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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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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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Provence Garden Wedding Inspiration at Château de Sannes

If I ever do a vow renewal in France, I’m calling up Jennifer Fox Weddings, Floresie and Oliver Fly. Once you feast your eyes on this unbelievably beautiful editorial—full of Provençal charm—you’ll see why. Pulling inspiration straight from Château de Sannes, you’ll find the most perfect shades of blue set against the lushest greens. Provence Classics joined in for Harry and Meghan-style getaway, upping the cool factor even more. There are over 150 images in the full gallery and only a handful below, so make sure to dive into the full gallery, too!

From Jennifer Fox WeddingsFor our Provence wedding editorial, the design inspiration came directly from the elegance of the château itself and its remarkable gardens and landscape. Our goal was create a full wedding design concept that was fresh, romantic and elegantly luxurious with a touch of Provençal charm, which would naturally highlight the magnificent property, Château de Sannes.

Each element was chosen with intention and was captured lovingly by Oliver Fly Photography. The soft sea foam and pale lemon color palette with accents of gold and copper, the delicate Berta wedding gown with the perfect touch of sparkle, the curved shape of the ceremony floral arch, the calligraphy scrolls and napkin placement to mimic an “S” as in Sannes (there is an S above the rounded door of the château entrance!); each was chosen by design.

We focused on showing as many details as possible to represent the experience of what having a real wedding at such a venue is like. Our invitation suite and calligraphy details from Truffy Pi featured hand made paper with gold painted accents and featured a reoccurring watercolor design theme. A welcome box full of French goodies included Jordan almonds from Ladurée and a mini bottle of olive oil produced by the château itself.

For the floral design, Florésie used aster, delphinium, foxgloves, tulips, butterfly ranunculus, alstroemeria and garden roses to create the oh so elegant ceremony arch and grounded horseshoe, centerpieces and bridal bouquet. The ceremony space including the chairs, with the beautiful olive grove in the background, was arranged in a rounded design to represent the coming together of the couple with their family in addition to highlighting the running “S” theme. The bouquet was dripping with these dreamy blooms and provided numerous showstopper moments for our bride!

As an added touch of elegant whimsy and Provençal charm, the cocktail lounge area sat in-between two trees which framed the property’s incredible Cyprus tree garden and featured light colored bamboo furniture and high top tables covered with lightweight seafood green linens from Madame de la Maison. Yummy savory nibbles from Roland Paix Traiteur sat on the cocktail buffet and a champagne tower bubbled in the background as our bride and groom posed with their floral adorned, furry friend.

On the dinner table, wooden candlestick holders sat along side etched glass votives and metallic tea candle holders. White and mint colored linens blew gently in the breeze, as a means to highlight the soft colors of the château in the background. We paired detailed cream colored Italian charger plates with gold rimmed dinner plates and copper flatware from Maison Christina in order to add a pop of luxury. A scroll with the name of each guest sat on top of each menu with the centerpieces overlooking each place setting from above. Effortless elegance at its finest.

For dessert, Made in Cake created designer cookies and sugar flowers with not one, not two but three wedding cakes. The delicate hand made sugar flowers adorned each of the square cakes and were the real stand out of the dessert table. The vision for the square shaped cakes was to include a more contemporary design accent to juxtapose with all of the curve shapes in the other design elements. There is always a fun design exception to the rule.

Though out the day, the bride looked like a dream in her flowing floor length Berta gown, jeweled Bella Belle wedding shoes and diamond and jade earrings from Lindsay Marie Design. When the time came for her to put on her veil, there was not a closed jaw in sight, she looked incredible! We chose this look to keep with the effortless elegance intention of the concept without forsaking the luxury of the design. It was after all a luxury wedding in Provence. For their send off, Provence Classics provided the couple with a black 1960 MG roadster so that they could drive off in style.

Photographer: Oliver Fly Photography | Floral Design: Floresie | Catering: Roland Paix | Makeup: Ylva Langenskiold | Hair: Sarra Na | Vintage Car: Provence Classics | Bridal Boutique: Metal Flaque Paris | Bridal Shoes: Bella Belle | Cake Design & Cookies: Made In Cake | Chateau: Chateau De Sannes | Dress Designer: Berta | Jewelry & Accessories: Lindsay Marie Design | Linens: Madame de la Maison | Men’s Suit: Chris Von Martial | Planning & Design: Jennifer Fox Weddings | Rentals: Be Lounge | Ring Box: Je Promis | Stationery & Calligraphy: Veronica Halim Calligraphy | Tabletop Rentals: Aqueduto | Welcome Box: Jennifer Fox Weddings

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A Charming Weekend Engagement in Provence

Destination engagement sessions always make us so happy, they combine our two favorite things: love and travel. What more could a girl ask for, am I right?! This sweet engagement session in Provence planned by Love & Provence and photographed by Oliver Fly Photography is a breath of fresh air. It’s complete with a classic getaway car, sweeping views and a champagne toast! We’re in love!!

From Oliver Fly Photography... Provence has so much to offer for Engagement Sessions. It is one of the most unique places in the world where, no matter the season, there are landscapes, colours and lighting that cannot be rivalled. You will never go wrong in choosing Provence as the backdrop for any shoot; be it with the lavender in the summer or the vines turning the most magical auburn colours in Autumn!

Last summer, I had the privilege and honor to capture the engagement session of this lovely couple during their glorious weekend getaway in Provence. Capturing those precious memories was a delight and especially during a fantastic sunset in the middle of luxurious nature, accompanied by the song of cicadas. My personal goal in every shoot is to ensure a memorable experience that reflects the joy, elegance and romance of the couple and the location.

A destination engagement shoot gives you the opportunity to getaway and create unforgettable memories for the two of you to start your journey together. Scouting the best locations is an important part of my work as a photographer, as I want to offer to the couples, the best unique sceneries to magnify their love. There is no better way to add the most unique twist to a shoo than with a classic car to cruise around in, adding that extra touch of colour and elegance to a romantic weekend.

There are certain elements that a photographer (especially a film photographer) needs in order to capture the perfect picture and some can only be given by nature, mainly, the light! And Provence has some of the most magical light around, especially at sunset. You can’t really get anything wrong when you have the best ingredients for an amazing engagement shoot, from the location, light, car and colours to work with; everything was naturally stunning making it effortless to get those perfect photos that you will keep forever.

