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Surprise Paris Proposal

I’m still struggling to wrap my mind around how amazing this whole situation is. Not only did this lucky lady get one gorgeous sparkler placed on her ring finger, but she got a whirlwind trip to Paris on the side. And to ensure that not a moment would be forgotten, Catherine O’Hara trailed along and captured every fantastic French moment. Even on National Proposal Day, I’m not sure if anything beats this.

From the Bride… What was supposed to be a weekend trip just outside of San Diego, California turned into the most romantic trip of my lifetime.

Cole, my boyfriend of six years, told me to pack my bags for a short weekend trip. Next thing I knew, we were in the airport terminal and he already had my passport. I had no idea where we were jetting off to since I had a grad school event in two days, but when I put on my “Oui, Mon Cherie” (French for “Yes my dear”) sweatshirt and Cole laughed, I knew we were headed to my dream destination: Paris! I was overjoyed! I had never been to Europe before and I could finally put all those French courses to good use in the most romantic city in the world.

Cole isn’t always a planner, so I was shocked when he had this secret going. With the help of my two best friends, Cole planned the whirlwind trip. The next big surprise was when we headed off to one of Cole’s favorite spots, Sacré-Cœur. We had been sleeping off jet lag when he suddenly declared we had to get to Montmartre. We hopped in a cab and were on our way. As we weaved in and out of the summer crowds around the magnificent mountain top church, I could feel Cole rummaging through his pockets. The rest was a blur! I don’t love being the center of attention, so when he got down on one knee, I quickly and excitedly said, “YES! Now get up! GET UP!” He had planned so well, that there was a secret photographer to capture the moment. We then gallivanted throughout Paris as a happy freshly engaged couple, with photographer Catherine O’Hara poetically documenting our new bliss!

Truly a “Oui, Mon Cherie” moment!

Photography: Catherine O'Hara | Location: Paris, France

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Romantic Chateau De La Napoule Wedding

Lavender & Rose sure knows how to get our hearts a beating ’round these parts. They’ve been stunning us with their magnifique weddings lately, and this one? Well, it’s a doozy darlings. Photographed to utter perfection by Xavier Navarro, you can drool over this pristine bun, that lacy dress and this dreamy setting, all right here.

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From Lavender & RoseFrom the moment we met this sweet couple, we were really made to feel like part of the family. After visiting a handful of venues on the French Riviera & Provence, their heart skipped a beat when they set foot into the Chateau de la Napoule. The only true Chateau in the area located right on the water’s edge, the Chateau de la Napoule is steeped in history. Everywhere you look, the venue tells a romantic tale of two lovers, two creative souls, in a world of fantasy and mystery. Previously owned by Henry & Mary Clews, two bohemian artists from an American aristocratic background, the venue contains the full collection of art and sculptures produced by H&C Clews during their residency at the Chateau de la Napoule. The words « Once Upon A Time » above the door leading from the courtyard to the interior of the Chateau adds to the story book magic of the place.

The celebrations began with a ceremony in the majestic alley lined by shaded gardens. The couple were wed in front of a luscious wall of white roses, hydrangeas and gypsophila. The groomsmen & groom entered first holding two new members of the family; a gorgeous little baby boy and girl. Accompanied by the beautiful voice of soulful song bird Lizzy Parks, the bride entered with her father creating a moment full of emotion.

A drinks and canapé reception followed in the gardens overlooking the coast. French specialists such as snails, “Foie Gras” and frogs legs were served with Champagne and strawberry daiquiri. Guests were given a personalised Panama hat to shade from the Riviera sun.

