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Romantic Summer Wedding in Provence

This wedding might be the best proof for why the south of France is holding steady at the top of my wanderlust list. Weddings Of Excellence In Provence created an escape for this couple and their guests, complete with a private villa and rosé wine for the whole wedding weekend. La Paire De Cerises was there to capture it all, and for the foreseeable future I can be found going through these photos on repeat.

From Weddings Of Excellence In Provence… This is why I like so much of my area, the real Provence, and my job. Our company had the luck to meet Julia and Gustavo, an amazing couple, so nice and so sweet, to reveal their love here in Provence in the area of Matisse and Picasso.

Through this, you will discover our area, with its fields of olive trees, lavender, the wonderful old stone villages and our specific light.
Thank you so much to this fantastic couple, whom we see the reflection of their love, surrounded by their families and friends.

From the Bride… When we decided to get married, we knew we wanted something different. Usually, in Brazil, people hold large wedding parties and we wanted to do something more personal with family and close friends. Gustavo and I lived for three years in Europe, where we had the opportunity to know different cultures, countries and specially to make very strong friendships. France was the country we fell in love. It was a spring weekend in Paris when Gustavo proposed to me, just before coming back to Brazil. Then we thought, why not do a destination wedding? Azure skies, lavender fields, medieval villages, vineyards and marvelous food? The place was chosen – Provence, the south of France.

From there, we started our search to discover who could help us in organizing it. Luckily, we found Stéphanie Fayolle, from Wedding of Excellence in Provence, WEP. We were able to travel to the region one year before the wedding and together with Stephanie we chose the house, tasted the food and selected some of the decoration and amenities. The meeting was wonderful, we loved the astral and professionalism of our wedding planner and she knew how to guide us to a place that was exactly what we thought. From that point, all the communication was by email or phone.

The location we choose was the Domaine Albert Gleizes in Saint Rémy de Provence, a beautiful four hectare park of landscaped grounds surrounds the house. The Domaine had a spacious house and a beautiful garden with some trees over 200 years old, and a nice swimming pool. The place also had a lot of culture, it was where the French painter and art author Albert Gleizes, who became known as the main representative of Cubism, used to live. The venue seemed perfect for our big day!

We decided to hold three days of festivities, so we would have plenty of activities for our guests who traveled so long. On the first day, in the morning we took everyone to for a wine tasting at Chateauneuf du Pape, a French town famous for its wonderful wines. In the afternoon we did a pool party at the Domaine for guests to interact and know each other. There was a Crepe truck serving delicious food and wines from the region. The day before the ceremony, we all went to visit two lovely villages: Gordes and Les Baux de Provence. The ride through the region allowed the guests to completely enter into Provençal climate. At night we had a Welcome Cocktail at the Domaine.

Finally the big day! It was a beautiful sunny day, and we had our 80 guests welcomed by a violinist playing classical music. Following the ceremony we offered a cocktail with champagne and rose wine together with typical Provençal food. The music at this time was played by accordion. In the evening, the dinner, selected dishes from the region, was served in the garden just beside the Domaine. After all that, was the party, the band Selton (formed by Brazilians and well known throughout all Italia) played great musics and the dancing went all night long.

It was three magical days at Saint Remy de Provence!

Photography: La Paire De Cerises | Event Planning: Weddings Of Excellence In Provence | Floral Design: Un Jardin En Ville | Catering: Brunet Frères | Hairdresser: Wedding Hair Provence | Make-up Artist: Ylva Langenskiold | Music Band: Selton From Milano | Private House In Provence: Bastide Albert Gleives

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Glamorous French Riviera Wedding

I counted myself one lucky duck when my husband and I honeymooned in the French Riviera, and this wedding from Greg Finck is bringing those sweet memories right back. It’s a destination affair filled with coral peonies a la Wayne Riley Flowers, glamorous design by Lavender And Rose and Mediterranean views straight from a postcard. Beat those winter blues with a gallery visit here!

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From Greg Finck… Saint-Jean Cap Ferrat is the perfect location to tie the knot on the French Riviera. Ideally located between Nice and Monaco, this small peninsula just calls for summer laziness, turquoise seas, and easy breeze lifestyle.