Photography: Oliver Fly Photography | Event Planning: Love & Provence | Car Rental: Provence Classics | Hair & Make up: Karine Brossard | Processing Lab: Richard Photo Lab

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Simple Elegance Among the Fields of Lavender – A Wedding in Provence

Discover the magical kingdom more commonly known as Provence…. In the twinkle of the bride’s eyes, the almost tangible love surrounding the newlyweds and the infallible romance of lavender fields. In the classic imagery from Marion Heurteboust Photography and in the dramatic cinematic highlights from Chromata Film… this is where dreams do come true. Read on to hear how WEP in Provence made sure this couple’s wedding weekend was all that… and so much more…

From the Bride… As per her reputation, Stéphanie of Weddings of Excellence in Provence delivered the “prince and princess” wedding we dreamed of. With her strong character and eye for detail, she always found a way to go the extra mile with all facets of the weekend, putting on the most unforgettable event in our lives to date….

Both our guests, and we, had the best time and we owe everything to Stéphanie. She is committed and passionate about what it is that she does, and what she does is create a tailored and bespoke wedding experience for all involved. We can not recommend Stéphanie and WEP enough to all those thinking of having their wedding in Provence.


The opening frames of Clemence and Lluc’s highlight film will catch you by surprise. The aerial views of the locations throughout the three-day wedding weekend will overwhelm you and the spoken words will capture your heart. In a mere four minutes – you will be taken to another time, another place and an amazing celebration of love. From Chromata Films… Clemence and Lluc’s wedding in Luberon, France.
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Photography: Marion Heurteboust | Cinematography: chromata Films | Wedding Planner: Weddings Of Excellence In Provence | Floral Design: Wepagency | Wedding Dress: Limor Rosen | Invitations: Crème De Papier | Reception Venue: Bastide de Capelongue Bonnieux | Hair: Axelle B. | DJ: Discotecnik | Chairs : Options | Lights: Phos Events | Photo Booth : Flashbox | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Bastide de Gordes | Wedding Designer: Weddings Of Excellence In Provence

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A Feminine, Pastel Dream of a Wedding in Provence, France

If I had to pick my all-time favorite place on Earth, I would choose Provence, France without hesitation. I am a self-proclaimed Francophile (aren’t we all…), but it’s the countryside of Provence that has my heart. Amie and Dan’s sweet, pastel destination wedding at Chateau Talaud is what bridal dreams are made of and the incredible blush and lavender bouquets by Laetitia C. make my heart flutter!

From Katie Shuler PhotographyAmie and Dan’s wedding in Provence was truly a pleasure to capture. Their wedding took place at the exclusive Chateau Talaud, a romantic 18th century Chateau surrounded by its own vineyards. Amie, (famous London blogger), and her fiancé, Dan, both live in London and wanted a warm, outdoor wedding so traveling to the South of France was the perfect destination.

Dan designed a Pergola for their special day, and with the help of his family, gathered the necessary supplies and built one the week of their wedding. Dan’s mother sewed the lovely drapes and Amie’s mother did the electrical for the lighting and chandeliers. Truly a family affair! Amie wanted a timeless feel for her wedding utilizing cream, lilac, and blush shades. The bridesmaid dresses and florals perfectly complimented the venue and Amie’s vision.

For the ceremony, rose bushes decorated the aisle and petals were strewn along the path. The lush green landscape made it feel like a garden party. For cocktail hour, there were different drink stations throughout and plenty of delicious appetizers. Amie and Dan really wanted everyone to enjoy the food so they spent a long time with their caterers perfecting all the dishes.

The reception was beautiful and intimate with plenty of heartfelt speeches during the setting sun. Amie had Macaroons as the wedding favors and lots of desserts for the guests. The party itself lasted until 3 am with everyone dancing the night away.

Photography: Katie Shuler Photography | Videography: 618 Studios | Event Planner: Rose Gold Wedding Planners | Floral Design: Laetitia C. - fleurs d'atelier | Wedding Dress: Marchesa | Cake: Made In Cake | Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: Helen Traiteur | Makeup: Charles Gillman | Hair: Ciara Coiffure | Calligraphy: Victoria Blum Calligraphy | Groom's suit: T Lewin | Venue: Chateau Talaud | Venue: Chateau Talaud | Bride : Chase Amie | Film Lab: Richard Photo Lab | Music: UK DJs Abroad | Second Dress: Shin Bu Bridal | Veil : Blossom and Bluebird

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Luxury Al Fresco Wedding in Provence at Hotel Du Castellet

Welcome back to the Little Black Book Blog! Yesterday we featured a wedding film from one of our beloved LBB cinematographers, Chromata Films ~ a French Riviera Wedding… an enchanting three-day weekend celebration. Today, we have a Sunday Matinee Feature from another of Chromata Film’s most recent weddings! This wedding weekend takes place in the very heart of Provence ~ it’s full of light-hearted merriment and all-out fun. And yet, when the Rabbi speaks, during the ceremony, the full significance of the occasion rings clearly thru. He says, “… the promises you’ll make today are genuinely above and beyond everything else. A declaration of faith, not only in each other but in the very purpose of human existence…. because one of the greatest purposes of human existence, is to bring yourself to another person… and share that faith with them.

From Kevin & Laura Lopez from Chromata FilmsSome days you wake up and you just realize how lucky you are and because of that… how grateful you must be. When we got to know Mikela and Alan and knew we were going to shoot their incredible Jewish Wedding in Provence, we knew that the time to be grateful was here again.

Spending two entire days with them and their lovely family was such a great experience ~ on so many levels. Mikela and Alan’s wedding weekend is unforgettable and will be etched in our minds forever.

Between the wedding venue, the surroundings, the bride and groom, the incredible wedding dress designed by Elie Saab, the jewelry, the guests and the beautiful wedding decor, it was breathtaking, to say the least. When you watch their wedding film you will understand how unique and incredible their days were. We hope you will enjoy watching this wedding film as much as we enjoyed creating it! Mazal Tov!

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Liz from White Label Events not only did a fantastic job of making the couple’s dream wedding a reality, she also made sure that we had everything we could possibly need to shoot in the best conditions. Also working with Sebastien Boudot, the main photographer, was a breeze and our collaboration went extremely well.

