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Ethereal Provence-Inspired Wedding Inspiration

I could simply save one of these pics as my latest laptop wallpaper, but I want to live within them even more, so I’m thinking of ordering one of each to hang all over my home (I’m not joking). Captured at Greg Finck’s first film photography retreat, aptly name The Light Workshop, this shoot came together with a powerhouse team of talent, including Branco Prata, Lavender and Rose, Made In You, Nice Plume Calligraphie, topped off with beautiful blooms by Laetitia C. Fleurs D’Atelier. Good luck picking a favorite; it’s a struggle I’m all to happy to indulge.

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From Greg Finck… Provence is very rich in terms of imagery and what people have in mind when they think about this amazing French region. Lavender fields, olive groves, pale green tones… you name it. Les Domaines de Patras is a hidden gem in the heart of Provence, and that’s the venue I had picked to host the first edition of my film photography retreat: the Light Workshop. Kéty and Eric, the owners of this historical Provence venue, are the sweetest persons you can meet, and dedicate all of their heart to the brides and grooms they host every weekend to celebrate their weddings.

With 17 attendees coming from 10 countries, and 15 staff members, we spent four days enjoying the Provence easy lifestyle and food, surrounded by Provencal beauty. This is an overview of the Provence inspiration we tried to immerse our attendees in. This was all designed by some of the best European designers, including Lavender&Rose Weddings, Branco Prata and Nessa Buonomo for Made in You. Local floral designer Laetitia C. made magic as she’s used to doing. Our models, dressed by Rime Arodaky and Jenny Packham by Martine Toledano, were wonderfully appraised by the hair styling of Ciara Coiffure and make up of Charles Gillman. Beautiful calligraphy by Nice Plume Calligraphy was with us from the welcome dinner to all of the styled shoots.

Finally, all of this shoots, and the overall ambiance of the workshop, were inspired by the ethereal and light atmosphere of Provence, and we all went through a long creative path to get to that result, to make of this a one and only experience for our attendees. This is Light Workshop.


Photography: Greg Finck | Event Styling: Branco Prata | Event Styling: Lavender And Rose | Event Styling: Nessa Buonomo For Made In You | Floral Design: Laetitia C. Fleurs D'Atelier | Wedding Dress: Rime Arodaky | Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham By Martine Toledano | Stationery: Ever After Press | Makeup: Charles Gillman | Calligraphy: Nice Plume Calligraphie | Men's Attire: Faubourg Saint-Sulpice | Venue: Les Domaines De Patras | Accessories: Artetfacts | Fashion Styling: Rime Arodaky | Graphic Design: Crème De Papier | Hair Styling: Ciara Costenoble

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A Provence Engagement Session in Fields Lavender

I dream of France on the daily and today Greg Finck has brought my fond hopes into existence. Set in a lavender field (in Provence!) it’s an e-sesh filled with romance and it’s giving me major wanderlust with each violaceous hue. Graced with never-ending beauty and one happy in love pair, the golden hour gallery is one you won’t want to miss!

From Greg Finck… Anna and Nuri came all the way from St Petersburg, Russia, to get engaged in the middle of Provence lavender fields. When Anna contacted me a year ago, she admitted that being photographed in the stunning Provence lavender fields was her child’s dream.

I can actually understand that, as lavender is a full part of Provence imagery and these landscapes are stunning during the summer. The only stretch with lavender, that most people don’t have in mind, is that it only blooms in Provence between June 15th and July 15th. After these dates, the lavender is cut to be used in Provence fragrance industry, wether it is to produce essential oils, perfumes, soaps, etc.

We had the luck of a beautiful summer day with Anna and Nuri, and we positioned the session exactly for golden hour. We started the session on the hills overlooking the Provence valley, where Anna and Nuri could enjoy a refreshing homemade cocktail made of local Limoncello and sparkling water. Anna looked stunning in her purple dress, that she had chosen for the occasion so as to match the lavender color palette.

We then headed to two beautiful lavender fields to enjoy the sunset and the golden hour. Anna and Nuri looked stunning and really enjoyed the moment. This is honestly one of my favorite engagement session so far.

