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Exclusive Château De La Gaude Wedding Inspiration, a Provence Venue Never Seen Before!

Ever dream about tying the knot in the South of France but have no idea where to start looking for a venue? Well, you’re in luck. Because we just found Provencal heaven and its called Château de la Gaude; a newly renovated 17th century chateau. It’s truly the perfect mix of french luxury and countryside charm fit for a destination wedding of any style. For more inspiration, head on over to the full gallery to see all the details from this gorgeous day planned by White Eden Weddings – captured perfectly by Oliver Fly!

From White Eden Weddings… If you have ever been in Provence, you know how many gems can host your destination wedding in the South of France. What you probably don’t know is the Château de la Gaude; this Provencal heaven was built in the 17th century near Aix-en-Provence and has just been renovated. The wonderful team of the Château opened its doors to our creative team in order to design and host an event set-up, and tell for the very first time the story of a destination wedding at the Château de la Gaude.

The wedding venue defines the frame of a destination wedding, and can be – when as beautiful as this French Château – the central focus and source of inspiration. Never seen before on a wedding set-up, the Château de la Gaude has been a major piece of a consistent puzzle, designed to embrace the very French authenticity of the Château and its gardens twisted with the fashion, timeless and bold touches brought all together for this perfect summer day in Provence.

Magnificently captured by the talented Oliver Fly & MG Image, our refined interlude in Provence shows how from a romantic love story can result a tailor-made luxury french wedding experience, filled with details, infused by the South of France and providing lifetime yet different memories.

Speaking of memories, we truly believe that a bespoke welcome bag is the perfect attention to warmly welcome your close ones. This one was made of local treats, a bottle of Rosé wine from the Château, fresh florals. You said « details »? Wait for the best, these provencal bags were hosting hand made edible paper flowers created by Made in Cake and packed in individual boxes made to measure by Crème de Papier and stamped with the graphics of the Chateau’s french gardens.

As destination wedding planners & designers, we anticipate the styling as the answer to several questions. How to embrace the couple’s style? What does it take here to create a refined & consistent experience? How to make sure that every part of the celebration will be remembered for the best? Most of these elements are very personal on weddings, and this editorial was the best occasion to bring creative answers.

Now that the guests were infused with Provence and especially this little heaven that Chateau de la Gaude is, we wanted to design an organic, simple and classic ceremony set-up. We chose to go with a lush start of the aisle, with compositions of diverse white flowers to pop-up from the grass of the gardens and match the amplitude of the three meters high arch, beautifully designed by the very talented Miss Rose by Perrine.

The color palette and soft tones have been chosen in order to give a timeless & extremely refined base to the design. While being consistent with the environment of the Château, the colors were contrasting with the green of the french gardens but matching the softness of the château’s facade providing the necessary consistency on a wedding design.

The bold part of the styling surely was the black details (mostly brought thought the table setting & candle holders) enhanced by delicate black berries & fruits displayed on the head table. In order to balance these black tones and provide some softness to the overall, Perrine has incorporated little touches of cream and soft pink, in her gorgeous florals, themselves perfectly matching the bespoke menus and the floral napkins.

We went on a little bit more classic style for the guests’ tables, with two distinct scenarios, playing with textures and patterns but keeping the same colors and consistency with the florals and table setting.

The beautiful wedding cake, designed by Made in Cake, was incredibly delicate and matching the softness of the overall styling. Displayed on a velvet linen, the scene truly gave the impression that this piece of art was preciously floating above the gardens.

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Photographer: Oliver Fly Photography | Videographer: MG Image | Floral Designer: Miss Rose By Perrine | Dress: Nicole+Felicia couture | Stationery: Crème De Papier | Jewelry: Louis Julian Cannes | Hair Stylist: Alejandra Nerizagal | Tuxedo: RIVES | Vintage Car: Provence Classics | Bridal Boutique: Top Bridal Paris | Cake Designer: Made In Cake | Chateau: Chateau de la Gaude | Linens: Nuage Designs | Make up Artist: Ylva Langenskiold | Planning & Design: White Eden Weddings | Rentals: Be Lounge | Rentals: Options | Ring Box: Je Promis

A Stylish Wedding Weekend in the South of France

In case you needed a little virtual escape, we’ve got just the ticket. It’s a celebration set in the South of France with an avant-garde style, taking wedding design to the next level. Clayton Austin photographed, MotionCraft Creative filmed, and we have the entire wedding weekend right at your fingertips.