If you missed Tracy and Thomas’s Luxury French Riviera Wedding featured on Style Me Pretty yesterday, you can view it right here: French Riviera Wedding at Cap Estel

And… here are a couple more of our lates films:

Fairytale Wedding at Villa Ephrussi Rotschild

Wedding in Provence at Chateau Valmousse

You can see more of our cinematic-style wedding films on our website, blog and Instagram … we’d love to hear from you!

Wedding Cinema: chromata Films | Wedding Planner: white label events | Wedding Dress: Elie Saab | Ceremony Venue: hotel du castelet

Elope to Provence! There’s So Much More Than Lavender Fields

Dreaming of a wedding among the lavender fields of Provence? Well… wait one sec. We have some other ideas for you today!  There is SO much more to Provence than lavender fields ~ equally lovely in all it’s raw natural beauty. Searching for lavender fields should now just be one of the checkmarks on your destination wedding planning checklist! Tamara Gruner with WEP in Provence (plus so many other amazing wedding pro’s) explored the region in their last workshop (April ’18 Workshop). We’re sharing some of the images from those days that are going to blow you away! The concept for this three-day conference centered around contrasting the Past and the Future ~ and oh what an enchanting contradiction in style it was….

From Tamara Gruner Photography and WEP in Provence
Provence – it’s the dream of everyone! But did you know that Provence has more to offer than lavender fields, vineyards and olive trees? There are so many places only the locals know about! Do you know that there are still Roman ruins in Provence? And do you know how beautiful they are when nature around them blooms? Come with us and let us take you away to a journey of the past … 

The Past…

Inspired by the beauty of Provence and it’s historical landmarks we wanted to create an elopement in the middle of the Roman ruins of Glanum. What could be more romantic than eloping in the middle of Provence at such an epic landmark?

Our floral designer, Celine from Un Jardin En Ville, created a flower dream around a cherry blossom tree to set the ceremony mood for our eloping couple. Musat Bridal, who is known for her romantic dresses, designed a stunning tulle dress with a lace top to it.

Our bride wore curls, which flew in the wind. Bridal beauty services for the workshop were provided by Agnes Caneri (Hair) and Ylva Langenskiold (Makeup). The handsome groom was wearing a classic black tuxedo from Rayne. Michaela Roemer added the finishing touch to our couple with her breathtaking jewelry. And what would a wedding be without the pretty shoes from Bella Belle?

In addition, Creme de Papier designed beautiful paper goods for the couple with a Glanum sketch to cherish for their lives!

The Future…
After their elopement our couple went straight to their honeymoon. And where would they go for their honeymoon? They went to the modern, breathtaking Domaine de Manville, a 5-star hotel with golf course in the heart of Provence. 

Our bride was wearing a modern romantic lace dress from the up and coming new French designer ‘Manon Gontero‘. Her dresses are delicate and modern just like our couple is!

Our two lovebirds roamed the streets of Provence,  enjoying the rustic romance as newlyweds before heading back for the night.

Get inspired by the beauty of Provence! Cheers to a beautiful future …

If you’re not already mesmerized by these images… hold on. There is an incredibly awesome one minute video from the talented Alex Chevalier Films that will stop you in your tracks and hit replay. Seriously, it is truly unique.

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And because we’re not quite ready to stop reveling in the beauty of these days in Provence, we have a few more links to share with you from the April 2018 Workshop:

Wedding Reception at Domaine de Manville in Provence

Honeymoon in Provence – published in the Hochzeits Guide

If you’d like to learn more about Tamara Gruener’s Workshops and WEP in Provence (and who wouldn’t…?)  Head on over to Tamara’s Workshop page [right here]

Photography: Tamara Gruner Photography | Videography: Alex Chevalier Films | Event Planning & Design: Weddings Of Excellence In Provence | Floral Design: Un Jardin En Ville | Wedding Dress: Musat Bridal | Cake: Made In Cake | Invitations: Crème De Papier | Shoes: Bella Belle | Jewelry: Michaela Roemer | Makeup: Ylva Langenskiold | Hair: Agnes Caneri | Groom's Attire: Rayne Homme | Hotel: Domaine de Manville | Hair Accessories: Orchidee De Soie | Honeymoon Dress: Manon Gontero | Model Agency: Enjoy Models | Ruins: Glanum | Scans: Richard Photo Lab | Silk & Ribbon: Orchidee De Soie | Sound: Baz Music Light Concept | Speaker: Michaela Roemer | Speaker: We Make Stuff Happen | Speaker: Regard' Auteur | Workshops: Tamara Gruner Photography

La Bastide de Toursainte ~ Historic Charm for a South of France Wedding

Romanticism is a perception. A dance which mingles love and beauty. For us, beauty is the light; soft, warm and may be wistful. Love is a bright pink color, acidulous like a last kiss of summer. This is our wedding definition, a pinch of light on a lover’s heart. The result is the alliance of elegance and a soft design…  Photography by Marinella de Castro / Event Planning + Design by White Eden Weddings

A loving soul needs a body to exist. We chose La Bastide de Toursainte in the South of France to create this meeting. It’s an historical venue with a secular charm. Some leaves on the floor which testify to the passing of time, some cracks on typical Provence walls, proof that love can resist everything. 

What would love be without candlesticks and crystal glasses ? We wanted something chic and simple for the table, but always with this bright pink color touch. Flowers by Mademoiselle Jules deliver an intoxicating perfume and the color hides lover’s eyes while flames dance at the rhythm of hearts.

Beautiful stationery and calligraphy created by Silent Word Studio comes perfectly to the table. To immortalize every moment of this autumnal session, we chose Marinella De Castro, who knew, by her photographic talent, how to bring out the beauty of the accessories, flowers and the lovely bride. Her luminous stare through the lens of her film camera to sublimate love in every detail as with the dress by La Sposa.

The light caresses the bride’s sweet face, thanks to the artistry of the simple makeup of Karine Brossard, who also did the elegant hairdressing.

Finally, the light of sunset comes… to conclude this sweet session setting hearts ablaze like the passion of a new life for two.


