Dick Strawbridge recalls compromise he made for his and Angel’s wedding ‘We had no choice’

Escape to the Chateau: Angel praises Dick's work in 2016

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Dick Strawbridge and Angel Adoree moved to Pays de la Loire in France six years ago after deciding they wanted the challenge of renovating a 19th-century chateau. The couple welcomed 200 guests to their new home in 2015 for their wedding but Escape to the Chateau’s Dick admitted the couple had yet to completely transform the grand property and were forced into making some compromises for the occasion.

On the big day, the couple became husband and wife at the local registry office but hosted a reception at The Chateau. 

Dick and Angel welcomed old friends as well as new friends they’d made along their renovation journey on the Channel 4 show. 

One of The Chateau’s London plumbers said: “This is amazing, to see how it’s transformed from the start.”

“Thank you for giving us your men, we used them enough,” Dick remarked. “It’s a bit of a change since the last time [you were here].

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The builders and plumbers agreed The Chateau had been totally transformed from when the couple first purchased the derelict building. 

However, Dick was forced to make an announcement regarding a compromise he’d made before the guests could enjoy their meals.

He said: “You may notice that we’ve done a lot of work with this place, lots more to do. 

“On your plates, you’ve got a knife, fork and spoon, that is your cutlery for eight courses.

“We had a choice between plaster or buying soup spoons that’s the fact of life!”

“Have a lovely meal and I hope you enjoy yourself,” Dick continued. 

In the lead up to their big day, Dick was busy fixing the building’s sewage symptom just weeks before guests arrived.

The Escape to the Chateau star received a vital report on how the building should depose of its waste. 

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He explained under French law you need to find a way to get rid of waste in a green and clean way within 18 months of purchasing a property. 

But, in true Escape to the Chateau fashion, the sewage system was finished with just days to spare. 

Dick said: “We had to get it done before the wedding, it was a bit hit and miss but we got there in the end.”

Meanwhile, Angel helped to set up The Orangery which is just one of the seven outbuildings on the 12-acre plot. 

The Orangery was where the 200 wedding guests enjoyed their meals and the lady of the house was in charge of making sure everything went according to plan. 

“Everyone has their names on the napkins, it’s always those little things that people remember,” Angel remarked.

As she decorated the tables, she added: “I always get too excited at this point and don’t have any space for food.”

Luckily, Dick and Angel’s wedding was a huge success and the couple hosted an extravagant reception. 

Escape to the Chateau is available to watch on All4.

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