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From the Bride…Wow! What fantastic memories we have from our fabulous wedding day! Those who know Allan and I had a feeling that we would try to create something unique once we had announced our engagement. It helps that I am a Communication Designer and a self-confessed detail freak! I am obsessed about the details and the little touches that can make events so special.

When I began planning the wedding, there were so many things that were important to me. But above all else, I wanted the day to be about us. I didn’t just want it to be pretty and beautiful. What I really wanted were little details to catch the eye, helping to make the day special for both us and our guests.

All that being said, the challenges soon began to mount up and we decided very quickly that we needed a wedding planner to help us on our exciting journey. We had already begun researching and visiting locations, so once we knew we wanted to have it in the South of France, we started contacting some planners. Pretty much straight away we found the team at By Mademoiselle C. For all you brides-to-be reading this, planning a wedding is so challenging on its own. But planning a wedding abroad without making a trip to the location every week is just about impossible. So find yourself a good planner!

As a designer who has worked on a variety of projects and also happens to be German, I immediately began thinking very strategically about the whole thing. Once I had decided upon the planner, location and venue, I started dreaming and imagining the whole thing in my spare time. This was the most challenging bit for me. I knew that I would style, design and create all our wedding stationery myself, but it actually didn’t help being a professional designer – I simply had too many possibilities flying around in my head. I knew I would definitely send printed invitations as I am obsessed with beautiful paper. My goal was to create something that we could send out which symbolized the wedding mood itself and what the guests could expect when it came to colors, fabrics, and the look/feel of the day. This was hard as I had to start envisioning everything without having planned all of the actual details. But, it all came together beautifully. We sent out a pale blue custom-made box, embossed with a copper wedding crest which I had designed out of our initials and some abstract lavender illustration.

I started putting together color palettes using Pantone color cards. Slowly but surely I had the courage to start putting a presentation together using InDesign and it included all the little things I had discovered which had made me excited about the big day. I collected and scanned hand-written letters from my husband’s aunt. She had written little sayings and phrases taken from the family in beautiful handwriting and seeing as I love (love, love!) calligraphy, this was a perfect little touch.

I thought about colors that make us both happy. Even though I am a huge pastel fan, but I found the colors to be a little too playful for a wedding day. Instead, I decided to go with washed out pastels. They are much more reserved but also so elegant. Blush, dove grey, pale blue and pale lilac were the shades we chose. Step-by-step, we edged closer to our actual look for the day. In a nutshell: poetic, fabric pastel, glamorous. On the big day itself, we were finally able to see all the little details fall into place at the venue itself. It was just so beautiful and I was so happy that guests loved all the little touches I had been carefully agonizing over for so long.

Looking back I wouldn’t change a thing. I had such an amazing time, and both the videographer, Sebastian, and our genius photographer, Clayton, were just fantastic on the day. They both captured the day in a magical way!

Photography: Clayton Austin | Cinematography: MotionCraft Creative | Design: elmo Paperstories ltd. | Event Planning: By Mademoiselle C | Wedding Dress: Shanna Melville | Invitations: elmo Paperstories ltd. | Stationery: elmo Paperstories ltd. | Bride's Shoes: Dolce & Gabbana | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Monique Lhuillier | Hair + Makeup: Magali Junemann | Favors: elmo Paperstories ltd. | Venue: Château Grimaldi

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Provence Is Where Wedding Dreams Come True

I’d put money down on the fact that Provence is on every single person’s wanderlust wish list. And after seeing these pics by Tamara Gruner, how could anyone disagree? Weddings of Excellence in Provence was the force behind this inspiration shoot, giving us endless beauty to inspire. Eager to bring your wishes to reality? Read on for info on Tamara Gruner’s Workshop where you too can capture the magic of this special place next May. Oh and PS. More Provencal treats coming to our Front Page later today :)

