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A Hopeful Inspiration Shoot At The Chateau de Villette, With A Dress and A Bouquet You Just Have To See!

As we kick off 2021, we could all use a little hope, change, and beauty, and that is exactly what today’s inspiration shoot planned by Madame Wedding Design is about to deliver at The Chateau de Villette in Paris with the incorporation of butterflies. From culture to culture, butterflies symbolize all of this as well as the start of something new, similar to a wedding joining two people together as they start their own something new. Donny Zavala beautifully captured this all with stunning images of the couple, venue, and that bouquet by Janna Brown Design. Take a peek and be sure to take note of that eye-catching Daarlana Couture bridal gown.

From Madame Wedding DesignIn cultures across the world, butterflies are seen as a reflection of our souls; representing endurance, change, hope, and life. Spreading their wings with great majesty, while remaining slight and delicate in appearance, the secret strength of the butterfly links infinitely with the sanctity of marriage. And what better place to celebrate this binding union and intimacy than with a destination wedding in Paris.

As the caterpillar becomes the butterfly, so too do two souls become one. Entering the cocoon as a single entity and emerging with two great wings, the butterfly truly represents the coming together of a couple during their vows, under the watchful eye of those who love and cherish them the most.

The Chateau de Villette provided the backdrop to one of our most beautifully elegant weddings, pictured below, which turned to the inspiration of the butterfly as a symbol of new beginnings. Located in the rural region of Villette just outside Paris, the couple celebrating their wedding embody the delicate beauty of this creature through their fine art wedding style, full of natural colors and wild plant life. Using the sweeping driveway as their catwalk, and the magnificent gardens as their stage, the happy couple embraced every aspect of their destination wedding in order to create the day of their dreams.

The recurring theme of the butterfly captured perfectly by their photographer seeks to celebrate the magic that the beauty of Paris gave them, while the rural location and natural backdrops to many of the photos celebrate the couples’ individuality and their life together. Though planning a wedding abroad can present many challenges to a newly-engaged couple, by placing their full trust and commitment in our hands they were able to relax and enjoy everything about their day, safe in the knowledge that their vision would be transformed under the clear Parisian sky.

The Chateau de Villette was the perfect location for this couple, but with us, Paris really is your oyster, and our teamwork openly and individually with every couple to ensure that each element of your perfect day is captured and reflected. Remember the butterfly, who enters the cocoon unsure of what will greet them when they emerge? We give you the chance to spread your wings and unite in the romance of Paris, while we create the perfect wedding for you.

Definitely, love is not canceled, we will wait for you here in France again.

Photography: Donny Zavala | Coordination: Madame Wedding Design | Wedding Dress: Daalarna | Shoes: Bella Belle | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Calligraphy: Veronica Halim Calligraphy | Men's Attire: Chris Von Martial | Wedding Venue: Villa Balbiano | Beauty: HJ paris | Bridal Fashion Styling: Madame Wedding Design | Coordination assistance: IntensEvents | Creative Director & Floral: Janna Brown Design Co. | Earrings: Jeanette Maree | Planning: Madame Wedding Design | Rentals: Vaisselle Vintage | Rentals: Maison options

Refined Meets Rustic At This Distinctively French Inspiration Shoot

The historic Château de Pierreclos in Burgundy, France sets the scene for this inspiration shoot. As you approach the château, you drive along a winding path that leads up the hill. What Jennifer Fox Weddings created at the top of that hill will take your breath away. Baskets of curated goods welcomed guests, filled with regional treats including a locally made jam, a bottle of Burgundian wine with a bespoke label, fresh fruit, a baguette, and a sweet note. The welcome gifts set the tone for the rest of the day, from the invitations by Crème de Papier to the music stand decked out in an explosion of blooms from Florésie. Franklyn K. Photography was there to beautifully capture every detail. Grab your passport and head to France in the full gallery.

From Jennifer Fox WeddingsLocated in southern Burgundy, Château de Pierreclos – with a history dating back to the tenth century – boasts panoramic views of the village and vineyards below and features a glazed, multi-color roof, typical of Burgundian architecture. A big fan of Burgundy’s wines myself, I drew inspiration from the wine culture of the region while planning this editorial.

The welcome gifts set the tone for the decor of the day, as the invitations by Crème de Papier incorporated the Toile de Jouy in the custom envelope liners, and an illustrated map of the area highlighted the locations known for grapes and pears. The bride was the picture of elegance, as she walked down the ceremony aisle in the front courtyard of the château and said her “I Do’s” under the floral arch while guests kept comfortable with the tasseled, illustrated fans featuring the château.

The tabletop contrast of refined elements against the natural materials of wood, linen, and metal created an overall aesthetic of rustic elegance. Benjamin Kliber of Discotecnik closed the evening, DJing using what I think must be the most gorgeous music stand of all time, decked out in an explosion of blooms. Who knew DJ equipment could be so beautiful? Our full creative team ended the day with dancing, such a fun juxtaposition against the formal feel of the event, and truly cementing this editorial’s position as the one I will never forget.

Photography: Franklyn K Photography | Floral Design: Floresie | Gown: Ersa Atelier | Stationery: Crème De Papier | Shoes: Bella Belle | DJ: Benjamin Kliber | Wedding Venue: Château de Pierreclos | Beauty: Virginie Debourg | Bridal Shop: Metal Flaque Paris | Bride: Cindy BK | Cake & Dessert: Made In Cake | Event Structures: Florésie Frameworks | Planning, Design & Styling: Jennifer Fox Weddings | Pro Audio & DJ Furniture: Discotecnik | Rentals: Madame de la Maison | Rentals: Velvet Rendez Vous | Ring Box: Je Promis

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A Citrus Inspired Editorial at Bastide Des Barattes in Provence

Grab your passports and escape to Provence with today’s gorgeous citrus inspired fête planned by Provence Emoi! From the bride’s breathtaking two-piece number to a daring color palette of purple, yellow and orange hues brought to life by Jadis Fleur’s blooms… the steal-worthy inspo here is truly endless. We can’t help but swoon over the golden hour portraits captured by Thomas Audiffren in the lavender fields at Bastide des Barattes – talk about an insta-worthy setting! To watch the magic unfold and pin all your fave details, check out the full gallery here!

From Thomas Audiffren Pauline, the wedding planner at Provence Emoi, likes witnessing the vendors’s work revealed on every single detail. Today’s inspiration is an original team work planned by Provence Emoi and designed in collaboration with photographers Jérémie HKB and Thomas Audiffren. This shooting is an elopement fantasy, Purple lemon inspired and intimate with an eight seat table rented to Oravis location for the two lovers and their closest friends. The venue chosen for these photos is the incredible Bastide des Barattes located in cavaillon in the heart of Provence. 

The bride of the day is enhanced by the incredible work of Karine Brossard with the hair design and the make up. The bride is also beautified by the delicate jewelry creations of Les Néréides and the tunning dress created by Géraldine Daulon. The groom is wearing a pastel blue suit from Igilles. For a perfect sweet escape after the ceremony, Provence Classics provided the incredible Lady Mary, a MGA roadster from 1958! The concept for the table and the details was to combine touches of purple and warm colours like yellow with the lemon and orange with the kumquat. 

