for your location of choice.

Beautiful wedding castles

On the upsides, there are a great many castles available for rent for wedding ceremonies and wedding receptions so finding one for a small or a lavish wedding should not be very difficult. To find the right castle with an ambiance and a stunning view is another question?
There are those that can host religious services as well as civil, those that are actually hotels so can provide luxurious wedding accommodation and others with sumptuous wedding catering facilities.
In order to celebrate your wedding night the most you have to make sure that the wedding castle has a beautiful and romantic bridal suite with en-suite bathroom. It will not be a night to remember if you have to spend your wedding night in a normal bedroom!

Hire a  private castle for your wedding

Private castles offer complete privacy for your wedding, which is probably why the likes of Celebrities as  Guy and Madonna, Katie Holmes, Kevin Jonas and Joey Fatone, Tom Cruise, Kings and Queens and other royalty and other famous couples in general chose a private chateau such as Château Hattonchâtel for their luxury wedding venues. Make sure that you hire the private wedding castle exclusively and so you and your wedding guests can enjoy and relax in the castle and its grounds for several days.

Idyllic wedding locations

The stunning castle landscape including the idyllic surrounding countryside, the usual long private driveways, the stunning architecture and the huge grounds all provide excellent backdrops for the romantic wedding photographs.
Should the weather not be on your side, even internally the grand halls and imposing staircases could be used. Decorating the entrance and formal rooms of the castle can be kept simple with white fabric and linen and beautiful flower arrangements as the features of the castle itself provide the best decoration.
You could even have a medieval themed wedding at a castle and dress in a period wedding dress and hire period entertainment such as jesters and sword fighters to complete the occasion.

Beautiful destination weddings in Europe

There are of course potential downsides to your wedding day at the castle – location generally being the largest. Most beautiful wedding castles are in France so for those bridal parties from the UK, Scotland or Wales, there will be the added expense of travelling.
You then need to find a castle that is quite accessible from major airports or train lines. It is best to visit your short list of locations before committing to one, so this will entail more travelling costs. A few castles offer you a free weekend trip to the castle in order to see the location and to find out if  a castle wedding suits you – the bride and groom. This is a very nice gesture and it shows that the company is serious.
If you chose to get married out side the peak season or may be during week days you will probably get a discount which helps to keep the wedding costs down.
Luxury castle weddings are also becoming more and more popular so you will need to book early to secure your favourite location. Make sure you check that the castle is licensed for weddings so that you can hold both the ceremony and reception in the same location.

Castle accommodation and other requirements

You will also want to find out if the castle helps with booking our hotel accommodation if there is not sufficient castle accommodation. Watch out for any requirements you may need to meet to have exclusive use of the castle during your stay, such as to fill out the castle accommodation or for your wedding guests to stay a minimum number of nights. Does the château offer special wedding packages or a free wedding planner like Château Hattonchâtel so that you can avoid having to organise church, caterers, florists, musicians etc.  from a distance?

Getting married in a castle

Castle wedding venues will provide a magical and historic location for you to start your new life as husband and wife. The bride will achieve her life long wedding dream of being a princess for her big wedding day and the unique wedding memories the castle will create will be treasured forever. Just make sure you do your research and find the French castle that is right for you and your wedding budget.

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Roses for weddings and celebrations

One of the most revered and popular flowers ever is the rose. Roses are incredibly versatile flowers that come in myriad colours, sizes and varieties. They make wonderful gifts for any occasion from weddings, weekend breaks, celebrating the birth of a baby, honouring Mom on Mother’s Day or memorialising someone who has passed away.
There are hundreds of different types of roses and many have special meaning based on tradition or lore. If you are like many people, you love the way roses look, smell and hold up in a variety of conditions. With just a bit more research, you can choose a gift that is not only sweet, but also very meaningful to the person you love and who receives them.

Colour usually dictates the meaning behind different roses. Some of these include:

– Red – Love, Romantic Love, Passion

– Deep Burgundy – Beauty

– White – Purity and Innocence. For brides, white roses mean “Happy Love”

– Pink – “Thank you”, Gentleness, Grace

– Light Pink – Sympathy, Joy, Sweetness

– Yellow – Friendship, Promise, Remember Me, Jealousy

– Orange – Desire, Enthusiasm

– Red and White (together) – Unity

– Red and Yellow (together) – Happy Feelings

– Peach – Sincerity, Gratitude

– Coral – Feelings of Desire

– Lavender – Enchantment

– Blue – Unattainable

Roses as wedding bouquet

As for different rose varieties, your florist can help you find the perfect rose for every occasion but a classic choice is always the long-stemmed rose. They make a dramatic statement and can be arranged in a tall vase or trimmed down for shorter, more understated look. Loose stems can be put into a vase for an instantly beautiful, striking addition to any room or office and are virtually foolproof when it comes to arrangement of these flowers. When placed with sleek greenery or elegant calla lilies, the affect becomes even more intense and stunning than a single-flower arrangement. A hand-tied rose flower bouquet / wedding bouquets can also be carried over one arm for special events such as graduations, proms, débutante balls and unique castle weddings. And rose sprays are mainstays at funerals and memorial services.

Tell someone you love them, want them, need them, think they are beautiful or feel gratitude for them with the gift of roses and you have made a fantastic choice. The universal appeal and femininity of roses is in sharp contrast with the flower’s thorny stems and hearty nature. Perhaps this is part of the appeal for rose lovers. Just like people, roses are not what they seem at first glance and offer admirers more than meets the eye.

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