If you were mistakenly born outside of France, then this Chateau de Varennes workshop is for you. Dreamed up by the talented Sylvie Gil Photography, it’s unique pairing of vintage elements and modern details (thanks to the stylings of Jesse Tombs) will have you daydreaming about a trip across the pond pronto. Until then, you can see every beautiful detail in The Vault! P.S. Stay tuned for Part II
From Jesse Tombs… Chateau De Varennes, located in the Burgundy region of France has hundreds of years of history. Built almost 400 years ago and recently named by CNN and Luxworldwide among the top ten best wedding venues in the world it called for a decor story that was laden with luxury and albeit history.
With 70’s vintage walking the most current red carpets and runways of Europe, I decided to focus my design on the era of excess, bold prints, color, texture and unusual fabrics. Inspiration was found from current collections from Gucci’s newly anointed creative director Frida Giannini and Nicolas Ghesquiere, creative director of Louis Vuitton. Colors were also pulled from images of vintage 70’s fashion magazines such as Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.
When designing a wedding, I pull inspiration, quirks and unique customized ideas from my clients personal life, history as a couple, interests, passions and family heritage; as this was a stylized shoot for the purpose of teaching photography, there was a lack of personal connection to a client per-say, which I didn’t want. I wanted the design to still read as something that a client
had helped me envision, something that felt authentic and real, and so a style story was born.
Photography: Sylvie Gil Photography | Floral Design: Holly Flora | Gown: Oscar De La Renta | Gown: Vera Wang | Shoes: Bella Belle | Jewelry: Styled By Two's Company | Jewelry: Bekah Anne | Rings: Trumpet & Horn | Makeup: Little Miss Make Up | Tuxedo: The Black Tux | Business Master: Richard Photo Lab | Chateau: Chateau de Varennes | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Lingerie: Girl with a Serious Dream | Lingerie: Claire Pettibone | Media Editor: Style Me Pretty | Other Attire: Gossamer | Paper Goods: Yonder Design | Rentals: La Boheme Deco | Ring Box: The Mrs Box | Stylist: Alison Events, LLC | Veil: Jannie Baltzer | Workshop Sponsor: Flutter Magazine
Every once and a while a wedding comes along that’s truly unlike anything we’ve ever seen. A wedding where style and heart intersect and cultural beauty reigns king. That very wedding is what’s about to unfold from the lens of Luna de Mare. The bride and groom sought to pay homage to their Arabic and Mexican heritage, and from the invites by Beacon Lane to the food and drink enjoyed by guests, no detail when untouched. Consider this gallery your guide to multicultural wedding perfection.
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From Luna de Mare… Located along the Central Coast of California, Sunstone Villa & Winery in Santa Ynez is the perfect backdrop for the wedding of your dreams. The peachy hues of French limestone, and lush grape vines in the vineyard offer a beautiful landscape as a setting for an al fresco experience. Melva & Ali chose to incorporate both their cultures into a blended affair, featuring Mariachis and Arabic Dancers. Their Ceremony took place at the Villa’s two giant Oak trees, with cascading Florals and Olive leaves in front of their closest friends and family, with a nod to both cultures.
Once the ceremony concluded, guests were ushered to the front lawn of the Villa, with Mariachi’s singing, as a nod to the Bride’s heritage, while Caterers served different culinary delights, from mini Tacos sitting atop limes with a single serving of Patron, to Mediterranean food and their speciality cocktails, the Melgarita, AC Mule, and Calismash.
During the Reception, they were entertained by special dances from the Groom’s heritage, and later enjoyed dinner & dancing under the stars, near the Villa’s vineyard. As a nightcap, they chose to continue with an intimate after-party in the Winery Barrel Room, for those who were up for an extended evening with the pair, while they noshed on late night burgers from the In & Out truck they had waiting for their guests.