Loic from “Jadis Fleur” created a wonderful flower bouquet, an amazing floral arch for the ceremony and adelicate and modern floral composition for the table. The entire tableware comes from Le Comptoir de Julia. Our goal was to create a very elegant, soft and romantic atmosphere, trying to find a balance between a fashion approach and a lifestyle touch. The setting of the table is enpowered by the sweet wedding cake designed by Maison Mimosa and a sofisticated touch with a Ruinard bottle of champagne. Our color palette and texture elements contributed to the wedding venue’s refinement with wonderful Bastide des Barattes and, at the same time, the evidence of the couple’s complicity. The delicate « kumquat inspired » stationery created by Marion Léger Design perfectly combined on the flatlays with the real fruits and the poetic shoes created by Bella Belle. The film photographer Thomas Audiffren shows you the best of this great inspiration with a film photos report processed and scanned by Carmencita Film Lab. The photographer Jérémie HKB is also a key element for the styled shoot by provinding excellent digital photos.

Photography: Thomas Audiffren | Floral Design: Jadis Fleurs | Wedding Dress: GERALDINE DAULON | Cake: Maison mimosa | Stationery: Marion Léger Design | Reception Venue: Bastide des Barattes | Shoes: Bella Belle | Jewelry: Les Nereides | Groom's Attire: I Gilles | Car: Provence Classics | Champagne: ruinart | Digital photography: Jeremie Hkb | Film lab: Carmencita Film Lab | MUA and hair design: Karine Brossard | Model: Candice mchl | Planning: Provence Emoi | Table and chairs: Oravis | Tableware: Le Comptoir de julia

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The Glamour Of The Côte d’Azur Comes To Life At This Destination Wedding

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so how much for a bevy of images from Bottega 53 that transport us to the chicest party on the French Riviera?! Delphine & Florent tasked White Eden Weddings with transforming the groom’s Mediterranean family home into the wedding venue of their wildest dreams. Just take one look at the vibrant colors, overflowing florals, and exquisite attention to detail and you’ll see they did that and so much more. Lush flowers at every turn, designed by Miss Rose By Perrine, bring the elegance and luxury of the Côte d’Azur to life. Take a look at the full gallery to catch a glimpse of all glitz and glam.

From White Eden WeddingsDelphine & Florent got married in his family house on the French Riviera, in this unique light stone house surrounded by olive trees. The couple had to postpone their Spring wedding but managed to host it in August, with a shorter guest list.

The main focus during this extraordinary summer wedding was to revive the joy of living and being together. The vibrant colors, the lush florals, and the glamorous dinner set-up did just that.

The driven attention to detail made this day incredibly meaningful. An all-star team of vendors, including Bottega53 who captured this celebration perfectly, turns it into one of the most sentimental weddings we’ve ever planned.

The farewell brunch design was infused by the French Riviera’s colors with blue patterns linens and local lemons and was a perfect and joyful end to an emotional weekend. 

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Photography: Bottega 53 | Videography: Cladio Sichel | Event Planning: White Eden Weddings | Floral Design: Miss Rose By Perrine | Wedding Dress: Galia Lahav | Cake: Monsieur Chou | Stationery: Crème De Papier | Catering: Potel et Chabot | Brunch: Brunch me Up | Linens: Nuage Designs | Live band: Vogue Band | Live painter: Maerta Wydler | Rentals: Options | Rentals: JD Deco | Ring box: The Mrs Box | Technics: PlugIn

Elegant Wedding Inspiration at a Centuries-Old Château in the Outskirts of Paris

Today’s wedding inspiration is a tale as old as time. Two lovers tie the knot at a centuries-old château in the outskirts of Paris, built with grand balls in mind. It’s basically the elegant, understated version of a Disney princess wedding – and we’re obsessed. The design by Opaline Paris blends old-world European elements with modern spirit, leaving no detail left unturned. Step back in time and watch the fairytale unfold at the full gallery, captured to perfection by Kristin Sautter!

From Kristin Sautter… Set at the centuries-old Château de Baronville in the outskirts of Paris, this wedding editorial takes inspiration from French architecture, romance, and the grand soirées of a bygone age.

It is a timeless tale of d’amour with elegant inspiration for modern couples. Château de Baronville was built with grand balls in mind, and since the 17th century, it has welcomed a wealth of prestigious guests to celebrate under its soaring ceiling and sparkling chandeliers. 

Leticia of Opaline Paris created this editorial as a homage to this rich history. This shoot tells a story of two lovers and their evening at a grand soirée—their own wedding, of course. With photography by Europe-based American photographer Kristin Sautter and florals by Floret, it blends old-world European elegance and soft hues with tender romance and a modern spirit.

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Photography: Kristin Sautter | Cinematography: Matthias Guerin | Floral Design: Floret France | Wedding Dress: Ersa Atelier | Cake: Wedding cakes & Co | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Ring: Cipriano Joaillier | Makeup and Hair: Jiyoung Yang | Groom's Attire: Jean-Jacques Cérémonie | Wedding Venue: Château de Baronville | Bridal Shop: Metal Flaque Paris | Linens and Tableware: Madame de la Maison | Paper: Floret France | Planning and Design: Opaline Paris | Rentals: Acaris réception | Ring Box: Je Promis | Silk Ribbons: Lancaster & Cornish

Proof That Embracing Your Natural Beauty on Your Wedding Day Is Key

When it comes to wedding day beauty, one things for sure… you’ll never regret going natural. Today’s gorgeous bride embraced her natural locks and kept her makeup look minimal – completely taking our breath away with her timeless style. It’s so important to be able to look back on your wedding photos in 30+ years and see, well… YOU! For tons of inspiration, including a fine art palette and floral magic from Esther Lamarche Design Floral, don’t miss the full gallery of imagery  – all taken by Daria Lorman Photography!

From Daria Lorman PhotographyThis wedding inspiration was planned and designed by Daria Lorman and Esther Lamarche to inspire the couples thinking about a small private-estate wedding. Two gorgeous designer gowns with a touch of color and stunning embroidery, a modern and fresh make up and natural hair look are aimed to inspire future brides to add more fashion into their bridal looks and embrace their natural beauty. Isabelle Boireau created for our bride a look that was inspired by black royalty. Our bride is a modern woman proud of her African heritage, boldly sporting her natural hair, and wearing a natural skinlike makeup. She is the Queen of the day and we wanted to let her shine. 

The first bridal morning look features a blush pink dress from a talented French designer – Geraldine Daulon. It was completed with handmade hairpins and a mono-earring with flowers that look like if they were made of glass. Tatiana Ashakova, the creator of Beretk! Ah combines her work as bridal stylist and incorporates most fashionable features into her collections. They all differ and you will find many unconventional techniques and materials. The second bridal look features an exquisite Myoo Couture designer dress with a touch of yellow color, which perfectly complemented our bride’s skin color. The look was completed with beautiful crystal earring from a Swiss designer – Della Bella Gioielli and a gorgeous crown by Beretk! Ah. 

Our bride wore a pair of Belle Belle shoes, which were her “something blue”. Esther Lamarche, the floral designer, worked with a fine art color palette: cream lemon, champagne, blush, cappuccino and soft green. She created a fine art bridal bouquet. The Belle Époque vintage Parisian kiosk in the garden was perfect for the ceremony. Esther enhanced the look and transformed into the most dreamy ceremony setup with beautiful assimetric flower frame and aisle floral arrangements. The dinner table was placed in front of the main staircase, decorated with florals for the occasion. It featured linens and vintage rentals from Madame de la Maison and stationery by Atelier Preszburger. Meri from Cakes by Meri surprised us with the cake inspired by our bride’s wedding dress. 

