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Romantic French Elopement Inspiration

Paris is my happy place. – so much so that I would easily consider a repeat wedding like, tomorrow. And if said repeat were to look anything like this pretty from Le Secret D’Audrey that would just be the icing on the cake. It’s pink, it’s romantic, and of course it’s perfectly Parisian with beautiful Studio French Blue hand written touches. Evoking the essence of romance you can see it all in The Vault!

From Le Secret D’AudreyParis is a romantic city to most. But for me it is also my hometown, where I live and have so many great memories. A s a photographer I am always inspired to shoot here. Many couples choose France and Paris to get married and elope.

In this stunning video by the talented Ale of Imaginale I wanted to share the magic time you can have in Paris, getting married in the most intimate way. A minimalist Parisian apartment, some fresh cut flowers, a flowy gown and you are ready to say I Do in the City of Love. Couples who elope want to keep it simple and you can still have a fabulous decor and feel with a few tricks. Big loose Dahlias flowers will look great in your decor, add some candles and you will get a great atmosphere to your getting ready room.

Simple stationery with beautiful calligraphy can be a great way to tell your story. You won’t be sending invitations of course but sending the announcement you eloped is a great touch.

I love when couples get a small wedding cake. No need for guests to enjoy a yummy cake! And lastly the great thing about eloping is that you are having an intimate getting ready, perfect to add some Boudoir photos to your day. A cute lingerie ensemble, lace and a cute robe is all you need.

Photography: Le Secret D'Audrey | Cinematography: Imaginale | Floral Design: Estelle Preston | Wedding Dress: Fanny Liautard | Cake: Synie's | Hair And Makeup: James Harold | Groom's Attire: Chris Von Martial | Venue: Paris | Eyelashes: Cils De Marie | Film Lab: Carmencita Film Lab | Manicure: Pierre Arnaud | Stationery Calligraphy: Studio French Blue | Veil And Lace Dress: Mignonne

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Our Favorite Brides Who Rocked Vera Wang

Ask anyone in the industry and they’ll tell you the same thing – Vera Wang is kind of the Queen B of wedding gowns. She’s got dresses so pretty they could bring a tear to your eye, so I made it my personal mission to pore through the 2 million ahh-mazing images tucked inside The Vault to find brides who rocked their Vera like nobody’s business. Ready for a case of #dressenvy? Let’s get started.

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Elegant + Traditional Chicago Wedding

When you let your personalities shine through each facet of your wedding day as this beautiful duo so gracefully did, with the help of Art Of Imagination—you’ve got a city fete as memorable as can be. Think chic skyline views, a champagne bar, a Bride in a sparkly custom number and Kyle John Photography floating around snapping up every pinch-me-perfect moment. Well, that sounds like a dream to me.

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From The Bride…The first Saturday in May proved to be the perfect timing for our Chicago wedding. Albeit, we prepped for the picturesque day at the Blackstone Hotel which was in the midst of NFL Draft Town. Luckily, due to our amazing team, it did not even hit the radar of any part of our bridal party, friends or family. We were able to capture the most amazing moments prior to our ceremony due to the extraordinary sunshine on a perfect Chicago spring day.

Our foremost desire for our wedding was to find a unique venue that not only allowed our personalities to shine through each facet of the day, but also to provide our nearest and dearest a memorable evening at one location. We both fell in love with the Skyline Loft and immediately thought of unique touches the moment we stepped off the elevator into the space. One of our favorite items was the bespoke champagne bar in the large freight elevator for our 250 guests as they arrived and were brought up the lift for the ceremony. Once they exited the elevator, they were welcomed into a sun drenched ceremony space overlooking the city skyline while a string trio performed.

Cocktails, dinner and dancing followed in the space, which played host to an amazing sunset view, as the night of fun commenced for all. The French garden theme shone through each table setting with hand crafted moss wreaths adorned with calligraphy and ribbon for each guest. The room was adorned with crystal chandeliers and ivory draping to add a classic garden flair to the wooden beamed backdrop. Floral arrangements at each table varied in height and composition to balance against the hanging décor.