From Tamara Gruner PhotographyWedding inspiration: Inspired by the soft color palette of Provence we chose ivory, green, blush and peach as our main colors for this soft and romantic wedding inspiration shoot. Our venue, La Coquillade, with its beautiful and romantic nooks in every corner, was the perfect setting for this Provencal wedding. The ceremony, nestled in the midst of a blooming lavender field and olive trees, was the perfect backdrop for our pretty couple. The bride’s dress, a Musat Bridal gown, with fine lace elements and a romantic fabric – flowing with the wind – makes our dream look complete. The bride’s classic updo and her beautiful jewelry complements the bride’s delicate face. The groom in his elegant black tux presents himself as Prince Charming. The cake and invitation suite adds a classy touch to the whole inspiration. The pretty table setup, with the soft flowers and classic tabletop with its typical Provencal candle holders, continues our romantic look and feel. The table overlooks the mesmerizing Provencal vineyards – the perfect location to bring a perfect day to a close.

Our next workshop will be held in Provence, France in May 7-10th, 2017. The workshop offers a 3-day hands-on experience on how to offer the finest for your clients, your fellow vendors, and last but not the least, for yourself – using your talent and art. We will engage in one-on-one sessions, with professionals, to review your work. The sessions will offer nuances on how to elevate your work, and, provide marketing tips on standing out in the crowd. As a part of this workshop, you will capture the work of professional vendors – stylists, designers, calligraphers, florists, and, models – thereby providing you with rich photographing experience. Our workshop will be in French and English. Our speakers include Elizabeth from Style Me Pretty, Susanne from Hochzeitsguide, Albany from Richard Photo Lab, Stéphanie from Weddings of Excellence in Provence, Céline from Un Jardin En Ville, Jeremy from Icon 6 and myself. You will find more information about our workshop and registration at 

Notre prochaine formation se déroulera en Provence du 7 au 10 mai 2017. Notre forfait offre trois jours d’apprentissages, ou comment offrir le meilleur à vos clients et bien plus encore. Vous suivrez des prestataires de talents et pas des moindres, qui mettront à votre profit leur expérience afin de développer votre talent et votre art de la photographie. Nous vous proposons également des rencontres individuelles, avec des professionnels pour affiner et aiguiser votre travail. Ces interventions vous apporterons tout les ingrédients nécessaires afin de développer vos connaissances et des conseils marketing pour obtenir le succès dont vous rêvez. Lors de cette découverte, vous suivrez le travail de certains professionnels: designer, calligraphe, bloggeur, wedding planner, fleuriste, mannequins. Ils sont là pour vous permettre d’acquérir une expérience riche dans le monde de l’industrie du mariage. Notre workshop sera en Français et en Anglais. Nos talentueux intervenants sont Elizabeth de Style Me Pretty, Susanne de Hochzeitsguide, Albany de Richard Photo Lab, Stéphanie de Weddings of Excellence in Provence, Céline d’Un Jardin En Ville, Jeremy de Icon 6 et Tamara de Tamara Grüner Photography. Plus d’informations et toutes les données pour votre inscription sur le lien

Photography: Tamara Gruner Photography | Event Planning + Design: Weddings Of Excellence In Provence | Styling: Un Jardin En Ville | Floral Design: Un Jardin En Ville | Wedding Dress: Musat Bridal | Cake: Le Palais Gourmand | Rings: Pelissier | Makeup: Ylva Langenskiold | Hair: Agnes Caneri | Calligraphy: Studio French Blue calligraphy + design | Venue: La Coquillade Resort | Accessories + Shoes: Left Bank Bridal | Behind the Scenes: Studio Ohlala | Chandelier: Phos | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Groom’s Attire: Rayne Homme | Model Agency: Enjoy Models | Models: Enjoy Models | Rentals: Options | Ring Box: The Mrs Box | Silk + Ribbon: Silk and Willow | Workshop: Tamara Gruner Photography

Classic French Chateau Wedding in Provence

When Greg Finck and Lavender And Rose join forces, amazing French weddings unfold. Case in point? This summertime chateau affair nestled in the heart of Provence. Complete with a host of pretty blooms by Wayne Riley Flowers and the most stunning lavender field you ever did see, there’s more than enough reason to pause your work day (we won’t tell!) and get lost in the gallery.

