We were lucky to have celebrated the 4th of July only a few days ago, and now it’s time for another one of our favorite holidays that pays homage to a different nation of red, white, and blue: France! Yup, today is Bastille Day, and to celebrate le quatorze juillet, we’ve gathered up some of the absolute loveliest French and Parisian-style wedding details ever seen on SMP!
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Close your eyes and imagine the dreamiest floral filled inspiration set amongst the rolling hills of Provence. Now, open and start scrolling, because nestled in this gallery lies greatness. Grand details in the form of Weddings of Excellence in Provence mastery all poetically captured by Tamara Gruner Photography, this romantic editorial is a personified dream.
From Tamara Gruner Photography and Weddings of Excellence in Provence… The delicate rays of the late spring sun cast a mesmerizing spell on the vineyards and surrounding rolling hills. The winding stream waltzed to the tune of the gentle breeze. Nestled in such a whimsical landscape in charming Provence is an elegant and magical piece of land – Blanche Fleur. Adorned in her Nany’n dress the bride started the day by gracing an ancient chapel. Glowing in candle light, all around, she paused to reflect on her magical day. Delicately holding her bouquet of ivory roses she gingerly walked down the aisle – decked with candles – to her beau. Dressed immaculately in his blue tuxedo, the groom was waiting to hold his charming bride. The arch, decorated with pink and white peonies, was the ideal backdrop for an intimate ceremony. The table setting for six, under the veil of an arching tree, was lavishly decorated with roses, peonies and hydrangea, candles, and drift wood. Exquisite hand calligraphed menu and place cards embellished the place setting. The guests were pampered with a wide array of Provençal culinary delights. The day was long gone but the couple strolled in each other’s arms – romancing. They stopped by the vineyards, listened to the rhythm of the flowing brook, and paused to dream. A dream that is now filled only with roses.
Photography: Tamara Gruner Photography | Videography: La Paire De Cerises | Event Planning: Weddings Of Excellence In Provence | Cake: Made In Cake | Jewelry: Franck Pelissier | Catering: Brunet Frères | Hair: Anne For Zemmour | Calligraphy: Joy For Studio French Blue | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Floral & Event Design: Céline Un Jardin En Ville | Location: Blanche Fleur | Wedding Dresses & Veil: Atelier Nany’n
There’s no question that a Provencal landscape in and of itself is brimming with natural beauty. But when you layer on a charming wedding design, like this one from La Fabrique à Rêves, it’s completely elevated. Brimming with undeniably pretty florals from L’Art Qui Pousse, a gorgeous couple and a Claire Pettibone to boot, Greg Finck‘s captures have us all enchanted. Flip through every one right here.
From La Fabrique à Rêves… From the height of a rocky spur overlooking the scrublands and vineyards of the Luberon, the citadel and chateau of Ménerbes keep watch over their treasure. Celebrated as one of the most beautiful villages of the Luberon, it has stone ramparts, frontons marked with dates and vaulted cellars that you enter like Ali Baba caves… The little paved streets lead the way to the rich historic heritage of the town, taking you to the doors of old residences and the 17th century bell tower rising over the square. This genuine place full of character has triumphantly stood the test of time and preserved the authentic Provencal spirit. It was an evidence for us to choose Ménerbes as home for our workshop.
Between Gordes and Ménerbes, there is an elegant 18th century residence: a typical country farm restored with respect for the pure tradition of the Provencal “mas”. Nestling among 23 hectares of vines, La Bastide de Marie shines out with a splendour rooted in authenticity. A driveway bordered by cyprus trees, century-old olive trees and enchantingly scented lavender bushes leads up to the house. Naturally we chose La Bastide de Marie and its emblematic surroundings as muse for our styled shoot.
Given the natural elegance and History of the venue, we were able to create a chic and refined wedding atmosphere with a touch of vintage. We mixed up natural colors with a variation of grey’s, and white’s while adding up a touch of gold.
With the participation of the extraordinary florist designer l’Art Qui Pousse, and two incredible models, Maïlys wearing the Florentine gown from Claire Pettibone and Jeoffrey wearing a blue / grey tuxedo created for the occasion by Faubourg Saint Sulpice, we were able to reach our full potential.
