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Le Grand Banc Provence Wedding

First and foremost, this bride is my fashion hero. Not only did she rock a life-changingly gorgeous all-lace gown but switched into TWO more gorgeous frocks before the day was finished. And if that’s got you all green with envy just wait until you see the entire French affair from Knot & PopLaetitia C and Xavier Navarro. This, my dears, is one for the books.

From Knot & Pop…. Ayse & Fred married in Provence in September 2013, under the vast skies and stars of the most beautiful of French settings. Ayse is from London originally, but now lives in Paris with Fred, where they represent Artists and run an Art Gallery together. With the couple having firm roots in France, and Fred’s family from the South of France, they chose to get married in France at the most unique of locations – a private hamlet filled with art and curiosities that perfectly complemented the couple’s love of art. With the legal ceremony at a small local village hall, and the immediate family of 10 to witness, Ayse & Fred then asked their close friends Valerio and Sam to act as celebrants for the informal ceremony at Le Grand Banc, in front of their 140 guests.

Married overlooking the hills of Provence, guests were asked to create a confetti cone from the Confetti Bar that saw stunning silverware filled with flower heads and seeds. After the most fun of ceremonies that saw the two friends tell the tales of Ayse & Fred, reception drinks took place on the pool-side and on the lawn, with guests then walking through the hamlet to the marquee for dinner.

To complement the natural settings, the theme & scheme for the day mixed a soft palette of blush pink, olive green, pale blue, silver and white that was then mirrored across the flowers, decorations, maids looks and table-tops. Mixed in with the palette, the couple and their event designers, Knot & Pop pin-pointed additional key themes for the look and feel which included star motifs to reflect the sense of the celebrations taking place under the stars, and animals – in particular elephants – an absolute love of the Bride’s.

The star motif was repeated throughout the ribbon garlands that cascading from archways, ceremony marquee sides and focal trees. The table plan designed by Knot & Pop also used the star design with garlands running from a beautiful fig tree, that saw guests get really involved in the finding of their seats. Table tops mixed painted wooden star plinths showcasing gorgeous flower filled vintage bottles, with sprigs of olive branches nestled in to napkins, and a painted star as favour – pink for boys, and blue for girls.

At the kids table it was all about the fun factor with a wallpaper print of frames and colouring crayons placed out to keep kids busy – whilst also reflecting once more the couple and their love of Art with the gallery style framed wallpaper. The bar was renamed the Star Bar with a silver piñata backdrop, star cocktail stirrers and bespoke cocktails named after the couple to choose from.

Silver spray-painted elephants appeared on every table with a tag attached explaining that the couple would be visiting an animal sanctuary on honeymoon in Kenya, where they would be donating on behalf of their wedding guests – a lovely and heart-felt alternative favour. Guests were certainly feeling the animal magic having doned animal masks for a fun photobooth session before going into dine. Polaroid pictures of guests were taken against a ribbon backdrop, with guests then writing a message to the couple and placing into a heart shaped canvas, making the perfect keep-sake of the day that now sits pride of place in the couple’s home. Ayse & Fred’s day was full of fun, reflecting all of their loves, with all of their nearest and dearest around them to celebrate in the most unique, memorable and stylish of settings.

Photographer: Xavier Navarro | Flowers: Laetitia C. - fleurs d'atelier | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Oh My Love | Caterer: Helen Traiteur | Groom's Suit: Hugo Boss | Bride's Wedding Shoes, Main Look: Dolce & Gabbana | Bride's Wedding Shoes, Vintage Look: Dune | Flower Girls' Dresses: Etsy, adapted by Bride's Brother | Groom's Shoes: Hugo Boss | Marquee: AR Events | Private Hamlet: Le Grand Banc | Silverware Hire: Knot & Pop | Vintage Wedding Dress: Gabriele Vintage | Wedding Planner and Event Designer: Knot & Pop

Provence Wedding Inspiration from Lavender and Rose, Picture Perfect Photography + Feather and Stone

A Provence sunset, wild, beautiful flowers, a ridiculously good looking couple in beautiful attire… if this is striking a cord with you at all (and really, I’d be surprised if it wasn’t) you’re about to flip. Picture Perfect Photography captured this wedding inspiration, put together by Lavender and Rose, and I’m calling today the best day ever. Enjoy.


