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A Stylish Wedding Weekend in the South of France

In case you needed a little virtual escape, we’ve got just the ticket. It’s a celebration set in the South of France with an avant-garde style, taking wedding design to the next level. Clayton Austin photographed, MotionCraft Creative filmed, and we have the entire wedding weekend right at your fingertips.

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From the Bride…Wow! What fantastic memories we have from our fabulous wedding day! Those who know Allan and I had a feeling that we would try to create something unique once we had announced our engagement. It helps that I am a Communication Designer and a self-confessed detail freak! I am obsessed about the details and the little touches that can make events so special.

When I began planning the wedding, there were so many things that were important to me. But above all else, I wanted the day to be about us. I didn’t just want it to be pretty and beautiful. What I really wanted were little details to catch the eye, helping to make the day special for both us and our guests.

All that being said, the challenges soon began to mount up and we decided very quickly that we needed a wedding planner to help us on our exciting journey. We had already begun researching and visiting locations, so once we knew we wanted to have it in the South of France, we started contacting some planners. Pretty much straight away we found the team at By Mademoiselle C. For all you brides-to-be reading this, planning a wedding is so challenging on its own. But planning a wedding abroad without making a trip to the location every week is just about impossible. So find yourself a good planner!

As a designer who has worked on a variety of projects and also happens to be German, I immediately began thinking very strategically about the whole thing. Once I had decided upon the planner, location and venue, I started dreaming and imagining the whole thing in my spare time. This was the most challenging bit for me. I knew that I would style, design and create all our wedding stationery myself, but it actually didn’t help being a professional designer – I simply had too many possibilities flying around in my head. I knew I would definitely send printed invitations as I am obsessed with beautiful paper. My goal was to create something that we could send out which symbolized the wedding mood itself and what the guests could expect when it came to colors, fabrics, and the look/feel of the day. This was hard as I had to start envisioning everything without having planned all of the actual details. But, it all came together beautifully. We sent out a pale blue custom-made box, embossed with a copper wedding crest which I had designed out of our initials and some abstract lavender illustration.

I started putting together color palettes using Pantone color cards. Slowly but surely I had the courage to start putting a presentation together using InDesign and it included all the little things I had discovered which had made me excited about the big day. I collected and scanned hand-written letters from my husband’s aunt. She had written little sayings and phrases taken from the family in beautiful handwriting and seeing as I love (love, love!) calligraphy, this was a perfect little touch.

I thought about colors that make us both happy. Even though I am a huge pastel fan, but I found the colors to be a little too playful for a wedding day. Instead, I decided to go with washed out pastels. They are much more reserved but also so elegant. Blush, dove grey, pale blue and pale lilac were the shades we chose. Step-by-step, we edged closer to our actual look for the day. In a nutshell: poetic, fabric pastel, glamorous. On the big day itself, we were finally able to see all the little details fall into place at the venue itself. It was just so beautiful and I was so happy that guests loved all the little touches I had been carefully agonizing over for so long.

Looking back I wouldn’t change a thing. I had such an amazing time, and both the videographer, Sebastian, and our genius photographer, Clayton, were just fantastic on the day. They both captured the day in a magical way!

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Photography: Clayton Austin | Cinematography: MotionCraft Creative | Design: Sadaf Mirzaei | Event Planning: By Mademoiselle C | Wedding Dress: Shanna Melville | Invitations: Sadaf Mirzaei | Bride's Shoes: Dolce & Gabbana | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Monique Lhuillier | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Hair + Makeup: Magali Junemann | Favors: Sadaf Mirzaei | Venue: Château Grimaldi

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Provence Is Where Wedding Dreams Come True

I’d put money down on the fact that Provence is on every single person’s wanderlust wish list. And after seeing these pics by Tamara Gruner, how could anyone disagree? Weddings of Excellence in Provence was the force behind this inspiration shoot, giving us endless beauty to inspire. Eager to bring your wishes to reality? Read on for info on Tamara Gruner’s Workshop where you too can capture the magic of this special place next May. Oh and PS. More Provencal treats coming to our Front Page later today :)

From Tamara Gruner PhotographyWedding inspiration: Inspired by the soft color palette of Provence we chose ivory, green, blush and peach as our main colors for this soft and romantic wedding inspiration shoot. Our venue, La Coquillade, with its beautiful and romantic nooks in every corner, was the perfect setting for this Provencal wedding. The ceremony, nestled in the midst of a blooming lavender field and olive trees, was the perfect backdrop for our pretty couple. The bride’s dress, a Musat Bridal gown, with fine lace elements and a romantic fabric – flowing with the wind – makes our dream look complete. The bride’s classic updo and her beautiful jewelry complements the bride’s delicate face. The groom in his elegant black tux presents himself as Prince Charming. The cake and invitation suite adds a classy touch to the whole inspiration. The pretty table setup, with the soft flowers and classic tabletop with its typical Provencal candle holders, continues our romantic look and feel. The table overlooks the mesmerizing Provencal vineyards – the perfect location to bring a perfect day to a close.