Dinner was revealed in the courtyard, an extremely romantic setting with hanging decoration, festoon lights and soft amber coloured up-lights. Nestled under a sycamore tree, the top table was adorned with a garland of peonies, gypsophila, David Austin roses and spray roses and handing candles and flowers were suspended from the tree’s branches overhead. Guests dined on parmesan risotto beautifully served on top of a porcelain dome lit with a candle from underneath. Between courses, an acoustic party band went from table to table building the party atmosphere. Guests enjoyed a photo booth with floral backdrop and fun props. A veal main course with truffle flavoured potatoes followed and the meal ended with a dessert buffet adorned with cristal hanging chandeliers. The square, three tier cake topped with little love birds was cut and the groom lifted the bride up high in the air in a moment of passion.

Guests danced into the early hours in the gothic dining room to the carefully chosen beats of our wonderful DJ Thomas Dusseune while flair barmen mixed delicious cocktails.

Photography: Xavier Navarro | Videographer: MG Images | Flowers: Roni Fleurs | Wedding Dress: Marchesa | Stationery: Louise Richardson | Caterer: Giry Traiteur | Makeup Artist: Sophie Killian | Entertainment: Lizzy Parks | Venue: Chateau De La Napoule | Hairdresser: Jennyfer Hillyard | Sound & Light: D&X Events | Wedding Panning & Styling: Lavender & Rose

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Romantic Summer Chateau Wedding

French chateaus are a pot of gold, a treasure chest of possibilities for weddings. Already possessing an insane amount of elegance and romance, they transform a celebration into something extra special, and this multi-cultural summer soiree is a perfect example. Weday’s planned the beautiful bash and Groovy Baby got it all on camera; check out this gallery by French Grey Photography and dream away.

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From Weday’s… A lovely half French, half Hong Kong wedding, which took place in a Bordeaux chateau. Everything took place at the chateau, from the preparation of the couple in the suites of this 12th century castle (Chateau de la Ligne in Lignan de Bordeaux) to the beautiful evening itself, including a romantic civil ceremony in the park overlooking the vineyards and a cocktail accompanied by live jazz musicians.

Heather and Adrien’s vows:

“On this day, Adrien, I take you to be my best friend. My wonderful partner, and my one true love. I promise you to encourage you, to support you and to stand by your side whenever you need me. And to inspire you and to love you truly, through good times and bad times. I will forever be there to laugh with you, to lift you up when you are down and to grow along with you and to love you unconditionally through all our adventures in life together. I love you.”

“Heather, j’ai trouvé en toi ma meilleure amie, ma plus grande fierté, ma plus grande joie, aujourd’hui, je peux le dire assez sereinement, tu es l’amour de ma vie. Je t’aime.”

Photography: French Grey Photography | Videographer: Groovy Baby | Event Design: 1, 2, 3 nous irons | Event Planning: Weday's | Floral Design: Fleurs de Mars | Shoes: Gianvito Rossi | Celebrant: Helen Via Weday's | Castle: Château De La Ligne | Dress and Red Dress: Mariee Bridal Hong Kong | Hairstylist & Make-Up Artist: Modern Beauties | Music Party: Erik D

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Romantic Paris Summer Wedding

Paris weddings whisk me away to a whole other world, one that is overflowing with blush and gold, where the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe appear in the background of all photos. This lucky couple said their vows in this magically chic place with a celebration planned by Fete in France, captured by BKT Films. It’s time to pop some champagne, dive into K Hulett’s photos and prepare to fall in love.

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From Fête in France… Mary & Jason are a Brooklyn, NY based couple. Jason’s family is based in Paris and Mary’s family had spent time in Paris during her childhood. It was Paris where they first met, and though it was elsewhere and a while later before they got together, they couldn’t think of anywhere more perfect than Paris to get married.

Mary and Jason’s wedding was one of the most fabulous weddings we’ve had the pleasure of organizing. The event was filled with elegance and class, with elements of fun and amusement mixed in. The day was filled with surprises from bagpipers, to vintage Citroen cars, custom cocktails, and a light up dance floor for an amazing party atmosphere.

