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Rustic + Elegant Provencal Wedding Inspiration

If I were saying my I-do’s in the Provencal countryside, you bet I’d be calling up La Fabrique à Rêves in a heartbeat. Everything they touch turns to wedding gold, or in this case, a seamless blend of rustic elegance served with a side of irresistible florals from L’Art Qui Pousse. Head to the full gallery from L’artisan Photographe for more and catch the film from MG Image below!

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From La Fabrique à RêvesThe talented Raphael from L’Artisan Photographe contacted us in September as was completely amazed by an olive grove full of perennial trees he had discovered. All inspired by the beauty of this outdoors, the quintessence of Provence, we designed something and decided to create a styled shoot.

The Sarah Seven gown gracefully provided by Olympe, was the perfect mix of elegance and romance. Blandine Fabre did her magic with the makeup which matched the amazing hairstyle by Carole from Les Mariés du Salon. Virginie Sellem – L’Art qui Pousse – took our breath away with the most amazing floral design. She used old roses, astilbe, dahlias, hydrangeas, grapes and figs. Phôs company who’s got a great variety of chandeliers and lanterns gave us the beautiful silver candlesticks that we used on the tables and some beautiful crystal balls hanging in the trees. For the art de la table provided by Côté Bastide in Aix-en-Provence, we chose a simple provencal style, chic and authentic for our long banquet table. DV Traiteur created several dishes, and we were blown away by the beauty and deliciousness of his creations.

We’ve had a great time planning everything and making this happen, not to mention the amazing vendors working with us, thinking of Toxan with his groom suit and our beautiful couple Alexandra & Arnaud. Very special thanks and acknowledgment go to L’Artisan Photographe for his remarkable talent capturing moments and to Gabriel Menassier from mg-image for his incredible video.

Photography: L'artisan Photographe | Cinematography: Mg-image | Event Planning: La Fabrique à Rêves | Floral Design: L'Art Qui Pousse | Wedding Dress: Sarah Seven | Stationery: La Fabrique à Rêves | Catering: DV Traiteur | Makeup: Blandine | Hair: Carole From Les Mariés Du Salon | Groom's Attire: Toxan | Art De La Table: Côté Bastide | Chandeliers: Phôs

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Rustic Summer Wedding in the South of France

I think I’ve discovered my happy place thanks to these gorgeous photos by Anne-Claire Brun. She captured this rustic, romantic wedding, held at Domaine de Blanche Fleur in the south of France, where Les Mignonneries, the Bride’s own company, shined bright, designing and planning every detail to a tee. From the adorable babe to the colorful streamers, I won’t be leaving here anytime soon.

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From Anne-Claire BrunCéline and Jérémie got married at the Domaine de Blanche Fleur in the South of France. I was so happy to get to shoot their wonderful and delicately crafted wedding! The Bride and Groom are the sweetest couple and they are so in love that you can feel it in the air around them!

Céline and Jérémie, it’s a story that starts in Paris. That’s where I met them for the first time, to shoot their maternity session in June 2013. And then again in August 2013 to shoot their newborn baby Romane. So, of course, when they contacted me a third time to shoot their wedding, I was on a cloud. See, when you shoot weddings you kinda get attached to people and it sucks when you never see them again. Working with the same couples, seeing them getting pregnant, with a baby, then married – not necessarily in this order :) – it’s extraordinary.

So I was already happy to shoot their wedding and I wasn’t even there yet.

When I arrived, Céline hugged me and started crying (so did I, what can I say!) She said that seeing me made her realize that this was it, she was going to get married. And all day long, I’ve been overwhelmed. Céline and Jérémie are (overly) sensitive (like me) and the speeches of their families and friends touched me.

But I think that what really struck me was the way those two looked at each other. I’ve seen many couples, but looks like that….

