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Elegant Provence Chateau Wedding

There’s nothing quite like the romance-filled air at a chateau wedding in Provence. And when you’ve got Lavender & Rose behind all the pretty planning? It’s bound to be flawless. From Laetita C‘s sweet blooms to the pop-of-pink macaron box favors and all the gorgeous portraits from Caught The Light, you can get your swoon on right here.


From the beautiful Bride… How did you meet? We got introduced by a friend at a birthday party in Miami.

Why did you choose to marry in France? Omer proposed to me on a beautiful swing in front of a lake near lavender fields in Provence. We fell in love with the area and immediately decided to get married there. We did a lot of research on the internet, as we don’t live in France. Right after seeing some pictures of Chateau du Martinet online, it became my first choice. We spoke to our wedding planners and they highly recommended the chateau, we then immediately scheduled a visit to make the final decision. When we saw it, we knew it was the place.

As soon as I entered the venue the first time, I was breath-taken: it was better than what I had always dreamed of. The chateau was decorated very elegantly and effortlessly French-chic inside and out. We knew we would have good wine, and amazing food with exceptionally good value!

The ceremony area was so magical; a long aisle lined with huge cypress trees on each side. Walking down the aisle was my most memorable moment, seeing the excitement on the faces of our family and friends. We had to hold the legal ceremony in our country of birth, so we had a humorous symbolic ceremony in France where the celebrant was groom’s brother in law. We wanted it to be romantic, elegant. We also wanted it to be very natural, so our guests to feel very warm, welcomed and loved. We chose a colour palette of light pink, green, cantaloupe, white. We wanted a soft, natural cosy look. In order to create a romantic feel with our flowers, we used light colored roses and hydrangeas. I love peonies, but it wasn’t the right season for them, so my lovely florist recommended David Austin roses that looked very similar to peonies. I wanted the nature and the big trees of the courtyard to be reflected at the tables, that’s why we used dark green leaves and boxwood trees. My bouquet was made up of lily of the valley, David Austin roses and white bouvardia.

Our timing was perfect for the ceremony and evening and the sun set exactly after the grand entrance. We were also very happy that the layout of the tables we drew and planned worked out perfectly and exactly as we had envisioned. Our florist and caterers were brilliant and recommended to us by our wedding planners, Lavender & Rose.

We love bicycle riding as a couple. Our save the dates had 2 bicycles printed and Jennifer, one of our wedding planners, had the idea of getting a vintage bike just for photos, she found one in an antique market in France. I sourced our escort fans from a calligrapher in Istanbul and had them printed at a local printing house in Istanbul. Guests used them to cool down and to find their seat too.

We selected each and every detail on the table, starting from chairs, tablecloth, glasses, cutlery, plates and our florist supplied all the candles and vases based on our taste. I created the design of the Menus, and had it printed in a local printing store, which was a bargain. We dined on lobster tail with honey lavender sauce, asparagus risotto with truffles, Herb crusted lamb chops, followed by a fantastic French Dessert Buffet. For wedding favours, we had macaroon boxes, which had to be shipped from United States to Turkey.

We had an extravagant photo-booth backdrop completely from fresh pink roses and props for our guests to hold. The photo-booth printed 2 photos of the same picture, 1 to be kept and the other to be put in our wedding notebook, where guests signed and wrote their wishes to us. It was a huge success, definitely recommended and provided by Alban Pichon. We had asked for the hallway to be filled with black and white round balloons, and our guests loved them and carried them to the reception area and of course to the dance floor.

If you are having a wedding abroad, make sure to organize a dinner or an activity, on each day of the weekend for your guests. Give them a welcome hand-book with details, and timeline of the weekend. The best thing about our weekend was traveling together with family and friends, enjoying and celebrating our marriage the whole weekend.

Photography: Caught The Light | Videography: Can Kinalikaya | Event Planning: Lavender & Rose | Flowers: Laetita C | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Delphine Tollari | Catering: Marrou | Hair: Tony & Guy Istanbul | DJ: Aydin Katircioglu | Groom's Attire: Ralph Lauren | Groom's Shoes: Dior Homme | Flower Girl Shoes: Repetto | Furniture Hire: Options | Groom's Accessories: Cartier | Groom's Tie: Papillone | Makeup: Camille Bonardi | Page Boy Suit: J Crew | Purse: Judith Leiber | Sound & Light: Tropical Fun | Veil: Mark Ingram | Wedding Venue: Chateau Du Martinet

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Simple & Sweet Yosemite Elopement

Do me a favor: before you do anything else re: this beautiful wedding, read the description below. Seriously… before you dive into the gorgeous images from Athena Kalindi, before you fall in love with the stunning gown from Nicole Miller and before your jaw drops over the breathtaking backdrop that is Yosemite, read the story of how two people wouldn’t let anything (and I mean anything) stop them from tying the knot in one of the world’s most gorgeous locales.  It’s truly, truly inspiring.  See it all here.