Besides, we added up a bit of temperament to the shoot with Google de l’orée des bois d’Astros, a gorgeous Great Dane. Finally we settled our dinner table on a large paved stone terrace overlooking the vineyard. Very special thanks and acknowledgment go to Gabriel Menassier from mg-image for his incredible video, and to Greg Finck Photography for his remarkable talent capturing moments.
Photography: Greg Finck Photography | Cinematography: Mg-image | Event Design: La Fabrique à Rêves | Event Planning: La Fabrique à Rêves | Floral Design: L'Art Qui Pousse | Wedding Dress: Claire Pettibone | Cake: Une Affaire De Dessert | Stationery: La Fabrique à Rêves | Bride's Shoes: Muse Aix En Provence | Catering: Frédéric Bernard Traiteur | Makeup Artist: Blandine Fabre | Hair Stylist: Sylvie Pastore Transhair | Venue: La Bastide De Marie | Bridal Boutique: Black Burn Bridal | Great Dane: Google De L'orée Des Bois D'Astros | Groom's Attire & Shoes: Faubourg Saint Sulpice | Models: Maïlys MORATA & Jeoffrey KREBS
If I were saying my I-do’s in the Provencal countryside, you bet I’d be calling up La Fabrique à Rêves in a heartbeat. Everything they touch turns to wedding gold, or in this case, a seamless blend of rustic elegance served with a side of irresistible florals from L’Art Qui Pousse. Head to the full gallery from L’artisan Photographe for more and catch the film from MG Image below!
From La Fabrique à Rêves… The talented Raphael from L’Artisan Photographe contacted us in September as was completely amazed by an olive grove full of perennial trees he had discovered. All inspired by the beauty of this outdoors, the quintessence of Provence, we designed something and decided to create a styled shoot.
The Sarah Seven gown gracefully provided by Olympe, was the perfect mix of elegance and romance. Blandine Fabre did her magic with the makeup which matched the amazing hairstyle by Carole from Les Mariés du Salon. Virginie Sellem – L’Art qui Pousse – took our breath away with the most amazing floral design. She used old roses, astilbe, dahlias, hydrangeas, grapes and figs. Phôs company who’s got a great variety of chandeliers and lanterns gave us the beautiful silver candlesticks that we used on the tables and some beautiful crystal balls hanging in the trees. For the art de la table provided by Côté Bastide in Aix-en-Provence, we chose a simple provencal style, chic and authentic for our long banquet table. DV Traiteur created several dishes, and we were blown away by the beauty and deliciousness of his creations.
We’ve had a great time planning everything and making this happen, not to mention the amazing vendors working with us, thinking of Toxan with his groom suit and our beautiful couple Alexandra & Arnaud. Very special thanks and acknowledgment go to L’Artisan Photographe for his remarkable talent capturing moments and to Gabriel Menassier from mg-image for his incredible video.
Photography: L'artisan Photographe | Cinematography: Mg-image | Event Planning: La Fabrique à Rêves | Floral Design: L'Art Qui Pousse | Wedding Dress: Sarah Seven | Stationery: La Fabrique à Rêves | Catering: DV Traiteur | Makeup: Blandine | Hair: Carole From Les Mariés Du Salon | Groom's Attire: Toxan | Art De La Table: Côté Bastide | Chandeliers: Phôs
I think I’ve discovered my happy place thanks to these gorgeous photos by Anne-Claire Brun. She captured this rustic, romantic wedding, held at Domaine de Blanche Fleur in the south of France, where Les Mignonneries, the Bride’s own company, shined bright, designing and planning every detail to a tee. From the adorable babe to the colorful streamers, I won’t be leaving here anytime soon.
From Anne-Claire Brun… Céline and Jérémie got married at the Domaine de Blanche Fleur in the South of France. I was so happy to get to shoot their wonderful and delicately crafted wedding! The Bride and Groom are the sweetest couple and they are so in love that you can feel it in the air around them!
Céline and Jérémie, it’s a story that starts in Paris. That’s where I met them for the first time, to shoot their maternity session in June 2013. And then again in August 2013 to shoot their newborn baby Romane. So, of course, when they contacted me a third time to shoot their wedding, I was on a cloud. See, when you shoot weddings you kinda get attached to people and it sucks when you never see them again. Working with the same couples, seeing them getting pregnant, with a baby, then married – not necessarily in this order :) – it’s extraordinary.
So I was already happy to shoot their wedding and I wasn’t even there yet.