She used a concentration of techniques to recreate couture elements of the dress on the wedding cake. It was definitely worth it’s own floral decoration. Esther Lamarche and her team created a wild floral frame for the cake on a fireplace. It’s mango and passion fruit flavor was the perfect sweet note to end the day! Daria Lorman perfectly captured all the details of the day in her romantic style and Cedric Durand created the beautiful video. The wedding day usually passes so quickly that we are sure the newlyweds would be delighted to relax and enjoy some quality time by the pool on the Day-after. Our couple took a moment of relaxation for two in the swimming pool, which was captured by Daria Lorman. And Esther Lamarche enhanced the romantic atmosphere by adding a few flowers in the pool.

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Photography: Daria Lorman | Cinematography: Cedric Durand Film | Floral Design: Esther Lamarche | Wedding Dress: GERALDINE DAULON | Wedding Dress: Myoo Couture | Cake: Cakes by Meri | Invitations: Atelier Preszburger | Shoes: Bella Belle | Accessoiries: Beretkah | Earrings: DellaBellaGioielli | Muah: Isabelle Boireau Beauty | Rentals: Madame de la Maison | Ring box: Voeu Du Coeur | Veil: GERALDINE DAULON

Think Bright Colors and Traditional Elegance Don’t Mix? Think Again.

French elegance, peonies aplenty, and a color scheme that will instantly brighten your day – these are just a few things you can expect to see from today’s gorgeous destination inspiration from Celebrate Weddings & Events. From the romantic “unfinished” arbor by Fleurs de Fée to the bride’s fashion-forward style, don’t miss out on the full gallery to watch the magic unfold – all taken by Mailys Fortune!

From Celebrate Weddings & Events She is half-French half-Italian, he is French. Their names are Gabriela & Valentin. They met at a friend’s birthday party. They both value time spent with their loved ones and love to gather everyone very often for dinners and parties. 

They have a lot of friends in common, and go on holidays with them regularly. They are epicurean and aesthete, and enjoy all the little things in life. They love gastronomy and never say no to an al fresco cocktail night! 

They are bright personalities and wouldn’t have imagined their wedding without a pop of brightful colors, lively music, cocktails and an al fresco dinner. 

All of that in a beautiful place of charm and character, under the sun of the South of France.

Photography: Maïlys Fortune Fortune | Design: Celebrate Agency | Floral Design: Antoinette Martin | Wedding Dress: Clementine Iacono | Cake: Made In Cake | Stationery: Silent Word Studio | Wedding Venue: Chateau de Sannes | Bar and cocktails: D.N.A Bartending | Gin: Mistral Gin | Headpiece: Lena Rom | Heels: Gianvito Rossi | Make-up and Hair: Amélie Gouttenoire | Planning: Celebrate Agency | Rentals: Velvet Rendez Vous | Rentals: The Event Studio | Rentals: Options | Ring box: The Mrs Box | Vow Book: elmo Paperstories ltd.

This Feminine Wedding Inspiration in Provence Was Inspired by the Iconic Red Poppy Flower

The minute we laid eyes on those romantic, bright red blooms against the feminine lavender fields of Provence – we were head over heels for today’s wedding inspiration from Love & Provence. The talented team behind this shoot was inspired by a fragrance, Flower by Kenzo, to create this stunning floral celebration. Lettre A Elise blew us away with their lush red and pink color arrangements that looked incredible next to the bride’s pure white gown. To see more from this dreamy day, head on over to the full gallery – all captured by Remi Dupac!

From Love & ProvenceFloral, sensual, and feminine…The inspiration for the shoot came from a fragrance: Flower, by Kenzo. Love & Provence and Lettre a Elise worked together to create a modern and effortlessly sophisticated design from the iconic red flower, captured by Rémi Dupac. We wanted the design to feel clean and sophisticated at the same time. We played around with a red and pink colour palette combined with a pure white to create a contrast and complement the beauty and strength of the red flower. The venue we picked is everything you dream of when staying in the South of France.

Imagine yourselves sleeping in an authentic and luxurious Provencal Mas, then dining at the next-door restaurant which vegetables and fruits are directly hand-picked from their organic garden. Add some olive trees and a lavender field and you will have the most memorable stay in Provence! We had a crush for their lush, organic garden and thought it was the perfect place for an intimate ceremony.

Lettre à Elise ornated the fountain with lots of flowers and created a natural arch over the gazebo. We set up the dinner table in front the lavender field, the Alpilles magical landscape as background. It looked really stunning at the sunset! We balanced the lush, colourful and unstructured floral arrangements with a clean yet elegant tableware and furniture in neutral tones. Bonjour Paper created all the paper goods including handmade paper menus and blazing red place cards to remind the flowers.

“A simple and beautiful, fragile, and strong red flower, like the woman who holds it”. Our Bride would be independent, strong, but also gentle and feminine. Camille Bonardi created a glamourous makeup associated with a modern ponytail. The Bride looked absolutely gorgeous! Additionally, we wanted the dress to look airy, romantic, and feminine. French designer Louise Valentine Bridal’s Clementine dress was everything we were looking for! We loved the way it flied when the Bride walked through the lavender fields.

Photography: Remi Dupac | Floral Design: Lettre à Elise Events | Wedding Dress: Louise Valentine | Stationery: Bonjur Paper | Wedding Venue: Mas De La Rose | Furniture: Be Lounge | Hair and makeup artist: Camille Bonardi Hair & Make-Up Artist | Linen: Options | Planning: Love & Provence | Tableware: Joli Bazaar

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Let Cobblestone Paths Guide Your Way to This Enchanting Chateau Just Outside of Paris

Looking for a destination wedding venue that’s better than the fairytales? Look no further. If Belle got married in real life, it would most definitely be at Chateau de Villette. Complete with charming cobblestone paths, serene ponds and enchanting gardens at every turn – today’s styled shoot from White Eden Weddings celebrates the beauty of this incredible venue. Dying to see more? Check out the full gallery of images captured by the always wonderful, Oliver Fly!

From White Eden WeddingsWhen looking for a venue that offers elegance, intimacy, and beauty combined with vast scenery and ambiance, you would be remiss to not consider Chateau de Villette. This stunning private estate, built in the 17th century, is now a protected monument which somehow balances staying on the cutting edge while still paying homage to tradition. Despite its close proximity to Paris, Chateau de Villette transports guests to a romantic sanctuary. The cobblestone paths, reflective ponds, and gorgeous gardens crowned by the grandiose estate, are nothing short of awe-inspiring. 

Once again having the opportunity to partner with the brilliant photographer, Oliver Fly, we set out to honor the grandeur of the Chateau while simultaneously creating pockets of intimate spaces. The result was nothing short of breathtaking. To make our vision a reality, we created a canvas of romantic shades of blush, graduating to a muted champagne, which we then accented with greens and shimmering golds. This soft palette seemed to effortlessly include the natural beauty of our surroundings, subtly drawing the attention of wedding guests to these cozy vignettes, thereby creating an ambiance of privacy amid the open space. An integral part of creating this illusion came from the floral designs by Floraison Paris. 