Photographer: Marinella De Castro | Florist: Mademoiselle Jules | Wedding Dress: St. Patrick-La Sposa | Cake: Made In Cake | Shoes: Bella Belle | Rings: Alice Magnin Jewelry | Hair + Makeup: Karine Brossard | Venue: Bastide de Toursainte | Bridal boutique: Nicéa Mariage | Calligraphy + Stationery: Silent Word Studio | Planning + Design: White Eden Weddings | Rentals: Options

Chateau de Varennes Inspiration that Takes Beauty to a New Level

Sylvie Gil‘s annual workshop is something dreams are made of. Set against the backdrop of the French countryside, Sylvie brings together the best in the wedding industry to build out a shoot meant to teach her students the nuances and art behind photographing a wedding. And this year, Sylvie & Shannon Leahy built their inspiration shoot into a stunning look at how Fine Art can influence everything from the gown she chooses to the modest boudoir photographs that she will always look back on with love. Click here to see even more.

From Shannon Leahy, Event Stylist…For Sylvie Gil’s 2018 workshop, we were really inspired by the idea of bringing fine art into a wedding, specifically French fine art from the Renaissance period. In our research, we became very interested in the work of Primavera by Botteceili. Primavera means Spring, and being that the workshop is in April, we thought this was very fitting. There is something about Primavera that also feels bridal, which we loved. For the color palette, we chose to work with a lot of variety – from lavender to deep burgundy, mustard, sage green and golden tones. We knew we could spread this palette through out days of the workshop for different looks.

For the welcome dinner, we chose a tonal look of reds and yellows, we affectionally called it the “ketchup and mustard” palette. We wanted to bring in spring bulbs and trays of pears and fresh fruits, along with flowing arrangements by Moon Canyon, to echo the bounty of an outdoor seasonal dinner at the chateau. We found a beautiful setting behind a classically-inspired statue that we thought was very fitting to our theme; and even adorned the statue with florals to tie it into the story.

The boudoir look was one of my favorites. Inspired by Renaissance nude portraiture, we simply chose to drape fabrics in a dark corner of the chateaux that was lit only by natural light, Our beautiful bride in a simple robe from Girl And a Serious Dream was adorned with an epic floral crown by Moon Canyon. I love the nod to the Roman god, Bacchus, with the grapes in her hand.

Alexandra from Aerialist Press really took all our inspiration and tied it into a beautiful invitation suite that I think perfectly tells our story and gave our attendees, as Sylvie put it, “flat lays for days!”

The ceremony was a stroke of genius by Kristen of Moon Canyon. I loved her idea of placing the ceremony in the center of the church to create a ceremony in the round with flowers and greenery adorning the space. The vibe of this church felt very medieval to us, leading into the Renaissance. The inspiration came from the color of the writing that was etched into the stone walls of the church and the stunning Naeem Khan dress. The bridal look was completed by a modern interpretation of Botteceili’s Primavera in the hair and makeup style from Ava Belle.

Finally, the reception dinner we set in the foyer of the chateaux. We incorporated a Classic bust that we found on-site at Chateau Varennes. The table was lined with long candlesticks and another beautiful arrangement that incorporated our entire palette. We wanted this on a backdrop of tone on tone sage with nude chair covers to create a draped classical look that tied in the rest of the wedding . Overall, we wanted this workshop to feel moody, a little dark and different from the light and bright weddings we are used to seeing in California; we wanted this to stand out.

Working in France with such a wonderful team of creatives was truly inspiring; it was so much fun to be pushed creatively in a new direction. I particularly loved working with Kristen of Moon Canyon, her stylist prowess is unmatched.

A BRIDE AND GROOM PORTRAIT SESSION

For Sylvie’s workshop we were lucky enough to have not just one but two couples for the attendees to practice shooting with. Ivandra was the second model and we wanted to give her a completely different look. I love how the top of the Naeem Khan dress has the look of chain mail that reminds me of the renaissance but still feels very modern and fresh.

We decided to shoot the portrait session in my bedroom at the chateau because of the gorgeous natural light and the stunning red velvet couch that matched our palette.  That couch is an antique and one of two in the world ( the second is on display at the louvre! ).  I love the strong contrast in these portraits between Ivandra in the dress and the sofa in the room.  This was the last thing we styled at the workshop and it felt like the grand finale! 

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Photography: Sylvie Gil Workshops | Film: Kodak Alaris | Videography: BKTFILMS | Floral Design: Moon Canyon | Shoes: Bella Belle | Hair & Makeup: Ava Belle | Tuxedos: The Black Tux | Venue: Chateau de Varennes | Accessories: Bekah Anne | Albums: DreambooksPRO | Boudoir & Veils: Lauren Leshansky | Business Class: Sam Jacobson | Cake & Macarons: Muriel Arcos | Candles: Ester & Erik | Ceremony & Reception: Chateau de Varennes | Champagne: Champagne Tsarine | Film Lab: Richard Photo Lab | Gowns: Naeem Khan | Linens: BBJ La Tavola | Media: Style Me Pretty | Men's Accessories: The Black Tux | Paper Goods: Aerialist Press | Planning & Design: Shannon Leahy Events | Production Manager: NKT Events | Ribbons & Textiles: Tono Co | Ring Boxes: Secret Keeper Box | Styling Boards: The Romanticist Studios | Tabletop Rentals: Options | Tabletop Rentals: Vaisselle Vintage | Wax Seals: WaxSeals.com

When an Interior Designer + Architect Get Hitched, It’s Bound to be Gorgeous

After meeting in Paris and traveling across the globe to start an Interior Design and Architecture firm in Hong Kong, this wickedly talented duo returned to the land where it all began for their dream wedding.  Dream being a key word here. Planned by Et Voila Weddings, with florals by Laetitia C., get lost in the easy breezy beauty of Provence through the lens of Sylvie Gil. Plus a film by Pascal Dele too!

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From Sylvie Gil PhotographyLorène & Kenny met in Paris nearly 10 years ago. Before getting engaged, Lorene and Kenny moved across the world to Hong Kong together to set up an architectural and interior design studio together. They have been living/working/spending every waking minute together for the last 4 years, and still decided to get married! While it took Kenny 9 years to ask Lorene for her hand in marriage, he did it beautifully and naturally, while they were spending some time in the Lake District (England’s largest national park). He proposed with a gorgeous ring of sapphire (for the blue colour which is Lorene’s favourite) and diamonds. 

