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Refined French Elegance Inspiration in Côte d’Azur

When a talented duo like Marta Guenzi and Margherita Orlandi  join forces, you know you are in for some seriously good inspiration. And when that inspiration just so happens to take place in none other than the dreamy Côte d’Azur, you just know you have some serious pretty on your hands. Well, it’s our lucky day, folks, because all of the french-inspired lovely is waiting for you here.

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From Marta Guenzi PhotographerI designed this wedding inspiration together with Margherita Orlandi, super talented stylist and event creator. We have been inspired by the refined elegance typical of the French Riviera during a business trip we made there: it seemed to us a perfect scenario for a wedding inspiration session! Cap Ferrat is called “the city of flowers”, so we tried to evoke the spirit of that dreamy place, to let people feel the wind and smell the blossoms from the pictures.

Côte d’Azur means little beaches surrounded by nubby maritime pines, rocky cliffs where to admire pink sunsets looking at the seagulls playing in the sky, medieval villages with narrow lanes full of flowers and of old fashioned street lamps, breathtaking panoramas on the sea and on the coast and most of all that kind of romance that France represents worldwide.

We imagined a slow morning awakening of the bride, in a typical French bedroom among bed sheets in toile de Jouy fabric, reading a love letter left on her pillow. Then a walk on the beach with the groom-to-be, a ceremony overlooking the sea and finally an intimate reception to end with a beach party in Villefranche sur Mer.

We decided to set all the moments outdoors, among the wonderful Chateau de La Chèvre d’Or, where we imagined the scene of the ceremony under the little temple, the beach and the cliffs of Cap Ferrat and the old medieval village of Eze Village, where we set the reception table.

As for the bride dresses we wanted something graceful and elegant, made with luxurious fabrics. So together with Silvia and Sara, owners of the atelier La Maison du Mariage, we chose the impalpable fabrics and flattering shapes of the dresses of Leila Hafzi, ethical and eco conscious fashion brand, and the French lace of a cape from Alberta Ferretti. Then we introduced Roma, a brand new collection of romantic and retrò swimsuits thought for the honeymoon, that we imagined for the morning walk on the beach (the intimate bay called Anse des Fossettes, in Saint Jean Cap Ferrat). Roma is a line of costumes conceived for day-dreamer women, designed and created exclusively for La Maison du Mariage, that aims to offer the bride a romantic and sensual vision of one of the honeymoon essentials, the bikini.

Carmelo Spina, the hair stylist and make up artist, thought about a specific hairdo for each scene, always trying to follow the inspiration mood. So for the bikini photos he proposed a high ponytail embellished with a flower and a nude makeup, then for the ceremony he created an up-do with a half braided crown and finally for the beach party he designed the most amazing romantic and messy up-do with a flower crown used like an headband paired with a luminous makeup with a touch of pale blue under the eyes.

From Margherita OrlandiAs soon as I decided to start this project together with the wonderful Marta Guenzi Photographer, my mind began to think about those fascinating places that were to me the perfect inspiration for a shooting full of little details following the fil rouge of the French elegance. For the bouquet and the table flowers we decided, in accordance with Maurizio Buzzi, the flower designer, to work with the bright and pastel colors of peonies, freesias, David Austin roses, buttercups, lilies, eucalyptus and echeveria with their particular silver shade that gave a light tone to the compositions. Then we added some pink grapefruits to achieve a feeling of freshness. We prepared a white little “table for two” that we decorated with a runner in toile de Jouy fabric, one of the most ancient and typical production of French Rivera artisans. We used the leitmotif of toile also for the graphic suite scanning the cloth and extrapolating the drawings to match with the save the date, the map, the menu, the invitations, etc.

I loved planning and coordinating this shooting in one of my soul places and I hope this could inspire couples dreaming to get married in such a wonderful location!

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Photography: Marta Guenzi Photographer | Cinematography: Riccardo Lavezzo Wedding Films | Event + Floral Design: Margherita Orlandi | Cake: Pasticceria Ramperti | Invitations: Francesca Abbiati | Ceremony Venue: Chateau La Chèvre D'Or | Reception Venue: Eze Village | Bride's Shoes: Penrose | Hair + Makeup: Carmelo Spina | Groom's Attire: Burberry | Beach Location (morning And Sunset): Saint Jean Cap Ferrat | Beach Location (night): Villefranche Sur Mer | Bridal Boutique: La Maison Du Mariage | Groom's Shoes: Fratelli Rossetti | Lace Wedding Dress: Alberta Ferretti | Model (Bride): Lucia Zonca | Model (Groom): Leonardo Silvestri | Silk Wedding Dresses: Leila Hafzi | Swimsuits: Roma | Vendor: The Bride's Aunt & Grandmother

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Chateau Wedding in Brittany, France

A chateau wedding in the gorgeous french countryside reads like a complete fairytale to me. I’m pretty sure I’ve been to this very wedding in my day dreams, and it’s such a treat to see just such a day come to life via the talented lens of Sophie Delaveau. It was a day filled with personality and love, and there is so much more pretty waiting for you in the VAULT.