From the photographer… I would like to present you a styled wedding shoot which was part of Feather and Stone Field trip workshop in southern France last September. I met their wonderful talented photographers but I also admired and fell in love with the unique picturesque scenery of Provence’s landscapes.

The shooting took place in a beautiful venue called Hameau des Baux nestled between the hills next to Arles and surrounded by stretches of olive trees and rows of tall, tight cypresses. Kerry and Jennifer from Lavender & Rose Weddings styled wonderfully everything and Charlotte’s gown designed by Zahavit Tshuba added a touch of elegance and glamour.

Charlotte’s beauty, grace, her gorgeous smile and easy-going character made her the perfect model. On the other hand Gian Marco as one real Italian guy dazzled us all with his charm and sensitivity. They were both so emotional and in love and eager to kiss and hug each other that they barely paid attention to the photographers around taking pictures of them.

The sweet smell of lavender and wild flowers and the mistral wind blowing from the mountains over the hills made it look like a dream. The very special almost magical light of Provence’s sunsets made our film pictures look like drawings.

Photography: Picture Perfect Photography | Event Design: Lavender and Rose | Event Planning: Lavender and Rose | Floral Design: Laetitia C. - fleurs d'atelier | Wedding Dress: Zahavit Tshuba | Wedding Dress: Zahavit Tshuba | Hair and make up: Camille Bonardi Hair & Make-Up Artist | Calligraphy: Nice Plume | Wedding Venue: Le Hameau Des Baux

Provence Wedding at Le Château des Selves from Coralie Polack Photography

This simple + beautiful French wedding from Coralie Polack Photography is accompanied by the sweetest love story I ever did hear! Boy meets girl at 17, boy asks girl to marry him on a birthday trip to Morocco (12 years later!) and adorable couple finally become a Mr. and Mrs. in a DIY-inspired celebration at Le Château des Selves. See the rest of this real-life fairy tale unfold in the full gallery!

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From Coralie Polack PhotographyAnnabelle and Cedric met 12 years ago; they were only 17 then. Cedric asked her to marry him on her birthday, in Morocco. They decided to seal their union in a little chapel in Seillans, a small Provençal village. They finished the evening in the Château des Selves, a big winery in the region. With its olive trees, vines, lack of a time limit, an outside space for the cocktail and an indoor space for dinner, this place met all the couple’s requirements.

From the Bride… We followed the advice of our married friends and organized a maximum of things in advance to ensure that the wedding took place in the best possible conditions. We delegated the tasks we would not be able to handle to our sisters and best men, and everything went well. Everyone had only some little things to do, and it enabled us to fully enjoy the day.

We wanted our marriage to reflect us, and so we decided to do everything by ourselves. It was a lot of work, but it was worth it. We wanted the room to look like an indoor garden: lanterns and flowers were the main elements of our decor. To reduce costs, we made the lanterns ourselves out of yogurt cups and wire, and we were really satisfied of the result. Our table decorations were essentially made with salvaged materials: tin cans, jelly pots, bottles, watering cans, and buckets that we had picked up in our friends’ and family’s attics. Everyone was asking why we needed all this old stuff, but the result was great! Finally, my dream car is an old Fiat 500, and Marine’s parents (my best man) said we could borrow theirs! Unfortunately, it broke down on the way to Seillans from Cannes … but it finally started again on the day before the wedding. Phew!

Wedding Photography: Coralie Polack Photography / Reception: Le Château des Selves in Seillans, Provence, France / Floral Design: Fayence Fleurs / Catering: Les Deux Toques / Wedding Announcement: Valentin Durand / Musicians: Djalamichto Quartet / DJ: PAD / Wedding Dress: Pronuptia / Hair + Makeup: Art Metal Coiffure / Groom’s Attire: Azzaro + Façonnable

French Wedding from Xavier Navarro Photographie

If I had to pick my number one choice for the perfect marrying spot, it would be France. Hands down. And I’m talking the whole country, Paris to Provence and any and all spots in between. That leaves a lot of dreamy possibilities. Take for instance an affair held at Mas Saint Joseph near Arles. It’s the definition of simple elegance with personalized details by Lucy Till woven throughout and images by Xavier Navarro Photographie that capture all those details impeccably. You can see it all unfold right here.