Keeping true to the muted blush tones, Floraison Paris incorporated garden roses, peonies and lisianthus with fragrant eucalyptus. The resulting arrangements blended in with their surroundings, adding romantic kisses of blush throughout to form an idyllic setting. For the invitations, Silent Word Studio layered elegant shapes with ethereal calligraphy for a bespoke, original take on the traditional suite. The crowning jewel of the pretty paper goods, however, was certainly the exceptional watercolor homage to the chateau! The Bride’s hair and make-up, done by Onorina Jomir, was just as romantic as the setting, with waves that skimmed her collarbone. Mirroring the blush of the flowers in her bouquet, the Bride’s cheeks left onlookers wondering if the entire wedding was themed around her natural beauty. Her gown, provided by TopBridal Paris, featured a modern illusion neckline paired with a semi sheer, embroidered skirt that pulled on the ground, again marrying a traditional and modern look. The Groom, echoed the styling sentiment of old and new in a tuxedo by Rives Paris. The traditional white and black tuxedo received an upgrade with a slim cut bottom and modern boot. Black being the only harsh color in the whole scheme made him stand out amongst the soft tones, giving him his own share of attention. 

Seating for the ceremony reflected the refreshing, spring-inspired color palette, with putty-colored French cane chairs, which provided a canvas to ground the joyful florals and seamlessly fit in with the ambiance of the venue. Following the ceremony, the expansive lawn was dotted with beautiful seating areas featuring elegant couches and chairs from Joli Bazaar that perfectly matched the ceremony and later, the dinner. These vignettes offered guests an intimate way to relax and converse with family and friends amongst the beautiful surroundings. We carried this feeling of intimacy and romance through to the tablescape. Inspired by the reflection of the sun off the large pond and its rays peeking through the trees in the early evening, we designed laser-cut golden chargers to ground the place settings. Leaving no gap in thought to each detail, we opted for less traditional, textured linens provided by Nüage Designs, which popped against the surrounding greenery. Made in Cake provided a sweet end to the festivities with a three-tiered masterpiece, which broke tradition with its square silhouette. The dessert stood as straight and proud as the chateau. Robed in blush and adorned with a few elegant flowers of the same color, it served as the bow to tie the whole event together.

Photographer: Oliver Fly Photography | Wedding Planning & Design: White Eden Weddings | Floral Design: Floraison | Men's Attire: RIVES | Wedding Venue: Villa Balbiano | Bridal Boutique: Top Bridal Paris | Bridal Shoes: Bella Belle | Cake Designer: Made In Cake | Hair & Make Up Artist: Onorina Jomir Beauty | Linens: Nuage Designs | Rentals: Options | Ring Box: Je Promis | Stationery & Calligraphy: Silent Word Studio | Tabletop Rentals: Joli Bazaar

Whimsical Wedding Inspiration at One of the Most Breathtaking Châteaus in Provence

For those of you who love a good color pop – this one’s for you! Designed by Florésie, the floral arrangements in today’s stunning editorial planned by Jennifer Fox Weddings are overflowing with shapes, textures, and sherbet hues. Think vibrant colors can’t be elegant? Think again. Château Martinay provided the most jaw-dropping background that will transport you to a warm Summers day in Provence. Dying to see how it all turned out? Head on over to the full gallery for major destination inspiration – all taken by Oliver Fly!

From Jennifer Fox WeddingsGorgeous, mature trees standing like soldiers flank either side of the pathway leading up to a private gateway. When the gate swings open, it reveals the grandeur that is Château Martinay. Leaving the regular world behind and being transported into a fairy tale is the only fitting way to describe the build up revealing such beauty – so it’s no wonder this particular château holds the bragging rights to hosting the nuptials of Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas. Now, having recently undergone a renovation, I was excited to team up with the incomparable photographer, Oliver Fly, and renowned videographer, MG Image, to celebrate Château Martinay’s fresh look with this fun, joyful soirée. 

Upon arrival, guests received a welcome basket containing a bottle of rosé, a Diptyque candle, a custom match box, a jar of honey, custom cookies by Kat Makes Cookies, and little donuts tucked inside a paper cone designed by Silent Word Studios which featured the same flowers that appeared on the cookies and would continue to be present in details throughout the day. A sugary, sweet start to the festivities! When we were planning the dinner, we stumbled upon the most gorgeous plates with an interesting shape which ended up inspiring so many significant moments throughout the day. From the bride’s round halo engagement ring and the custom cookies, to the note tucked into the welcome basket and the dinner menus, we brought in the interesting shape again and again. The Bride, Adilyn, emerged looking like a vision. A high chignon styled by Alejandra Nerizagal broke from tradition with flirty, face-framing waves which allowed beautiful, diamond earrings to take center stage as the Bride’s sole accessory. Makeup by Ylva Langenskiold drew inspiration from the peaches and pinks of the bouquet for a playful kiss of color on the Bride’s lips and cheeks, and complemented the look with a bold, smokey eye. 

The gown provided by Top Bridal Paris featured a deep v-neckline in front and back, plus dainty chiffon straps tied at the shoulder. Her polka-dot ivory pumps, again pulling in the shape of the day, from Bella Belle featured a whimsical, tulle bow in the back that reflected the cascading bows on her shoulders. Adilyn’s bouquet, designed by Florésie, was brimming with shapes, textures, and sherbet hues – made up of De Tuinen van Appeltern, Foxtail and Martagon Lilies, David Austin and Cappuccino Roses, as well as Wizard of Oz Dahlias. The fun, ice cream colored flowers laced throughout her bouquet mirrored the playful innocence of the Bride, and the entire arrangement was held together with an antique, blue ribbon. The Groom, Thomas, stood dapper in a black suit with slim cut pants and black bow tie offset by a crisp white shirt by Rives. Florésie created a playful boutonniere, which with the frayed edges of its ribbon, tied in the ribbon from the bouquet and deckle edged invitations. 

The Château itself provided the perfect backdrop for the ceremony – it’s beauty was complemented with floral arrangements in traditional, French anduze vases that resembled the exterior of the château itself! We tucked cozy cocktail seating provided by Velvet Rendez-vous on terraces and balconies. The golden, round side glistened against the blue velvet sofa. The set up was completed with stunning white armchairs and sherbert colored ottomans, inviting guests to converse comfortably while taking in the grandeur of the grounds. The reception furniture provided by Belounge served as a canvas to incorporate styling aspects previously woven throughout the day. The floral centerpieces, which were as whimsical as the Bride’s bouquet, stood proudly in the French anduze vases, and a fresh, fun alternative table runner was fashioned with blueberries, yellow tomatoes, fresh almonds, and dried pineapple collected that morning from the local market. The table was robed in a natural linen provided by Joli Bazaar, and topped with ornate, golden chargers and cutlery. 

The palace setting made way for the star of the show – the handmade plates that served as inspiration for so much of the day. We continued with the pops of antique blue in the linen napkins from Madame de la Maison and blue glass water goblets. Gold-trimmed champagne flutes with pink ribbon scrolls gave the table a playful elegance. The menu consisted of vibrant confections by Frédéric Bernard Traiteur, which held their own in their beauty and paired wonderfully with lavender-infused champagne – a classic nod to Provence. The decadent, tapas-style menu featured scallops, salmon, and shrimp, an egg parfait, veal, sea bass, and an array of locally sourced, in-season vegetables. Made in Cake finished the decadent evening with a cake featuring handmade wafer paper flowers and playful tiers consisting of varied heights and widths. All this deliciousness was served on handmade ceramic plates by Carron Paris. The couple drove away in a black 1960 MGA Roadster with the top down provided by Provence Classics – an elegant, carefree end to a joyous day, full of the hope and promise of a sunny tomorrow.

