There is something very magical about the soft amber hue that the street lights give off in Paris. We can’t help but focus on all of the other jewel tones in the color spectrum. From amber to emerald, sapphire to gold, ruby to amethyst, take a look at our jewel tone inspiration board on Pinterest!
The very tall Megan is a globe-trotting American girl whose work brought her to Amsterdam; the even taller Roy is a perfect example of the Netherlands reigning title as tallest country. They chose the lovely Val de Loire for their wedding festivities, which was just one chapter of their wedding adventure.
The couple made quite the pair : her in a dramatic tulle dress with satin detailing and a major train; him in a dashing European-style jaquette. After the religious ceremony conducted by a pastor friend of the couple’s, guests enjoyed local Vouvray and canapés on the grounds of the château.
To add a twist to tradition, instead of a guestbook, guests were invited to write their wishes for the couple on postcards the couple had collected from their many travels. And instead of a French or even American style wedding cake, the couple decided on a pièce montée of fromage!
Happiness and best wishes go out to Megan and Roy!
Wedding Photography by Ian Holmes Photography
Every year on the third Thursday of the month of November is when the French wine region of Beaujolais releases its Beaujolais Nouveau, the first wine of the year’s harvest. The day of the release has turned into a world-wide celebration, with posters in wine shops and wine bars proclaiming “Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé!”. So with Beaujolais (and Bordeaux and Bourgogne) on our mind, here are a few wine-themed ideas to add to your special day.
For a special touch during their ceremony, Jen and Julien placed love letters and a bottle of wine into a custom-made wooden box. A perfect way to toast an anniversary while remembering your wedding day!
Reception décor and favors are also a fantastic way to incorporate wine into your theme. Use wine corks as decorative accents for printed menus or place cards, as did Gabby and Sebastien, and Melissa and Brenden. Traditional tall cocktail tables can be replaced with oak wine barrels for a rustic touch. Add personnalized bottle openers to a welcome bag or create customized labels for your favorite wine as a parting favor. Add the wow factor by revealing a Nebuchadnezzar sized bottle (the equivalent of 20 bottles of wine!)
With Paris as the backdrop, One and Only Paris Photography behind the camera, and a gorgeous couple like Jessica and Joon, you know the photos are going to be amazing. So feast your eyes on this delicious Parisian elopement and dream about how glamourous it must have been to wear that dress!
After taking photos around Paris the couple then went off enjoy a romantic dinner in a private room. Adding to tradition, Jessica used her diamond ring to etch her name on to one of the mirrors within their salon privé.
We wish the best of luck to Jessica and Joon!
Wedding Photography by One and Only Paris Photography
You may have noticed the chic contrast color in our last post – and who can blame us, the October skies definitely have the color grey on our minds.
Steel, slate, dove, pearl… all are lovely for wedding decor. Use deeper tones as an accent color – it’s less stark than black. And paler shades can be used as a sophisticated addition to a color story with brights, or more muted palette.
Check out more Gorgeous Greys on our Pinterest!
While Paris will always be near and dear to our hearts, it’s such a treat to escape the city for the sunny skies of Provence. We absolutely loved helping Melissa and Brenden organize their rustic provençal wedding just outside of Aix-en-Provence. Their laid back style made for a relaxed weekend with family from Brenden’s native South Africa and Melissa’s native Kansas City, and their friends from London where they now live.
The bride chose a vintage-inspired ivory lace dress with a gold sash from BHLDN, turquoise Miu-Miu heels and accessorized with a beautiful beaded hairpiece and yellow sapphire stone earrings. Not to be out done, the groom chose a sharp charcoal-grey 3-piece suit and a goldenrod bow tie.
The ceremony took place on the outside terrace facing the historic Mont Sainte-Victoire. Bouquets of burgundy, ivory and pink flowers adorned the guest chairs while swirls of wind kissed the air. After the vows were exchanged, the couple strolled off to take some photos with their wedding party.
When it was finally time for dinner, the couple entered the room for their dinner amidst a shower of bubbles! The dinner reception was held inside the bastide where long tables were dressed in beige linen table cloths, candles, lush greenery and flowers. Mr. and Mrs. chair covers added some personal detail to the reception!
We wish Melissa and Brenden a lifetime of happiness filled with carefree romance!
Wedding Photography provided by Jean-Louis Brun Photographies
In the charming countryside of Le Perche – the southern part of Normandy – all the way from Tennessee, Jenny and Chris celebrated in true rustic-chic style. We had a fabulous time helping them organize and style their yellow and grey themed wedding!
The charming and beautifully restored farmhouse in which they chose to marry is surrounded by moats, lush greenery, wild flowers and spectacular starlight come nightfall! Chris chose to get ready in the “Chambre Jaune” to stay within the carefree atmosphere of the day while Jenny and her ladies dressed in the rustic country bedroom. To add a hint of pop to their wedding day wardrobe, the groom chose to wear a yellow tie, pocket square and yellow and grey argyle socks while the bride wore yellow heels and carried a lovely bouquet of yellow and white flowers!
The couple exchanged their vows under an old oak tree adorned with decorative grey, white and yellow lanterns. Guests enjoyed the ceremony while seated on wooden benches, which were decorated with comfy embroidered pillows. Even the manor’s dog made an appearance in the wedding fun!
Guests enjoyed the dinner on the main lawn behind the country manor. The yellow and grey theme was carried through in table settings of lemon-filled vases, vibrant yellow flowers, and grey, yellow and white personalized menus. Guests received decorated jars of sel de mer as a party favor, and once night fell, sparklers capped off the festivities.
Congratulations go out to the happy couple and always remember that when life hands you a citron, always remember to make citronade!
Photography courtesy of Jean Louis Brun
We had the pleasure of welcoming Danielle and Mat who both hail from Australia!
They chose to infuse their wedding with a lot of understated elegance and have their intimate spring ceremony at a lovely chapel in the 8th arrondissement of Paris. The chapel was decorated with sweet bouquets of pink and white flowers and some chairs for the guests to enjoy the ceremony. While the couple exchanged their vows, soft harp music was playing to add to the overall beauty and romance of the moment.
Danielle chose to wear a white floor length strapless dress with a lace bodes while Matt chose to wear a simple suit with a fuchsia vest, which added a pop of color! The bride also chose all white for her ladies!
Their dinner reception was held at Verjus, a charming and stylish restaurant just near the Jardin du Palais Royal. The couple chose to have a more low key reception rather than a typical dinner/dancing fête, so the restaurant was nice enough to privatize for their soirée!
Wedding Photography: One and Only Paris Photography