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A Picture Perfect Photo Session on a Rainy Day in Paris

Rain on the day of your Paris engagement session is not ideal. But, as Audrey (the fabulous talent behind Le Secret d’Audrey) said: “It is Paris — even plan B is beautiful.” And it was. From the beautiful and intimate apartment photos to the rainy adventures in the streets of Paris, this engagement session is making us say “Je t’aime.” See every reason why in The Vault!


From Le Secret d’AudreyOften I get asked ” what do we do if it rains?” Well of course ideally we reschedule but sometimes my couples are traveling to Paris for a few days and don’t have many options. Tan and her fiance came in Paris for two things only: having engagement photos by me and running the Paris marathon. So we had only a tiny window to schedule the shoot. We had to go with our plan on the rainiest day of this Spring. But because it is Paris even plan B is beautiful: we spent some extra time in their Paris apartment for some indoors photos. Then not to get the wedding dress in the rain Tan changed into a cute short dress at the last minute and we hit my favorite locations in Paris. Some arcades, an umbrella and we were good to go!

From the Bride to be…Both of us work in the same organization and we were introduced over a casual lunch on one of those usual workdays almost 7 years ago. Never did we thought that this brief lunch would blossom into a lifelong relationship.

One of the things that we like to do together is running. Since both of us have never been to Paris, we decided to sign up to run the Paris Marathon and to cover some unbeaten tracks around France.

The marathon was signed up a year in advance and between that time to the marathon, he proposed. I started to research about weddings in Paris and that is when I stumbled upon Audrey. I know immediately that this is the style that I want to be photographed in.

The search for the perfect dress for the photoshoot was a stressful one as I only started looking for one slightly less than 3 months before. From the start, I knew that I wanted a dress that has a non-conventional neckline that is elegant yet has a sexy aura to it. There are limited options in my city and I was almost going to resort to customizing my own, until I tried on this dress from Snow by Annasul Y. The dress was so unthinkably gorgeous when put on and I completely fell in love with the lace bodice and the sheer skirt where my legs are faintly visible especially in the reflection of light.

The weather on the day of our photo shoot was a depressing one as it was gloomy and drizzled pretty much the entire day. My idea to have Audrey to capture us in the evening light, just like those beautiful photos from her portfolio, was pretty much ruined, or at least I thought. Audrey was upbeat throughout however and reassured me that the photos would turn out fine, only with shiny floor.

I chose to wear the Annasul Y dress for the indoor session and a Lavish Alice short dress that I got from ASOS for the session at Louvre Museum and Eiffel Tower. Wearing the Lavish Alice dress was unplanned for, if not for the weather, however the dress stood out perfectly in the photos.

Audrey was exactly right, the photos are amazingly beautiful that I immediately fell in love with the moment I received them. I have to say that the dream team I had on that day, both Audrey and James, was the best ever.

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Photography: Le Secret d'Audrey | Hair + Makeup: James Harold | Film Processing: Carmencita Film Lab | Location: Paris France | Long Dress: Annasul Y | Short Dress: Lavish Alice

The Perfect Garden E-Sesh for Any Couple With A Green Thumb

It’s official, I’m moving to Dangeau and it’s all thanks to the captures from Jen Huang. Because this gallery right here? It’s my dream life. Seriously, no exaggeration. A slow French afternoon in the garden with the one you love? DREAM, DREAM, DREAM. See it all in The Vault!

From Jen HuangIn Dangeau, days are slow and nights glow with the warmth of summer. For Louise and Pieras, a honeymoon was the extension of their quiet romance. Here are the languid moments in the chateau kitchen and gardens. Days were spent in each others arms and afternoons in the cool vegetable patch. Intimate kisses were exchanged as they prepared delicious organic dinners paired with local rose wines. Glances and moments were weighted, heavy with the anticipation of their future life together. There is nothing more fulfilling than the daily repetition of a simple routine when it is with someone you can not bear to be without.

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Photography: Jen Huang | Styling: Ginny Au | Floral Design: Amy Merrick | Hair + Makeup: Chaili Meng| Venue: Château De Bouthonvilliers | Blue Dress: J.Crew

Every Detail from This Wedding is Out of a Dream (Flamingo Heels Included)

It should come as no surprise that here at Style Me Pretty, we love the color pink, but this French Riviera wedding from Le Secret D’AudreyMG Image and Lavender And Rose has us tickled pink. Designer heels with a flamingo surprise (a throwback to the couple’s first date at a zoo), a floral invitation suite with a custom rose gold wax seal, and an abundance of soft pink roses — every inch of this day is a pink dream. And thanks to The Vault, we never have to wake up!

