Provence Wedding by David Bornais Photography
December 28, 2011

We love when brides borrow from the Style Me Pretty pages for their own weddings especially when the result is as adorable as this France wedding by David Bornais Photographyy.  Cute, colorful and crafty is the name of the game here with all of the details made with lots of love by the beautiful bride.  Hand sewn bunting garlands cascade from every corner and wildflowers are tucked into every nook.  We absolutely adore the vibrant, hand-crafted look and we know you will too!  Check out the full gallery to see it all!

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From the Bride...Planning our wedding was a huge challenge for me. With my husband-to-be busy building our future home, working from the crack of dawn until late into the night every day, it was only fair that I take on the entire organization of our wedding myself. My mother once told me that “work is love made visible” and with this in mind I knew from the very start that I wanted our wedding to show him just how much I loved him. I knew I had to ‘create’ it with my own hands.

I’m Scottish and my husband is French, we met just over four years ago when I moved to France to learn the language. I chose Provence for its lovely weather and beautifully romantic countryside, the stone farmhouses, the fields of lavender, the windmills... I wanted to all these things that had first drawn me to the region, and ultimately to him, to be part of our wedding day.

The Mas de la Rose, a beautifully restored 17th century farm hamlet, was the first potential venue that we visited....and the last! It felt so perfect for us that and even though it meant we had to rewrite our whole budget, we were sold! It felt like our own little paradise in Provence. We booked our dates and I immediately bought a sewing machine...

I knew we had to have bunting everywhere and elephants, my middle name is ‘Oliphant’, its my clan and tartan, and I have loved elephants for as long as I can remember. So, with the help of Skype and Photoshop, my sister in Northern Ireland designed the elephant bunting logo which we used on the invitations, RSVP cards, favor labels, seating plan and menus.

Without really focusing on any particular color scheme, I chose some beautiful colorful fabrics to use for the bunting, seating plan and corresponding table numbers, and the ring cushion. And with the help of my mother over on a pre-wedding visit from Scotland, made little elephant pincushion toys for the children.

We used pots of honey, provided by one of my husband’s witnesses who keeps bees, as combined favor and place names, and covered these with little circles of the same fabrics tied with raffia. There were parasols for the ladies to protect that pale Scottish flesh (!) and our photobooth planned all along yet thrown together at the last minute, was so much fun.

I couldn’t have been happier with the amazing Laetitia C, who did our flowers. I knew from the moment we first met that I could trust her completely, her work is wonderful. She also speaks perfect English and I can’t recommend her enough to anyone planning a wedding in Provence. The same goes for our photographer David Bornais, who’s beautiful images I think speak for themselves. Our vendors outdid themselves, and all come highly recommended.

All my ideas were stolen from the exquisite pages of your blog, I became a complete SMP addict in awe of each and every beautiful wedding featured! There were so many projects that I wanted to achieve but didn’t due to time constraints and the odd disaster, for example my hairdresser canceling a week before the wedding (!), but these things just didn’t matter. The day was made incredibly special by the friends and family that travelled from as far as California to be there with us, and marrying my perfect match, with these amazing friends by my side, how could it not be perfect?!

Wedding Photography: David Bornais Photography / Floral Design: Laetitia C / Event Planning: The Bride / Ceremony Location: La Mairie, La Motte d'Aigues / Reception Location: Le Mas de la Rose / Caterer: La Truffe Noire / Wedding Cupcakes: Bride's Sister / Invitations: Bride + Bride's Sister / Bride's Shoes: Christian Louboutin /  Headpiece: Jenny Packham (bracelet transformed by the bride) / Hair: Anne at Eric Zemmour, Avignon / Groom's Suit: The Kooples / Groom's Tie + Shoes: Paul Smith / Bridesmaid Dresses: Dessy / Rings: Ron Hami / Cake Toppers: Dandelionland