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Photographer: Oliver Fly Photography | Videographer: MG Image | Wedding Planning & Design: Jennifer Fox Weddings | Floral Design: Floresie | Catering: Frederic Bernard | Hair Stylist: Alejandra Nerizagal | Men's Attire: RIVES | Vintage Car: Provence Classics | Wedding Venue: Chateau du Martinay | Bridal Boutique: Top Bridal Paris | Bridal Shoes: Bella Belle | Cake Designer: Made In Cake | Ceramic Tableware: Carron Paris | Furniture Rentals: Be Lounge | Furniture Rentals: Velvet Rendez Vous | Linen Napkins: Madame de la Maison | Lounge Rentals: Velvet Rendez Vous | Make Up Artist: Ylva Langenskiold | Ring box: Je Promis | Signature Cookies: Kat Makes Cookies | Stationery & Calligraphy: Silent Word Studio | Tabletop Rentals: Joli Bazaar | Tabletop Rentals: Carron Paris | Welcome Box: Jennifer Fox Weddings

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Hear Why Small, More Intimate Weddings May Just Be The Way To Go!

Small, intimate weddings have secretly been one of our favorites, here at SMP (even before COVID-19!) They allow you to splurge just a bit, whether it be your dream destination, dream dress, or adding in a few more meaningful details you might not have been able to do, with those closest to you in attendance! It allows you to enjoy each of your guests company all while having your picture perfect wedding day and Clary Pfeiffer Photography, reminds us all how special these smaller weddings can be with her stunning photography!

From Clary Pfeiffer PhotographySmaller weddings in intimate settings create the space to have your dream wedding complete. 

After planning a small, intimate destination wedding, my advice would be: DO IT! You will have the opportunity to enjoy time with each guest; You will only be surrounded by those closest to both of you. There will be room in your budget to splurge on things most important to both of you (e.g., decadent wedding meal or beautiful flowers); Stress, anxiety, and pressure caused by an ever-expanding guest list and an overblown budget are greatly reduced; and This day is about you and your fiancé – it should be enjoyable, relaxing, and deeply personal. -Natalie and Kevon

There is time to enjoy each guest and make them feel special.

In keeping with our vision for a relaxed and intimate atmosphere, we had all our guests seated at a single candlelit table for the reception. This allowed everyone to engage closely with one another. Being surrounded by the most important people in our lives, celebrating, laughing and crying tears of joy with them is something we will never forget. 

You’ll have room in your budget to splurge on things important to both you.

We highly recommend investing in photographers and videographers who share the bride and groom’s vision for their wedding day. It was the best investment we made and we will cherish the memories that were captured so beautifully for us that day for years to come. 

We were able to arrange for a tour of Paris in a luxury vehicle with an English-speaking tour guide and champagne while my groom and I took wedding photographs around Paris. This type of meaningful experience is much easier to accomplish with a smaller celebration.  

An intimate wedding atmosphere makes the day enjoyable, relaxing, and deeply personal with details, food, and moments for the two of you.

We chose to focus on adding meaningful details throughout our big day and therefore relied on talented vendors to organize the big elements of the celebration. The gorgeous flower arrangements, the breathtaking venue and the incredible menu were all wonderful but at the end of the day, what was truly memorable to us were all the little but special details that we personally incorporated into the wedding. For example, we designed our wedding stationery and monogram, and to honor our loved ones, we displayed their wedding photos at our reception. The latter not only served as a great conversation starter for our guests, but was also a great reminder that our wedding was only possible thanks to their love and support. – Jenny and Bevon

Location – You’re able to have your celebration where you first met, your favorite vacation spot, by the ocean.

As people who love spacial design we wanted awe-inspiring venues for the wedding, San Fransisco City Hall and Big Sur, did not disappoint. City Hall has such a wonderful combination of intricate details while still maintaining clean lines. The historic architecture and sense of permanence seemed perfect for our ceremony. Big Sur holds such a special place in our hearts so we couldn’t think of a better spot to escape for the reception. – there were whales, dolphins and sea lions off the coast. Toasts were accentuated by the magical glow of sunset and gorgeous Northern California foliage. Even the 3 hour drive from City Hall to Big Sur was an important part of our day – taking a few hours to ourselves to enjoy the scenery change, and reflect on our day together was a lot of fun. – Sarah and Dan

Intimate Destination Wedding in Paris:
Reception Venue: Four Seasons Paris George V | Hair: James by JMS | Rings: Eli Jewels | Violinist: Rodolfo Benitez | Invitations: Smitten on Paper | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Car Rental: AAA Luxury Rentals | Bride’s Skirt: Green and Blue Studio Couture | Groom’s Tux: Saint Laurent Tuxedo | Ceremony Venue: Chapelle Expiatoire | Makeup: Clotilde Sourisseau | Florist: Amaryllis Fleurs | Bride’s Bodice: Monique Llhuillier
Destination Wedding in Paris:
Reception Venue: Hotel le Meurice | Bridal Car: Anciennes de Prestige | Reception Floral Design: Les Fees d’Herbe | Dress: Vera Wang | Cinematography: Studio Artifice | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bride’s Bolero: Angelika Liv | Bouquet Floral Design: Sol y Flor | Ceremony Venue: The American Church in Paris | Hair and Makeup: Lexi Derock | Tux: Ermenegildo Zegna | Printing: Thermowest
Small, Intimate Wedding in California:
Photography: Clary Pfeiffer | Reception Venue: Wind & Sea Estate | Dress: Amsale | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Earrings: Katie Waltman | Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss | Caterer: Cheri Gladstone | Floral / Styling: Celeste Green | Hair & Make-Up: Mimi & Taylor | Flatware: Frances Lane | Rentals: Alexis Party Rental | Cake: Parker-Lusseau Pastries & Cafe

Photography: Clary Pfeiffer Photography

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

Vibrant Pinks in Provence – This Editorial Is Destination Wedding Heaven!

If you’re a Francophile like myself, then prepare to fall in loveee with today’s editorial at Château d’Estoublon in the heart of Provence, planned by Jennifer Fox Weddings. From the vibrant pink cascading blooms by Miss Rose by Perrine to jaw-dropping gowns, to the 1958 MGA Roadster getaway car – every detail from this day was très chic.  Head on over the full gallery, captured to perfection by Oliver Fly of course, to get inspired for your French fête!

From Jennifer Fox WeddingsA few months before the COVID-19 pandemic, I happened upon Château d’Estoublon in the heart of Provence. With over 500 acres of sprawling, manicured grounds that include an orchard, vineyards, a pond, and a rose garden plus the regal castle, in which each room is as grand as its spectacular facade, my imagination ran wild. I dreamed of the day I could design an event here. A few months later, the opportunity to create an editorial that honored the venue and its surroundings in partnership with the amazing destination film photographer, Oliver Fly, presented itself, turning my dreams into reality. Oliver is deeply passionate about Provence, he knows perfectly the light and turned it to his advantage for to create the best set of images ever. 

