Jenny & Eric: Paris privé

Jenny and Eric traveled all the way from Hawaii to make their wedding in Paris cozy and special. Accompanied by a few key family members, we call it the “Just the two of us… and a few guests” and it’s shaping up to be the new most popular form of the destination elopement. We thank Yann from Life Stories Wedding Photography for capturing these beautiful moments!

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The bride looked stunning in her capped sleeved lace wedding gown along with her metallic Jimmy Choo’s. The groom chose to wear a smart suit and tie with a simple white boutonniére of white flowers. The couple wed in a candle lit church on the left bank of Paris with the bride’s son and sister and the groom’s father by their side.

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Gabby & Sebastien: A wedding video

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You may remember the lovely wedding of Gabby & Sebastien which took place in the medieval walled city of Carcassonne. More and more of our couples are opting for video covereage of their weddings, and after watching this excellent clip by the team at ZEN Film Works, you’ll understand why!

Gabrielle & Sebastien : ZEN Film Works from ZEN Film Works on Vimeo.

Holly & Joaquin: Romantic winter wedding

It’s April in Paris and spring weather has finally arrived! The budding trees can be a lovely background for a wedding in Paris, but there’s something very romantic about a winter wedding in Paris.

And since now is the time to start thinking about a late fall or early winter wedding, here is some inspiration from Holly & Joaquin’s intimate celebration from this past December. And for more winter wedding ideas and images click here and here!

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Photography by Catherine O’Hara Photography

Cynthia & Mustafa: Hot pink in Paris

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Cynthia chose to liven up her look with a hot pink dahlia in her hair and fabulous green heels. Even their cake had a fun accent of color!

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Photography provided by One and Only Paris Photography

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Wishing a very Happy Valentine’s Day to all of our couples – past, present & future!

And for more things sweet & seductive, have a look at our Saint Valentin Pinterest!

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Andrea & Tom: Intimate wedding in Paris

From the moment we met this Chicago-based couple we knew helping them plan their autumn wedding in Paris would be a dream.

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Andrea & Tom chose to stay in one of our favorite Parisian hotels while they were in the city of lights. Formerly a private mansion (hôtel particulier), the hotel is decorated with incredible style – its winding staircases, arched ceilings and unexpected decorative details made for a romantic backdrop for their wedding weekend.

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After the couple said their “I do’s” they toasted the occasion with their guests and enjoyed a mini pièce montée of raspberry and salted caramel macarons from Ladurée. As they were leaving the chapel, their guests showered them bubbles as everyone made their way to a celebratory dinner.

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You definitely deserve the thanks!  We are so appreciative of all of the work that went into our wedding, and so pleased with how everything turned out. The Fête in France team was patient and helpful throughout the process, and really helped us pull everything together on a somewhat tight timeframe. You were also a tremendous help when it came to finding different venues. Your suggestions for restaurants were spot on. In fact, all of the venues ended up being perfect. On top of that, you did a great job of setting everything up (both at the rehearsal dinner and at the chapel/restaurant on the day of the wedding). Everything looked beautiful. We really enjoyed working with Anthony and Audrey at One and Only, and we’re thrilled with the pics! So thank you again for everything. We had a wonderful time in Paris, and we absolutely love how it all turned out!

Cheers and best wishes go out to Andrea and Tom.

Photography provided by One and Only Paris Photography

Congratulations…you’re engaged! Now what?

Planning a wedding in France can be daunting – the time difference, the distance, and the language barrier are just a few of the challenges. But all of our clients agree that despite these hurdles, planning a wedding in France (with our help!) was the right decision.

If you’re exploring the idea of having a wedding in France, here are the top things you should be thinking about:

The Wedding Date

blog entryThe date – or season – has a big influence on the best setting for your day. If Paris is your destination, mid-April to mid-October features mild weather and the best light for photos. November and December can also be a festive time if extended outdoor photos are less important; August should be avoided since many wedding venues are closed and wedding vendors go on holiday. If you’re interested in a château wedding, we recommend sticking to the months of May, June, July and September to be able to enjoy the outdoor spaces.

Who’s coming?

If you had to envision your day, do you see yourself as the bride and groom, enjoying an intimate day together; surrounded by a small group of family and friends; or in the midst of a bustling reception? We love planning weddings large and small, so to help you figure out the best option for your day, here are some of the pros and cons we’ve observed along the way.

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  • Pros: No worries about making other people happy on the day / Take as much time as you like for photos / Allocate the wedding budget to other important life projects (or a killer honeymoon!)
  • Cons: Not sharing the day with family and friends

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  • Pros: Just the most important family & friends with you to celebrate / Ability to seat everyone at a large communal table
  • Cons: Not enough people for a dancing reception

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  • Pros: Being able to do a wedding weekend but still likely a smaller guest list than you would have had “at home” / Critical mass of guests to create a great party atmosphere
  • Cons: All guests may not be able to stay in the same place

City or Country?

Paris is… all of the romantic, delicious, elegant things one could possible want for a beautiful wedding: amazing food and wine; stunning interior decor with chandeliers and gilt detailing; the Eiffel Tower!

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But for those of you looking for a bucolic setting, Paris comes up a bit short.

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So if you’re thinking of a romantic outdoor setting for your day, France’s regions have much to offer. The Loire Valley is the place to go if your dream is of historic fairy-tale châteaux. Provence is a vintage-chic haven of villas near charming towns with open-air markets. Bordeaux and Burgundy have lovely manor houses perfect for wine-loving brides and grooms. Other lesser know regions have a charm all their own: Brittany, Languedoc, and the Perigord all have hidden treasure to discover.

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Wedding Priorities

Be sure to list out your top priorities for your day – this will shape your wedding budget and helps us understand how to best guide you in your choices. Amazing flowers, a touching ceremony to celebrate your union, a talented bar staff to whip up signature cocktails, or a top-notch band or DJ to keep guests dancing all night long – or all of the above – we can help you navigate the options to put together the best. wedding. ever!

Birthday Party in Provence

Whenever we get a chance to plan and style an event such as a birthday party, we always have fun!  This past summer we got the chance to flex our creative muscles by organizing a surprise Provençal birthday dinner for our client!

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The fête then continued with an outdoor dinner under beautiful hanging crystal chandeliers. Multi colored bunting embroidered with the birthday girl’s name gently hung from vintage wood doors. The dinner table was decorated with crisp beige linens, soft pink flowers and mason jars held glowing candles.  Pashminas rested on the back of each chair in case guests got a bit chilly.

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Once the sun went down, the cake was eaten and the fête d’anniversaire was coming to a close, guests celebrated by lighting paper lanterns and setting them loose in the night sky.

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Photography by Studio Cabrelli