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The French Countryside is Always a Good Idea

It is safe to say that most people’s idea of a dream wedding includes a chateau in the French countryside. The scenery, the romance, the food… it’s the kind of destination that lends itself perfectly to a gorgeous celebration of love. And gorgeous is the key word. Think blooms upon blooms crafted by Lily Paloma, an intimate yet incredibly romantic designed by Fete in France and then there’s all the imagery by 2 Brides Photography. All in all, it’s a francophile or lover of travel’s dream.

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From Fete in France… College sweethearts, Ven and Adrian, knew they wanted a beautiful location in the French countryside that would be able to bring together the romance of France, their passion for gastronomy yet still be accessible for their international guests coming to their intimate destination wedding. With the help of Fête in France they were able to find the peaceful and bucolic Château de Bouelles. This chic retreat is surrounded by fields and cows, but also has a maze, a rose garden, a hunter’s cottage, and such creature comforts as a heated pool, sauna, fitness room and tennis courts. The weekend started with a rustic rehearsal dinner under the arches of 100-year-old trees on the property. Women were wearing flower-crowns and they ate a delicious local spit-roast suckling pig as the sunset and the candlelit flickered. The wedding day featured an outdoor ceremony under a floral arch full of unique rituals. One example is a vase filled with water by the bride and groom, then each guest adding a rose to make their special bouquet. Cocktails were then served in the formal gardens and dinner in the château. French touches included vintage candlesticks, porcelain and a beautiful table runner full of fresh greenery and flowers. We could describe this enchanting wedding in a million ways; talking about all details; flowers, gardens, ceremony, the table set-up, or even the gorgeous custom-made wedding dress by the bride’s mother, etc… but it is better to hear it directly from the bride. 

From the Bride…  A destination wedding was the best option for us as we had family and friends travelling from all over the globe. We chose the French countryside for the beautiful scenery, outdoor atmosphere, and access to exceptional food. Chateau de Bouelles was a perfect fit for us because we were truly able to enjoy the wedding weekend with our family and friends. The exquisite gardens won us over, as early on we easily envisioned incredible outdoor festivities. The setting and location of the chateau allowed our guests time to explore the region in between wedding events. We had a very dependable planner that understood our vision. Our wedding was absolutely stress free and enjoyable in every way imaginable, we couldn’t have executed it without her.

I had tried on many beautiful dresses, several which felt alright but none that were quite spot on. It needed to be classic but not stuffy. I wanted it fuss free and a dress I could move around in and not need help while walking. After months searching and not finding quite the dress, my mother offered to make my dress. It took lots of phone calls and several flights but it was a beautiful way to include her in both the plans and on the wedding day.

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Photography: 2 Brides Photography | Event Planning: Fete in France | Floral Design: Lily Paloma | Wedding Dress: Villa Del Sol D'Oro | Stationery: The bride | Reception Venue: Chateau De Bouelles | Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Entertainment: Jazz Around Midnight | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss Red Label | Groom's ring : Harry Winston | Groom's shoes: Georgio Armani | Hair & Make-up artist: Trine Juel | Rentals: Options | Rentals: Vaisselle Vintage | Ring box: The Mrs Box | Stationery printing : Sesame Letterpress | Veil : Twigs & Honey | Wine: Madame Wine

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That fairytale gown you’ve been looking for? We found it.

Looking for a winter weather pick-me-up? Then you’ve come to exactly the right place, because today we’re spending some time with the new Spring 2017 Avery Collection from Maggie Sottero Designs and it’s amazing. Think organic, artful designs, stunning embellishments and body-skimming silhouettes. Scroll for the big ol’ dose of romance (+ sunshine) your day totally needed.

Fact: Maggie Sottero Designs creates gowns that are absolutely breathtaking… and the new Spring 2017 Avery Collection most definitely does not disappoint with gowns that will leave all of your guests talking. From demure styles with a twist (hello, McKenzie) to beyond beautiful detailing with beads, pearls and crystals (we’re looking at you, Petra) to unique trains like the cutout stunner on Odette, every last gorgeous creation is the definition of romantic whimsy with styles that will make your hearts sooo happy. I mean, we all want to look like a princess on the Big Day and Maggie Sottero Designs’ scalloped hemlines and vintage-inspired laces will do just that. We promise.

Whether you love the illusion lace of the Blanche or truly want to make a statement with the Bianca (that skirt!), contact Maggie Sottero Designs today to find your very own fairytale masterpiece. You absolutely won’t regret it, loves… these gowns are awesome.