Guests were greeted with a curated welcome box featuring olives, rosé wine, olive oil, and other signature products from the chåteau as well as cookies to match the cake, a locally made bar of soap, and a towel as a nod to the luxuriant pool on the property. Grey & Cake created a stationery suite featuring an illustration of Château d’Estoublon, a custom envelope liner featuring white anemones (the signature flower of the day), a lavender wreath on the menus, and a beautiful wax seal. Soft, handmade paper, inky calligraphy, and delicate silk ribbons resulted in a textural, layered suite that truly paid homage to both Provence and the venue. Vibrant pinks served as an unexpected color palette, with purple accents as a subtle nod to Provence’s most famous export. The color selection was serendipitous, as upon arrival at the Chåteau, I discovered a lawn full of bright pink rose bushes in full bloom in front of the staircase, which is where our ceremony took place. 

Miss Rose by Perrine created a cascading, floral masterpiece to adorn the staircase railings, which popped against the creamy hues of the elegant chåteau and looked as if the florals had been foraged from the grounds. A simple arrangement featuring traditional, round-back Louis XVI chairs provided by Belounge, completed the ceremony set up. The groom arrived in a 1958 MGA Roadster by Provence Classics, wearing an elegant suit by Rives featuring a shawl collar and a beautifully belted jacket. Alejandra Nerizagal pulled the bride’s hair back in a romantic chignon, showcasing her dewey, natural beauty, highlighted with peachy makeup by Ylva Langenskiold. Top Bridal Paris provided an immaculately detailed gown, which showcased exquisite beadwork on the bodice, a plunging neckline and back, a flowing, light overskirt and coordinating cape, and a bold, beaded underskirt. A pair of Bella Belle pumps completed the look, with a sheer panel that complemented the skirt of the gown. 

The bride and groom changed attire for bridal portraits by the pool. The bride wore a semi-sheer gown, featuring a bold feather bodice and illusion neckline, and we chose a long, birdcage-inspired veil to allow the golden hour light to shine through. Her look was topped off with a statement, wafer paper flower, designed by Made in Cake, while the groom donned an ivory dinner jacket. Guests enjoyed the chåteau’s rosé and white wines among the olive trees along with the signature cocktail – a Provençal Kiss Martini. Gin, Saint Germain, freshly squeezed grapefruit juice, and lavender combined to create a vibrant, refreshing drink that truly captured the beauty and feeling of the area. A long, rectangular table dressed in crisp, pure linens by Madame de la Maison was set with regal gold and white porcelain and crystal by Joli Bazaar for the intimate reception dinner on the chåteau lawn. Lavender taper candles, vibrant floral arrangements, and an abundance of local wine and olive oil completed the tablescape. At the finish of the perfect evening, guests enjoyed a slice of the pink olive oil cake – made using the chåteau’s production, of course – with poached apricots and rosemary cream.

Photographer: Oliver Fly Photography | Floral Design: Miss Rose By Perrine | Hair : Alejandra Nerizagal | Bridal Boutique: Top Bridal Paris | Bridal Shoes: Bella Belle | Cake Design: Made In Cake | Chateau: Chateau d’Estoublon | Classic Car (1958 MGA Roadster): Provence Classics | Furniture Rentals: Be Lounge | Linens: Madame de la Maison | Make Up Artist : Ylva Langenskiold | Men's Suit: RIVES | Planning & Design: Jennifer Fox Weddings | Stationery & Calligraphy: Grey and Cake | Tabletop Rentals: Joli Bazaar

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A Few Major Reasons Why Eloping Is Beyond Worth It

Elopements are such a beautiful way to tie the knot. And thanks to incredibly talented vendors like weinprovence and Wepagency, not even a little bit of style has to be sacrificed in order to have the truly unique and intimate elopement of your dreams. Allow today’s gorgeous Château Martinay editorial to inspire and get your creative juices flowing (yup, the same chateau where Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner got married!) Don’t miss out on the full gallery, captured by Tamara Gruner Photography for all the details!

From wepinprovenceAs Covid-19 is turning our world upside down we want to stay positive and remind us of the beautiful things in life such as planning your wedding day. In times of healthcare and economic crises planning your own wedding can get challenging. You might be torn between hosting a large wedding in your home country or just elope to a special place with the most important people in your life. While we are all under lockdown, now is a good time to plan your very special day. And today we would like to focus on elopements. Elopements allow for a more intimate wedding with your closest family and friends enjoying a long weekend at a special location. You will be able to host a welcome party, arrange a tour, plan for your rehearsal dinner, your wedding and the brunch after your wedding day in one or two locations while spending time with your loved ones. 

To plan your special wedding weekend it’s important to hire a local wedding planner, who can navigate you through choosing your wedding location and your vendors. Your planner will take care of your wedding budget and since it will be a smaller wedding you will be able to spend more money on location, flowers and decor, food and photographer / videographer instead of spending it on the mass. Choosing your elopement location is key to your unforgettable wedding day and some of my favorite European locations are France, Italy and Spain. Although right now these countries are hit very hard by the Covid-19 pandemic it is important to look positively into the future and still plan your wedding in one of those countries if you are a huge fan of Europe. It’s exactly now that countries who got hit hard need our economic support after the pandemic is over. Let’s not abandon them. Let’s be grateful and let’s thank these countries for always having their doors open for all of us, visitors. Now is the time to give back and support local businesses even more! And to remind you how beautiful an elopement in Provence, France could look like we would love to share this incredibly stunning wedding celebration at Chateau de Martinay. 

You might recognize the name of this gorgeous chateau! Yes, it’s the chateau where Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas said ‘YES’ to each other in June 2019. Though we didn’t see much of their wedding location we want to highlight in these images all the pretty nooks and corners of this chateau at which you can plan your wedding weekend. Let’s just start at the incredible chateau entrance – it’s the perfect place to set up your intimate wedding ceremony with a grand entrance. Our talented florist Celine from Flower by Celine framed the chateau entrance door with foliage in deep reds, blushes, pinks and greens, which can be used on a fall wedding day. Classic French chairs were the perfect match for this romantic wedding ceremony, from where the wedding guests cheered our Newly weds after their ‘I do’s!’. Our bride, Savannah, wore a stunning Inbal Dror wedding gown, while Rodolphe looked very handsome in his black tux. Planned by our favorite Provence planner, Stephanie from WEP in Provence, and styled by the very talented Carrie Moe from Type A Society, this wedding ceremony couldn’t have been more perfect. 

While the chateau entrance can be used for your tented wedding reception at large guest numbers we chose the dinner to take place at the grand tree alley on the side of Chateau de Martinay. If you remember this was the location Sophie and Joe Jonas said ‘I do’ to each other. But we wanted to create an intimate atmosphere. And this is just one example of how you can make use of different parts of the pretty chateau. Pops of colors were used to reflect the love for life and colors for this intimate wedding table. A turquoise table linen stands out in the same way the flower centerpieces do. Deep reds, pinks and blues pop out. The table is framed by a fun foliage of different colors to create an even more intimate feeling in open nature. The wedding cake reflects a fun play of whites, blues and pinks. And just as the colors of the flowers on the reception table pop out those fun pink flowers stand out on the cake as well. What would be a wedding celebration without a grand exit? For that, our bride changed into her breathtaking Berta Bridal blush gown. Rodolphe and Savannah both exited the chateau in an old-timer, but not in a classic black or white old-timer. It was a fun green one, again reflecting the love for color. And here, our fabulous florist, Celine, filled this old-timer with colorful hydrangea. Truly an unforgettable site and a wedding celebration! Follow along our elopement gallery and start dreaming and planning your own very special elopement in Provence, a place in France, which allows you to dream endlessly.