When I made it back to the hotel that night, it must have been around 4am but I needed to write them. Being a photographer, it’s a thousand things all at once: emails that will lead (or not) to booking a date, meetings, first photo shoots, learning how to use a camera or some retouching programs like Photoshop, managing emails, deposits, taxes, creating business (and in two countries I might add!), managing your time, your money (because some years are better than others). And some weddings are also better than others. Not because of the amount of money involved but because of the atmosphere, families, relationships, stories…. And some weddings are simply not “made” for you, we aren’t on the same level as the couple or guests are rude.

Sometimes, making the “dream” happen (= living from your passion) becomes a job. A job from which it’s hard to get away, especially when you work from home. So sometimes, things aren’t all pink: frustrations, wondering if the couple liked their photos (because if they don’t say anything, we, the photographers, panic a little!), not having enough business and comparing yourself with all the other photographers out there, and so it happens that the question pops up: “Why am I doing this?”

When I shot Céline and Jérémie’s wedding, I got my answer.

Their wedding was perfect to me. Their friendships, the kind, funny words of their guests, the stories, the look on everyone’s face, their smiles… All those emotions and moments during the day brought back my desire and passion. The will to work harder, not having weekends, spending all my time on my laptop. The will to give the best of me, to manage better and more important, to capture better days like this. This wedding was all that I love: the venue and settings and decoration, their oh-so-impressive choreography, the (French) meal…. absolutely everything.

The best weddings are those where you feel like a guest, a friend or a family member rather than a vendor. And this wedding was like this. I’m a witness of love and theirs is one of my favorite. I wish them to keep doing whatever they are doing because it seems to be the way to go :)

From the Bride… Jérémie and I met on our workplace and after working for over a year side by side, we fell in love. We haven’t left each other since then.

He had planned to do the proposal at home the evening of our anniversary… but with a 5-months-old girl, it wasn’t easy to organize things discreetly and I felt it coming … so I screwed up! He did it again a week later, roses everywhere in the living room, a candlelight dinner and the ring on the plate instead of dessert!

During the organization of the wedding, Jérémie was serene, me, a little less! But we did see things the same way so that helped. The hardest part was to prepare the dance for the bridal party and our entrance. That took a lot of time but the result was beyond our expectations!

Like many brides and grooms we spent hours on wedding blogs and Pinterest to get inspired and figure out what we wanted. We wanted something pretty simple, rustic, fun and a touch of vintage. The rest of the decoration process was inspired by the venue. It was important to us to respect the soul of Blanche Fleur with soft colors and natural elements. I actually had so much fun with organizing, creating and decorating than I opened my own event company (Les Mignonneries – http://lesmignonneries.com/)!

Our favorite moment of the day was the ceremony itself. It was crazy! Our friends who were in charge of “animating” the ceremony did a fantastic job! It was a rush of intense emotions: love, laughs and tears! We couldn’t have dreamt of a better one!
Oh and also that bridal entrance that took us so long to set up. The dance went really well and everybody was hysterical!
It was definitely one of the happiest days of our lives.

If I had any advice to give, it would be this: do what you want to do but do it together, not just the bride. And don’t hesitate to talk to your bridal party, involve them and ask for their help.

And the most important: have a wedding that is you. Have 1000 details if you like it or get married in jeans if that’s who you are!

Photography: Anne-Claire Brun | Floral Design: L'Instant Decoration | Wedding Dress: Elise Hameau | Cake: Made In Cake | Stationery: Les Mignonneries | Bride's Shoes: Chie Mihara | Necklace: Gynette NY | Make Up: The Bride | DJ: Pierre Et Musique | Bow Tie: Figaret | Groom's Attire: Samson | Groom's Shoes: Hugo Boss | CD (present For The Guests): DIY Bride And Groom | Ceremony And Reception Venue: Domaine De Blanche Fleur | Event Design And Planning: Les Mignonneries | Flower Hair Piece: Nuage Coloré | Hair Style: Hardwax Concept Store | Nougat: Nougat Silvain Freres | Pin Badge: Camaloon | Suspenders: Bruce Field

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Romantic Summer Wedding in Provence

This wedding might be the best proof for why the south of France is holding steady at the top of my wanderlust list. Weddings Of Excellence In Provence created an escape for this couple and their guests, complete with a private villa and rosé wine for the whole wedding weekend. La Paire De Cerises was there to capture it all, and for the foreseeable future I can be found going through these photos on repeat.

