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A Storybook Parisian Wedding Inspiration That’s Fit for Fiction

If you need me, I’ll be spending the rest of the day (if not the entire week / month / year /decade) in this perfect little gallery. Because when you combine the incomparable talents of Bows and Arrows and Greg Finck Photography at the incredibly inspiring Joy Proctor Design workshop you know you’re in for a real treat. An inspiration that’s sure to ignite your wanderlust, you’re invited to peruse the pretty via The Vault!

From Joy Proctor DesignI was honored to host a workshop on intentional design and thoughtful styling workshop in Paris this spring alongside an incredible team of vendors, and a talented group of participants. As part of the workshop, I invited participants to look at my creative process as I shot an editorial alongside Greg Finck and Alica Rico of Bows and Arrows.

The editorial was inspired by the incredible historic room in which we shot. The room had recently been painted, and its former butter yellow hue inspired the palette of yellow, light blue and rose. Presenting the colors in an elegant way was something that was very important to me. I chose a beautiful velvet linen from La Tavola to set the color story in the room. Bows and Arrows created the most lovely floral arrangements that brought the yellow and rose into the room. The room has stunning painted frescos in each corner, which inspired the rose and burgundy in the editorial. We lined incredible yellow and light blue suite by Written Word Calligraphy with similar paintings to highlight the history and significance of the room. The Cake Opera created the most intricate, stunning cake inspired by the former color of the room.

To tell the story of a wealthy Nobleman’s daughter who fell in love with a farm hand, we were lucky enough to have the incredible Yolan Cris create stunning tops and gowns just for the editorial, which paired perfectly with the burgundy suite worn by the groom. Harold James created a soft, feminine look for the bride, upon which we add a stunning veil by Twigs and Honey and Claire Pettibone ring from Trumpet and Horn.

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Photography: Greg Finck Photography | Event Design + Styling: Joy Proctor Design | Floral Design: Bows and Arrows | Wedding Dress: Yolan Cris | Cake: Cake Opera Co. | Stationery: Written Word Calligraphy | Ring: Trumpet & Horn | Hair + Makeup: Harold James | Venue: Maison Des Polytechniciens | Garter + Veil: Twigs & Honey | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Ring Box: The Mrs Box | Tabletop Rentals: Plate Occasions | Trinket Bag: Shop Signora | Vow Book: Velvet Raptor

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This Parisian Engagement Session Delivers Major Goals

Can we please discuss how incredibly CHIC this engagement session is? For starters, what’s better than running through the cobblestone streets of Paris with the one you love? I’ll tell you what, absolutely nothing – that’s what. And thanks to the talented Romance Weddings we’re proving just that with this The Vault!

From Romance WeddingsSlip off your sparkly shoes, pour yourself a glass of champagne, and imagine you’re strolling through the streets of Paris with your love!

Clara and Carlos are getting married in July of 2016 and I’m so excited that they’ve asked me to help them plan and style their dreamy engagement session in Paris. Clara wore an amazing ethereal gown by @dreamsbyisabella.

This selection of images are like a little peek their session. We wanted the overall look of the shoot to reflect the two of them as a couple and this is why specifically looked for a film photographer for the dreamy and timeless nature of this old- photography medium.

It is always a pleasure when we (Mar and Joseba) can shoot in dreamy destination as Paris certainly is!

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Photography: Romance Weddings by Joseba Sandoval Photography | Dress: DreamsbyIsabella | Creative Direction + Styling: Romance Weddings by Joseba Sandoval Photography

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French Châteaux Are Where Wedding Dreams Are Made

Styled shoots are special – they give vendors the opportunity to create any scene their heart desires and when we get invited in, we get pretty excited. And this one here is divine. With Mango Muse Events behind the wheel, various influences were combined into one Old World meets modern elegance at Chateau de Jalesnes and Julia Winkler captured all. Our Vault is brimming with the goodsthis way!

From Mango Muse Events… For this fall French chateau wedding shoot, we really wanted to create a whole wedding to showcase the beauty of the chateau. So, we did just that and to inspire us, was Jasper and Camille.

Jasper and Camille met in France while studying abroad. They became friends and then later, more than friends. She’s American and he’s British, so when they got engaged, they wanted a destination wedding in the country where they met. They wanted to celebrate where they fell in love and share it with their guests. They wanted a small wedding, just family and a couple of close friends and they wanted everyone to stay together in the same place. While they love Paris, they wanted something a bit quieter, so they picked a chateau in Loire Valley. Chateau de Jalesnes was perfect because it is in the countryside, but not so far away from Paris that they couldn’t hang out there too.

She’s a teacher of biology and he’s a historian. They love trivia, puzzles, facts and of course history. So, we included touches that evoke a bit of history both past and the creation of a new one. They wanted to bring in both of their cultures and mix it with French style. So, we created a wedding with an old world feel combined with a contemporary natural look. Comfortable but luxurious, organic but detailed.

The details included special gifts for their wedding guests leading them from one area and stage in the wedding day to the next. As guests woke up, they received a vial of perfume to get them ready for the day. Then at the ceremony located at the forest decorated with garlands fitting the tower ruins, the guests receive a vintage French handkerchief.

After the ceremony, guests are greeted in the foyer with small hand written notes and stories (decorated with natural florals and vines and mini apples) sitting next to a history book where guests are asked share their favorite stories of the couple. At dinner, the place cards and menus showcase an amazing meal to come. Tables are set with overflowing natural garlands with fall foliage, fruit and flowers. The night ends with drinks in the lounge, delectable desserts and the couple’s favor, a choice of coffee or tea (each a favorite of the couple’s).

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Photography: Julia Winkler | Event Planning + Design: Mango Muse Events | Floral Design: Flore et Sens | Wedding Dress: Divine Atelier | Stationery: Sarah Drake Design | Bride's Shoes: Bella Belle | Catering: Timmerman | Makeup: B! Make-up | Hair: Hotel Particulier Rangers | Venue: Chateau de Jalesnes | Models: Esya | Robe: Doie Lounge

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