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photographer: Tamara Gruner Photography | Event Planning: Weddings Of Excellence In Provence | florist: Wepagency | Cake: Sweet Creations Cakes | Stationery: The Idea Emporium | Jewelry: Michaela Roemer | Vintage car: Provence Classics | Dress boutique : Metal Flaque Paris | Dress designer car session: Berta | Dress designer ceremony: Inbal Dror | Female model : Karin | Filmaker: Alex Chevalier Films | Male model: Enjoy Models | Martinay: Chateau du Martinay | Muah: Beauty by maeva | Rentals: Be Lounge | Rentals for the table: Cañigueral | Ring box : Voeu Du Coeur | stylist: Type A Society

A Whimsical Marie Antoinette-Inspired Editorial in Soft French Blue Hues

To say we’re sad to be missing out on romantic European summer vacations this year is the understatement of the century. Luckily, we have beautiful styled shoots that we can live vicariously through, like today’s stunning Marie Antoinette inspired editorial in France from Manna Sun Events and Stella Yang Photography. Head on over to full gallery for a sea of french blue hues and steal-worthy whimsical details.

From Stella Yang PhotographyTeaming up with Manna Sun Events and Ahles Fleurs, we flew to Paris for this wedding shoot and had an absolutely luxurious experience which was filled with elegant European charm.

As we entered the front gate of Château de Villette we were blown away by its stunning beauty. Surrounded by two lakes, a magnificent cascade fountain, a glass green house and orangery, this French chateau is perfect in every way. It has been one of the most remarkable chateaux in France since the 1680’s. The design inspiration came from the dreamlike interiors of the chateau, specifically the shade of French blue in the reception room.

The florist used soft blush, purple, and white blooms in a great mix of organic pastels. This soft feminine color palette was a perfect addition to the whimsical and romantic Marie Antoinette inspiration. Elopements have become very popular among our couples. With COVID-19, more couples want to have smaller weddings, but still filled with luxurious details and to provide great experience for the guests. With this beautiful shoot we want our couples to see that elopement can be designed with such style and beauty.

Photography : STELLA YANG PHOTOGRAPHY | Floral Design: Ahles Fleurs | Wedding Dress: Jinza Couture Bridal | Shoes : Jimmy Choo | Hair and Makeup: Reina Kim | Venue : Villa Balbiano | Head piece : Heart Of Gold Designs | Linen: BBJ La Tavola | Paper goods : m.lifeinbloom | Planning: Manna Sun Events, Inc. | Ribbons: Party Crush Studio

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A Town & Country Inspired Engagement Dinner With a French Twist

A romantic, carb-filled picnic by the stream, a stroll through the charming Courtomer streets and an all-white welcome party at a jaw-dropping chateau complete with the most delicious french cuisine… talk about the perfect recipe for an unforgettable destination weekend. Whether you’re celebrating an engagement or your big day, allow today’s french fête to inspire you, with images from Lauren Fair and Julie Paisley, and design by Oleander.

From Lauren Fair Photography… The inspiration for Rebecca + Mark’s engagement session + engagement dinner was inspired by A Chic Weekend away from Paris, Market Strolling, Cafe and Normandy Cider / Countryside Picnic.

We also pulled inspiration from Ralph Lauren… We pictured Town & Country with a French Twist, giving our sweet real couple a delicious picnic full of local Normandy cider, apples, and French breads and cheese. 

Following the shoot, we hosted a welcome party at our workshop continuing the theme and pulling in local veggies, an all white color palette and delicious French cuisine to celebrate!

Photography: Lauren Fair Photography | Photography: Julie Paisley Photography | Design: Oleander | Event Design: Oleander | Floral Design: Oleander | Reception Venue: Chateau de Courtomer | Makeup: Natalia Issa Hair and Makeup Artistry | Wardrobe + Flatlay: Janna Brown Design Co.

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How to Pull off the Edgy Look While Keeping It Timeless

We love a bride who isn’t afraid to get a little edgy with her wedding décor. We’re talking tousled blooms, a moodier color scheme and a seriously intimate feel. Today’s inspiration shoot from Lauren Fair Photography, Julie Paisley and Oleander Curated captures just that, all while keeping the design completely timeless in style. Get ready for your Pinterest page to blow up after taking a peak at the full gallery of images.

From the designer, Oleander Curated…. The inspiration for this shoot was Neutrals, Smoky Blues and Greys, with touches of Aubergine & Soft Charcoal. 

The wild countryside of Normandy inspired a looser, a bit more intimate, with a slightly edgy, tousled, moody look. 

We focused on shooting intimate, lovely close ups with a lot of black + whites, an edgy feel to the portraits and a slightly moody approach – all while still keeping it in our signature airy, organic style. Chateau de Courtomer was our host for our workshop this week and was a truly spectacular old world setting!

Photography: Lauren Fair Photography | Photography: Julie Paisley Photography | Event Design: Oleander | Floral Design: Oleander | Wedding Dress: Mira Zwillinger | Wedding Dress: Alexandra Grecco | Reception Venue: Chateau de Courtomer | Shoes: Bella Belle | Jewelry: Juvelan | Hair & Makeup: Natalia Issa Hair and Makeup Artistry | Calligraphy: Shasta Bell Calligraphy | Wardrobe & Flat Lay Styling: Janna Brown Design Co.

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A Modern French Chateau Wedding With Old World Details? Oui, Oui!

When the insane talents of Lauren Fair Photography and Julie Paisley Photography come together to design an inspiration shoot in France, you just know it’s going to be out of this world epic. Complete with lush blooms by Oleander, a timeless color palette of neutrals, greige, ochre, mink, and tarnished silver, and the most jaw-dropping backdrop of Chateau de Courtomer… it’s all just too beautiful for words. Head on over to the full gallery to experience the magic!

Lauren Fair + Julie Paisley brought together an incredible team at Chateau de Courtomer in Normandy, France for this stunning inspiration shoot. Pulling in opulent old world details, lush florals, an epic chateau ceremony site and beautiful location with our real couple Olesia + Charles, this day was a dream!

Photography: Lauren Fair Photography | Photography: Julie Paisley Photography | Event Design: Oleander | Floral Design: Oleander | Wedding Dress: Mira Zwillinger | Reception Venue: Château de Courtomer | Jewelry: Juvelan | Hair & Makeup: Natalia Issa Hair and Makeup Artistry | Flatlay Styling & Wardrobe: Janna Brown Design Co. | Paper: Design House of Moira

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A Dreamy Destination Wedding at the Hôtel Ritz Paris Every Francophile Needs to See

For this gorgeous couple, a late Fall wedding in Paris was the perfect recipe for their “I do’s”. Floraison Paris decorated their day in rich greens and blooms in a feminine color scheme of pinks, lavender, and soft hints of white. The results were breathtaking to say the least (just wait ’till you see the floral-filled grand staircase) Thanks to Loli Events, the festivities went off without a hitch! Head on over to the full gallery for all the garden wedding inspiration – captured by Oliver Fly Photography!