The couple had an elegant ceremony held at the American Church in Paris. At the end of the ceremony the bride and groom were led down the aisle by bagpipers – a surprise for everyone including the newlyweds and a nod to the groom’s Scottish heritage. Following the ceremony the couple was whisked away in a vintage Citroen Traction and the wedding party was picked up in colorful convoy of vintage Citroen 2CV cars – to top it off the drivers donned berets and striped “marinière” shirts. The parade of cars took the bridal party to the Eiffel Tower for group shots and then the bride and groom set off for their own personal shoot. Beautiful shots overlooking all of Paris were taken from the panoramic terrace of the Hotel Raphael and after pictures around the city the couple met their guests at the Salons France-Amériques for champagne and a menu of signature cocktails expertly crafted by mixologists from Paris’ hippest bar. Dinner was held in gorgeous salons overflowing with white and pink flowers. Each guest had a hand crafted paper Eiffel Tower filled with chocolates at their place setting. Following dinner everyone headed downstairs into the converted Turkish bath which was transformed into a nightclub for the event. The band led Mary and Jason in with Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York” and the DJ quickly transitioned to start the party with Jay-z’s “Empire State of Mind.” The DJ had guests dancing well into the night on a colorful light up dance floor that brought the party atmosphere to the next level!

Photography: K Hulett Photography | Videography: BKT Films | Event Planning: Fete in France | Floral Design: Sol Y Flor | Wedding Dress: Anna Maier ~ Ulla-Maija | Cake: Synie's | Invitations: Bella Figura | Ceremony Venue: American Church In Paris | Reception Venue: Salons France-Amériques | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Hair & Makeup: JMS by James | Calligraphy: Kathy Saunders, Artful Celebrations | DJ: Discotecnik | Groom's Attire: Michael Andrews Bespoke | Transportation: Classic Rent | Jazz Band: Jazz Around Midnight

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Elegant Winter Paris Elopement

This elopement has me wrapped around it’s little finger… Paris, the shoes, the ah-mazing Lazaro dress, the Bride’s darling curls by Sanni Sorma and the way these two gaze at each other—perfect, no? Fete In France killed it with their spectacular planning skills, while Le Secret D’Audrey caught every moment so beautifully as she does. This gallery was meant for lovers.

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From the Bride… Christmas was not always a happy time in my life – my mother passed away days before Christmas in 2005 & I found the time surrounding the holidays very difficult, I really wanted to change the way I felt & create a happy memory so a Christmas wedding it was. After becoming engaged in New Zealand I began to lay plans for our wedding. During an early morning snow boarding run on the mountain I found a small charm in the snow – an Eiffel tower, all the inspiration I needed.

Paris seemed impossible at first, however we were helped throughout by our Wedding planner, Fete in France – a not so difficult task with the aid of technology. Nancy shaped our special day with elegance and class I am forever grateful for the finishing touches she applied.

Our Catholic mass & ceremony was everything we had hoped; we were married by Father McCarthy at the La Madeleine Paris Church. The Organist played my Grand parents favourite hymn on the grand organ; hearing it echoing throughout the 150 metre Church is something we will never forget.

I wore a Lazaro bridal gown and the groom wore Joe Black, shoes by Emmy London & rings by Ellissi, Australia. Our photos by Audrey captured the essence of our perfect day & remain precious reminders of the day that we continually relive & especially cherish.

From the Fete In FranceWe love planning elopements and it was such a treat to work with Sarah and Bayden. Sarah had a very precise idea of what she wanted for her day including finding a setting for photos which could rival the Château de Versailles Hall of Mirrors! The entire day came together perfectly – gorgeous weather, a touching ceremony, a skilled private chef, a charming sweetheart table with opulent decor and of course, a ruffly wedding cake. A big thank you to Le Secret d’Audrey for capturing the day so beautifully. It was an immense pleasure to orchestrate all of the elements and then see how happy the couple was on the day!