From the Bride… The important elements of our wedding were music and dancing! My parents are musicians and I used to be a dancer, so I love to dance (as do most of my friends and family). Food was also important, as the wedding was one of the first times our US friends and family got to experience Provencal cooking. A lot of this event was about sharing our French family, friends and lifestyle with our American friends and family. Decorations were also very important. We tried to put a lot of personal touches in everything. Because I am Japanese, we incorporated paper cranes in our centerpieces and had some hanging from trees. We are also included a DIY photo booth so our friends can take some goofy photos of themselves with props.

I make fun of it all the time, but I love Arnaud’s accent. I also found that he is quite mature for his age (I attribute this to the fact that he is NOT an American), and he is always open to trying new things – when we met he was just learning how to kite surf. He carries himself with a cool confidence but is never cocky and has a deeply soulful, sensitive side. We also share the same taste in music, which is extremely important to me as I am a music fanatic ! And yes, I love those little dimples he gets when he smiles.

From the Groom… I met Lani a few months after moving to San Diego. I remember being really impressed by this girl who seemed really mature and independent and wanted a career in NYC. But on the flip side, she is this social butterfly who loves to dance and party with all of her friends. She is awesome, we share the same passions, she makes me laugh, and she gets me.

Wedding Photography: Xavier Navarro Photographie / Wedding Venue: Mas Saint Joseph near Arles, France / Event Design + Planning: Lucy Till French Weddings/ Wedding Dress: Alvina Valenta / Bride’s Shoes: Menbur

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Provence Wedding by David Bornais Photography

We love when brides borrow from the Style Me Pretty pages for their own weddings especially when the result is as adorable as this France wedding by David Bornais Photographyy.  Cute, colorful and crafty is the name of the game here with all of the details made with lots of love by the beautiful bride.  Hand sewn bunting garlands cascade from every corner and wildflowers are tucked into every nook.  We absolutely adore the vibrant, hand-crafted look and we know you will too!  Check out the full gallery to see it all!


From the Bride…Planning our wedding was a huge challenge for me. With my husband-to-be busy building our future home, working from the crack of dawn until late into the night every day, it was only fair that I take on the entire organization of our wedding myself. My mother once told me that “work is love made visible” and with this in mind I knew from the very start that I wanted our wedding to show him just how much I loved him. I knew I had to ‘create’ it with my own hands.

I’m Scottish and my husband is French, we met just over four years ago when I moved to France to learn the language. I chose Provence for its lovely weather and beautifully romantic countryside, the stone farmhouses, the fields of lavender, the windmills… I wanted to all these things that had first drawn me to the region, and ultimately to him, to be part of our wedding day.

The Mas de la Rose, a beautifully restored 17th century farm hamlet, was the first potential venue that we visited….and the last! It felt so perfect for us that and even though it meant we had to rewrite our whole budget, we were sold! It felt like our own little paradise in Provence. We booked our dates and I immediately bought a sewing machine…

I knew we had to have bunting everywhere and elephants, my middle name is ‘Oliphant’, its my clan and tartan, and I have loved elephants for as long as I can remember. So, with the help of Skype and Photoshop, my sister in Northern Ireland designed the elephant bunting logo which we used on the invitations, RSVP cards, favor labels, seating plan and menus.

Without really focusing on any particular color scheme, I chose some beautiful colorful fabrics to use for the bunting, seating plan and corresponding table numbers, and the ring cushion. And with the help of my mother over on a pre-wedding visit from Scotland, made little elephant pincushion toys for the children.

We used pots of honey, provided by one of my husband’s witnesses who keeps bees, as combined favor and place names, and covered these with little circles of the same fabrics tied with raffia. There were parasols for the ladies to protect that pale Scottish flesh (!) and our photobooth planned all along yet thrown together at the last minute, was so much fun.

I couldn’t have been happier with the amazing Laetitia C, who did our flowers. I knew from the moment we first met that I could trust her completely, her work is wonderful. She also speaks perfect English and I can’t recommend her enough to anyone planning a wedding in Provence. The same goes for our photographer David Bornais, who’s beautiful images I think speak for themselves. Our vendors outdid themselves, and all come highly recommended.