Photography: Luna de Mare Photography | Videography: Cana Family | Event Planning & Design: La Fleur Weddings & Events | Floral Design: Camellia Floral Design | Gown: Ines Di Santo | Invitations: Beacon Lane | Shoes: Emmy London | Bridesmaids Dresses: BHLDN | Catering: Haute Catering | Hair + Makeup: TEAM Hair and Makeup | Groom's Attire: Dolce & Gabbana | Groomsmen Attire: http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/michael-michael-kors-blue-birdseye-classic-fit-suit?ID=2885647&CategoryID=17788#fn=BRAND%3DMichael Kors%26sp%3D1%26spc%3D27%26ruleId%3D78|BS|BA%26slotId%3D1 | Venue : Sunstone Winery & Villa | Bridal Salon: Lovella Bridal | Groom's Shoes: Prada | Linen: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Photo Booth: The Booth & Bus Co, | Rentals: Archive Rentals
Trying to plan THE perfect honeymoon? Well, you’re in luck. Because today we’re taking a trip with some of our fave blogger beauties as they galavant across the globe and kick up their heels in paradise, honeymoon style. Think Rebecca Laurey, Amanda from 100 Layer Cake and Kimberly from Eat Sleep Wear + a bevy of Mr & Mrs Smith locales you have to see to believe. Live vicariously below.
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Whether you’re in the mood for some relaxing beach time, can’t wait to spend your days adventuring or simply want to curl up next to a roaring fire and read, Mr & Mrs Smith has a honeymoon spot that will deliver that blissful break you’ve been yearning for. (Wedding planning is hard work, y’all.) From their never-ending list of luxe boutique hotels and resorts to their fabulous 24/7 customer service to their crazy cool perks and membership bonuses, you’ll be pampered from the very moment you decide to escape to the Bahamas for a week post-wedding. They’ll even leave a little somethin’ extra upon your arrival, like champagne, spa treatments and picnic lunches. (Sooo nice.) Oh, and if you find your little slice of heaven (aka, your awesome hotel) somewhere for less, Mr & Mrs Smith will match that price AND give you a $75 voucher. I know, I know: we feel the same.
Visit Mr & Mrs Smith today to plan that honeymoon you and your sweetie have always dreamed of. I’m thinking Paris or London. Who’s with me?
Rade and David’s destination wedding in the South of France is one fete you’re sure to favor. With Wedding Angels at the helm, it was a day filled with synchronized swimmers, stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea, and an all-white theme that’s anything but vanilla. Captured by Ashley Ludaescher Photography, we’ve got their entire celebration waiting for you to fall in love with via The Vault
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From Ashley Ludaescher Photography… Rade and David and their guests came all the way from Los Angeles to celebrate their marriage on the French Riviera, one of their favorite places in the world, and it was definitely one for the books! The wedding was held at the fabulous Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat, located at the southern tip of the Saint Jean Cap Ferrat peninsula. They chose an all-white theme for the day, from the flowers to the guest’s attire. For their ceremony, they chose location that offered stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea and the dinner celebration was held next to the seaside infinity pool. Before exchanging vows, David’s aunt read the supreme court opinion authored by Justice Kennedy and the words had almost everyone crying happy tears.
“No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.”
As the sun set over the sea, guests were ushered down to the pool in the bubble funicular and were greeted by synchronized swimmers and serenaded by a violinist playing while floating in a bubble in the pool. The incredible dinner was highlighted with speeches from those closest to Rade & David and the overwhelming love surrounding the couple was incredible to witness. The night ended with a pool party & dance party lasting into the wee hours of the morning. More weddings should end the party in the pool
Photography: Ashley Ludaescher Photography | Event Planning: Wedding Angels | Floral Design: L'art des Fleurs | Reception Venue: Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat | DJ: DJ Nick Boot | Groom's Attire: Brioni | Groom's Shoes: Sperry | Lighting + Audio: Succes Event | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Chateau Chevre D'Or | Synchronized Swimmers: Apsara Events