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French Chateau Wedding Inspiration to Sweep You Off Your Feet

Brides, it’s time to break out the happy dance. Kayla Barker teamed up with some of the very best and is unveiling her latest workshop photos right here, right now. Set at a dreamy French chateau, Stefanie Miles Events and Bows and Arrows led a team of awesome vendors making wedding magic, and that means images for us to drool over all afternoon long. Join the party in The Vault, and peek behind-the-scenes with BubbleRock Studios’ film below.

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From Kayla Barker Fine Art Photography, Stefanie Miles Events and Bows and ArrowsLast summer in the quaint town of Saint Julien l’Ars just a few hours from Paris, a group of photography attendees from all over the world gathered at the one thousand year old Chateau Saint Julien for the Kayla Barker Workshop. From welcome to departure, every detail was attended to by film photographer, Kayla Barker and workshop and event designer, Stefanie Miles and their team. The schedule consisted of discussions of film photography, business, branding and more with Kayla Barker and guest speakers Stefanie Miles, Sara Russell of the wedding blog Wedding Sparrow and floral designer Alicia Rico of Bows + Arrows.

The attendees of the workshop were greeted with champagne and a welcome cocktails with delicious French food catered by Nomadis Catering styled by Stefanie on an antique wooden table. Simplicity and balance were well-considered in the styling of this vignette, and accented with local foraged greenery.

The highlight of the workshop was the hands-on photography time that each attendee experienced. Wedding editorial photo shots, a bridal boudoir and gorgeous vignettes were planned, designed and styled by Stefanie Miles with florals by Bows + Arrows. Models and real life couple, Brytny and Kiley, were part of the process expressing real love and emotions which gave the photoshoots authenticity. The day after the workshop, Kiley proposed to Brytny which made the experience even more memorable for the two of them (and the attendees were all so excited to hear about afterwards!)

The photo shoots emulated a couple’s full wedding weekend at the fifty acre estate. Stefanie started with a beautifully styled table with gray striped linens and elegant cross-back chairs framed beautifully by the arches in the garden. Place settings of clean and modern china and vessels paired with antique silver flatware continued the neutral setting, perfect for the bold and rich berry tones of the florals to complete the rehearsal dinner table. Brytny wore a two piece gown from Tatyana Merenyuk and we couldn’t resist giving her lush floral bouquet full of unique blooms and trailing greenery as well.

A getting ready bridal boudoir was staged in one of the light and airy rooms of the chateau with perfect hair and make-up for all of the shoots by Patricia of My Beauty Corner. Girl With a Serious Dream supplied a beautiful, long lace robe and complementing veil. Jewelry and details were styled by Stefanie along with beautiful custom calligraphy pieces from Written Word Calligraphy. The elegant and romantic invitations incorporated the crest found at the entrance to the Chateau, as a subtle nod to the historic charm of the property.

Bows + Arrows filled the grand staircase of the chateau with greenery, and Stefanie collaborated with them to conceptualize and design the floral chandelier installation which created the perfect setting for the bridal portraits. Brytny wore a stunning gown by the immensely talented Claire Pettibone, courtesy of The Dress Theory. The photography attendees practiced photographing movement and emotion on film while videographers Bubblerock captured the flowing dress and beautiful story of the week on Super 8 film.

For the main wedding photo shoot, Stefanie created a stunning layered tabletop, effortlessly mixing shades of gray undertoned-ivories with golds, a textured table throw tossed over the french table linen and accented with just the right amounts of blush in the floral for an extra dose of feminine charm. The calligraphed menu was presented on a ceramic gold-rimmed handmade tray, and the velvet ribbon created a stunning presentation for the scrolled place cards for the napkin treatment. The gold flatware courtesy of Posh Couture Rentals was a standout piece on the tabletop, adding just the right amount of elevated luxury to the setting. The wedding dress was custom made for the workshop by Tatyana Merenyuk with organic florals and French romance in mind with the lace overlay corset top and flowing chiffon skirt complemented by a Girl With a Serious Dream veil. Brytny and Kiley’s true love was clearly apparent while being photographed by the attendees around the gorgeous grounds and tree tunnel of the chateau.

