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Gastronomic Provencal Wedding at Auberge La Feniere

Give me a food-centric wedding and you’ll have one happy wedding blogger on your hands. Set said wedding right in the middle of the breathtaking Provence countryside, sprinkled with the prettiest blooms from Fleurs d’Atelier and one serious stunning Bride at the center of it? And it’s all over. Beautifully captured by M&J Photography, you can peruse every bit right here.

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From the beautiful Bride…I know every single person says it and it’s is cliche, but really, it’s the truth: our wedding day was the best day of my life. There, I said it. I am definitely not one of those girls who started planning my wedding from the time I was a little girl, so when the time came to start planning ours, I was a little overwhelmed with all the small details we has to wade through. We always knew our wedding would be in france and we quickly realized around 70% of our guest list would be international, with people coming from as far as New Zealand, Indonesia, Japan, Ghana and Fiji.

Being an artist and a designer myself, I knew I would inevitably end up planning the wedding and creating all the paper goods and stationery. I was able to do this with the help of my friend (and generally awesome human) Joy Proctor. This was something I really enjoyed because from the save the dates to the invitations or the welcome books, I felt I had the ability to do small things that really represented us as a couple. We love adventure, we’ve traveled across the world together and we come from 2 very distinct cultures. Instead of a traditional guest book, I created postcards with drawings of women that represented the places in the world we traveled together. Our guests were able to choose a postcard they liked, or had something to do with how they met us.

Arnaud and I dislike being the center of attention, so we really shied away from anything that would make our wedding feel formal in any way. The goal was to make the day feel like a big reunion of friends and family who had either never met, or not seen each other in many years. He and I would just be hanging out in a big white dress and a tux because all our other clothes were dirty that day. When we found the Auberge La Feniere, we knew it was exactly what we had been looking for. A location that felt authentic, incredibly beautiful without feeling stuffy, surrounded by nature, michelin star chef and run by a group of people who, at the end of the day, felt more like family than vendors. We knew our family and friends would love it as much as we did and we became really excited to share this with them. A lot of our wedding was DIY and we were so grateful for all the family and friends that really helped make this happen. We had a lot of nights spent at home with cuttings boards, wine and friends helping to assemble the wedding programs, gift boxes for guests, menus, name cards and anything else we needed.

In terms of the actual day, we had a really beautiful (short) ceremony where I think he was compared to a pig, and I was compared to a truffle. It was an incredible feeling to be surrounded by so many people we love, and to recognize every single face I saw. It felt so intimate and special. We ate and danced with friends, had a really lovely dinner in the middle of the olive trees, enjoyed so much laughter and wonderful food then danced some more until the sun came up.

Photography: M&J Photography | Flowers: Laetitia C. | Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Bridesmaid's Dresses: Joanna August | Catering: La Feniere | Bridal Gown: Reem Acra | Canape's / Snacks: Rabasse | Envelope Calligraphy: Feast Calligraphy | Gifts For Bridal Party: Chanel | Guest Favors: Rabasse | Jewelery: Handmade | Paper Goods: Jacklyn Laryea | Planning & Design: Jacklyn Laryea | Restaurant/Hotel: Auberge La Feniere

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Romantic Chateau Wedding in Provence

You know that when it comes to France, I’m obsessed on all levels. So, it’s no surprise that this stunning Chateau Des Barrenques affair from Gert Huygaerts Photography and Iris Decreus has got me in a Pinterest frenzy. Complete with lavender field kisses, freshly picked Il était Une Fleur  bouquets, and a balloon accented aisle, every detail from this gallery is daydream worthy.

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From Gert Huygaerts PhotographyDeborah and Frederik met for the first time at work. Deborah office closed down and she was transferred to Frederik’s office… getting a desk right in front of him… from that moment on, they both knew there was more than work and friendship!

On a weekend at the seaside, after a few very heavy weeks at work, Frederik arranged breakfast in bed… together with an adorable engagement ring in the silver butter boat!