From Oliver Fly PhotographyWhat began as a chance meeting on New Year’s Eve turned into the love of a lifetime for Meghan and Peter. As fate would have it, both New Yorkers made the trip to Aspen, Colorado for the same NYE event, and the rest, as they say, is history. Four years later, the couple returned to the spot where it all began for a mountaintop proposal, surrounded by dear friends and the perfect snowfall. As Meghan and Peter considered locations for their late fall wedding, Paris became the obvious choice. Thanks to a long-standing love of French food, fashion, art, and culture, the city had always held a special place in Meghan’s heart, and luckily Peter felt the very same. 

As their wedding plans began to take shape, Meghan and Peter decided on a multi-day destination event set in their favorite city in the world and everything planned by the talented team of Loli Events. The iconic Hôtel Ritz Paris was selected as the ceremony backdrop thanks to its rich history and unparalleled beauty. Meghan had always dreamed of a Parisian garden wedding, and the Ritz courtyard was everything she’d envisioned. Set just minutes away, the couple chose Hotel Le Marois as their reception venue and loved the opportunity to enjoy multiple locations with their guests—many of whom had never previously visited Paris. 

Thinking about the design moments of their day, Meghan and Peter chose to draw inspiration from their ceremony location with a color palette of rich greens, pinks, lavender, and soft hints of white. They also incorporated subtle nods to French historical icons, with touches of pale pinks a la Marie Antoinette, and a bee icon on the invitation suite as an homage to Napoleon.

Meghan and Peter knew fashion was going to play a significant role in their black-tie wedding, and their fashion selections didn’t disappoint. After searching showrooms all across New York, Meghan selected an A-line Reem Acra dress featuring asymmetrical embroidery, lace, tulle, and sequins for a couture yet timeless look. To complement their fashion-forward aesthetic, Peter donned a midnight blue tuxedo custom-made by Knot Standard. 

The wedding weekend began with a private cruise along the Seine, where guests were able to catch sight of the Eiffel Tower and many famous landmarks throughout the city. The cruise served as the ultimate kickoff to their multi-day celebration and gave loved ones a glimpse into all the festivities ahead. Following the welcome event, Meghan and Peter held a Moroccan-inspired rehearsal dinner at Alcazar in the 6th, as they introduced guests to the vibrant Left Bank and built up excitement for the big day to follow. On the morning of their wedding, Meghan and Peter were greeted with a gorgeous autumn day and not a hint of rain in sight. 

Their afternoon ceremony was not only incredibly picturesque but also beautifully heartfelt, as they exchanged handwritten vows in a ceremony officiated by two of their closest friends. Following the ceremony, the newlyweds and their guests enjoyed a cocktail hour and reception set at Hotel Le Marois, where their team of talented vendors made sure no detail went untouched. The evening featured a stunning array of design moments, including a floral-filled grand staircase as a continuation of the Parisian garden aesthetic. As day turned to night, Meghan and Peter’s guests were treated to a multi-course meal of traditional French cuisine and continued dining, dancing, and toasting to the happy couple well into the evening hours.

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Photography: Oliver Fly Photography | Videographer: Matteo Castelluccia Videomaker | Floral Design: Floraison | Ceremony Venue: Ritz Paris | Reception Venue: Hôtel Le Marois - Salons France Amériques | Caterer: Butard Enescot | DJ: Wildfire DJs | Assistant Photographer : Sarah Stefani | Band for the welcome event: Jazz Around Midnight | Boat For Welcome Event: Yachts De Paris | Bridal Party beauty : Studio Ohlala | Bridal Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Candles: Bougies Granulées | Coffee cart : Brûlerie Saint Jacques | Earrings: Pegasus By Giles | Hair & Make Up: Harold James | Invitation & Day of Papers: Studio French Blue calligraphy + design | Late Night crepes: Les Triporteurs Gourmands | Party Dress: Oscar De La Renta | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Alcazar Paris | Rentals: Options | Sketch Artist : Sophia C. | Wedding Dress & Veil: Reem Acra | Wedding Planner & Design: Loli Events | Welcome Boat Event Dress: Naeem Khan

Wait Until You See This Firework Finale At This Romantic, French Château Wedding!

Get ready for ALL of the feels for this romantic, French wedding at the Chateau De Santeny! With every single photo by Chymo & More Photography, you can feel the love between these two, from their heartfelt first look to their endless smiles. Dream Weddings Europe outdid themselves with subtle gold details and deep red and pink florals around every corner by Decorelle!….oh and the black and white photos are To. Die. For.

From Chymo & More PhotographySarah & Jason’s summer wedding in Chateau de Santeny was an absolute real-life fairytale. Chateau de Santeny is located just outside Paris, with a sense of elegance and old-world charm. The couple had their first look in the main hall down the gorgeous staircases which set a perfect start of the day.

These two couldn’t stop giggling and kissing all day long, which made my job as a photographer super easy. Having family and friends over from Hong Kong and the U.K., they held a spectacular yet intimate celebration on this warm summer day. I could never forget Sarah’s tears during the vows and their tightly-held hands against the bright sky lit by fireworks.

From Dream Weddings EuropeAs a main accent in the wedding design, we chose gorgeous peonies in a rich burgundy color with a combination of soft pink, ivory, peach, and golden touches. This color palette was applied to all elements of the wedding: from the round ceremony backdrop, the tidy bouquet with large flowers and minimal decorative small flowers, the 2-layer wedding cake with bold burgundy sugar flowers, and the long dining tables with soft peach tablecloths, burgundy napkins and beautiful low centerpieces with burgundy peonies.

An interview with the couple…

Q: What did you envision your wedding being prior to planning?
A: I wanted my wedding ceremony in a garden and the reception in a cute little Châteauesque mansion, but not a castle because we wanted a small wedding with only our closest family and friends.

Q: What was your color palette and your style vision?
A: The theme color was burgundy, supplemented with blush and cream, and little dashes of gold. I wanted a classy and elegant wedding yet it should not scream over-the-top luxury.

Q: What unique elements or DIY details did you include?
A: With the small number of guests, we decided to use a “signing frame” instead of a guestbook. Our guests wrote messages on little wooden hearts tokens that went into the frame. It now sits in our living room next to our wedding photo.

Q: What was your favorite moment? Your favorite crafted detail?
A: My favorite moment was we said “I do” because it meant we are officially married. And it marked the start of celebration and the champagne flowing.

Q: Tell us about your flowers, your gown, your favors, your cake, etc.
A: Having chosen the color palette, I trusted my planner to communicate with the florist to pick the best seasonal flowers. And the flowers turned out to be perfect!

After trying on ten different dresses and not getting the right feeling, I started to get a bit frustrated. Then I went back to my Instagram for the very first dress I saved for inspiration. I hunted down the shop that had this dress in town. When I finally tried it on, I knew it was “the one”.

The cake was a 2-tier cake with simple edible floral decorations that echoed with my bouquet.

Q: What is one piece of advice that you could give brides-to-be?
A: On my wedding day, I was so nervous and tensed until the end of the ceremony. Don’t be like me. After months of hard work planning, you have got to relax and enjoy your big day.

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Photography: Chymo More | Videography: Happy Films | Floral Design: Atelier Decorelle | Wedding Dress: Liz Martinez (by Kinsley James) | Cake: Cakes by Meri | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Catering: Lubre Reception | Makeup & Hair: Kayan's Makeup Paris | Wedding Venue: Château De Santeny | Fireworks: fetes & feux | Planning and Styling: Dream Weddings Europe | Rentals: Options