Parisian wedding

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

Classic Elegance

Happy holidays everyone!  This is the kind of wedding that leaves us breathless. Perfect weather, divine details and a gorgeous couple! Jennie and Treigh came from Florida with an intimate group of friends and family to celebrate their wedding in Paris.

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The day started out with hair and makeup for the ladies. We love when brides go with a bold lip color! To go with her classically elegant hair and makeup, the bride wore a strapless lace gown by Ines Di Santos with a jeweled belt and accessories while her ladies wore cobalt blue floor length gowns. The bride and bridesmaids wore hair accessories by Maria Elena Headpieces. The groom and his men looked très chic in classic black tuxedos.

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The ceremony took place at a beautiful stone church that overlooks the River Seine. Guests then dined in style at the Hotel George V Paris.

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Many congratulations go out to Jennie and Treigh!
Wedding Photography provided by One and Only Paris Photography

Why you should say your “I do’s” in France

What better place than France to have your wedding celebration? It’s the country of romance, style and joie de vivre! From the gastronomy to the stellar wines to the décor, France offers all of these things and more. Whether you prefer a romantic Parisian wedding in a historic chapelle like Daryn and Matt, a rustic affair in a villa in the south of France as did Leah and Matt or an elegant château reception in the Loire Valley like Mirella and Graham, you will find many options on our Pinterest board that will make you want to start planning your wedding in France tout de suite!

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A Scottish Invasion

We had the pleasure of welcoming Sean and James all the way from Scotland for their wedding this past May.  Guests enjoyed a beautiful ceremony in the garden of a private mansion next to the Musée d’Orsay followed by cocktails, dinner, dancing and much laughter!

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The male guests (even the little one!) wore traditional Scottish kilts, each with the traditional purse and a knife decorated with the family crest.

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Dancing took place in the caves where guests continued the celebration with drinks (whisky anyone?), dancing, and a beautiful Tiffany blue wedding cake.

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Congratulations to Sean and James!

Wedding Photography: Ian Holmes

Wedding Cake: Sugarplum Cake Shop

East Meets West

Luisa & Pierre-Antoine celebrated their wedding this May surrounded by friends and family in a private mansion by the Grand Palais in Paris. Despite the rain, the couple ventured around the city to capture couple shots before arriving at the venue. The rain in Paris put plan B into action which was a ceremony in the entrance hall of the hôtel particulier.  Champagne cocktails followed along with a surprise performance by traditional Chinese lion dancers before guests were led up the grand staircase to dinner.

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Between the two families, guests came from all over the world: Panama, the north of France, China, and the US and were treated to macaron from Ladurée and mini bottles of POP champagne as a thank-you favors from the happy couple for having traveled so far for the celebration.

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During the reception, the guests expressed their congratulations to Luisa and Pierre-Antoine on vintage parisian postcards which were then ‘posted’ in an authentic vintage French post office box.  In lieu of a traditional guest book the couple had a fingerprint tree where guests left not only their finger print but also a brief message.

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For dessert, the couple chose to have both an American wedding cake and traditional pièce montée accompanied by sparklers, as well as a champagne fountain. Luisa later changed into a beautiful hand-made Chinese fishtail gown for dancing.

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Félicitations à Luisa and Pierre Antoine!

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Wedding photography: Ian Holmes Photography 

Wedding Cake: Synie’s Cupcakes

Hair: Sonja Stein

Makeup: Sanni Sorma

Mazel tov Liz & Mark!

Liz and Mark came to us from Raleigh, North Carolina. The couple incorporated traditional Jewish wedding celebration elements into their intimate garden ceremony.

The two chose May to get married in an intimate ceremony near Trocadero, and celebrated the day with both sets of parents. While a solo violinist played, Liz and Mark practiced Jewish wedding traditions such as the breaking of the glass and signing of the marital contract. Instead of a chuppah canopy, the couple used the groom’s tallit. Liz’s dress was custom made and looked beautiful with her bouquet of purple and white flowers.

The couple used a Rolls Royce to drive arount the city for their post-ceremony photoshoot, stopping at the most romantic spots in Paris, including lover’s bridge to leave a lock and of course, la tour Eiffel!

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Wedding Photography:  One and Only Paris Photography & Le Secret d’Audrey

Just the Two of Us

Sometimes, all you need is love. For this Australian couple, all they needed on their special day was each other. Well, each other and a super luxurious,  unforgettably glamorous Parisian elopement. The couple wanted to do something special and very private for just the two of them so they rented a incredible apartment in Paris. After an exchange of vows and taking in the sights of Paris (with the talented One and Only Paris Photography), instead of going out, they stayed in. We set a beautiful table and brought in a private chef to cook for them. It was all topped off with a special petite elopement cake made by Synie’s Cupcakes-  perfect for just two!  OneandOnlyParisPhotography (22 of 86)

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Wedding Photography:  One and Only Paris Photography & Le Secret d’Audrey

Flowers: Karine Garillon of Sol y Flor

Elopement Cake: Synie’s Cupcakes

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Red & Romance in Parisian Elopement

We are feeling inspired by romance, champagne and the classic red motifs with Valentine’s Day approaching (ok, love and the bubbly always get us excited), which is why we are excited to share Artieda and Barry’s elopement with you!  Arteida made quite a bombshell bride right down to the red soles on her white Louboutins.  The couple stayed at the luxurious Plaza Athénée, the infamously red awning-ed hotel on Avenue Montaigne with a view of the Eiffel Tower right from their hotel room balcony. The ceremony was held at a private chapel in the center of Paris then the two hit the town for a celebratory photo session with the lovely Audrey of One and Only Paris Photography.

Congratulations Arteida and Barry! Wishing you a happy first Valentine’s as newlyweds!