All my ideas were stolen from the exquisite pages of your blog, I became a complete SMP addict in awe of each and every beautiful wedding featured! There were so many projects that I wanted to achieve but didn’t due to time constraints and the odd disaster, for example my hairdresser canceling a week before the wedding (!), but these things just didn’t matter. The day was made incredibly special by the friends and family that travelled from as far as California to be there with us, and marrying my perfect match, with these amazing friends by my side, how could it not be perfect?!

Wedding Photography: David Bornais Photography / Floral Design: Laetitia C / Event Planning: The Bride / Ceremony Location: La Mairie, La Motte d’Aigues / Reception Location: Le Mas de la Rose / Caterer: La Truffe Noire / Wedding Cupcakes: Bride’s Sister / Invitations: Bride + Bride’s Sister / Bride’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin /  Headpiece: Jenny Packham (bracelet transformed by the bride) / Hair: Anne at Eric Zemmour, Avignon / Groom’s Suit: The Kooples / Groom’s Tie + Shoes: Paul Smith / Bridesmaid Dresses: Dessy / Rings: Ron Hami / Cake Toppers: Dandelionland

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Provence Wedding by One and Only Paris Photography

I’m ready to favorite this post, and I haven’t even written it yet. Scrolling through it just feels like a light-infused dream. If there was ever a swoon-fest going on over here, it’s most definitely happening now. This Jimmy Choo dream come true wedding takes place in picturesque Provence, a regal region the bride fell in love with thanks to another Provence SMP wedding shot by the one and only One and Only Paris Photography. Every picture looks as though it’s from a fairytale – so completely romantic it doesn’t look real. Pitter patter doesn’t even begin to explain what my heart is doing right now and you can see all the reasons why in the full gallery of gorgeous images.

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From One and Only Paris Photography… We met Quentin and Rumi in a cafe in Paris to speak of their wedding to come less than 2 months before the event. Rumi is Japanese and Quentin is French; they met in Tokyo and now live in Hong Kong, but getting married in France was a sure thing for them. Rumi saw a previous wedding in Provence we shot last year on SMP and fell in love with the ambiance.

The ceremony and speeches were very intense due to the recent events in Japan. In both Japanese and French the day was rich in emotions. This romantic wedding in France was a sweet and soft day under the warm light of Provence. Rumi was smiling all day: she was getting married in a French Chateau! Indeed, the venue was very impressive and the florist did an amazing job. She was wearing a necklace made of French lace (dentelle de Calais) and her earrings were from Japan.

The ceremony was held in an ancient church in a tiny village: lavender was thrown to the couple as they exited. The smell was delightful.

Wedding Photography: One and Only Paris Photography / Wedding Gown: Justin Alexander / Lace Necklace: L’orina / Japanese Necklace: Mikimoto / Earrings: Iridium / Groom’s Suit: Les Deux Oursons / Florist: Blandine Viry of Atelier Atouts Fleurs / Wedding Venue, Catering & Cake: Château de Rochegude / Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Wedding Rings: Tiffany & Co.

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Wrap It Up Pretty Destination!

We’ve jet-setted around the world this past week on the Destination Weddings blog from Miami to Italy and we didn’t even have to worry about packing enough underwear!  We’ll be back next week in a big way and, just to tease you a little bit over the weekend, here is a sneak peek of the out-of-the-world, romantic French wedding we have in store.  Serious dreamboat!  You will not want to miss this one!

Photography: One and Only Paris Photography

If you missed any, here are all of our pretty posts from the week:

a colorful Indian celebration in Miami
a squeal-worthy soiree in Hawaii
a round-up of bow-ties for the grooms and the gals
a wedding filled with pure romance in Ibizi
a classic Italian affair

Some fabulous links from around the web:

a round-up of nautical and navy on ritzy bee
seaside save-the-dates on the sweetest occasion

Have a glorious weekend and we’ll see you back here on Monday! xoxo.

Wrap It Up Pretty Destination!

OK, I know it’s a little cliche but, seriously, ooh la la!  This steamy boudoir meets engagement session by XOANDREA in Provence, France is just gasp-inducing romantic.  A Sarah Seven dress, Agent Provocateur lingerie, killer heels and love in the lavender fields.  Could this get any more dreamier?  The perfect ending to a perfect week chock full of gorgeous destination weddings!  Have an absolutely dreamy weekend and we’ll see you back here on Monday! xoxo.