The lovely couple was on a holiday in Provence last year and once in a sudden there was the idea “why don’t we get married here?” The peace & quiet of the area, the lovely nature, the beautiful weather all was there to make it really the day of their lives!

Their friends, family, the lovely details and the adorable chateau made the party complete… a day to never forget! The ceremony also was important to Deborah & Frederik, because it made it possible to think back on their love for each other, together with their best friends and family.

Photography: Gert Huygaerts Photography | Event Planning: Iris Decreus | Floral Design: Il était Une Fleur | Wedding Dress: La Sposa | Film Lab: Richard Photo Lab | Photography - Assistance: Studio Fazett | Wedding Venue: Chateau Des Barrenques

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Classic Couture Paris Wedding

Oh, Paris. You never disappoint. Fearless fashion, pristine architecture and infinite romance… a city made for weddings. And this one, seen through the lens of Le Secret D’Audrey? It’s everything Paris love should be, starting with that striking Paolo Corona dress. The Bride, prettied up by Sanni Sorma, was meant for this dress that sets the tone for the entire day. With Luxe Paris Events at the planning helm and Celebrant In Paris uniting these two love birds, it’s more pretty than you can dream up.

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From the beautiful Bride…Jason asked me to marry him while we were enjoying a romantic weekend on the Mornington Peninsula near Melbourne, Australia. As the sun was setting over a glass of champagne he gave me a beautiful diamond and proposed.

Jason and I wanted our wedding day to be intimate, beautiful, sacred, and filled with love. We discovered Audrey’s photos (Le Secret d’Audrey) of Parisian elopements and not only did we love her photography but as soon as we saw a photo of the Chapelle Expiatoire, a beautiful private chapel in the 8th Arrondissement, we knew we wanted to be married there. We were looking for a special destination that signified our love and everything about Paris and the Chapelle was perfect.

Through Audrey’s website I found my Dress designer Paolo Corona. I saw a dress designed by Paolo that I loved…it was feminine, soft and sensual. I emailed Paolo in Paris and the process of creating my dress began. Every part of the creation process (via skype & email) and final fitting with Paolo (and Billy) in Paris was pure joy…I sparkled from the inside out when I put my Dress on. Seeing me in that dress didn’t only bring a tear to Jason’s eye when I walked down the aisle but to my beautiful father too.

Billy (Luxe Paris Events) found a lovely private room for our reception at the Saint James Paris and then all the final details for our day fell into place. We were fortunate to find wonderful people to contribute to every part of our day. It was very special to have our dear friend Isabella Baumeler, an Opera Singer from Switzerland, join us and sing a capella in the Chapelle…her voice is incredible and touched everyone’s heart.

Our day was a magical day filled with love and romance. From the start of our day to the end we couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day with so many touching moments.

I began my day meditating in the early hours of the morning…meditating on love, commitment, and the peace I felt as I was about to marry my soul mate. I never realized how much I would enjoy this day…every minute of it. The time before with my parents as we all got ready while Sanni was doing my hair and makeup, driving through the streets of Paris in our mint green Citroen, and then seeing Jason waiting for me as I walked down the aisle with my parents towards him, feeling the love we share between us and our beautiful connection, committing to our personally written vows, Isabella’s heart touching voice, the love of our loved ones…it was all so special.

Paris…the city, the Chapelle, the people…touched our hearts and we will forever remember our day of love in this romantic city.

Everyone who contributed to our day not only provided outstanding service but they all had an openness and gentleness about them. We were truly surrounded by love and provided with timeless memories to cherish.

Photography: Le Secret D'Audrey | Planner: Luxe Paris Events | Florist: Luxe Paris Events | Make Up: Sanni Sorma | Officiant: Celebrant In Paris | Car: Paris Authentic | Reception And Hotel: Saint James | Suit: Armani Collezioni | Video: Zen Film

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