When I arrived, Céline hugged me and started crying (so did I, what can I say!) She said that seeing me made her realize that this was it, she was going to get married. And all day long, I’ve been overwhelmed. Céline and Jérémie are (overly) sensitive (like me) and the speeches of their families and friends touched me.
But I think that what really struck me was the way those two looked at each other. I’ve seen many couples, but looks like that….
When I made it back to the hotel that night, it must have been around 4am but I needed to write them. Being a photographer, it’s a thousand things all at once: emails that will lead (or not) to booking a date, meetings, first photo shoots, learning how to use a camera or some retouching programs like Photoshop, managing emails, deposits, taxes, creating business (and in two countries I might add!), managing your time, your money (because some years are better than others). And some weddings are also better than others. Not because of the amount of money involved but because of the atmosphere, families, relationships, stories…. And some weddings are simply not “made” for you, we aren’t on the same level as the couple or guests are rude.
Sometimes, making the “dream” happen (= living from your passion) becomes a job. A job from which it’s hard to get away, especially when you work from home. So sometimes, things aren’t all pink: frustrations, wondering if the couple liked their photos (because if they don’t say anything, we, the photographers, panic a little!), not having enough business and comparing yourself with all the other photographers out there, and so it happens that the question pops up: “Why am I doing this?”
When I shot Céline and Jérémie’s wedding, I got my answer.
Their wedding was perfect to me. Their friendships, the kind, funny words of their guests, the stories, the look on everyone’s face, their smiles… All those emotions and moments during the day brought back my desire and passion. The will to work harder, not having weekends, spending all my time on my laptop. The will to give the best of me, to manage better and more important, to capture better days like this. This wedding was all that I love: the venue and settings and decoration, their oh-so-impressive choreography, the (French) meal…. absolutely everything.
The best weddings are those where you feel like a guest, a friend or a family member rather than a vendor. And this wedding was like this. I’m a witness of love and theirs is one of my favorite. I wish them to keep doing whatever they are doing because it seems to be the way to go :)
From the Bride… Jérémie and I met on our workplace and after working for over a year side by side, we fell in love. We haven’t left each other since then.
He had planned to do the proposal at home the evening of our anniversary… but with a 5-months-old girl, it wasn’t easy to organize things discreetly and I felt it coming … so I screwed up! He did it again a week later, roses everywhere in the living room, a candlelight dinner and the ring on the plate instead of dessert!
During the organization of the wedding, Jérémie was serene, me, a little less! But we did see things the same way so that helped. The hardest part was to prepare the dance for the bridal party and our entrance. That took a lot of time but the result was beyond our expectations!
Like many brides and grooms we spent hours on wedding blogs and Pinterest to get inspired and figure out what we wanted. We wanted something pretty simple, rustic, fun and a touch of vintage. The rest of the decoration process was inspired by the venue. It was important to us to respect the soul of Blanche Fleur with soft colors and natural elements. I actually had so much fun with organizing, creating and decorating than I opened my own event company (Les Mignonneries – http://lesmignonneries.com/)!
Our favorite moment of the day was the ceremony itself. It was crazy! Our friends who were in charge of “animating” the ceremony did a fantastic job! It was a rush of intense emotions: love, laughs and tears! We couldn’t have dreamt of a better one!
Oh and also that bridal entrance that took us so long to set up. The dance went really well and everybody was hysterical!
It was definitely one of the happiest days of our lives.
If I had any advice to give, it would be this: do what you want to do but do it together, not just the bride. And don’t hesitate to talk to your bridal party, involve them and ask for their help.
And the most important: have a wedding that is you. Have 1000 details if you like it or get married in jeans if that’s who you are!
Photography: Anne-Claire Brun | Floral Design: L'Instant Decoration | Wedding Dress: Elise Hameau | Cake: Made In Cake | Stationery: Les Mignonneries | Bride's Shoes: Chie Mihara | Necklace: Gynette NY | Make Up: The Bride | DJ: Pierre Et Musique | Bow Tie: Figaret | Groom's Attire: Samson | Groom's Shoes: Hugo Boss | CD (present For The Guests): DIY Bride And Groom | Ceremony And Reception Venue: Domaine De Blanche Fleur | Event Design And Planning: Les Mignonneries | Flower Hair Piece: Nuage Coloré | Hair Style: Hardwax Concept Store | Nougat: Nougat Silvain Freres | Pin Badge: Camaloon | Suspenders: Bruce Field