The true essence of Provence can be found in this collection of images captured by Aneta Mak. Beautiful scenery is a given but added to that is an open air celebration with an ease and elegance that can only be found in France. Planned by Autour D’Une Histoire, with flowers draped at every turn by Sabine Flowers, see this dream wedding weekend in its entirety right here.
From The Bride…When planning our wedding, it was important that the event was a reflection of us. We wanted it to be elegant and intimate, with an element of romance and rustic charm. With guests travelling from all corners of the earth, it was important for us to create a weekend that would make everyone feel at home.
The vision for the wedding came together when we fell in love with the venue, Le Manoir at Domain des Oliviers de l’Esterel. Having dated for over 8 years, we spent many summers visiting the groom’s grandparents in the South of France, where we immediately fell in love with the Provençal countryside. Travel and food are a big part of our lives, and we were sold on the venue when we saw the olive groves and lavender rows which evoked memories of countless road trips we and had shared together in the local hills.
We tried to tie these memories together through the décor and food at the wedding. The chuppah and floral arrangements were meant to feel as though they had always been there, with flowers grown wild in the nearby fields. Lenôtre worked with us to translate our memories into a menu that felt reflective of our relationship. They created an olive bar featuring flavors of Provence, prepared a version of the groom’s grandmother Charolotte’s famous apricot meringue pie for dessert, sourced locally line-caught sea-bass for the entrée, and a presented a selection of our favorite cheese from Herve Mons (a local affineur we discovered while dining at Maison Troisgros). Even our wedding cake was based off of Pierre Hermé’s Ispahan macaron, reflecting a small piece of the bride’s Persian heritage.
More than anything, what made the evening so special was having all of our friends and family there to celebrate with us. Nearly every guest, from the very young to the very old, was out on the dance floor, partying late into the early morning hours. It was incredibly memorable to see all of our friends and family gathered together in a celebration of our love.
Photography: Aneta Mak | Wedding Planner: Autour D'Une Histoire | Flowers: Sabine Flowers | Invitations: Crane & Co. | Bride Dress Designer: Ines Di Santo | Bride Headpiece: Jenny Packham | Bride Jewellery: Gumuchian | Bride Shoes: Valentino | Catering & Wedding Cake: Lenotre | Dress Boutique: Bridal Reflections | Groom Bow Tie: Tom Ford | Groom Cufflinks: Hermes | Groom Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo | Groom Tuxedo & Shirt: Lanvin | Live Music: The Gypsy Kings | Music: Alex Shahabi, Style Events | Wedding Venue: Domaine Des Oliviers De L'Esterel