Overall, we wanted the details to represent how much fun we have with one another, our friends and family to create an atmosphere that allowed our family and friends to have a complete blast on this joyous occasion. At the end of the evening as guests departed with donuts and coffee in hand, I believe we all agreed it was apparent that this was the absolute best night of our lives.

Photography: Kyle John Photography | Cinematography: Higuchi Productions | Wedding Dress: Custom Designed By Borris J. Powell | Cake: Elysia Root | Invitations: Oak & Orchid | Bride's Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Monique Lhuillier | Catering: Hearty Boys | Hair And Makeup: Kate Johnson | Hotel: The Blackstone Hotel | Venue: Bridgeport Art Center Skyline Loft | Bride's Hair Acccessories: BHLDN | Decor: Art Of Imagination

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Romantic + Elegant Malibu Elopement

Grand weddings are great, but lately my heart has been beating for small and intimate unions. Take this duo, who decided to throw their original vision out the window for a sweet elopement – just the two of them. Dressed up in romance (and one terrifically tulle gown) they wed in a lush garden bathed in California sunshine and Honey Honey Photography behind the lens. Surrounded by fluffy blooms and endless romance, it’s a day I’ve deemed as the ultimate dream – see it all in The Vault!

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From the beautiful Bride… Michael and I met in college through mutual friends. We just so happened to be at the same place at the same time and the rest, as they say, is history. It was a long journey through two business start-ups (I am the founder of both Mini Magazine and Tulle Magazine), three apartments, four gym memberships, five cars, six colleges and seven a half years later, we tied the knot.

We began by planning a traditional event— the big affair with a giant guest list and even more giant price tag—but after a few months, I quickly discovered putting together a magazine for other brides and their weddings was much more enjoyable than planning my own. So we threw out the entire idea!

While we still wanted a fun, intimate party with our closest family and friends after the fact, Michael and I agreed that a romantic elopement with just the two of us sounded like the perfect fit and the perfect way to begin our marriage. After all, when the veil and bow tie come off at the end of the night, the marriage is all that matters and we wanted our wedding to reflect that.

Thus, Me and You, Just Us Two became the theme of the day. We arranged the date at a private estate in Malibu, California. I found a stunning blush Monique Lhuillier gown, with layers upon layers of tulle, commissioned a custom 106” cathedral veil, shopped with Michael for a dapper, classic black tuxedo and that was that. Everything else seemed to fall right into place.

The day of our wedding was quite possibly the best day of my life, not to mention, incredibly stress-free. Is that even possible? Although it looked like rain all week, I watched the weather like a hawk and frantically texted our photographer to work out an alternate plan. But miraculously, the clouds broke and the sun poured through just before we needed to begin setting up.

We had coffee together in the morning and took a walk through the garden. I set up ivory pillar candles along an aisle in the citrus orchard and draped long, flowing linens over a table set in front of a tall row of hedges. The tablescape was coordinated with the dreamiest palette of whites, ivories and the softest hints of blush; the florals with lush garden roses and peonies from the Los Angeles Flower Market and lemon leaves gathered from around the estate.

We had the best team on that day— everyone from the photographers to the makeup artist to the officiant made everything so easy and I can honestly say, I didn’t have the slightest inkling of nerves. Even talking with Michael after the ceremony, we both mentioned how it felt like an out of body experience.

You never know until you feel it for yourself, but the wedding day does truly happen in a flash. I had heard this hundreds of times and so, I tried my best to be completely present for every moment. One of my favorite parts of our ceremony was just after we walked down the aisle and our officiant instructed us to “Take a deep breath and look around, because this all goes by so fast.” I don’t know if we ever stopped smiling or laughing, but that little tidbit helped us to focus on every word from there on out.

Photography: Honey Honey Photography | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Makeup: Rachel From Radiant Makeup Artistry | Hair: Drybar | Groom's Attire: Calvin Klein | Venue: Private Estate | Calligraphy Sign, Invitation Suites, Decanter Tags: Sarah Ingram Of Brush & Petal | China, Decanters, Glasses, Flatware & Candlesticks: Dish Wish | Floral Design & Styling: Kate Kirby Of Tulle Magazine | Ribbon: Silk And Willow | Tables And Chairs: Town And Country Event Rentals | Urn: Campo De'Fiori | Veil: Custom

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