It was a fabulous summer day, perfectly designed by the superstars of Lavender & Rose Weddings in the splendid venue La Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild. The day started with bride preparation at Le Grand Hôtel de Saint-Jean Cap Ferrat, a fabulous palace hotel on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. An elegant stationery suite had been designed by Mister M Studio, reflecting the glamorous mindset of this wedding. A stunning Rime Arodaky’s gown and some Jimmy Choos perfectly enhanced Maryam’s natural and effortless beauty, while the groom had chosen a bespoke tuxedo and a bow tie for timeless elegance.

We then took Maryam and David to a cliff near the sea for their first look. We found a deserted place by the beach for an intense and emotional moment, which will never be forgotten. The ceremony then took place in the splendid Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, which had been perfectly prepared and designed by Lavender & Rose. Receptionists with flower crowns welcomed the guests, giving them their escort card and a rose, while a jazz band was playing. The stage for the reception had been glorified by the floral design of Wayne Riley Flowers, and everything was ready for a perfect sunset wedding ceremony.

The cocktail hour then took place in the gardens of La Villa, with fine food and wine by Lenôtre, a famous French caterer. The day finally ended with an elegant outdoor diner and a splendid table design. The culmination of a fabulous summer day on the French Riviera!

Photography: Greg Finck | Event Design: Lavender And Rose | Floral Design: Wayne Riley Flowers | Stationery: Mister M Studio | Reception Venue: Villa Ephrussi De Rothschild | Catering: Lenôtre | Makeup: Sophie K | Hair: Gérard Darby | Assistant Photographer: Ingrid Lepan | Bride's Gown: Rime Arodaky | Live Painting: Maerta Wydler | Wedding Signs: Crème De Papier

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Romantic Provencal Fig + Berry Wedding Inspiration

This darling shoot from French Wedding Style and Cat Hepple has me wrapped around it’s little finger. From the festive fig, berry and olive branch detailing to the wildly enchanting stationery by Nice Plume to the to-die-for dessert bar from Chef A Domicile—that dessert bar will make you need a croquembouche in your life. It’s everything I envision the perfect Provence wedding to be, and you can feast your eyes on it all here. Also, don’t miss the pretty in motion from Story Of Your Day!

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From French Wedding StyleSet in the inspiring grounds of Chateau Belfonds, with it’s magnificent entrance archway, thought-provoking orchard and the stunning and contrasting background of olive farms and mountain peaks, this shoot oozes Provence.

The shoot was inspired by the warm soft Provençal light and we wanted to capture the tranquil essence of such a beautiful area, with its captivating scenery. As French weddings are often a day of two parts – the Civil Ceremony and then the Wedding celebrations – we explored two bridal ensembles.

For the Civil Ceremony, and the fashion forward bride, we showcased two two-piece bridal outfits: a low-waisted skirt by French designer Laure de Sagazan paired with either a stomach-skimming high street fashion top or a glamorous gold top.

For the main wedding celebrations amongst the olive groves, our bride shone in a gold inspired Truvelle creation with a layered chiffon skirt that billowed in the Provençal breeze. The culinary creations from the shoot drew on the surrounding area’s floral bounty of figs, blackberries and olives. The dessert bar featured a fig and chocolate éclair, mini blackberry clafoutis mini fig tartlets, macarons and a traditional croquembouche freshly made that morning at the local patisserie in Grignan.

Photography: Cat Hepple | Cinematography: Story Of Your Day | Wedding Dress: Truvelle | Stationery: Nice Plume | Bridal Skirt: The Mews | Cake, Macarons & Desserts: Chef A Domicile | Coordination, Design & Styling: French Wedding Style | Farm House: Belfonds | Floral Design & Decor: D'Amour Et De Déco | Grooms Outift: Stephen Bishop Suiting | Hair & Make Up: Victoria Farr | Model: Lisa Franklin | Model: Michael Jon Dawson | Planning: Laura Dova Weddings

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Organic Rustic Provence Wedding

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From Pretty Days – Thierry JoubertA sublime area at the gates of the Luberon, a lovely couple, a sunny day … This ceremony filled with emotion, Sarah’s work for a year to set up this sublime decoration, the work of Francisco to restore this old car. Thank you to Sarah & Francisco for their smiles and kindness.