From Athena Kalindi PhotographyThis New York City couple planned a destination wedding in Yosemite with only 12 people in attendance. The government shut down, but the couple still came to California (they were supposed to get married at the Ahwahnee Hotel) and the hotel offered for them to move the wedding to the Tenaya Lodge outside of the park. With hope the park may open, the couple stayed at the Tenaya and waited until October 13th… with no movement from the government, the park was still closed. The couple decided to get dressed and attempt a park wedding anyhow! We said we were moving through to cross the park, but once inside the rangers sort of looked the other way while we spent hours alone in the vast and immense beauty of Yosemite (including being the only people at The Ahwahnee!)! After a few hours of portraits, we met the rest of the wedding party along the side of the road and conducted the ceremony. It was absolutely flawless – and the couple ended up with the wedding of their dreams.

Another super cool element to this story? Their pre – wedding story was told by many major publications including the BBC and Buzzfeed. They were grouped with some other couples who told stories about how the Government closure had affected their wedding plans. 

Photography: Athena Kalindi Photography | Floral Design: Addy Rose Design | Wedding Dress: Nicole Miller | Ceremony Venue: Yosemite National Park | Reception Venue: Tenaya Lodge | Groom's Attire: Paul Stewart | Hair & Make Up: Bellissimo On Location Bridal Hair And Make Up | Jewelry : Thomas Laine

Casual Tulum Beach Wedding

This my dears, is a party. It’s filled with color, love, laid back beach convos, watercolor-blue waters to match the invites, twinkling lights and one seriously beautiful Bride and I’m in love with every inch. Melissa Fuller snapped up every tropical-loving moment and you can see them all in the gallery!


From the beautiful Bride… This dress caught my eye because of the classic yet elegant design. I was looking for a fitted, sheath dress with a chapel train and because of the humid weather in Tulum, I needed a lightweight fabric. This dress had two layers, the bottom was made of silk and the out layer was made of embroidered lace with detailed beading throughout. My favorite was the low-v back and the button detailing down the center.

La Zebra Hotel couldn’t have been more perfect for our style. The hotel had a total of 15 brightly colored rooms, which ensured that it would only be our guests at the hotel during the wedding. It was so easy to develop a relationship with the staff and by the end of our seven day stay they felt like close friends. We invited them to share a celebratory tequila shot with us the night of our wedding. We stayed in the ocean front Bridal Suite for the majority of our stay at La Zebra. This room was gorgeous! It had a panoramic view of the beach and we would often see our guests enjoying tropical cocktails and swimming in the clear blue waters. We can’t wait to go back for an anniversary trip!

The engagement ring had belonged to my husbands grandmother in the 1940′s. It was a simple design with a marquis diamond in the center and was flanked by smaller diamonds. Originally, the band was silver. We wanted to keep the integrity of the design but update the material, so we had the band replaced with rose gold. Since the design of my engagement ring was very unique we decided on a less traditional wedding band that could be worn alone but still compliment the art-deco design. The bride band is made of rose gold with a pave setting and designed by Bony Levy.

We used classic white flowers that we purchased from the local florist in Tulum and we collected foliage from the site to give it a tropical and rustic feel. I was lucky enough to have a sister who is also a floral designer, so she was able to make the bridal party bouquets, boutonnieres and simple centerpieces the day of the wedding.

Cups Co Cups was a surprise favor to our guests, we provided sustainable stainless steel cups with custom drawn images of the two of us on them. Our guests were able to reuse these cups for many margaritas during their stay in Tulum!

In lue of a dessert table, we hired a motorized ice cream cart to surprise our guests with homemade chocolate, coconut and mango flavored ice cream cones. He pulled his brightly colored cart alongside the dance floor to serve our guests.

Our signature cocktails were Paloma and Cuba Libre.

Our wedding photographer Melissa Fuller created hand painted maps of Tulum and a list of events to pass out to our guests at the Welcome Reception. We fastened small envelopes with ibuprofen that read “Hangover Cure” to each packet.

As a late night snack the restaurant had prepared vegetable and cheese empanadas to serve as the partying died down. They were much needed after a night of dancing and drinking.

Once the DJ played the final song of the evening, the party wasn’t over yet. About half of the guests ended up swimming in the ocean. It was definitely a highlight of the evening, especially looking back at the venue from the water and seeing all of the lights strung around the open-air dance floor. It was amazing!

Photography: Melissa Fuller | Hair: Tyler Gomez | DJ: The Whooligan | Wedding Favors: Cups Co | Invites: Melissa Fuller | Wedding Venue: La Zebra | Welcome Reception: Zamas

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