From Weddings Of Excellence In Provence… This is why I like so much of my area, the real Provence, and my job. Our company had the luck to meet Julia and Gustavo, an amazing couple, so nice and so sweet, to reveal their love here in Provence in the area of Matisse and Picasso.

Through this, you will discover our area, with its fields of olive trees, lavender, the wonderful old stone villages and our specific light.
Thank you so much to this fantastic couple, whom we see the reflection of their love, surrounded by their families and friends.

From the Bride… When we decided to get married, we knew we wanted something different. Usually, in Brazil, people hold large wedding parties and we wanted to do something more personal with family and close friends. Gustavo and I lived for three years in Europe, where we had the opportunity to know different cultures, countries and specially to make very strong friendships. France was the country we fell in love. It was a spring weekend in Paris when Gustavo proposed to me, just before coming back to Brazil. Then we thought, why not do a destination wedding? Azure skies, lavender fields, medieval villages, vineyards and marvelous food? The place was chosen – Provence, the south of France.

From there, we started our search to discover who could help us in organizing it. Luckily, we found Stéphanie Fayolle, from Wedding of Excellence in Provence, WEP. We were able to travel to the region one year before the wedding and together with Stephanie we chose the house, tasted the food and selected some of the decoration and amenities. The meeting was wonderful, we loved the astral and professionalism of our wedding planner and she knew how to guide us to a place that was exactly what we thought. From that point, all the communication was by email or phone.

The location we choose was the Domaine Albert Gleizes in Saint Rémy de Provence, a beautiful four hectare park of landscaped grounds surrounds the house. The Domaine had a spacious house and a beautiful garden with some trees over 200 years old, and a nice swimming pool. The place also had a lot of culture, it was where the French painter and art author Albert Gleizes, who became known as the main representative of Cubism, used to live. The venue seemed perfect for our big day!

We decided to hold three days of festivities, so we would have plenty of activities for our guests who traveled so long. On the first day, in the morning we took everyone to for a wine tasting at Chateauneuf du Pape, a French town famous for its wonderful wines. In the afternoon we did a pool party at the Domaine for guests to interact and know each other. There was a Crepe truck serving delicious food and wines from the region. The day before the ceremony, we all went to visit two lovely villages: Gordes and Les Baux de Provence. The ride through the region allowed the guests to completely enter into Provençal climate. At night we had a Welcome Cocktail at the Domaine.

Finally the big day! It was a beautiful sunny day, and we had our 80 guests welcomed by a violinist playing classical music. Following the ceremony we offered a cocktail with champagne and rose wine together with typical Provençal food. The music at this time was played by accordion. In the evening, the dinner, selected dishes from the region, was served in the garden just beside the Domaine. After all that, was the party, the band Selton (formed by Brazilians and well known throughout all Italia) played great musics and the dancing went all night long.

It was three magical days at Saint Remy de Provence!

Photography: La Paire De Cerises | Event Planning: Weddings Of Excellence In Provence | Floral Design: Un Jardin En Ville | Catering: Brunet Frères | Hairdresser: Wedding Hair Provence | Make-up Artist: Ylva Langenskiold | Music Band: Selton From Milano | Private House In Provence: Bastide Albert Gleives

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Glamorous French Riviera Wedding

I counted myself one lucky duck when my husband and I honeymooned in the French Riviera, and this wedding from Greg Finck is bringing those sweet memories right back. It’s a destination affair filled with coral peonies a la Wayne Riley Flowers, glamorous design by Lavender And Rose and Mediterranean views straight from a postcard. Beat those winter blues with a gallery visit here!

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From Greg Finck… Saint-Jean Cap Ferrat is the perfect location to tie the knot on the French Riviera. Ideally located between Nice and Monaco, this small peninsula just calls for summer laziness, turquoise seas, and easy breeze lifestyle.