Lorene and Kenny are a very cross cultural couple. Lorene is French but grew up in London and Kenny is half Japanese/Chinese, and a British citizen who has lived over 20 years in the UK. They both now live in Hong Kong. 

Lorene has very fond memories of her childhood and special holidays spent in Provence and Provence was an easy choice when it came to deciding where the wedding would take place. Their wedding was a unique chance to gather everyone in France, close to where Lorene’s family is settled in Provence, and to make all their friends and families from abroad discover this unique part of the world, with its delicious foods and beautiful landscapes.

Also, Bastide de Gordes is a very well known luxury hotel in the Luberon, but it is not a venue that hosts many weddings, so the couple felt that holding their wedding there would be even more special as it is not something that has been seen and done plenty of times before them. The venue is so gorgeous in itself that it did not need much to make it beautiful for the wedding, in fact we made sure to not over decorate it and to keep it natural for everyone to enjoy its beauty.

Lorene and Kenny are architect and interior designers so materials are important to them. Lorene wanted to use some material from Provence in some of the décor elements of the wedding, so we used stone from Gordes for the table names, which we had calligraphy on. For the ceremony arch, we used a hothouse arch, as there are many of these in the area and they provide an interesting width compared to traditional garden arches, which worked great with the space.

The ceremony was a very peaceful moment, punctuated by readings from close family members and an olive tree ceremony, the olive tree symbolizing wisdom & peace, hope, light, fertility, health & wealth in Provence.

The wedding venue is hung on a cliff and on the other side of that is a small popular view point. During ceremony we could see a family of locals watching the event from afar and we heard them clap when the bride and groom kissed!

After dinner the party moved indoors for the dancing party. All the guests gathered each side of the hallway leading to the ballroom with large sparklers for the couple to walk through. The effect was magical.

Photography: Sylvie Gil Photography | Videography: Pascal Delé Filmaker | Wedding Planner: Et Voila Weddings | Floral Design: Laetitia C. - fleurs d'atelier | Cake: La Bastide De Gordes | Bride's Shoes: Chanel | Catering: La Bastide De Gordes | Hair & Makeup: Ylva Langenskiold | Hair & Makeup: Agnès Caneri | Groom's Attire: Dolce & Gabbanna | Groomsmen's Attire: Dolce & Gabbanna | Bride's Ceremony Gown: Monique Lhuillier | Bride's Reception Gown: Camille Marguet | Ceremony & Reception Venue: La Bastide De Gordes | Groom's Shoes: Dolce & Gabbanna | Paper Suite: Marylou Faure

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Whimsical Alice in Wonderland Editorial + Workshop Announcement!

Good morning, lovelies! We have an oh-so-exciting announcement for you today. Our friend Greg Finck, is hosting a workshop from May 21-24, 2018, in Paris – and we’ll be there with some incredibly talented people! In celebration of the news, we’re taking a look at the enchanting images captured at last year’s Alice in Wonderland inspired workshop, which all came together with the help of Branco Prata Studios, Rime Arodaky, Bella Belle, Laetitia C. Fleurs d’Atelier, and more.  Just TRY not to get ridiculously excited for 2018’s workshop after watching the video from last year, captured by Pascal Délé.

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From designer Sofia Ferreira of Branco Prata StudiosTime has the importance one gives it, and what we do with time is infinitely more important. This is a reflection about the perception of everything that surrounds us and also a deliberation on how we see and interpret reality. There are different realities and we are the only ones responsible for the reality we choose to live in. We must never obliterate the importance of our five senses and what they display in regards of the reality we choose to live in.

This workshop is an alternate reality, and as in Alice’s Wonderland fable, everything is immeasurable! The world – your reality – is ready to be explored and questioned. In our interpretation of the tale, Alice is bold, fearless, and adventurous. Also agile, cunning, and communicative. She loves to explore the unknown, embrace new realities, and often questions everything that surrounds her.

Her journey begins with curiosity. As Alice ventures into the forest, the sound of her footsteps becomes deafening. The trees seem to close the way and the movement of her body blend in with the gentle breeze. “What is this place that I feel so drawn to? Where is this rabbit hole taking me?” At the same time, Alice feels frightened but with an enormous desire to follow the path that is taking her to a whole new world, to a whole new reality. This is the first visual impact of Wonderland. Alice immediately perceives a new reality, a parallel universe, where everything she sees is bright and vivid and more euphoric than any person could ever imagine. It’s a marvelous imaginary realm, a world of fantasy or illusion. Welcome to Wonderland, dear Alice.

Photography: Greg Finck Photography | Cinematography: Pascal Delé Filmaker | Floral Design: Laetitia C. - fleurs d'atelier | Cakes: T Bakes Atelier | Stationery: Crème De Papier | Shoes: Bella Belle | Hair + Makeup: Camille Bonardi Hair & Make-Up Artist | Calligraphy: Nice Plume | Bespoke Dresses: Rime Arodaky | Crown + Headpieces: Heart of Gold Design | Event Design + Concept: Brancoprata | Greg Finck Workshop: Greg Finck workshops | Location: Les Domaines De Patras | Table Top: Cañigueral | Tabletop: Cañigueral

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A Week-Long Provence Celebration With a Sweet Finish

Elegant yet casual, this intimate wedding was the emotion-filled end to Emilie and Bryan’s week long celebration in Provence with 25 of their most beloved. Some of France’s finest came out to create the romantic evening, including Wanderlust Wedding, Laetitia C. Fleurs d’Atelier, JD Filmmaker, and Jonathan Udot. Its simple beauty will inspire any destination Bride, so you won’t want to miss a single second of the video below.

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From Wanderlust WeddingEmilie and Bryan decided to get married in the heart of Provence, in a private villa in Gordes. They rented the villa for a full week and had their 25 guests fly in from the States. They wanted an intimate wedding with their closest family members and friends. Jonathan Udot beautifully captured this day full of emotions and laughter. Emilie and Bryan wanted an elegant yet laid back wedding. We chose crystal glasses, silverware, delicate blooms by Laetitia C., and candles for the tablescape with a family style meal by Citron Pavot. The wedding was like an extension of a holiday with the people they love most joining them for an emotional day.

