A wedding day inspired by a drop dead gorgeous pair of Valentino shoes in the South of France? I feel like I’ve died and gone to wedding-loving heaven. This is such a dream wedding. It beautifully infuses tradition with gorgeous style – so don’t be surprised when every image captured by One and Only Paris Photography sitting in this gallery leaves you completely speechless.
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From One and Only Paris Photography…Provence is a magical part of France with stunning landscapes and amazing light. It is the perfect backdrop for a wedding. Christina and Paul came all the way from the US to get married here surrounded by friends and family. Music was a huge part of their day and everybody partied late into the night under the stars.
Christina is half American, half French and Paul is Canadian. They both love art and it is thus quite naturally that they decided to seal their union in Aix en Provence, the city of the talented Paul Cézanne. The day before, a rehearsal dinner was held at an amazing venue dedicated to painting. It was as beautiful as the wedding.
Each detail of this wedding was important; from the Provencal cooking to the decoration. Christina knew exactly what style she wanted for her wedding decoration. She wanted something elegant with a touch of Provence. As color scheme, she chose coral to match her Valentino shoes and bridesmaids dresses.
The ceremony was held in front of the ancient church of the chateau. The cocktail took place poolside amidst the ancient stone ruins. Following the cocktail hour, guests made their way into the marquee for dinner, collecting their escort card from drawers filled of dry lavender.
This romantic wedding in France was a soft day under the warm light of Provence. A lot of this wedding was about sharing Provence lifestyle with their friends and family coming from all around the world.
Photography: One and Only Paris Photography | Photography: Le Secret D'Audrey | Planner: Elegance in France | Florist: Digitale Fleursite | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Wedding Dress: Elie Saab For Pronovias | Invitations: Designed By The Bride | Shoes: Valentino | Caterer: L'Eveil des Papilles | Calligraphy: Alissa Mazzenga Of Feast Calligraphy | DJ: Wedding Smashers | Band: Spyglass | Crest: Happy Menocal | Printer: Boxcar Press | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Carrière De Lumières In Les Baux De Provence | Venue: Chateau de Grimaldi
A wedding in the South of France at a place as gorgeous as the Chateau d’Alphéran is like a wedding blogger’s dream come true. And when that wedding is captured by Wesley Nulens and planned by Simon Verhoeven? It all gets even prettier than you can possibly imagine. So pretty, in fact, that this collection of images doesn’t even seem real, and you’ll want to pinch yourself because you can’t believe you’re lucky enough to stumble on something so fabulous. See every gorgeous moment here.
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From Simon Verhoeven…Warm weather, fields all around the location and a laid-back yet classy atmosphere. That’s what Femke and Mattias, two young professionals from Belgium, asked me when they came to me in the summer of 2012. Three months later we were looking at different chateaus in France…
And we found the perfect one! Chateau d’Alphéran in Meyreuil (5min away from Aix en Provence). Chateau d’Alpheran is an old chateau, with a beautiful courtyard in front of it. Around it, nothing but fields and the Mont Saint-Victoire, the mountain painted numerous times by painter Paul Cézanne.Quite similar like all the chateaus you would find in the Provence, but there is still one eyecather we didn’t tell you about! A beautiful orangerie with 4 enormous Oleanders at the entrance. Inside it is decorated with vintage tiles on the flour and amazing smelling jasmin on the walls. Just perfect!
The day before the wedding we were all a bit stressed out. The weatherforecast said it would rain! We came to France to have a dinner with the decor of a beautiful sunset over the lavender fields! Thank god their was a beautiful tent on the courtyard of the chateau! The morning of the wedding it still wasn’t looking good on all the apps we checked every minute on our iPhones. Only 1 out of the 7 apps said their would be no rain. And the bride decided to take a risk. So courageous of her! “We came to France, we WILL have our wedding outside!” Ten hours later we were eating and drinking outside, no rain and lots of sun! HEAVEN! We chose to have long tables in stead of round ones to create an easy going environment. Most of the details we made ourselves, inspired by the numerous blogs!
We placed a beautiful Moleskine guestbook in the chapel where people could put their self-made polaroid pictures in together with their wishes for the bride and groom. Our ceremony, menu and placement cards were all handmade. We dip-dyed the bottom of the cards with the juice of red beets, radishes and pomegrenate to give them a deep red colour. We of course bought some beautiful wood on which we wrote the name of the couples so all of our guests could easily find their way to the location. We made a seating chart heart on which we placed the placecards with the number of the table written on the back of the placecards so guests knew where to sit. Instead of throwing rice over the newlyweds after the ceremony, we gave them little bags filled with lavender. Two enormous monogram letters and painted in white were placed at the entrance of the gate.
Photographer: Wesley Nulens | Event Planning: Simon Verhoeven | Floral Design: Laetitea C | Wedding Dress: Olvi's | Catering: Helen Traiteur | Make up: Ylva Langenskiold | Hair: Carol Ray Bonnet | Grooms Attire: Café Costume | Venue: Chateau D'Alphéran
I probably ask my husband if we could go to the South of France more than most people ask their husbands to take out the trash. I am borderline obsessed with this place I’ve never been, so when I see a wedding like this one by Adam Alex I literally drop everything I’m doing and send it to my hubby. Because surely if he sees a wedding this lovely in a setting this stunning, we’ll be hopping on a plane in no time. See it all here.
… The South of France is pure class. Four days of exclusive use in one of the best chatueau’s ever– full of fun, love and beauty. Private pools surrounded by the old castle ruin was the best backdrop for pool parties and BBQ’s. Some of the world’s best wine, food and landscapes were at our door, JUST PERFECT AND VERY FRENCH. The French know how to do details, from the amazing sunflower fields to the furniture, all amazing. A perfect scene for a perfect wedding. Nicola (bride) is also a pro wedding photographer who commissioned me to document her story but selecting images for four days of events was not easy!
Photography: Adam Alex | Event Planning: Lavender and Rose | Floral Design: Wayne Riley Flowers | Wedding Dress: Anita Massarella | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Wedding Venue: Chateau Grimaldi