Our next workshop will be held in Provence, France in May 7-10th, 2017. The workshop offers a 3-day hands-on experience on how to offer the finest for your clients, your fellow vendors, and last but not the least, for yourself – using your talent and art. We will engage in one-on-one sessions, with professionals, to review your work. The sessions will offer nuances on how to elevate your work, and, provide marketing tips on standing out in the crowd. As a part of this workshop, you will capture the work of professional vendors – stylists, designers, calligraphers, florists, and, models – thereby providing you with rich photographing experience. Our workshop will be in French and English. Our speakers include Elizabeth from Style Me Pretty, Susanne from Hochzeitsguide, Albany from Richard Photo Lab, Stéphanie from Weddings of Excellence in Provence, Céline from Un Jardin En Ville, Jeremy from Icon 6 and myself. You will find more information about our workshop and registration at http://tamaragruner.com/info 

Notre prochaine formation se déroulera en Provence du 7 au 10 mai 2017. Notre forfait offre trois jours d’apprentissages, ou comment offrir le meilleur à vos clients et bien plus encore. Vous suivrez des prestataires de talents et pas des moindres, qui mettront à votre profit leur expérience afin de développer votre talent et votre art de la photographie. Nous vous proposons également des rencontres individuelles, avec des professionnels pour affiner et aiguiser votre travail. Ces interventions vous apporterons tout les ingrédients nécessaires afin de développer vos connaissances et des conseils marketing pour obtenir le succès dont vous rêvez. Lors de cette découverte, vous suivrez le travail de certains professionnels: designer, calligraphe, bloggeur, wedding planner, fleuriste, mannequins. Ils sont là pour vous permettre d’acquérir une expérience riche dans le monde de l’industrie du mariage. Notre workshop sera en Français et en Anglais. Nos talentueux intervenants sont Elizabeth de Style Me Pretty, Susanne de Hochzeitsguide, Albany de Richard Photo Lab, Stéphanie de Weddings of Excellence in Provence, Céline d’Un Jardin En Ville, Jeremy de Icon 6 et Tamara de Tamara Grüner Photography. Plus d’informations et toutes les données pour votre inscription sur le lien http://tamaragruner.com/info-french

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Photography: Tamara Gruner Photography | Event Planning + Design: Weddings of Excellence in Provence | Styling: Un Jardin En Ville | Floral Design: Un Jardin En Ville | Wedding Dress: Musat Bridal | Cake: Le Palais Gourmand | Rings: Pelissier | Makeup: Ylva Langenskiold | Hair: Agnes Caneri | Calligraphy: Studio French Blue calligraphy + design | Venue: La Coquillade Resort | Accessories + Shoes: Left Bank Bridal | Behind the Scenes: Studio Ohlala | Chandelier: Phos | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Groom’s Attire: Rayne Homme | Model Agency: Enjoy Models | Models: Yannick & Calypso from Enjoy Models | Rentals: Options | Ring Box: The Mrs Box | Silk + Ribbon: Silk & Willow | Workshop: Tamara Gruner Photography Workshop

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Classic French Chateau Wedding in Provence

When Greg Finck and Lavender And Rose join forces, amazing French weddings unfold. Case in point? This summertime chateau affair nestled in the heart of Provence. Complete with a host of pretty blooms by Wayne Riley Flowers and the most stunning lavender field you ever did see, there’s more than enough reason to pause your work day (we won’t tell!) and get lost in the gallery.

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From Greg FinckIt can be tricky to attend to the wedding of an English and a German during the soccer worldcup. England had just been beaten by Uruguay the day before, and Germany was heading to being the next world champion. This however didn’t even bring a cloud over Nicky and Daniel’s chateau wedding in Provence.

Nicky and Daniel are a wonderful couple from London, who had decided to tie the knot under the blue sky of sunny Provence. A fabulous day at Château Grimaldi, a private chateau in Aix-en-Provence, with a stunning scenery and a pool embedded in the middle of castle ruins. This place vehicles all the beauty and magical light of Provence. Everything here is about pastel colors, soft and warm light, and the smell of lavender and olive groves.

Nicky and Daniel’s day had been perfectly designed by Lavender&Rose, with their usual touch of beauty and elegance. Floral design by Wayne Riley Flowers, perfectly matched the location’s softness, with in particular splendid rose bouquets for the bride and bride’s maids. Nicky’s effortless beauty had been enhanced by a bespoke Caroline Castigliano’s gown, and a pair of Christian Louboutin’s high heels.

The ceremony took place in Château Grimaldi’s private chapel, adding much intimacy to that very emotional moment. Once more the design was fabulous, with candles illuminating that intimate dark chapel. The cocktail took place just near by the pool, in the middle of castle ruins, while a jazz band was playing and guests savoring some Champagne. We leveraged the beautiful afternoon light for a lovely couple session in the middle of olive groves.

The day ended with an elegant outdoor diner, set just in front the chateau, with beautiful table setting for Lavender&Rose, and Wayne Riley Flowers. The sun was setting on a beautiful, and I could not help but taking our lovely couple in a lavender field, just nearby, for some last shots with the last rays of sun and a fabulous light.

Photography: Greg Finck Photography | Event Design: Lavender and Rose | Floral Design: Wayne Riley Flowers | Reception Venue: Château Grimaldi | Bride's Shoes: Louboutin | Jewelry: Tiffany & Co. | Hair: Carol Ray Bonnet | Assistant Photographer: Gert Huygaerts Photography | Bride's Gown: Caroline Castigliano | Make Up Bride: Ylva Langenskiold | Make Up Bride's Maids: Camille Bonardi

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