Bows + Arrows’ Alicia and Adam Rico not only foraged from the land surrounding them but Stefanie and Alicia were in creative heaven as they scoured the Parisian flower market for the most gorgeous blooms and textures to bring the vision to life. They found many seasonal summer blooms to fill their on site studio – lotus, peony, scabiosa, dahlia, lisianthus, poppies, cosmos, and locally grown garden roses were all in abundance. They used these for the bridal bouquet paired with ribbon from Silk & Willow. A wedding ceremony arch was created in the garden with asymmetrical blooms and free-flowing wild vines and greenery to create an idyllic setting for the ever-important marriage vows.

The final look for the wedding weekend consisted of a casual brunch. Effortlessly happy florals took center stage on the antique wood tables, accented with pops of olive wood tea lights, Salt Shop Handmades handmade pinch bowls and the linen tea towels used as napkins, and an overall neutral tabletop to let the natural beauty of the surroundings and fresh floral shine. Brytny wore another gown by Tatyana Merenyuk showing off the back with an elegant up-do and Kiley couldn’t have looked more dapper in his navy tux. They wandered the steps of the ancient church while flower girls, Dotty and Pia scattered petals in the garden in preparation for their farewell kiss.

The final dinner was set just past garden and framed by the beautiful chateau. This setting was a special surprise for the attendees, full of celebration for them – their hard work, talent, and commitment to bettering their craft and their businesses. Jars of caramel found in Paris by Stefanie were tied with leather engraved tags created by Paper Birch Designs featuring Written Word Calligraphy’s beautiful handwritten names. The entire creative team couldn’t have been more proud of the students willingness to learn, create, and expand their perspectives and abilities and the dinner was a meaningful and sweet time to encourage each other and connect as industry peers and friends.

Throughout the full week, birds sung, the church bells rung every hour and crisp air moved through the open windows of the chateau. Beauty, joy, learning and creative collaboration filled our days for a magical and memorable week at Chateau Saint Julien.

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Photography: Kayla Barker Fine Art Photography | Cinematography: Bubblerock | Floral Design: Bows and Arrows | Shoes: Freya Rose | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Jewelry: Nordstroms | Catering: Nomadis Catering | Hair + Makeup: MyBeautyCorner | Groom's Attire: The Black Tux | Venue: Chateau Saint Julien | Bridal Boutique (Indoor): Camille Wynn | Calligraphy + Stationery: Written Word | Chair Rentals: Maison Options | Custom Leather Journals: Jenni Bick Bookbinding | Digital Editing Sponsorship: Mastin Labs Portra Preset Pack | Event Design, Styling, Linen Rentals + Details: Stefanie Miles Events | Film Lab Sponsorship + Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Film Sponsorship: Kodak Alaris | Gold Flatware: Posh Couture Rentals | Guest Speaker: Wedding Sparrow | Leather Tags + Wooden Names: Paper Birch Designs | Letterpress: The Press Co | Napkins, Apron + Pinch Bowls: Salt Shop Handmades | Ribbon + Runner: Silk and Willow | Robe + Veils: Girl With A Serious Dream | Wedding Dress (Indoor): Claire Pettibone | Wedding Dresses (Outdoor): Tatyana Merenyuk | Workshop Host: Kayla Barker Fine Art Photography

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This Flower-Filled Paris Wedding is an Absolute Fairytale

If this isn’t a fairytale wedding, I don’t know what is. First of all, it takes place at the Four Seasons Paris. Secondly, the Bride wore not one, but two of the most stunning wedding dresses from Galia Lahav and Reem Acra. Then there’s the ceremony flowers from Cristian Collin Esprit Fleurs and the reception flowers from Jeff Leatham and are they ever OMG-worthy. As if that all weren’t incredible enough, Le Secret D’Audrey was on-hand to capture every magical detail. Head to The Vault to fall in love with it all!