From Greg FinckIt can be tricky to attend to the wedding of an English and a German during the soccer worldcup. England had just been beaten by Uruguay the day before, and Germany was heading to being the next world champion. This however didn’t even bring a cloud over Nicky and Daniel’s chateau wedding in Provence.

Nicky and Daniel are a wonderful couple from London, who had decided to tie the knot under the blue sky of sunny Provence. A fabulous day at Château Grimaldi, a private chateau in Aix-en-Provence, with a stunning scenery and a pool embedded in the middle of castle ruins. This place vehicles all the beauty and magical light of Provence. Everything here is about pastel colors, soft and warm light, and the smell of lavender and olive groves.

Nicky and Daniel’s day had been perfectly designed by Lavender&Rose, with their usual touch of beauty and elegance. Floral design by Wayne Riley Flowers, perfectly matched the location’s softness, with in particular splendid rose bouquets for the bride and bride’s maids. Nicky’s effortless beauty had been enhanced by a bespoke Caroline Castigliano’s gown, and a pair of Christian Louboutin’s high heels.

The ceremony took place in Château Grimaldi’s private chapel, adding much intimacy to that very emotional moment. Once more the design was fabulous, with candles illuminating that intimate dark chapel. The cocktail took place just near by the pool, in the middle of castle ruins, while a jazz band was playing and guests savoring some Champagne. We leveraged the beautiful afternoon light for a lovely couple session in the middle of olive groves.

The day ended with an elegant outdoor diner, set just in front the chateau, with beautiful table setting for Lavender&Rose, and Wayne Riley Flowers. The sun was setting on a beautiful, and I could not help but taking our lovely couple in a lavender field, just nearby, for some last shots with the last rays of sun and a fabulous light.

Photography: Greg Finck Photography | Event Design: Lavender and Rose | Floral Design: Wayne Riley Flowers | Reception Venue: Château Grimaldi | Bride's Shoes: Louboutin | Jewelry: Tiffany & Co. | Hair: Carol Ray Bonnet | Assistant Photographer: Gert Huygaerts Photography | Bride's Gown: Sell my weddding dress | Make Up Bride: Ylva Langenskiold | Make Up Bride's Maids: Camille Bonardi Hair & Make-Up Artist

Romantic Wedding in Provence, South of France

A wedding day inspired by a drop dead gorgeous pair of Valentino shoes in the South of France? I feel like I’ve died and gone to wedding-loving heaven. This is such a dream wedding. It beautifully infuses tradition with gorgeous style – so don’t be surprised when every image captured by One and Only Paris Photography sitting in this gallery leaves you completely speechless.

From One and Only Paris PhotographyProvence is a magical part of France with stunning landscapes and amazing light. It is the perfect backdrop for a wedding. Christina and Paul came all the way from the US to get married here surrounded by friends and family. Music was a huge part of their day and everybody partied late into the night under the stars.

Christina is half American, half French and Paul is Canadian. They both love art and it is thus quite naturally that they decided to seal their union in Aix en Provence, the city of the talented Paul Cézanne. The day before, a rehearsal dinner was held at an amazing venue dedicated to painting. It was as beautiful as the wedding.

 Each detail of this wedding was important; from the Provencal cooking to the decoration. Christina knew exactly what style she wanted for her wedding decoration. She wanted something elegant with a touch of Provence. As color scheme, she chose coral to match her Valentino shoes and bridesmaids dresses.

The ceremony was held in front of the ancient church of the chateau. The cocktail took place poolside amidst the ancient stone ruins. Following the cocktail hour, guests made their way into the marquee for dinner, collecting their escort card from drawers filled of dry lavender.

This romantic wedding in France was a soft day under the warm light of Provence. A lot of this wedding was about sharing Provence lifestyle with their friends and family coming from all around the world.

Photography: Le Secret d'Audrey | Photography: One and Only Paris Photography | Planner: Sandrine Pesante - Elegance In France | Florist: Digitale Fleursite | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Invitations: Designed By The Bride | Shoes: Valentino | Caterer: L'Eveil des Papilles | Calligraphy: Feast Calligraphy | DJ: Wedding Smashers Limited | Band: Spyglass | Venue: Château Grimaldi | Crest: Happy Menocal | Printer: Boxcar Press | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Carriere De Lumieres In Les Baux De Provence

South of France Wedding at Chateau d’Alphéran

A wedding in the South of France at a place as gorgeous as the Chateau d’Alphéran is like a wedding blogger’s dream come true. And when that wedding is captured by Wesley Nulens and planned by Simon Verhoeven? It all gets even prettier than you can possibly imagine. So pretty, in fact, that this collection of images doesn’t even seem real, and you’ll want to pinch yourself because you can’t believe you’re lucky enough to stumble on something so fabulous. See every gorgeous moment here.

