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Elegant Spring Spanish Country Villa Wedding

When one of our very own Little Black Book members ties the knot, you KNOW you’re in for a bevy of beauty. Case in point? This villa celebration bursting with flowing chiffon and foraged olive branches. From hand-sewn velvet bow ties to the picturesque scenery, Sarah Hannam has got it all waiting for you in the gallery.

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From Sarah HannamWhen Little Black Book photographer Ashlee from Taylor Barnes Photography booked me to photograph her Spanish wedding in May, I knew it would be a creative affair plus I knew the warm Spanish light would look beautiful shot on film. Ashlee was marrying Spanish doctor Miguel and after a small city wedding in Ashlee’s native England, the following weekend the main celebration took place at Mas de Cigarrer, a villa nestled in amongst the vineyards and almond groves on the borders of Aragon and Catalunia in North Eastern Spain.

Ashlee’s background as a fine art photographer served her well, as she knew what style of wedding she wanted from the start and then worked very hard to cleverly create most of the details herself, so the whole thing was a real labour of love.

Ashlee learned how to do calligraphy and then with the help of her future sister in law, turned it all into a fantastic stationery suite. Her future mother-in-law, a wonderful seamstress, designed and made the beautifully flowing blush chiffon and tulle bridal gown, which suited Ashlee’s skin tone so well. Early on the day before the wedding, Ashlee took floral designer and stylist Bo Boutique out to a family member’s field in a tractor to forage olive branches and wild thyme. From hand-sewing the teal velvet bow ties and making the bridesmaid’s gifts to the enormous task of collecting jars in all sizes to light up the dancing area and painting their bases gold, nothing was too much for Ashlee and all her huge efforts really paid off to produce a very stylish and personal occasion.

Photography: Sarah Hannam | Floral Design: Bo Boutique | Stationery: Ashlee Taylor & Morello Graphics | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Zara | Groom's Attire: DKNY | Groom's Shoes: Massimo Dutti | Groomsmen's Attire: Zara | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Mas Del Cigarrer | Flower Girl's Dresses: Zara

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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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Destination Engagement Session in Bordeaux, France

Our perfect day spent traveling would be free from an itinerary and full of unplanned moments, which is why we’re obsessed with this romantic engagement session in the southwest of France! Bubblerock Photography captured this traveling New Zealand couple as they enjoyed a lazy morning in and leisurely explored the fog-swept city, and you can find all the dreamy photos in the full gallery right here!

From Bubblerock PhotographyWhen you think engagement session, you often think outdoors, by the beach, on a mountain but not often do you see anything cozy and inside, with a nice breakfast to get started. But this is what we wanted to do with Eddy and Kev because they wanted something more intimate, cozy, and them: a quiet morning in before exploring a new city in the afternoon.

Originally from New Zealand, both were traveling through France when we set the date for the engagement session in Bordeaux. The weather wasn’t very cooperative but it made for more incredible and unique pictures for them.

Lovers of good food, good books and good architecture, they found everything they wanted in this gorgeous city of the South West of France, and more.

Photography: Bubblerock | Styling: Quelque Chose De Bleu | Makeup Artist: Johan Yvon | Film Lab: Carmencita Film Lab

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Toe That Line’s C.J.’s Romantic Paris Engagement Session

Ahhhh, Paris. The City of Light, City of Love… Whatever you call it, Paris is truly magical, and the most romantic city in the world to fall in love — and  have your engagement session! Blogger Bride-to-be, C.J. of Toe That Line, and her handsome fiancé (who met on an international class trip in law school!) did just that, and shared all the Rhianne Jones-captured dreamy, Parisian magic with us in the gallery here!

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From the beautiful Bride… Traveling is probably our greatest shared love (well, after food, but sometimes they are one in the same!). We have traveled to over 18 countries across five continents together over the past few years. In fact, we met on an international class trip in law school and we were engaged while traveling in Istanbul. When it came time to plan our wedding, a destination was a natural fit.

I truly wanted a French feel to our wedding, combining the rustic charm of Provence with the beachy fun of San Tropez. While we eventually settled on the “American Riviera,” satisfying each of those styles in the areas surrounding Santa Barbara, I started out hoping for the South of France.

Because he was the absolute best fiancé on earth and he knew about my dreams, he planned a surprise trip for my 30th birthday. We would visit both Paris and the French Riviera! When I got wind of the plan, I decided it was the perfect opportunity to have our engagement photos taken. Enter Rhianne Jones, an adorable Brit living and working in Paris. After much research, we chose Rhianne to be our photographer for that chilly February morning and we are beyond pleased with the result.

We were blessed with a brilliant sunrise in the City of Light and now we have memories – and stunning images – to last a lifetime. It also afforded me the opportunity to shoot for my style blog in the most amazing of locations. And, in the process, we got an unforgettable tour of fair Paris. From the steps of the Trocadero to the Pont Alexandre bridge (which became the image used on our Save the Date card) to croissants and coffee at a perfectly Parisian cafe! We even got the chance to add our own lock (which he thoughtfully designed and ordered in advance) to the collection on the Pont des Arts bridge. A dream come true!

While we didn’t end up selecting any of the French venues we visited to host our nuptials, I couldn’t be happier that we made the trip together and captured our time in Paris to celebrate our engagement.

Photography: Rhianne Jones

Organic City Chic Wedding Inspiration

Organic elegance is a trend that has taken the wedding world by storm, and m’dears we are loving every. single. second. Understandably so, since it’s proven time and time again to be just plain lovely. Take this editorial as proof, with organic Lucy MacNicoll florals juxtapose against a lofted space, every detail Belle and Beau Fine Art Photography snapped delicate and deserves a peek!

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From Belle And Beau Fine Art PhotographyThe shoot took place in the trendy loft space of Lamberts Yard, in the city of Leeds, UK.

In the first story, we used a mixture of blues and coppers with beautiful organic florals by Lucy MacNicoll to create a soft juxtaposition to the hard lines of the loft space. The beautiful Claire Pettibone dress and delicate silk ribbon by Lancaster and Cornish really helped to add a beautifully feminine touch.

The second story contained a beautiful fern theme, with a beautiful fern installation with gorgeous white florals to bring nature into the city and create a pretty balance between the two. We used strong pops of black with delicate white and green florals with a beautiful Jenny Packham dress.

Photography: Belle and Beau Fine Art Photography | Floral Design: Lucy MacNicoll | Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham | Cake: Poppy Pickering | Stationery: Berin Made | Rings: Philip Stoner | Calligraphy : Gemma Milly | Hair and Make-up: Vicki Suddaby | Heart Lights: Typical Type | Loft Space: Lambert's Yard, Leeds, UK | Planning: Isla and Smith | Silk Ribbon: Lancaster and Cornish

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