Photography: Le Secret D'Audrey | Event Planning: Fete In France | Wedding Dress: Lazaro | Cake: Synie | Ceremony Venue: Church Madeleine | Hair And Make Up: Sanni Sorma | Calligraphy: Studio French Blue | Hotel Apartment: Paris Perfect

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Romantic Elopement in Paris

What happens when two madly in love sweethearts throw caution to the wind and elope in the City of Lights? I’ll tell you – magic. In the most romantic of settings, the gallery captured by Le Secret D’Audrey only confirms that it doesn’t get any better than Paris. Because when you pair a ridiculously photogenic couple and a beautiful garden beautiful things are bound to happen and it’s all right here.

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From the beautiful Bride… We decided to forgo a planner and planned the wedding all on our own in a short period of time. Being in the wedding industry, we know some weddings can take a lot of stress, effort and time which we didn’t have but generally are people who like to keep things fuss-free. Planning from the other side of the world meant relying on the good ol’ internet and a few international calls and Skype timed just right. It also meant we wouldn’t see anything tangible until the day of the wedding. There were no cake tastings, only tasty descriptions from the baker, no hair or makeup trials (which was probably the only thing that made me a bit nervous), only Pinterest boards, and most importantly, we had no idea where to get married because we had no idea what existed within this possibly fictional place we’ve only seen in movies called Paris. But we did as much as we could by putting our efforts into the details such as the flowers, props, our getting ready apartment, and some items that I made including the wedding invitations and vow books. And we made sure to invest most in our photography and videography as we knew it would be the only thing we would have to look back on this once in a lifetime moment.

Although this could be a bit nerve racking, it was actually fun to see everything come together on the big day. We knew to keep our expectations low as anything could happen especially in a place we’d never been. And ultimately the most important thing was that we were in this amazing place together to get married. We had a simple celebration with close friends and family the week prior and after much packing we were off. After an eleven hour flight across the globe with our wedding dress and suit in our carry-on, we finally arrived for the first time ever in Europe! We spent some time wandering around a few places we had in mind during our time in Paris and knew when we found the spot and decided to risk being kicked out by security guards. And a couple days before our wedding day, we found our ceremony venue.

The wedding day predicted rain so we prepared for the worst by picking up an umbrella the day before. Although the weather seemed to be on our side that morning, when Jin ran out to pick up some breakfast he was unfortunately pick pocketed in the grocery store. It was really a bummer that we were a target especially on our wedding day but didn’t let it ruin our day. The getting ready portion of our day in our little Parisian apartment was full of energy and excitement and it was nice to be pampered by getting my hair and makeup done for the first time. We also loved getting ready together, Jin steaming my dress and me helping Jin put on his bow tie. Once the makeup artist was finished, Jin left the room as I put on my wedding dress. We saw each other for the first time in our wedding attire during our first look and it was such a priceless, special moment we will never forget. We had our cake cutting, toast, and gift exchange before heading out to make it official!

The ceremony was one of the most emotional moments of the day as we both couldn’t hold back tears as we tightly held hands and recited our vows to one another. Jin had written the most beautiful vows and I couldn’t help but cry like a baby. Here we were standing in this beautiful garden in Paris about to become husband and wife and that’s when it sunk in. We really made it happen. Our dream wedding became a reality.

We spent the rest of our day around Paris taking our wedding photos as husband and wife. And as soon as the ceremony was over the rain started to come down during our photos but it only added to our wedding story. How could you be anything but happy in this place having just married the love of your life. After our special dinner, we ended the evening with a first dance as husband and wife in our apartment to a very emotional song. Clinging to one another tightly, we had never cried so many tears of joy together.

Photography: Le Secret D'Audrey | Videography: BubbleRock Studios | Floral Design: Madame Artisan Fleuriste | Wedding Dress: Rose And Delilah | Cake: Synie's Cakes | Invitations: Gold & Olive (the Bride) | Rings: Tiffany & Co. | Hair & Makeup: James Harold | Celebrant: Sandie Smith | Garden: Tuileries Garden | Vintage Car: Retro Vintage

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