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From Le Secret D’Audrey… Jeff and Sherry met in Paris so it was meant to be to get married in Paris this last fall in front of their friends and family. To be their photographers in Paris was a dream: each detail was perfectly at their image.

Their floral designers turned their ceremony and reception into a magical day to remember. Thanks to their planner Quintessentially Weddings, the 3 day event was an amazing experience for their guests.

From The Bride… Jeff and I met in Paris 2011 at a business convention. I still remember the day when we walked along Champs Elysees, taking in the scenery, shopping, chatting over a coffee. This is when we got to know each other and when our relationship grew. After his marriage proposal when it came time to decide the venue for our wedding, there was never a moment of doubt that we would choose Paris.

Our greatest moment was when we finally saw each other when I was walking down the aisle during the ceremony. I was holding my father’s arm, walking in, and Jeff was waiting at the end of the aisle. Two people from different cultural backgrounds, Jeff being from the States and myself being from Hong Kong, the moment and the feelings were indescribable.

For future brides, my advice would be to stop stressing about the details on the day of your wedding! Live in the moment and enjoy every second of your wedding. By the time you realize, the wedding will be a memory that you will cherish for a lifetime.

Lastly I would like to give a special thanks to Quintessentially Weddings for arranging everything perfectly, Audrey and Anthony for taking beautiful photos for us and Jeff Leatham and Cristian Collin Esprit Fleurs for the beautiful floral arrangements throughout our venues.

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Photography: Le Secret d'Audrey | Photography: One and Only Paris Photography | Event Planning: Quintessentially Weddings | Wedding Dress: Galia Lahav | Wedding Dress: Reem Acra | Ceremony Venue: Le Pavillon de Musique de la Comtesse du Barry | Reception Venue: Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Ceremony Floral Design: Cristian Collin Esprit Fleurs | Reception Floral Design: Jeff Leatham

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Fashion Forward Bride Says “I Do” in a Truly French Style

You know Greg Finck as the French photographer behind some of our favorite weddings on SMP, and today he’s taking us to the gardens of the Rodin Museum for a day that’s every fashion lover’s dream. It’s a destination wedding featuring an Iowa couple (shout out to my home state!) who brought their style A-game to the streets of Paris with a celebration their guests will never forget. Madame Artisan Fleuriste designed the floral pretties, and you can pin each bouquet, dress and city shot inside The Vault.

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From Greg Finck… Shannon and Garrett are both from Iowa and had decided to tie the knot in the City of love. Being a photographer, photography was really important to Shannon and she first contacted me more than a year ago explaining that she wanted to get married in the gardens of the Rodin Museum in Paris. I was immediately seduced by the project as this place is so full of history and magic. This place, tribute to the famous sculptor, is usually used for fashion shows and it was a dream for me to shoot a wedding there.

Shannon and Garrett hired Fete in France for the design and planning, as these girls definitely are the best out there for beautiful weddings in Paris. An elegant ceremony setup took place in the gardens including floral arrangements designed by Madame Artisan Fleuriste, and a few chairs for the 25 guests, including the couple’s close family and friends.

After exchanging vows, it was the time of a photoshoot in the city’s most scenic locations, including a stunning view on the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, and the Alexander III Bridge. Our driver took us to Bagatelle Gardens for a garden cocktail hour and an indoor reception for the perfect night.

What a beautiful Parisian day spent with this lovely American couple!

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Photography: Greg Finck Photography | Event Planning: Fete in France | Floral Design: MADAME Artisan Fleuriste | Wedding Dress: Lis Simon | Cake: Synie's | Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Hair + Makeup: Modern Beauties | Restaurant: Les Jardins De Bagatelle

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