From Simon VerhoevenWarm weather, fields all around the location and a laid-back yet classy atmosphere. That’s what Femke and Mattias, two young professionals from Belgium, asked me when they came to me in the summer of 2012. Three months later we were looking at different chateaus in France…

And we found the perfect one! Chateau d’Alphéran in Meyreuil (5min away from Aix en Provence). Chateau d’Alpheran is an old chateau, with a beautiful courtyard in front of it. Around it, nothing but fields and the Mont Saint-Victoire, the mountain painted numerous times by painter Paul Cézanne.Quite similar like all the chateaus you would find in the Provence, but there is still one eyecather we didn’t tell you about! A beautiful orangerie with 4 enormous Oleanders at the entrance. Inside it is decorated with vintage tiles on the flour and amazing smelling jasmin on the walls. Just perfect!

The day before the wedding we were all a bit stressed out. The weatherforecast said it would rain! We came to France to have a dinner with the decor of a beautiful sunset over the lavender fields! Thank god their was a beautiful tent on the courtyard of the chateau! The morning of the wedding it still wasn’t looking good on all the apps we checked every minute on our iPhones. Only 1 out of the 7 apps said their would be no rain. And the bride decided to take a risk. So courageous of her! “We came to France, we WILL have our wedding outside!” Ten hours later we were eating and drinking outside, no rain and lots of sun! HEAVEN! We chose to have long tables in stead of round ones to create an easy going environment. Most of the details we made ourselves, inspired by the numerous blogs!

We placed a beautiful Moleskine guestbook in the chapel where people could put their self-made polaroid pictures in together with their wishes for the bride and groom. Our ceremony, menu and placement cards were all handmade. We dip-dyed the bottom of the cards with the juice of red beets, radishes and pomegrenate to give them a deep red colour. We of course bought some beautiful wood on which we wrote the name of the couples so all of our guests could easily find their way to the location. We made a seating chart heart on which we placed the placecards with the number of the table written on the back of the placecards so guests knew where to sit. Instead of throwing rice over the newlyweds after the ceremony, we gave them little bags filled with lavender. Two enormous monogram letters and painted in white were placed at the entrance of the gate.


Photographer: Wesley Nulens | Event Planning: Simon Verhoeven | Floral Design: Laetitia C. - fleurs d'atelier | Wedding Dress: Olvi's | Catering: Helen Traiteur | Make up: Ylva Langenskiold | Hair: Carol Ray Bonnet | Grooms Attire: Café Costume | Venue: Chateau D'Alphéran | Vendor: Chateau d'Alphéran

Romantic Wedding in the South of France from Adam Alex Photography

I probably ask my husband if we could go to the South of France more than most people ask their husbands to take out the trash. I am borderline obsessed with this place I’ve never been, so when I see a wedding like this one by Adam Alex I literally drop everything I’m doing and send it to my hubby. Because surely if he sees a wedding this lovely in a setting this stunning, we’ll be hopping on a plane in no time. See it all here.

From AdamThe South of France is pure class. Four days of exclusive use in one of the best chatueau’s ever– full of fun, love and beauty. Private pools surrounded by the old castle ruin was the best backdrop for pool parties and BBQ’s. Some of the world’s best wine, food and landscapes were at our door, JUST PERFECT AND VERY FRENCH. The French know how to do details, from the amazing sunflower fields to the furniture, all amazing. A perfect scene for a perfect wedding. Nicola (bride) is also a pro wedding photographer who commissioned me to document her story but selecting images for four days of events was not easy!

Photography: Adam Alex Photography | Event Planning: Lavender and Rose | Floral Design: Wayne Riley Flowers | Wedding Dress: Anita Massarella | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Wedding Venue: Château Grimaldi