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Romantic Family-Oriented Paris Elopement

Big weddings aren’t for everyone—thank goodness, because if they were, we wouldn’t have this beautiful couple’s romantic Parisian elopement. And despite this small size, this wedding has everything it needs: love, family (the couple’s daughter and flowergirl insisted on flowers in her favorite shade of pink) and stunning photos from Le Secret d’Audrey. See them all here.

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From The Bride…Late one night, somewhere between trying to minimize our ever growing guest list, seating arrangements and choosing the perfect colour scheme, I had a light bulb moment! Why don’t we elope? He loved the idea, I loved the idea and both of our families were extremely supportive and knew that this would be perfect for us. Together with our 2 beautiful children, we wanted to make this special occasion an intimate and heartfelt one, dedicating our lives to one another without any added pressures. Walking down the aisle with the 2 most important human beings in our lives, I cannot begin to explain how special this moment was.

I wouldn’t quite say that I am a perfectionist, but I certainly do dedicate a lot of energy into the finer details. I wanted our wedding to be timeless and elegant with a hint of personality on the side. I had a lot of fun collecting fresh flowers from a local flower shop and styling the mantle in our apartment with my wedding details. My daughter loves the colour pink and her only request was that we had pink flowers, so I couldn’t resist a few pink peonies!

Why Paris? Why not?! It is the City of Love after all. With its intricate beauty and romantic backdrop, I couldn’t think of a more perfect location to say “I do.” Planning an elopement in Paris is easy, especially if you have the gorgeous and vibrant Yanique from Elope in Paris on your team! She took care of every fine detail, from locations to makeup and everything in between, she was an absolute pleasure to work with!

For Chris and I, finding the perfect photographer to capture our special day was imperative. As our family and friends weren’t there with us on this joyous occasion we wanted to be able to relive the day with them through still lives. When I came across the most stunning images I had ever seen on an Instagram page (@audreyparisphoto) I knew that we had found the one!

With Audrey’s eye for detail and knowledge of Paris, she captured our day exactly how we had imagined! Now I have the most amazing photographs of my very own fairytale wedding.

Photography: Le Secret D'Audrey | Event Planning: Elope In Paris | Floral Design: Les Herbes De Paris | Wedding Dress: Jim Hjelm | Cake: Super Mom In The Kitchen | Hair And Makeup : Modern Beauties | Children's Outfits: Tartine Et Chocolat | Earrings : Cerrone | Film Processing: CarmencitaLab

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Romantic La Vie en Rose Wedding Inspiration in Provence

Close your eyes and imagine the dreamiest floral filled inspiration set amongst the rolling hills of Provence. Now, open and start scrolling, because nestled in this gallery lies greatness. Grand details in the form of Weddings of Excellence in Provence mastery all poetically captured by Tamara Gruner Photography, this romantic editorial is a personified dream.

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From Tamara Gruner Photography and Weddings of Excellence in ProvenceThe delicate rays of the late spring sun cast a mesmerizing spell on the vineyards and surrounding rolling hills. The winding stream waltzed to the tune of the gentle breeze. Nestled in such a whimsical landscape in charming Provence is an elegant and magical piece of land – Blanche Fleur. Adorned in her Nany’n dress the bride started the day by gracing an ancient chapel. Glowing in candle light, all around, she paused to reflect on her magical day. Delicately holding her bouquet of ivory roses she gingerly walked down the aisle – decked with candles – to her beau. Dressed immaculately in his blue tuxedo, the groom was waiting to hold his charming bride. The arch, decorated with pink and white peonies, was the ideal backdrop for an intimate ceremony. The table setting for six, under the veil of an arching tree, was lavishly decorated with roses, peonies and hydrangea, candles, and drift wood. Exquisite hand calligraphed menu and place cards embellished the place setting. The guests were pampered with a wide array of Provençal culinary delights. The day was long gone but the couple strolled in each other’s arms – romancing. They stopped by the vineyards, listened to the rhythm of the flowing brook, and paused to dream. A dream that is now filled only with roses.

Photography: Tamara Gruner Photography | Videography: La Paire De Cerises | Event Planning: Weddings Of Excellence In Provence | Cake: Made In Cake | Jewelry: Franck Pelissier | Catering: Brunet Frères | Hair: Anne For Zemmour | Calligraphy: Joy For Studio French Blue | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Floral & Event Design: Céline Un Jardin En Ville | Location: Blanche Fleur | Wedding Dresses & Veil: Atelier Nany’n

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Intimate + Elegant Wedding in Paris

There’s something about Paris that the second I see a photo of the City of Lights, I immediately start dreaming of ways to move back. And these photos from Le Secret d’Audrey have me tempted to grab my passport and pack my bags. From the Bride’s stunning Sherri Hill gown, to the intimate ceremony and reception planned to perfection by Rendez-Vous in Paris and the portrait session around the city, this soirée has me dreaming of la belle vie. See all the beauty here in the gallery.

