Paris Wedding Details

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Paris. How do I even begin to talk about the city of lights? Paris is known as one of the most romantic cities in the world! So of course it comes as no surprise that hundreds of couples jet off to Paris to get engaged, married or to celebrate anniversaries. If you can’t quite make it to Paris, there are plenty of ways for you to have a Parisian themed wedding wherever you may be! Of course no French wedding is complete without a decadence of deserts! From macaroons to truffles, a dessert table is a must! One of my favorite ideas is using a favorite French perfume like Chanel No 5 as a vase to hold flowers. Wherever your ideas may take you remember that French decor is elegant but simple! Have fun!

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{Cover Photo: Clary Pfeiffer Fine Art Photographer via Elizabeth Anne Designs,Le Mariage: Pitch Engine, French Cake: Globe Trotting Bride, Invitation: Le Secret D’Audrey via Wedding Chicks, Chanel Centerpiece: Bridal Guide, Eiffel Tower: Agaton Strom Photographer via SMP, Photo Booth Props: Etsy}

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An Engagement in Paris!

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Betsy and Brian are Americans living in Paris who met in the city of lights, fell in love in France, and of course shot their engagement session with the backdrop of the Eiffel Tower to capture it all!

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The pair took to the streets of Paris for their shoot in front of several major landmarks and also enjoyed a few moments at a cafe – just for two.

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When night fell, it was time for a visit to the Eiffel Tower!

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The pair will wed next summer in Sicily.  Congratulations!

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Destination Wedding Photographer: Sarah Dawson Photography

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An Intimate Elopement in Paris, France

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Sophia and Bert were together for nine years before deciding on an intimate elopement in Paris for their destination wedding.  Enlisting the help of the team at WeddingLight, the couple had beautiful photographs captured of their wedding day.

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“Their day, (which is actually their anniversary of getting together) began at the apartment rue Notre Dame des petits champs in the heart of St Germain des prés, with getting ready and some shots by our photographer, Olivier Lalin from WeddingLight Paris.”

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“They then hopped into their chauffeured car to their ceremony location, the gorgeous Chapelle Expiatoire in the 8th arrondissement of Paris. It is one of our favorite ceremony venues and is quite a gem of a location!  As they entered and walked the gravel path into the chapel, there was a violinist to follow and welcome them as they entered and met their officiant. Then, after taking some great photos on location, Olivier took Sophia and Bart a photo tour through Paris to finish their lovely day!”

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This couple reminds us no matter how much fanfare surrounding you on your wedding day, it only takes two to make it magical!

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: WeddingLight, Destination Wedding Planner: WeddingLight Events, Wedding Videography: Marco of WeddingLight Bouquet: Estelle Preston Flowers, Ceremony Venue:  Chapel Expiatoire, Shoe: Herring Shoes, Hair + Makeup: Murielle Palace and Frederic Leignadier

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Paris Wedding Vow Renewal

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Mary and TJ had a very special day in mind when they set out on their destination getaway.  A vow renewal!  The intimate event included just one very special guest – their daughter Scarlett!  Celebrating ten years of marriage, the lovely pair planned a trip to Paris (their favorite city) where Mary would don a fabulous black wedding dress by Vera Wang.

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With destination wedding photographer Rochelle Cheever in tow, the family spent plenty of quality time together captured all on film.  “We met her during a trip to Rome and three years and three cities later, she’s practically part of our family.” 

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“We did a private reading of letters–just the three of us–in one of whimsical hot air balloon canopies in the Saint James’ garden.”

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“We spent the earlier part of the day visiting the sites together as documented by Rochelle. Of course, the carousel was, by far, Scarlett’s favorite stop along the way. But the Eiffel Tower brought out a little Eloise in her as well.”

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The perfect day, just for three.

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Congratulations Mary and TJ on your long lasting love!

Destination Wedding Photographer:  Italy Weddings | Rochelle Cheever Photographer

 Wedding Vendors: Dress Designer:  Vera Wang, Vows Location: Saint James Hotel, Hair Stylist: Pierre Francois Carrasco, Bouquet, Heirlooms and extras: Forever Adorned Flowers

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Bastille Day Weddings

Every July 14, France celebrates Bastille Day! Bastille Day is similar to the 4th of July due to the history, colors and the celebration activities including fireworks, good food, and dancing! To refresh your memory, Bastille Day is the first major event of The French Revolution, the day commemorates the storming of the Bastille Prison which took place in 1789. In Paris they celebrate by fireworks, a large parade on the Champs-Elses, and a giant dance party on the eve of the holiday. Incorporate the Bastille festivities by using blue, white, and red accents into your wedding cake or decorate your tables with little Eiffel Towers and of course cheese on baguettes! Top the night off with a dance celebration just like the eve of Bastille Day!