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Photography: Jonathan Udot | Cinematography: Julien Duthe | Event Planning: Wanderlust Wedding | Floral Design: Laetitia C. - fleurs d'atelier | Wedding Dress: Carol Hannah | Stationery: The Little Blue Chair | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Catering: Citron Pavot Traiteur | Calligraphy: Lichen Ink | Rentals: Options

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Provence Is the Perfect Place to Host a Global Wedding Celebration

One Groom hails from the USA and one from Brazil, so when it came time for them to plan their wedding weekend, they wanted to choose a neutral space for both families. Chateau Talaud in Provence, France – which holds a special place in Mario’s heart – was the ideal choice, with its charming accommodations, rolling vineyards, and delicious food. Jeremy Ferrero Photography captured the beautiful weekend, planned to perfection by Et Voila Weddings, and we’re officially obsessed.

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From Jeremy Ferrero PhotographyMario and Aj’s wedding in Château Talaud was one of my best moments as a wedding photographer. To share their love and to make this day magical, their families and friends came to Provence from Brazil and the US. When two best friends are soulmates and want to get married in magical Provence, which they love so much, this is what you get.

From the Groom… Mario and I (AJ) have a very multi-cultural background – I am from the US, Mario is from Brazil, and Mario lived in Paris for 6 years. We come from very different backgrounds but have always found chemistry in our balance. When it was time to plan our dream wedding, we knew we wanted to embrace our backgrounds and to host an event that would welcome our global families. With my family all in the US, and Mario’s family all in Brazil, we decided to chose a “neutral” location so no one would feel disproportionately accommodated. Having loved his six years in France, the country – specifically the South of France – has always been a very special place for Mario. With beautiful scenery, delicious wine and food, and a relaxing culture, we knew all of our family and friends, both young and old, would love to experience the area. Therefore, making the decision to have the wedding in Provence was an easy one to make.

When visiting venues the year prior to the wedding, we were immediately struck by Chateau Talaud. The grounds are stunning and full of history. It is a multi-faceted space, with a gorgeous gate, a stunning arch, a pool, and vineyards. While the chateau has a level of grandeur, the space maintains substantial warmth to make all the guests feel at home. We wanted our decor to embrace the region, thus we went with a lot of lavender, olive, and green herbs. Between the chateau and the decor, we were thrilled to host our families and friends in the heart of Provence. And the photos perfectly captured the grounds and us on our special day! Through Jérémy’s art and execution, the aesthetic of the day will last us a lifetime!

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Photography: Jeremy Ferrero | Event Design: Et Voila Weddings | Event Planning: Et Voila Weddings | Floral Design: Delphine Tollari | Ceremony Venue: Chateau Talaud | Catering: Marrou | Hair + Makeup: Nadine Saint Denis | Men's Attire: Brooklyn Tailors | Ceremony Officiant: Caroline Roux | Film Processing: Carmencita Film Lab | Light Letters: Ligh Up Letters

The Most Romantic Spot on the Planet Just Might Be…Provence

Does it get any more romantic than a quiet chateau in the South of France? That would be a hard no. For Tamara Gruner’s recent photography workshop, she showcased just how magical a honeymoon in Provence can be. And with design and styling by Weddings of Excellence in Provence and the old world charm of Le Clos Saint-Estève, these images are all the motivation you need to book that post-wedding vacation to the prettiest spot on Earth.

From Tamara Gruner Photography… What can be more beautiful to spend your first days as a married couple in beautiful Provence? We chose the stunning Provencal venue ‘Le Clos Saint-Estève’ for our honeymoon inspiration. Our happy couple arrives in style at their honeymoon location with their cute suitcases. Our bride is wearing a beautiful modern dress from Alyssa Kristin, which matches her stunning shoes from Bella Belle Shoes. Happily, they are wondering around the beautiful estate and can’t hide their love for each other. Our sweet lovebirds are looking forward to a week of relaxing days after their wedding. Upon their arrival they are waking up to sunshine the next day. Our bride is dressed in her gorgeous lingerie made by Veronica Sheaffer. To totally unwind they are having breakfast in bed in their typically Provencal bedroom – a stunner itself! We wish the both of them many more fun mornings in their future life together! If you wish to be part of our next Tamara Gruner Photography Workshops 2018 (April 22nd – 25th) click here for more info.

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Photography: Tamara Gruner Photography | Event Planning & Design: Weddings Of Excellence In Provence | Shoes: Bella Belle | Catering: Brunet Freres | Makeup: Ylva Langenskiold | Hair: Agnes Caneri | Groom's Attire: Rayne Homme | Attendee Presents: Rose et Marius | ESTATE: LE CLOS SAINT ESTEVE | Floral Design & Event Design: Un Jardin En Ville | Guest Blogger: Erin Lepperd from Style Me Pretty | Invitation & Calligraphy: Crème De Papier | Lighting & Technical Support: BAZ MUSIC LIGHT CONCEPT | Lingerie: Veronica Sheaffer | Management of Venue: LE CLOS SAINT ESTEVE | Model Agency: Enjoy Models | Ring & Jewelry: Susie Saltzman | Scans & Guest Speaker: Richard Photo Lab | Short White Dress: Alyssa Kristin | Shuttle: Provence Panorama | Silk & Ribbon & Headpiece: Orchidee De Soie | Sweets: Made In Cake | Tabletop Rentals: Carron Paris | Website Designer Guest Speaker: Icon6 | Workshop: Tamara Gruner Photography

This Elopement Will Convince You to Wed in Sun-Soaked Provence

What’s not to love about France? Cassie of Flaire Weddings & Events wanted to introduce her Brides-to-be to the beauty and irresistible charm of sun-soaked Provence as a wedding destination. This editorial elopement captured by Alexandra Vonk Photography was inspired by the colors of the region and is entirely gorgeous, but perhaps my favorite detail is the drool-worthy dinner table set amidst the cypress trees, outfitted with a mauve velvet linen from Nuage Designs and an assortment of romantic taper candles.


Event planner and floral stylist Cassie Cherneski loves everything about the country of France and wanted to introduce her primarily American audience to the beauty and irresistible charm of this wedding destination. For this editorial concept, she chose a venue in sun-soaked Provence, the Abbaye Saint Eusebe, with its Mediterranean charm, tall cypress groves and lavender fields galore.