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From Le Secret D’AudreyAs a wedding photographer in France I know I will be lucky enough to travel to beautiful venues across the country. I must say the French Riviera never disappoint. Shooting on film I know the light there will be just perfection with the right amount of glow.

Marie has the most amazing sense of style like most British girls living in London. When she got engaged to her French fiance Alexis it is in the South in France where they spent so many summers she wanted to celebrate her wedding. And the French Riviera was the perfect backdrop for her elegant wedding. With her extravagant shoes and dress she stole the show and all the guests had fun all night in the beautiful Villa overlooking the Mediterranean Sea at sunset.

From Lavender And Rose… As part of three days of celebrations on the French Riviera, British bride Marie and her French groom Alexis chose arguably the most beautiful venue on the Côte d’Azur for their August nuptials; the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild The stunning “Belle Epoque” property with its pastel pink facade and stunning French gardens was the backdrop for the glamorous soirée.

Marie & Alexis’ wedding was packed full of lovely details, many with a personal significance for the couple. Marie’s pink flamingo shoes by accessory designer Sophia Webster tied in with the couple’s first date which was at the zoo when Alexis compared Marie’s slender long legs to those of a flamingo!

The location for the wedding weekend was a no-brainer for the couple as Alexis grew up in the South of France and since they met, the couple have been holidaying on the French Riviera every summer.

Marie was extremely careful to make sure that both the French and English speaking guests felt comfortable at each step of the way so she created the bespoke invitations with designer Louise Richardson both in English and French using a blue colour code for the French and pink for the English. A personalised rose gold wax seal and tailor-made floral pocket finished off the feminine floral invitation suite which took inspiration from the rose gardens at the venue.

On the day the speeches were translated by a professional translator and copies were handed out to guests by the planing team.

Details were certainly not spared for the groom and his groomsmen, Marie had arranged for the guys’ initials to be embroidered on their shirt and groom Alexis had the couple’s name and wedding date embroidered into his suit lining. The bride and bridesmaids had personalised bath robes to wear while they were getting ready and enjoying a class of pink bubbles in their suite at the ever so chic Grand Hotel du Cap-Ferat Four Seasons where the bridal preparations took place.

The imposing floral centrepieces and the grandiose floral arch created by florist Wayne Riley were definitely one of the highlights of Marie and Alexis’ big day. The soft pink colour pallet matched perfectly with the venue which was the backdrop for the romantic outdoor dinner.

Guests enjoyed a gastronomic experience provided by famous French caterer Potel & Chabot The buffalo mozzarella and chilled tomato soup was the perfect light, summery entrée which was followed by a grilled sea bas served in a salted crust presented whole to the table and then filleted and plated by the Maitre D’ with seasonal vegetables and olive oil crushed potatoes to accompany. The chocolate crater dessert with peach, caramel and macadamia nuts was a sweet end to a delicious dinner. For their cake designed by Debbie Tapp the couple chose three flavours; carrot cake with lemon filling, lemon cake with limoncello filling and a classic vanilla cake with raspberry jam and buttercream filling. The cake was decorated with sugar flowers and a mother of pearl finish and was presented on a table with a mirror tabletop.

A string quartet performed “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri fo the processional and a lovely version of Bruno Mars’ “Marry You” for the recessional. During dinner an acoustic band played table to table taking requests and building the party atmosphere. The first dance “You and I” by John Legend took place in the fairy-light lit ballroom. With Nick Boot from UK DJs Abroad behind the decks, the set list was an eclectic mix of 90’s British R&B, club-style house music and current commercial hits.

Marie wanted to bring something special to her wedding and surprise guests so we brainstormed ideas for this and settled on a surprise performance by an artist. During dessert, set to music, the artist appeared and began his glitter painting show; using transparent glue to great an invisible design on a black canvas, the tableau came to life when the artist threw glitter onto the canvas revealing a portait of the bride and groom.

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Photography: Le Secret d'Audrey | Cinematography: MG Image | Event Planning: Lavender and Rose | Floral Design: Wayne Riley Flowers | Wedding Dress: Berta Bridal | Cake: Debbie's Cake Boutique | Stationery: Louise Richardson Stationery | Bride's Shoes: Sophia Webster | Catering: Potel et Chabot | Makeup: Sophie Killian | Venue: Villa Ephrussi De Rothschild | Sound + Lighting: Riviera Organisation

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