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From the Bride… While living in Dallas, I befriended my neighbor Cameron, we would often run together in the park across the street from our building. After a run one Friday, we went to hang out by the pool (spoiler alert: I don’t end up dating Cameron!).

While at the pool, I went on a rant, complaining about the overall lack of decent men in Dallas. Cameron tells me he has the perfect guy for me, then gets Brad on the phone. Cameron and Brad had recently worked together. The conversation went something like this:

Cameron: “Hey man, remember that girl you saw on my Facebook and thought was hot?”

Brad: “I think so…”

Cameron: “Hold on, here she is.”

This lead to our immediate, first, and very awkward conversation on the phone! We both laughed it off and decided we would all have to get together some time. Cameron later brokered the exchange of our contact information but Brad never called!

So, I did what any self-respecting girl would do. I found him on Facebook, changed my profile picture to one of me in a bikini and sent him a “friend request.”

Some time went by without an acceptance from Brad. Then, he accepted me and called instantly. He later admitted to finally seeing the request, scrolling through all of my pictures and immediately calling me once he saw what I looked like! What a catch!

Shortly after, we went on our first date and we’ve pretty much been inseparable ever since!

The proposal occurred during the Christmas and Candle Light Tour at the Biltmore Estate in Ashville, NC. We got in the photo line to have our pictures taken in front of a massive and beautiful Christmas tree. After the first picture was taken, Brad asked the photographer if she would take one more. Then, he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. It was prefect!!!

Our wedding was slightly unconventional to say the least. Our wedding reception was held at Tour Eiffel 58 (restaurant on the second level of the Eiffel Tour.) I mention the reception first because it was the night before the wedding. Guest dined on four courses of French cuisine while enjoying a breathtaking view of Paris at night. The wedding was the next day at the Chapel Expiatoire.

The ceremony opened with the mothers being seated, while a violinist and pianist played Make You Feel My Love. I walked down the aisle to Cannon in D and the musicians played So This is Love (from the Cinderella Waltz) during our first kiss as husband and wife. Before the first kiss, the Officiate asked the mothers to come up and stand next to us. Then he read, “before the couple has their first kiss as husband an wife, it is only fitting that their last kiss as singles, come from the women who gave them there very first kiss.” This moment was a surprise for the mothers and they both lost their composure. It was beautiful!

I would have to say the most unique moment in the wedding was the scripture reading. Brad told me he would take care of selecting a scripture for his sister to read during the ceremony. I was very concerned nonetheless I relinquished the task. During the ceremony his sister read a scripture followed by a reading of a card that I’d sent Brad a couple years back. She said, Brad told her that he saved the card because after reading it he knew I was the woman he wanted to marry. After the wedding we flew to Barcelona, Spain where we honeymooned for five days!!

Before the wedding my girlfriends asked what do I think Brad will do when he sees me walking down the aisle. Knowing that Brad is non-demonstrative and that I’ve only seen him cry twice I’d rely, “I’m not sure what he will do but I’m positive he won’t cry!” Well I was wrong; I got to the top of the stairs at the Chapel and saw my best friend and now husband, waiting for me with tears in his eyes. Hands down, the absolute BEST thing about my wedding day!!

Photography: Le Secret D'Audrey | Event Planning: Rendez-Vous In Paris | Wedding Dress : Sherri Hill | Cake: Dalloyau | Ceremony Venue: Chapelle Expiatoire | Reception Venue: Tour Eiffel 58 | Rings: Israel Diamonds

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Romantic Haute Couture Wedding Inspiration in Paris

This stunning Parisian inspiration photo shoot from Le Secret d’Audrey and Vanessa & Caroline all started with a Krikor Jabotian dress, and oh my goodness, is it a dress. I’m not usually a beaded gown type of girl, but the Lebanese designer’s dreamy blush masterpiece stole my heart, and now, there’s no going back. I’m OK with that though because I want to live in this Parisian fête, especially with the romantic florals and gilded French ballroom. Fall in love here.

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From Vanessa & Caroline – Créatrices de Mariages … We fell in love with Lebanese designer Krikor Jabotian and we wanted to shoot one of his amazing dress. We both agreed on this particular model ‘The Feyrouze’ as is it so unique and luminous. From there we built this styled shoot around gold and blush colors with an elegant yet simple and chic style.

Maison Champs-Elysées was a perfect fit with its golden decorations and elegant Paris feel, it matched our shoot ideally and is an amazing venue for a typical Paris reception in the heart of Paris, near the Champs-Elysées and the Eiffel Tower.

Paris is such a romantic city, it is really the city to fall in love all over again and it is one of the best place to get married. Everywhere in the city you can find spots to have a small ceremony and have great couple pictures. We love to plan intimate romantic weddings and hidden venues where couples can enjoy the authenticity of Paris.

The idea was to shoot a beautiful couple eloping in Paris, and show a dress different form the usual white one: a blush and golden gown that sparkles and reminds of Paris’s beauty and lights.