For this shoot, she imagined an intimate elopement for a stylish couple that juxtaposed ancient, medieval architecture (the Abbaye Saint Eusebe dates back to the 11th century) with lush, glamorous details. The Bride, Cindy, wore a sparkling two-piece sheath gown by Eddy K Italia, and her look was completed with a cathedral length blush veil. She carried a loose, textural bouquet filled with roses, sweet peas, queen anne’s lace, eucalyptus, and foraged greenery. The bouquet’s colors included mauve, mustard, and touches of lavender, inspired by the colors of the region. Her Groom, Sacha, looked debonair in a slim-fitting charcoal suit with a black tie.

The creative team styled an intimate ceremony inside the Abbaye, with Cindy and Sacha flanked by two stately trees and groupings of candles. The rough stone walls of the Abbaye were the perfect contrast to the lush greenery and romantic candlelight.

Cassie designed a welcoming, intimate table among the Abbaye’s cypress trees where the couple could sit down with their nearest friends to celebrate after their ceremony. She draped the table in mauve velvet linen and set each place with driftwood chargers and black flatware. Cassie filled an urn to overflowing with blooms, placed it atop the table, and lit an assortment of taper candles placed in brass candlesticks so the couple could see as the sun sank below the hilltops.

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Photography: Alexandra Vonk Photography | Event Planning: Flaire Weddings & Events | Floral Design: Flaire Weddings & Events | Wedding Dress: Eddy K | Stationery: Olivia Grace Paperie | Hair + Makeup: Casey Powell | Bridal Boutique: One Fine Day | Chargers + Flatware: Emily Grace Design | Linen Rentals: Nuage Designs | Location: Abbaye Saint Eusebe | Models: Enjoy Models

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This LA Couple Planned Their Dream Wedding in Provence

Randi and David both work in the fashion industry, so it will come as a surprise to no one that their wedding day style was completely on point. They gathered up all their friends and family for a weekend in Provence with the amazing Lavender and Rose crew ensuring it all went off without a hitch. M & J Photography + Pascal Delé Filmaker documented the festivities and we’re covering every last bit.

From Lavender and RoseIt was a true delight for us to be able to assist Randi & David with their wedding in Provence. As the couple work in the world of fashion, both partners were particularly concerned with the style aspects of their big day right from the start. Based in Los Angeles, they fell in love with the Villa Baulieu near Aix en Provence knew it was the perfect place.

The weekend of festivities kicked off in a private villa where guests were treated to a tasting of local wines and cheeses with a wine expert and former sommelier from Alain Ducasse’s eatery in Las Vegas. Guests were then invited to savor a summer evening among the vines, discovering French gastronomy. It was a relaxed and informal sharing platter meal, during which the wine and conversation flowed aplenty.

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More from Lavender and RoseThe morning of the wedding began with the long-awaited preparations at the Villa Baulieu. The ceremony triggered high emotions, with Randi & David exchanging vows before their loved ones, followed by a cocktail reception and dinner beneath the starry sky. High emotions and a few tears were then replaced by music, laughter and dancing until dawn. The wedding made for the perfect Provence summertime weekend!


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Photography: M & J Photography | Videography: Pascal Delé Filmaker | Event Design: Lavender and Rose | Wedding Planning: Lavender and Rose | Floral Design: Miss Rose By Perrine | Wedding Dress: Badgley Mischka | Cakes: Wedding Cakes By Pamela | Stationery: Crème De Papier | Wedding Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Catering: L'Eveil des Papilles | Makeup: Trew | Hair : Andrew Fitzsimons | Calligraphy: Nice Plume | Band: SALUT | Groom's Suit: Tom Ford | Celebrant: Anne Naylor | Wedding Venue: Villa Baulieu | Her Ring: Cartier | His Ring: Van Cleef Arpels | Marquee: Organic Concept | Rehearsal Dinner Dress: Michael Costello | Rehearsal Dinner Shoes: Tom Ford | Rehearsal Dinner Tableware: Options | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Private Villa in Rognes | Veil: JLM Couture, Inc | Wedding Day Tableware: Aktuel

A Master Florist at Work…alongside a Master Photographer

When it comes to planning a wedding, it’s so incredibly easy to get lost in the minutia. The lists and the must-do’s. But the journey of planning a wedding, in it’s purest form, is so much more that. It’s family. And love. And unabashed artistry at a level that is hard to even find the words to describe. And today, we get to indulge in just that. With an incredible behind the scenes look at the talent that is Laetitia C. Fleurs d’atelier through the lens of Oliver Fly Photography as Laetitia designs a tablescape inspired by the gorgeous restraint of the Provence countryside. Click here to see even more loveliness.

From Laetitia C. Fleurs d’atelierFor this romantic engagement dinner, set in the courtyard of an ancient Mas, I chose a blue color palette with some accents of white. I wanted to reflect, in my choice of flowers and colors, the very deep bond between our couple, Joy and Matthew. Blue seemed like the perfect color for that occasion as it symbolizes true love, purity, serenity, intimacy and deep trust and Delphinium flowers are a symbol of new beginnings.

What I liked most about these arrangements is that they’re nearly all foraged from the garden and hills around the Mas. I harvested what was right there and the different hues of green I found complimented perfectly the varied blues of the Delphiniums and Gentians. I used some heirloom brass vessels and candle holders to compliment the venue and the beautiful ancient and textured stone table. I really think that breaking away from the traditional flower vases makes a whole difference and gives a genuine and charming touch to the arrangements, whatever the occasion.

This ‘all blue’ look is a bit of a ‘think outside the box’ statement today as, for romantic and wedding florals, we are more used to seeing pastel colors like pale pinks and blush tones. But these have been around for quite a few years and lately, flower colors seem to get a little bolder in the new trends with deeper and moodier shades. Blue, along with berry tones and Merlot browns and reds, are slowly making their entrance in the flower trends.

I personally enjoy seeing blue coming back in the picture as, for centuries, it was the color associated with weddings. Brides wore blue in ancient Rome to symbolize love, modesty and fidelity. It was a very popular color in the wedding attire until the late 19th century.

And, as the proverb says “Marry in blue, lover be true”.