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Classic Summer Provence Wedding

After our (virtual) travels to France yesterday with SMP Living, it feels fitting to follow up with a wedding set in that same glorious land. It’s everything you’d dream of in a Provence farm affair – charming, rustic, wildly romantic - and with Flora Les Cocottes coordinating the day, each moment went off without a hitch. Nadia Meli captured the gallery waiting for you here.

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From Nadia Meli… This wedding was just a gorgeous blush summer wedding in the beautiful Provence! Florence & Anthony have planned the wedding for over a year and you could notice that every detail was just perfect! Also because of the help of amazing Flora from Les Cocottes who was the sweetest to work with!

The venue, an old French farm in the south of France (near Avignon), was breathtaking and charming and one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. If you like rustic and organic, you will love this.

There were so many personalized items in the wedding like the “ring-pillow” – they used an old watch from their granddad to carry the rings, because Flo’s family used to be watchmakers! What a great idea! Also the bridesmaids skirts: something I had never seen before in a wedding: I loved that Flo and Anthony did, whatever they liked, not what you are “supposed” to do in a wedding!

The highlight of the day was the ceremony in this stunning antic church, all made of light sandstone, simple, no gold altar – just the most beautiful thing ever. It looked surreal in between those olive trees. Like a postcard. When I first got to the church I stopped breathing for a second, because the picture just didn’t look real. But lucky me, it was! As a photographer, documenting this wedding was just pure pleasure. The fact that Florence and Anthony were sweet and caring just was the cherry on top.

Photography: Nadia Meli | Wedding Coordinator: Flora Les Cocottes | Flowers: Aux Fleurs Du Theatre | Wedding Dress: Reem Acra | Food: Roland Paix | Hair & MakeUp: MLS | DJ: Benjamin Barlatier | Venue: Mas De Comptes | English Bus: London Bus | Getting Ready Lace Robe: Girl With A Serious Dream | Music During Cocktail Hour: Orange Trio | Photobooth: Mister Like That | Wedding Film: Love Story

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Charming South of France Wedding at Le Foulon

Just after noon today, this stunning love sesh was forever added to our galleries and admittedly, I spent far too long drooling over all the pretty (including those stunning views of the French Riviera) from Anna Roussos. And now my dears, we have even more to love, because the wedding that follows? It’s France-lovin’ like you wouldn’t believe. From the Bride’s flowy Aidan Mattox dress to the coral charm peonies, see it all here.

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From the beautiful Bride… Robin is from England, while I am a native Texan, thus making it difficult in the early days of planning to decide where to hold our wedding. Neither of us were attached to the idea of having it at home as we wanted our wedding to be more of a holiday with our closest friends and family. Obviously, ensuring beautiful scenery paired with great food and wine was a must. For my husband and I, France was really a no brainer! We are both big into food and wine (self proclaimed foodies), and France is one of the few places we’ve visited that consistently delivers phenomenal food and gorgeous wines. Thanks to my brilliant mother in law, we found Le Foulon online. We booked our stay over a 4 day weekend, and it could not have been any more perfect. Not to mention the ample amount of honeymoon destinations within close range! Planning a wedding overseas was relatively stress free. The benefit of turning our wedding into a trip with loved ones was that we had their company to look forward to, along with gorgeous views! How could you go wrong with that? I didn’t spend too much time worrying about how everything would come together. Nick & Mia at Le Foulon are lovely, and made the planning and execution process so simple. Also, having a wonderfully talented friend who is a florist is an advantage. She graciously handled all of the correspondence with the local french florist in the small village where we wed. Lastly, I was absolutely in love with the work of our photographer, Anna Roussos. I knew from swooning over her photos of previous weddings on her blog that she would capture the raw emotions of our special day, and having those memories to look back on is priceless.

Photography: Anna Roussos Photography | Florist: Charley Gynn From The London Flower House | Wedding Dress: Aidan Mattox | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Rings: Custom Made By Jeff At Rice Village Diamonds | Bridal Shoes: Crown Vintage Claire Pump | Estate: Le Foulon | Photography - Assistance: Xavier Roussos

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