My hubby and I have a long list of places we want to travel to, and Provence has always been close to the tippy top. Well, after devouring this ridiculously perfect shoot from Studio A+Q, Provence is officially moving to the number one spot. It’s a shoot overflowing with the prettiness of Provence and inspiration that will make your head spin - and you can get lost in all the lovely here.
From Studio A+Q…There is a reason people come to Provence to celebrate love. Something magical and enchanted happens when two lovers promise themselves to each other under the dreamy light of a soft spring afternoon in Provence.
They will whisper je t’aime mon chéri as they sit gazing out over the sun-drenched landscape that has inspired painters and pioneers for, not years… but centuries. They will relish the sweet, honey-like smell of surrounding almond flowers, as its cradles them into a state of pure bliss. They will sip a divine glass of rosé chilled to perfection and made with the grapes of the vines that are just a few steps away. They will stop their clocks and drift into timelessness, that place where the soul must go to restore itself.
Provence is a haven of natural beauty, and lavender and olive trees are not its only asset. The almond trees of Provence are among the first to blossom in March, and their beautiful delicate white flowers blossom for a period of two to three weeks, just before the cherry trees begin to showcase their soft pink flowers.
Kelina & Romain fell in love all over again on this dreamy afternoon among the almond blossoms of Provence. A group of immensely talented local vendors came together to imagine how this day would look, and with the help of almond producer Monsieur Jaubert (“Jo-bear”) and L’Occitane, what was at first simply an incredibly beautiful vision of love and romance in Provence, turned into reality.
When it came time to pick a wedding venue Georgie and Tim wanted something special. A place not only beautiful - trust me, the Amanusa Resort fits that bill – but also somewhere layered with meaning. In a nod to the Bride’s Indonesian roots and desire for a garden party vibe, they settled on a Bali-set wedding designed by Asmara Weddings and captured by Thomas Stewart. See the whole day here.
From The Bride…Georgie and Tim met at work, in an advertising agency in Sydney. As Tim was leaving the company he decided it was about time he asked Georgie out. She said yes and a year later they went traveling through Europe and South America for six months and moved to New York, where they got engaged. Georgie always wanted to go on safari for her honeymoon so Tim filled their apartment with inflatable zoo animals and asked her to go to Africa with him.
We wanted to get married in a place that would not just mean something to us on the day but in the future as well. Georgie’s mum is not only Indonesian, but her mum and dad have just moved to Bali. We wanted a garden party style venue and when we saw Amanusa, it was easy decision. Plus, it’s Bali.
Planning the wedding was interesting to say the least! We planned the whole thing from the States, with the exception of a 4 day trip to Bali. During this time, we also changed jobs and moved to the other side of the States 6 months before the wedding. When you are doing so much via email and Internet searches you really have to trust the people you are working with.
When they tell you the day goes fast, they are not lying. I think we were both quite taken aback on the day. To have so many loved ones there for you and to see this event you have been planning everyday, actually happening, even better than you imagined, it was almost too much. Someone described a wedding day to us as being like a soldier returning home from war. You can do no wrong. It’s your day to be a hero, so stop for a moment and take the whole thing in.
From Thomas Stewart…Georgie and Tim’s wedding was just epic. I’ve never seen a venue as incredible as Amanusa; at night, the reception looked like a scene straight out of a fairy tale. Despite the heat and crazy humidity, and even despite some random lighting problems during speeches, the day was a huge success. I loved Georgie’s incredible Jenny Packham gown which was super elegant; I also loved the venue styling. The Balinese love their styling!
The true essence of Provence can be found in this collection of images captured by Aneta Mak. Beautiful scenery is a given but added to that is an open air celebration with an ease and elegance that can only be found in France. Planned by Autour D’Une Histoire, with flowers draped at every turn by Sabine Flowers, see this dream wedding weekend in its entirety right here.
From The Bride…When planning our wedding, it was important that the event was a reflection of us. We wanted it to be elegant and intimate, with an element of romance and rustic charm. With guests travelling from all corners of the earth, it was important for us to create a weekend that would make everyone feel at home.
The vision for the wedding came together when we fell in love with the venue, Le Manoir at Domain des Oliviers de l’Esterel. Having dated for over 8 years, we spent many summers visiting the groom’s grandparents in the South of France, where we immediately fell in love with the Provençal countryside. Travel and food are a big part of our lives, and we were sold on the venue when we saw the olive groves and lavender rows which evoked memories of countless road trips we and had shared together in the local hills.
We tried to tie these memories together through the décor and food at the wedding. The chuppah and floral arrangements were meant to feel as though they had always been there, with flowers grown wild in the nearby fields. Lenôtre worked with us to translate our memories into a menu that felt reflective of our relationship. They created an olive bar featuring flavors of Provence, prepared a version of the groom’s grandmother Charolotte’s famous apricot meringue pie for dessert, sourced locally line-caught sea-bass for the entrée, and a presented a selection of our favorite cheese from Herve Mons (a local affineur we discovered while dining at Maison Troisgros). Even our wedding cake was based off of Pierre Hermé’s Ispahan macaron, reflecting a small piece of the bride’s Persian heritage.
More than anything, what made the evening so special was having all of our friends and family there to celebrate with us. Nearly every guest, from the very young to the very old, was out on the dance floor, partying late into the early morning hours. It was incredibly memorable to see all of our friends and family gathered together in a celebration of our love.