From Oliver Fly PhotographyAs a wedding photographer, I am always honored to be the privileged witness of the beautiful floral arrangements from florists/floral designers. I always see the finished result of a wedding day and we all know how much hard work actually went in to creating some floral decor with bouquets and centerpieces. However, I never had the opportunity to see the Behind The Scenes of those talented creatives because during that time we are photographing other moments with the bride and groom.

Love for the beauty and wildness of nature, my father’s legacy, one of my greatest inspiration combined with the encounter of a talented florist gave birth to the editorial « Florist at Work ».

As a result, I had the fabulous opportunity to travel from Paris to Provence to capture the deep love for flowers and creativity of the french florist Laetitia C. Fleurs d’atelier.

With more than hundreds and hundreds weddings under her belt, she’s running a successful business with a modern and stylish feel to her creations staying inspired by the beauty of Provence.

Such a privilege to capture her flower recipe for success when crafting some beautiful floral arrangements for a romantic engagement dinner in the courtyard of a lovely « Mas », a traditional provencal house nested in the middle of lavender fields.

With an approach that places creativity, effortless, care and attention to details above all, Laetitia revealed that shades of blue could be one of the new trend for the next season.

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Photography: Oliver Fly Photography | Floral Design: Laetitia C. - fleurs d'atelier | Calligraphy: Nice Plume | Table Runners + Silk Ribbon: Orchidee De Soie

Destination Wedding Goals: Drink Wine & Chill by the Pool

Any wedding where “wine tasting, chilling by the pool and basically just enjoying each others company” is the main goal is definitely a wedding I can get behind. And to guess that this couple planned just that, with gorgeous detail for days, all with the help of a pretty savvy planner – Wedding Angels – and a whole lot of technology…be still my beating heart. Read on for more deets and click here for even more pretty! Photos from Nicky LeJeune.

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From Wedding AngelsI first met Katie and Remy, from Dubaï, one whole year before their wedding and took them on a day of visits in Provence. They were a sweet couple, really relaxed and looking for a lovely setting for their wedding where they could invite their guests to spend a week of fun with them wine tasting, chilling by the pool and basically just enjoying each others company. They fell in love with Château de Robernier and the countryside and picturesque landscapes surrounding the venue.

The next time I saw them was exactly one year later at Château de Robernier for their rehearsal. Their entire wedding was planned over email, Skype, phone and and WhatsApp. Although Katie and Remy were so low maintenance, un-fussed and easy going, their wedding was full of the little details that make a difference to the day. Katie carefully chose the corkscrew favors and wrapped them herself and decorated with heart shaped wooden name tags, they personalized their own ring box, the table names were also hand made photo collages of special milestones in the couples’ life together. The flowers were simple arrangements of soft peach colour roses, greenery and baby’s breath which really complemented the courtyard of the Château.

When I met up with them and their close family and friends for the rehearsal a few days before the wedding I knew that this would be a fun-filled love-filled event. And I could not have been more right.

The couple arrived in the area and rented a large country home with their bridal party one week before the wedding. They went wine tasting to select the wines for the wedding day from local vineyards around the Castle. Two days before most of their guests had arrived and were invited to a rehearsal dinner on the quaint main square in Cotignac, one of the most beautiful villages in France. They had a great evening mingling and partying until the early hours.

The wedding day was a lovely hot August Saturday. The atmosphere was so light all day, it was a pleasure to be around the bridal party while they were getting ready. The ceremony was led by a family member and the couple were surrounded by a very large bridal party, bridesmaids in blush/peach dresses and groomsmen in dark blue suits with peach bow-tie.

Champagne was served in front of the Castle with canapés before guests were invited to sit down to dinner in the courtyard lit with string lights and lots of candles and lanterns. The speeches were lovely and full of warmth and love.

After cutting the traditional French Croquembouche, Katie and Remy opened the ball in the beautiful Château ballroom and the party went on until dawn.

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Photography: Nicky Lejeune | Cinematography: McGill Sister Films | Event Design: Wedding Angels | Event Planning: Wedding Angels | Floral Design: L'art des Fleurs | Wedding Dress: Essense of Australia | Bride's Shoes: Vince Camuto | Catering: De Bouche En Bouche | Lighting: UK DJs Abroad | DJ: UK DJs Abroad | Groomsmen's Attire: Paul Smith | Venue: Chateau De Robernier | Decor: L'art des Fleurs | Photography - Assistance: Shannon Da Rocha

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Find Love in a Lavender Field with This ‘After-Wedding’ Shoot

For those of you that dream in deep hues of purple, this lovely lavender field inspiration was made just for you. A culmination of all things chic, it’s proof from Weddings of Excellence in Provence (WEP) that you can always (and absolutely should) snap pics post ceremony and thanks to the talented Tamara Gruner Photography, we’ve got it all waiting in The Vault! P.S. See more of this pretty on our LBB Blog!

From Tamara Gruner PhotographyLavender inspiration: What can be more beautiful than getting married in Provence during the lavender season? An after-wedding session with just the two of you in the lavender fields! We started this after-wedding session at the beautiful La Coquillade with all its little romantic nooks. The blooming roses complement the beauty of our couple. The wind adds a romantic touch to this session – flowing hair and a flowing gown – a girl’s dream come true. From La Couqillade we headed to the lavender fields of famous Luberon in Provence. There, our couple strolled through the fields with the sun shining on their skin and warming them on a wonderful June day. We are in love with this couple showing their love for each other. We can’t take our eyes of them – the bride in her beautiful Musat Bridal gown – a romantic lace fabric combination, which complements the bride’s beauty. Our bride is playing with her dress and the wind in the lavender fields, which make for absolutely stunning moments. And the groom? No words for him!

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Photography: Tamara Gruner Photography | Event Planning + Design: Weddings Of Excellence In Provence | Wedding Dress: Musat Bridal | Rings: Pelissier | Makeup: Ylva Langenskiold | Hair: Agnes Caneri | Venue: La Coquillade Resort | Accessories + Shoes: Left Bank Bridal | Behind the Scenes: Studio Ohlala | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Floral Design + Styling: Un Jardin En Ville | Groom’s Attire: Rayne Homme | Model Agency: Enjoy Models | Models: Enjoy Models | Workshop Website: Tamara Gruner Photography