Photography: Greg Finck | Venue: Provence France

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Romantic Flower-Filled Tuscan Wedding

Impending bad weather couldn’t deter from the magical wedding wonderland created by Enzo Miccio for this summer celebration. Overflowing with roses and proteas, and a dress fit for a princess (courtesy of Enzo Miccio Bridal Collection), this wedding was made for royals; take a look at Alfonso Longobardi’s pics and I dare you to disagree. Eager for even more romance? Visit our Vault for plenty more pretty!

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From Enzo Miccio… Who doesn’t dream about a wedding in an enchanting forest where nature is the protagonist? For those who love natural greenery and the wild, the forest offers a unique and surreal atmosphere in which the architecture is determined by the nature, where timeless reigns.

This was the mood with which Anna and Philip united each other in marriage: he, a charming boy coming from South Africa, her, an English and sweet girl, who dreamed to reality of looking like a fairytale princess. Both of them wanted to be the protagonist of the fairytale atmosphere, where enchanted creatures, fairies and elves were the co-stars in this magical and enchanted wedding.

After long and careful research, the famous wedding planner Enzo Miccio, commissioned by the couple, found in Tuscany the ideal place to organize their special wedding. Moreover, Tuscany is a place of charm especially for British people.

Anna and Philip chose to celebrate their wedding in June 2014 with a fabulous 3-day outdoor wedding event in a elegantly-decorated area at the beautiful Borgo Pignano, a 750-acre country estate between Volterra and San Gimignano. The thoroughly enchanting Pignano estate features an elegant 18th Century manor house and surrounding stone farmhouses, gardens, meadows, pools, small lakes, orchards, woodlands and waterfalls.

Unfortunately the weather prediction of that weekend was disastrous. Luckily Enzo Miccio, knows how quickly Tuscany climate could change, therefore during the organization of the wedding event he prepared a plan B, C and D, too.

How could he realize the dream of Anna who looked at him with her big blue eyes, and to whom he had promised the staging of a fairytale? The dark clouds never left us, until 5pm, when a storm arrived which hit us with such violence that left us all in silence. The torchon of flowers, organza curtains, the little chairs in white wood decorated with wreaths of olive trees and ivy, the string ensemble, the bridesmaids with their wonderful dress in satin and chiffon, beautiful bouquet made with proteas (flower that Anna dedicated to Philip), peonies, roses and sand-colored sweet pea… everything seemed to have been broken.

Enzo ran to embrace and reassure Anna, everything would be just as well, that she would have this very special marriage, she only had to wait a while before marrying her Phil. A flute of champagne to make her smile return and then Enzo went into the forest with his gray soaked attire. He summoned Philip’s best men and his assistants under a weak but always relentless rain. So armed with rags they dried the chairs, created a makeshift gazebo to protect musicians, distributed 200 white umbrellas, and replaced the damaged flowers.

Finally, Enzo ran to Anne with the sealed wonderful Valentino white macramé wedding shoes and told to her that her wedding dream would become reality anyway, even with the weather.

And so it was… Anna and Philip had their enchanted fairytale and after the ceremony, the couple and their guests from the UK, South Africa and all around the world, enjoyed aperitifs on the pretty lawns overlooking the breathtaking Tuscan countryside views before the wedding banquet was served in a marquee in the gardens in front of the manor house.

After the wedding banquet and after cutting of the wedding cake – which had been delicately and beautifully decorated by the bride’s mum – the couple and their guests danced the night away on the dancefloor of an open marquee, decorated with chandeliers, pretty sofas and fabulous floral arrangements.

Photography: Alfonso Longobardi | Event Planning: Enzo Miccio | Floral Design: Enzo Miccio | Wedding Dress: Enzo Miccio Bridal Collection | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Enzo Miccio Bridal Collection | Catering: Borgo Pignano | Wedding Venue: Borgo Pignano | Bride's Jewelry: Enzo Miccio Bridal Collection

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SMP Blogger Bride Engagement in Paris

When it comes to our Blogger Brides you better bet they’ve got style, grace, and of course good taste. So when Jean of Extra Petite sent over her recent e-sesh from Paris – with none other than Le Secret D’Audrey behind the lens – well let’s just say I just about DIED over every detail. It’s pretty, it’s pink, it’s Parisian (with a petite flair), and we’ve got it all waiting for you in the gallery!