We decided to chose an organic and elegant style for the flowers and Lily Paloma created a centerpiece and bouquet that highlighted the table as well as the dress. The stationery from Imprimerie du Marais in letterpress and golden hues added perfectly to the mix. And the final touch with and elegant wedding cake from Synie’s Cupcakes.

Photography: Le Secret D'Audrey | Floral Design: Lily Paloma | Wedding Dress: Krikor Jabotian | Cake: Synie's | Stationery: La Belle Histoire | Ring: Eternamé | Hair And Makeup: Harold James | Groom's Attire: Artling | Venue: Maison Champs-Elysées | Event Styling & Planning: Vanessa & Caroline - Créatrices De Mariages | Film Processing: CarmencitaLab

Glamorous French Riviera Wedding

Purple with a purpose, that’s what I’m dubbing this gorgeous Lavender And Rose Weddings fete. One seriously glamorous affair straight from the lens of Greg Finck, it’s as if a fairytale has come to life. From the lovely ombre cake to the red carpet romance (complete with bubbles!) – it’s all waiting for you in the gorgeous gallery!

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From Greg Finck… Diana and Jason are a sweet couple from Vancouver, who had decided to choose the warmer climate of the French Riviera to tie the knot.

Lying on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, Le Château de la Napoule is a medieval castle full of French charm and elegance. Beauty is everywhere there, from the patios, to the gardens, and the amazing terrace looking down on the Bay of Cannes. This elegant venue just calls for summer laziness and easy breeze lifestyle.

For the occasion, the venue had been covered of purple and pink, thanks to the amazing job of Yeoman’s Flowers. Owned by the bride’s uncle, Yeoman’s Flowers has nailed floral design by emphasizing the beauty of the venue with sprays of amazing lilac and cherry tree branches.

The day has been perfectly planned and designed – as always – by the superstars of Lavender&Rose. Attentions and details for the newly weds were everywhere, with a special mention for the couple custom cocktail : a Champagne and Blueberry treat, perfectly matching the color palette of the day. And please don’t start me on the Ladurée gift box of macarons that I have used to shoot the bride’s amazing engagement ring.

The outdoor ceremony was held in a private garden just nearby the shores, under an amazing late afternoon light. This was such an intense moment when everyone has been overwhelmed by the couple perfect vows. The cocktail hour and dinner were led by one of the most prestigious French caterer Potel&Chabot. Canapés and courses were truly amazing both by the taste and presentation, and I still can’t believe in that smoking blue cheese and purple endives plate.

The elegant dinner was held in one of the castle’s indoor room and ended by an amazing dancing party led by DJ Thomas Dusseune. What a beautiful Spring day on the French Riviera. All my congratulations go to Diana&Jason for having us shared such an amazing moment.

Photography: Greg Finck | Floral Design: Yeoman's Flowers | Gown: Tara Keely | Wedding Cake: Debbie’s Cake Boutique | Bride's Shoes: Prada | Catering: Potel & Chabot | Hair: Gérard Darby | Calligraphy: Studio French Blue | DJ: Thomas Dusseune | Assistant Photography: Camille Marciano | Château: Château De La Napoule | Event Planning And Design: Lavender And Rose Weddings

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Glamorous French Riviera Engagement Session

An engagement on the French Riviera sounds incredible in and of itself. But toss in a chic, glittery champagne gown, a bottle of bubbly and the amazing Greg Finck behind the lens? And it turns into a love sesh that we’re lusting after. Lavender & Rose Weddings planned every pretty bit of this couple’s big day (which we’re sharing tomorrow!) and it’s every bit as stunning. Stay tuned!

From Greg FinckLe Cap d’Antibes is nothing short from being one of the most prestigious area of the French Riviera. This small peninsula between Nice and Monaco is a hidden gem, and the location of the most amazing hotels of the Cote d’Azur. This is where most of the movie stars lodge during the week of the Cannes Film Festival. Everything here call for turquoise sea, easy breeze lifestyle, and amazing landscapes.

I can’t emphasize enough the importance of an engagement shoot before your wedding day. Diana and Jason had come all the way from Vancouver for that session, and to get acquainted with their photographer before the big day. They had rent a private driver to take us all the way along the Cap d’Antibes coast, so that we could stop in all of the beautiful spots.

We started the session on the rocks shore, with an incredible view on Cannes. I must say this was quite a hike, especially for Diana in a stunning glitter gown covered with sequins, and high heels. But I am always looking for the best views and background, even though that implies a little bit of acrobatics.

We then headed to a more peaceful beach, where the sweet couple could enjoy a cup of Champagne on a dock, with a breathtaking view on the Mediterranean Sea. I can’t wait to share with you the wedding day of these two love birds now.

Photography: Greg Finck | Venue: Cap D'Antibes | Design And Planning: Lavender & Rose Weddings

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