Wild White Horses + Gorgeous Gowns Are Making Our Dreams Come True

It’s no secret that the South of France holds a special place in SMP’s heart (one mention of lavender fields and we’re all aflutter) but it just rose to a whole new status with this styled shoot by Larissa Cleveland. Inspired by the beauty of the wild Camargue horses, this gallery is a fairytale brought to life and we can’t get enough. Get ready to love Provence even more than you thought you already did – right this way!

From Larissa Cleveland… This was my first time in the South of France. I’d been to Paris, but always dreamed of visiting the small towns and beautiful landscape of Provence. When I began my research for the trip, I stumbled across the unique history of the Camargue Horses. They are all white, and roam the salt marshes and flat territories along the coast. Not far from the beautiful cities of Saint Remy and Les Baux, where I’d be staying and photographing on my trip. The horses are a celebrated fixture of Provence history, and equally mysterious, as it is not known exactly how they came to be there.

I wanted to avoid the classic Provence stereotypes for this shoot, so I did not focus on the lavender fields or Grand Chateau’s in the countryside. Instead my inspiration would be the beautiful white Camargue horses, and old stone walls and alley-ways of the ancient towns. The soft greys and creams of the old stone, and the wild flowing mane of the Camargue horse perfectly complemented the pale pink, flowy J.Mendel dress provided by Jin Wang in San Francisco. The stunning white stone staircase inside the Hotel De Tourrel in Saint Remy made for a beautiful location, as well as the ancient alleyways outside. Then for sunset, we trekked to the top of the Ancient Ruins of Les Baux in the hills.

For the table inspiration, I chose pale pink hues and stone to mimic the rest of the shoot. Romantic, and a bit wild. Yonder Design made beautiful custom equestrian invites and I purchased the most beautiful petrified wood chargers from Terrain.

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Photography: Larissa Cleveland Photography | Floral Design: Larissa Cleveland Photography | Wedding Dress: J. Mendel | Hair + Makeup: Ylva Langenskiold | Venue: Les Baux De Provence | Venue: Hotel De Tourrel | Bridal Boutique: jinwang | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Floral Source: Aux Bouquets de Jules | Horse Figurine: Vintage | Models: Francesca and Laurent | Paper Goods: Yonder Design | Ribbon + Cloth: Silk & Willow | Tabletop: Terrain at Styers | Tabletop: Crate And Barrel | Wedding Ring: vintage

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Intimate Destination Wedding in Provence

Destination weddings are always dreamy, but an intimate destination wedding in Provence? That enters an entirely new level of lovely. This stunning soiree captured by Sages Comme des Images is just overflowing with so much pretty I can barely stand it, and you can get lost in every gorgeous moment right here.


From the Bride…After our engagement, we quickly realized that a destination wedding best fit our idea of a perfect intimate wedding. It didn’t take us long to decide that Provence, France was the place that we wanted to have our special day. The stone houses with blue shutters and field of lavender were part of my dream. Le Petit Hameau in St. Remy de Provence was a gorgeous venue found by our amazing planners and it was exactly what I dreamed of!

Our wedding was attended our closest friends and immediate family members to keep a very intimate setting. Our guests arrived several days before the wedding and the group took several day trips to see the sites of Provence. It meant so much that everyone took the time to spend the week with us, in addition to our special day.

Despite a forecast of thunderstorms on wedding day, the skies cleared after a rain shower thirty minutes before the ceremony began and we were able to keep my dream of having an outdoor wedding ceremony in the garden with roses and rows of lavender. Our cocktail hour had lawn games such as croquet and French petanque, with French jazz manouche music to infuse the French touches that I wanted our wedding to reflect. Instead of a wedding cake, we had a macaron tower with sparklers since they are my favorite dessert. Our favors were bars of French soap from Marseille and were a nice item for everyone to bring back home after their trip.

Working with a planner was the best decision we made after deciding on a venue in France. Not speaking the language or knowing how to find vendors made them critical to having a stress-free day and seeing my dream wedding come to life!

Photography: Sages Comme des Images | Event Planning: Dites Moi Oui | Wedding Venue: Le Petit Hameau de Saint Remy | Bridal Salon: Jeanette's Bridal | Guest book: Etsy | Invitations/Programs/Menus: DIY by Bride | Ring holder: Paloma's Nest