From Le Secret D’Audrey… Jean is a “Boston gal standing just under 5 feet tall”. This blog started as a means for her to share her experiences while building a wardrobe of pieces that actually fit and flattered her figure. She is followed by many for her great taste and fun tips.

From The Bride To Be…Hello beautiful brides! For my third post on here, I wanted to share our engagement photos from Paris taken by the talented Le Secret D’Audrey. For brides who have more than one dress planned for wedding activities (ie. rehearsal dinner, reception, bridal shower), an engagement session could be a great opportunity to give one of the other dresses some extra attention and not have to buy something new. I wore this shorter white dress later for my shower, and this blush pink gown was handmade by one of my best friends for our Chinese wedding tea ceremony. Our wedding photographer shoots with a digital camera, so for engagement photos we wanted to experiment with a film photographer for the lighter, more airy feel of that medium. Romantic Paris turned out to be the perfect setting!

Photography: Le Secret D'Audrey | Gown: Khatu | Venue: Paris | Film Lab: Carmencita Film Lab | Jean : Extra Petite

Glamorous + Romantic Paris Anniversary Session

I have a love affair with Paris, and this anniversary session from Sophie Epton PhotographyMadame Artisan Fleuriste and Lazzaro Makeup Artistry is precisely why. The stunning photos below capture the beauty and charm that make Paris my favorite city in the world. And this sweet couple? Well, they’re pretty gorgeous, too. Get your passport ready and experience the romance of the City of Lights here.


From Sophie Epton PhotographyParis is far and away one of the most visually stunning and magical places in the world, and I can’t think of any other city I would want to document love stories more, especially for this anniversary session. The inspiration behind this shoot was to document a globetrotting French couple, who after living apart in different countries for quite some time in their eight years together, have finally reunited in the city of Paris. While capturing weddings and engagements is so wonderful and essential, I think it’s vital that we continue to document other important stages of love and life. For a couple to stay together through the ups and downs of a relationship and still remain strong and committed is such a beautiful thing, and should be celebrated!

We had the best time photographing all over this magnificent city, following our couple to some of their favorite areas including Le Marais and the spectacular Palais Royal, and shooting small snippets of their life together to commemorate such an exciting time. Samantha with Wondrous Whimsy provided incredible calligraphy to represent love letter passages and quotes that had been written back and forth over the years by the duo; she also teamed up with Lacy from Paper Birch Designs to create an engraved olive wood board that was used during their picnic in Place Des Vosges, as well as the laser-cut “Tu Me Manques” wood sign (which translates to “you are missing from me” in French) that really represented the long-distance period of their relationship. We even procured a French Blue Mrs. Box to house a ring that had been bought years ago in Mexico as a symbol of their long-lasting love and promise to one another.

The entire shoot was elevated so much by the incredibly talented vendors in Paris that we spent months planning with across the world. Madame Artisan Fleuriste created whimsical florals in dreamy shades of peaches and pinks that added so much beauty and drama to every scene. Jacqueline with Babylone (a local jewelry shop in the heart of Le Marais) contributed the most exquisite handmade jewelry that paired perfectly with each outfit and metallic BHLDN gowns. Additionally, Toni with Lazzaro Makeup Artistry provided brilliant hair and makeup, even traveling with us all over the city for touchups. We ended the day at the quintessential Eiffel Tower, and as we were all packing up, the iron skyscraper lit up with an explosion of golden shimmer…the perfect end to such a magical day! We hope this story and shoot inspires more couples to document their life beyond their wedding day, and truly celebrate the living, breathing, authentic love that exists within any everlasting union.

Photography: Sophie Epton Photography | Event Styling: Sophie Epton Photography | Floral Design: Madame Artisan Fleuriste | Dress: BHLDN | Jewelry: Babylone Paris | Venue: Paris | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Hair + Makeup: Lazzaro Makeup Artistry | Laser Cut Wood Sign + Engraved Cutting Board: Paper Birch Designs | Linen Napkins: Burkelman | Love Letters + Calligraphy: Wondrous Whimsy | Market Bag: Apolis | Ring Box: The Mrs. Box | Silk Ribbon: Frou Frou Chic

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