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From The Bride…After being together for 20 years, we had planned our wedding in the west coast of France, in Brittany (Bretagne), to celebrate our love and family, and the 10 years of our son Alexandre who was our adorable ring bearer.

Our marriage gave us the opportunity to celebrate our anniversary of 20 years of love. We wanted to show that, even if life is sometimes difficult, we want to continue to strongly grow old together. We wanted this wedding to be intimate with few people, surrounded by our family and people dear to our heart. We imagined our wedding to be romantic, chic, with beautiful flowers. We love flowers, plants, and gardening. We dreamed about a place with character, old stones and woodwork, a quiet place that can suit both grown-ups and little ones, a venue that could seduce everyone. Brittany is full of beautiful castles and manors, and Manoir du Stang, in La Forêt Fouesnant, was our choice for the reception venue.

We organized everything on our own and we did it as we wanted to do it. Maybe not in a traditional way. For example, Christophe was by my side to help me to choose my wedding dress. He always knows what suits me or not. Even if he already saw me with my wedding dress before, he was so moved when he saw me the first time on our wedding day.

We also had quality vendors who gave us advice and helped us live a unique experience and to have a beautiful wedding day. Mademoiselle Anaïs, our floral designer, immediately seized all our desires, including my obsessive desire for symmetry (my two bridesmaids had the same dress in the same green water color and the same crown of flowers).

From our last vacation spent in the south of France, we found love with Mediterranean plants. We wanted to include these warm southern colors through our wedding day. With Melle Anaïs, we opted for tones of orange, coral, pink and green water. For flowers vases, we chose old gold containers. And we chose the theme of Succulent as thread of our design. This lovely succulent plant was everywhere: in our stationery, in the bridal bouquet, in boutonnieres, in bouquets centers tables, decorating the fireplace in the reception room, etc. For the bridal bouquet, I had a very clear idea of ​​what I wanted. I wanted the bouquet to sublimate my dress, like a jewel, it would be adorned with beautiful colors and beautiful satin ribbons. It also had to be made of flowers evoking vivid memories or closed people, such as peony, my mom’s favorite flower.

Our photographer, Sophie, was so considerate towards us throughout the day, we sometimes felt she was part of our family. Like a real little guardian angel, she was ready to deal with everything and took care we didn’t lack anything (example: tissues, bottle of water, small energizing snack for the bride who began to fail). We choose her because we love her work. Her images are divine, so bright, full of sweetness and tenderness. We are still so happy to have wonderful photos of our wedding day.

It took us a year to organize our wedding according to our desire. We loved this whole period of preparations where we were in contact with professionals from very different worlds. All of our guests loved our wedding day and said it was so US. They were particularly impressed by the venue, by the small details of decoration and especially by flowers. For us, it was really a beautiful and unique adventure made ​​of meetings, discussions and reflections which we had to continually be proactive, patience and above all…LOVE of course!

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Photography: Sophie Delaveau | Floral Design: Melle Anaïs | Wedding Dress: Marylise | Stationery: Nabefabric | Bow Ties: Le Colonel Moutarde | Venue: Manoir Du Stang | DJ + Lighting: Majestic Events | Vendor: The Bride's Aunt & Grandmother

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When They Decided to Elope, This Sneaky Groom Planned the Ultimate Family Surprise!

It’s just a fact that a girl’s got to have her best gal pals by her side when she’s tying the knot. So when this couple decided on Parisian elopement (with just their parents as guests) the Groom took matters into his own hands. He schemed behind-the-scenes and flew out the Bride’s sisters for the best wedding surprise EVER. You guys, grab the tissues and pull up the Pinterest boards because this day photographed by Le Secret D’Audrey is absolutely everything.

This Guy Set the Bar for Grooms Everywhere
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Photography: Le Secret D’Audrey | Event Planning & Design: Mon Plus Beau Jour | Floral Design: Mon Plus Beau Jour | Wedding Dress: Allure Bridals | Cake: Sugarplum Cakeshop | Ceremony Venue: Jardins Du Palais Royal | Reception Venue: Shangri-La Hotel Paris | Bride’s Shoes: Ivanka Trump | Hair And Makeup: Sébastien Poirier Beauty | Groom’s Attire: Zegna | Officiant: Kasia Wright Of French Grey Events | Accommodations: Shangri-La Hotel Paris | Father Of The Bride Attire: Ralph Lauren | Groom’s Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo | Menus & Signage: Pink Toast Ink | Mother Of The Bride Dress: Aidan Mattox | Sister Of The Bride Dress: Jenny Yoo | Sister Of The Bride Dress: Alejandra Sky | Veil: Allure Bridals

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