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 Photos: Couple: Olivier Lalin via Wedding Light, Bride: Coco & Kelly, Vase: Wedding Chicks, Eiffel Tower: Pinterest, Arc De Triomphe: Pinterest, Cheese on Baguettes: Jacolyn Murphy, Pastry: Gentl & Hyers via Martha Stewart, Dancing Couple: Beautiful Day Photography  

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Paris Wedding Cakes

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{Photos: Masterpiece of Cake, For the Love of Cake, Moskkilicious}

Today we’re taking a break from the seriousness of wedding planning to have a little fun with it.  If you’re saying “I do” in Paris and you’ve got a sense of humor about it or just plain love the city of lights, then share that love on your cake!  How sweet it is…

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{Photos: Left: Tumblr, Middle: Perfect Wedding Day, Right: Simply Seattle Weddings}

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French Lace Inspired Weddings

Oh La La, planning a wedding in France? What better way to honor this beautiful and influentially fashionable country than by incorporating French Lace into your designs?!

Spreading from fashion and accessories to décor and interior design, French lace has been a very prominent fabric used in the Parisian lifestyle (and wedding dresses worldwide). Solstiss (the makers of Princess Kate’s bridal lace) really knew what they were doing when they fabricated this textile. Stopping in a café for a croissant or a macaroon? You will most likely see a French lace tablecloth or maybe some beautifully designed curtains. This ornate, yet delicate fabric is the perfect trademark for such a beautiful culture – and your wedding day too! You can incorporate this lovely detail into your wedding in many ways – lace décor pieces add the perfect contrast to a black and white photo or a crystal chandelier. You could even match a lovely pair of intricate heels to add that perfect touch to your lace gown.

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Want to feel like a real Parisian? French lace could be your way. Wow your guests with creative use of the lace in non-expected places and add texture and layers not only to your look, but your ceremony and reception too!

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Destination Wedding in Poitou-Charente, France

country wedding in france Destination Wedding in Poitou Charente, FranceLooking for a truly international wedding? Well look no further, today we give you wedding decor from two continents, a couple with roots in three and a guest list that spans four. Today’s South African bride, Mariette, and French-American groom, Benjamin, live in Egypt but wed at a countryside family vacation home in France, dripping in vines and fruits (Swoon) that will truly have you dreaming. The couple incorporated and infused their cultures into every detail, from the handmade decor, to the diverse dinner spread, to the flowers, flown in from South Africa and paired with local wildflowers. Romance, color and the European feel well all know (and envy) was what this destination wedding from David Blair Photography was all about.pink and white bridal bouquet Destination Wedding in Poitou Charente, France

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wildflowers at weddings Destination Wedding in Poitou Charente, FranceMariette’s dress was a surprise gift, designed and made by her  mother in South Africa. Yep, we’re jealous too! It looked quite perfect on the gorgeous bride at her picturesque outdoor ceremony, complete with beautiful, simplistic details and even more beautiful symbolic rituals.flower girl wreaths Destination Wedding in Poitou Charente, France

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candle centerpieces Destination Wedding in Poitou Charente, FranceAfter the meal of a lifetime came to an end, guests entertained the newlyweds with prepared skits, songs and speeches to keep everyone laughing long into the night. Love, laughter and a whole lot of culture sounds like quite the perfect destination wedding to us, no? Congratulations Mariette and Benjamin!wedding bands france Destination Wedding in Poitou Charente, France
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Destination Wedding Photographer: David Blair Photography

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French Countryside Weddings

Lately I find myself daydreaming more and more about the many beautiful sides of France.  From fashion-forward city nuptials to countryside outdoor affairs – all seem to have such depth and character in the design.  So as we continue our jaunt through French inspiration, I thought I’d share a few French countryside destination wedding ideas.  Considering the Loire Valley?  The garden of France!  Then consider using lots and lots of lavender, think cheese cloth and other unique fabric textures, rustic wood pieces and wildflowers in abundance to create this air of casual elegance outside in a French field.  And while the Eiffel Tower might be a city monument, age it with a vintage postcard and it fits in quite nicely with the tone of these events. Je l’aime!

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French City Weddings

Why does Paris just seem to scream for a formal and fabulous wedding?  Today we’re off to Europe to take a look at city weddings in France and all that France has to offer destination wedding couples.  A wedding in Paris can mean many things, but today think chunky and rich gold paired with the soft pink petals of roses.  Or how about a black and white Marie Antoinette themed event?  French wedding veil and black tie clad groom?  Check!  Faberge eggs on the decor menu?  Check!  How about Laduree macarons on the dessert menu?  Yum!  A fancy French fete is one destination wedding your guests and you won’t soon forget!

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