A Quintessential Southern Soiree for Charleston Lovers

In my own hunt for the perfect wedding destination a few years ago, Charleston was definitely a contender. You can’t beat those charming streets full of old world beauty—seeDana Cubbage Weddings‘ captures of this day planned by Boutique Planning are pure Southern pretty through and through. Take a gander at The Vault, I think you’ll agree.

From Dana Cubbage WeddingsGeorgia-Leigh + Brian’s downtown Charleston wedding was the quintessential Southern soiree. These two DC residents wanted an elegant affair focused on celebrating with their family + friends… and they sure got it! The day started with a sweet First Look in the French Quarter area of downtown Charleston, followed by a TON of portrait time before we headed back to the William Aiken House for group + family photos. Their ceremony took place at Grace Cathedral downtown and it was an absolutely STUNNING church! After they said “I do!”, everyone hopped on a trolley and headed back to the venue for their reception. Georgia-Leigh and Ashley with Boutique Planning did an amazing job creating a laid-back, welcoming atmosphere for their guests at the William Aiken House. Guests were treated to a variety of lowcountry favorites and the dance floor was packed all night thanks to Asheville, NC-based band, The Business. At the end of the night, Georgia-Leigh + Brian exited through a tunnel of sparklers. It was the perfect end to their fairy tale day.

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Photography: Dana Cubbage Weddings | Wedding Planner: Boutique Planning | Floral Design: Sara York Grimshaw Designs | Wedding Dress: Paloma Blanca | Cake: Patrick Properties Hospitality Group | Stationery: Ooh La La | Ceremony: Grace Episcopal Church/Michael Wright | Reception: Patrick Properties Hospitality Group | Bride's Shoes: Benjamin Adams | Bridesmaid Dresses: Weddington Way | Catering: Patrick Properties Hospitality Group | Hair + Makeup: The Spa on Main | Band: EastCoast Entertainment | Men's Attire: Vera Wang | Dress Boutique: Jean's Bridal | Rentals: Snyder Event Rentals

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An Oregon Wedding Planned Entirely from Amsterdam

When Jenna and Rory decided to set their wedding just outside Portland, Oregon, they were undertaking quite the task. Currently living in Amsterdam, their planning journey meant countless emails, Skype sessions, and virtual tours. But to say it all paid off would be an understatement. Take one look at the photos from Maria Lamb and you’ll see how their perfect day went off without a hitch.

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From the Bride… A British boy meets American girl through the Swoosh – Nike. Our passion for sport, fitness, and helping all athletes (including ourselves) brought us together at the HQ in Beaverton. When Rory was relocated to the Beaverton office he found himself sitting 3 cubicles away. I could hear that British accent and loud voice instantly. He made his presence known.

The relationship was hush-hush at first to ensure that we could uphold our professional reputation and keep the beginning of our relationship for us to create and determine the future. We dated for 4 months when visa complications had him shipped away to the European office in the Netherlands. As a very career driven and independent person, it was very hard for me to ever consider following my heart for love. After 8 months of long distance, 9-hour time difference (which means you text only), I took the leap of faith and head out to the Netherlands. But, I’m very practical and ensured I had a job lined up.

Rory and I have been exploring Europe for 1 year together. Many people would have thought he would have proposed as we watched the sunset in Positano, or as we played in the snow in the Swiss Alps, or sail through the blue waters of Croatia. Instead, he found the most simple of moments on New Year’s Eve when we were in Vermont. He knew that celebrating with my family would mean the most to me and took advantage of the fact the next day I would be surrounded by many that matter to me. These occurrences are rare with some of my family in Portland, some in Boston, us in Amsterdam, and friends in NY and California. He bought the ring and called my father on the phone only 10 days before. He says he was thinking about it for a while but realized after I jumped on a plane, this was the best moment.

We (I’m being generous with we) have planned the entire wedding from Amsterdam. Many hours of late night emailing and mainly done digitally through Skype sessions with vendors or virtual tours. However, I managed to make a few trips back to Portland to finalize some details and seal the deal on certain items. We wanted a simple affair that celebrated the many people who traveled for the day and ensured the ‘agenda’ was to spend the most time with the guests as we could.

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Photography: Maria Lamb | Wedding Coordination: The Blooming Bride | Floral Design: The Blooming Bride | Stationery : The City Hippy Studio | Catering: Devil's Food Catering | DJ: Stumptown DJ's | Officiant: Nike | Ceremony Music: John Wayland Harr | Transportation: Blue Star Bus | Venue: Vista Hills Vineyard | Tent Rental: Barclay Rentals | Dessert: Nineteen 27 S'mores | Dessert: Chefs Table Catering | Photobooth: Happymatic Photo Booth | Signs: Nike | Vintage Rentals: Classic Vintage Rentals

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