It was a fabulous summer day, perfectly designed by the superstars of Lavender & Rose Weddings in the splendid venue La Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild. The day started with bride preparation at Le Grand Hôtel de Saint-Jean Cap Ferrat, a fabulous palace hotel on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. An elegant stationery suite had been designed by Mister M Studio, reflecting the glamorous mindset of this wedding. A stunning Rime Arodaky’s gown and some Jimmy Choos perfectly enhanced Maryam’s natural and effortless beauty, while the groom had chosen a bespoke tuxedo and a bow tie for timeless elegance.

We then took Maryam and David to a cliff near the sea for their first look. We found a deserted place by the beach for an intense and emotional moment, which will never be forgotten. The ceremony then took place in the splendid Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, which had been perfectly prepared and designed by Lavender & Rose. Receptionists with flower crowns welcomed the guests, giving them their escort card and a rose, while a jazz band was playing. The stage for the reception had been glorified by the floral design of Wayne Riley Flowers, and everything was ready for a perfect sunset wedding ceremony.

The cocktail hour then took place in the gardens of La Villa, with fine food and wine by Lenôtre, a famous French caterer. The day finally ended with an elegant outdoor diner and a splendid table design. The culmination of a fabulous summer day on the French Riviera!

Photography: Greg Finck | Event Design: Lavender And Rose | Floral Design: Wayne Riley Flowers | Stationery: Mister M Studio | Reception Venue: Villa Ephrussi De Rothschild | Catering: Lenôtre | Makeup: Sophie K | Hair: Gérard Darby | Assistant Photographer: Ingrid Lepan | Bride's Gown: Rime Arodaky | Live Painting: Maerta Wydler | Wedding Signs: Crème De Papier

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Romantic Provencal Fig + Berry Wedding Inspiration

This darling shoot from French Wedding Style and Cat Hepple has me wrapped around it’s little finger. From the festive fig, berry and olive branch detailing to the wildly enchanting stationery by Nice Plume to the to-die-for dessert bar from Chef A Domicile—that dessert bar will make you need a croquembouche in your life. It’s everything I envision the perfect Provence wedding to be, and you can feast your eyes on it all here. Also, don’t miss the pretty in motion from Story Of Your Day!

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From French Wedding StyleSet in the inspiring grounds of Chateau Belfonds, with it’s magnificent entrance archway, thought-provoking orchard and the stunning and contrasting background of olive farms and mountain peaks, this shoot oozes Provence.

The shoot was inspired by the warm soft Provençal light and we wanted to capture the tranquil essence of such a beautiful area, with its captivating scenery. As French weddings are often a day of two parts – the Civil Ceremony and then the Wedding celebrations – we explored two bridal ensembles.

For the Civil Ceremony, and the fashion forward bride, we showcased two two-piece bridal outfits: a low-waisted skirt by French designer Laure de Sagazan paired with either a stomach-skimming high street fashion top or a glamorous gold top.

For the main wedding celebrations amongst the olive groves, our bride shone in a gold inspired Truvelle creation with a layered chiffon skirt that billowed in the Provençal breeze. The culinary creations from the shoot drew on the surrounding area’s floral bounty of figs, blackberries and olives. The dessert bar featured a fig and chocolate éclair, mini blackberry clafoutis mini fig tartlets, macarons and a traditional croquembouche freshly made that morning at the local patisserie in Grignan.

Photography: Cat Hepple | Cinematography: Story Of Your Day | Wedding Dress: Truvelle | Stationery: Nice Plume | Bridal Skirt: The Mews | Cake, Macarons & Desserts: Chef A Domicile | Coordination, Design & Styling: French Wedding Style | Farm House: Belfonds | Floral Design & Decor: D'Amour Et De Déco | Grooms Outift: Stephen Bishop Suiting | Hair & Make Up: Victoria Farr | Model: Lisa Franklin | Model: Michael Jon Dawson | Planning: Laura Dova Weddings

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