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From Andrea and Marcus… A small beautifully vintage-furnished house in the middle of the Provence in France was the location for our engagement shooting with Patricia & Magnus. Patricia & Magnus are one of the most amazing couples we`ve ever met because of their unique personalities. When Patricia laughs she fills the room with joy & Magnus is a creative photographer himself.  So we expected nothing less than an amazing day in a beautiful place.

The house was lovely furnished with antiques. We started the shooting with some boudoir-style photos in the master bedroom. Patricia looked amazing in her lace bodysuit. After changing we went downstairs to shoot some couple portraits on the terrace while chicken & cats were watching us. Marcus & I fell in love with the light in and around the house *heaven*. To wrap up the photoshoot we couldn`t resist to take a short drive to the famous lavender fields of the Provence & watch the sun going down there. I could still smell the fields – a mixture of herbs & lavender & earth.

If you missed any, here are all of our pretty posts from the week:

a dramatically pretty Old San Juan wedding
a gorgeous modern Cabo San Lucas affair
a breathtakingly fresh wedding on the coast of Mallorca
a colorful and crafty Maui wedding
an elegant Los Cabos celebration

Some fabulous links from around the web:

a yummy local fruit favor idea from Pacific Weddings
sweet seaside inspiration from Pocket Full of Dreams
cute travel-themed stationery from Mint Design

Provence Wedding by One and Only Paris Photography

Having a wedding in the countryside of Provence, France totally sounds like a fairytale, does it not? The lavender fields, the old world architecture, the charming outdoor dinner all photographed brilliantly by One and Only Paris Photography – this is a French lover’s DREAM come true. See the whole shebang and even more of those breath-taking views in the gallery.

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From One and Only Paris Photography…

A parisian couple decided to get married in charming Provence, in the South of France. Aureli and Romain chose a traditional ceremony – the tradition in Provence is to give your bouquet to the Virgin Marie and do a mass. Aurelie gown was beautiful. Her train was actually her veil. The gift for the guest was a local organic olive oil. The colors were white and green. The venue was surrounded by lavender which made the sunset turn pink. Gorgeous! The venue was just amazing with a Michelin chef ( high distinction in France). A good French wedding = amazing food and wine ;) . You can see a cute village in the background of the reception. The wedding cake was a tasty montage of macarons. The day before a rehearsal dinner was held at the same venue by the swimming pool: every guest was in white but the bride in a peach dress.

Photographer: One and Only Paris Photography / Venue: Bonnieux, Bastide de Capelongue / Florist : Laetitia C. / Gown : Jesus Peiro (modèle Clara) / Shoes : Pura Lopez / Groom’s suit : Christian Dior / The car : Triumph TR4

Provence, France Wedding with Classic Details

If romance had a hometown it would be Provence, France.  Quaint, historical and oozing with beauty and romance.  The perfect location for Aimee and Gary to celebrate their wedding and their amour.   The architecture of the 13th century church were they got married simply gave me shivers.  As did the fashion forward bridesmaid dress and classic wedding décor all captured with perfect European flair by Jodie Chapman Photography.  So magnifique!   Oh so much more from this chic wedding, right here. xoxo Chantale from La Belle Bride

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The wedding according to Jodie Chapman…

Aimee & Gary’s beautiful wedding took place in Provence, France. Though they were born and bred in England, they now live in Singapore and so felt that England wasn’t the right place for them to get married. Also their priorities included good food, wine and climate, and England didn’t really make the cut. So after a lot of searching, they happened upon the beautiful La Coquillade, a venue that provided accommodation as well as having its very own vineyard. Boxes ticked!

The ceremony was held in a beautiful 13th Century church in the picturesque village of Ménerbes. Not only did the church provide beautiful colours and light (the light, oh the light!), but it sits atop a hill that gives stunning views of the surrounding landscape. After the guests enjoyed their own mini bottles of champagne after the ceremony, the celebrations moved to the venue with a cocktail reception on the terrace. The food was truly amazing ~ course after course arrived of the most gorgeous food imaginable.


Wedding Invitations: Wiley Valentine / Wedding Dress: Amanda Wakeley / Bridemaid Dress: Kirsty Doyle / Gary’s suit: Gieves & Hawkes / Wedding planner: Geraldine at Dites Moi Oui / Hair: Christian Wood / Make-up: Lauren Parsons / Photography: Jodie Chapman Photographer