Whimsical Inspiration for a Paris Destination Wedding

Paris brings to mind many splendid things: the Eiffel tower, delicious crepes and macarons, the Louvre. These just touch the surface of what Paris is all about. There’s nothing quite like walking down a street, and seeing the Eiffel Tower sparkling in the night from miles away. There’ s nothing like biting into a freshly made, nutella-filled crepe on a cold Parisian day with good friends. The history that you’re surrounded by; the architectural beauty that follows you everywhere you walk–that is the beauty of Paris. Wouldn’t it be the absolute perfect place to have your destination wedding?

The romance, the glamour, and timeless quality that Paris evokes can be captured in your Paris destination wedding with a couple of details we’re about to share with you! Make your Parisian celebration a whimsical and classy occasion by adding a touch of gold in your table setting, or maybe in your bridal heels. Wear your hair in an effortless bun or chignon, or wear it in loose, wavy curls–either are classic wedding hairstyles. Don’t forget to include your Parisian treats! Macarons are an absolute must. These little desserts will add the pop of color that is sure to delight your guests! Form them into the shape of a cake for a creative twist on the traditional wedding cake, or serve them as cute little favors for your guests!

Emulate Parisian glamour and sophistication in your destination wedding with these whimsical inspirations!

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Top left: Etsy, Top right: Ciara Richardson Photography via SMP; Second row left: Ever Whim Photographs ; Second row right: SMP; Third row: SMP ; Fourth row left: One Love Photo; Fourth row right: Wedding Chicks; Fifth row: Four Seasons Magazine


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.

parisian lace{Eiffel Tower: Flickr, Shoes: The Chriselle Factor, Chandelier: We Heart It, Cake: Call Me Cupcake, Umbrella: Pretty Life, Dress: Temperly London, Dress Train: Pretty Little Wildfox}

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!


Destination Wedding in Poitou-Charente, France

david blair photographyLooking 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.unique bridal bouquets

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funky bridesmaidsFrom Mariette, “When Benjamin and I wrote down our expectations about the wedding we agreed that we wanted a BIG week long celebration, we wanted things to be simple and fun, and, if possible, give all our guests the opportunity to participate in some creative way. We made and prepared everything ourselves. The day of the wedding many of our friends spread out through the countryside gathering wildflowers to add to the handmade decorations. It was a week long celebration where many of the guests contributed.rustic wedding details

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Poitou-Charente destination wedding ideasMariette’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 hair flowers

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wedding sign chalkFor dinner, nothing less than true South African barbeque paired with French wine, cheese and bread, of course! chalkboard wedding menu
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mason jar centerpiecesAfter 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 in france
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Destination Wedding Photographer: David Blair Photography


Croquembouche Wedding Cakes

Croquembouche wedding cakes{Photos: Left: Gourmet Traveller, Right: Martha Stewart Weddings}

Ahh the French wedding cake – the croquembouche – delish!  But what is it?  If you’re planning a destination wedding in France then consider serving up their traditional wedding dessert – this tower of puff pastries perfect for a dessert bar!  A croquembouche is a tower of stacked (in a cone shape) profiteroles filled with creme.  Ummmmm.  Caramelized sugar or caramel holds the tower together and makes a crunchy element to the pastry creation.  Fill it with chocolate, cover in and dip the profiteroles in chocolate, stick lavender sprigs inside and around the puffs, serve it individual or as part of a larger dessert sampling – there are many options to serving up this sweet treat.  And if you still love that traditional American wedding cake (easier to cut into for a photo op), then serve them both!  There are no rules when it comes to the desserts you love and share with your guests!

croquembouche weddings{Photos: Top Left: La Cerise, Top Right: Martha Stewart Weddings, Middle Left: Karen Mordechai via Grey Likes Weddings, Middle Right: Southern Weddings, Bottom Left: Sprinkle Bakes, Bottom Right: Martha Stewart Weddings}


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!

france countryside weddings{Photos: Postcard: Pinterest, Place Card: KT Merry via Style Me Pretty, Bride & Groom: Amy Punky Photography via OnceWed, Reception Table: Style File, Soap Favor: The Pretty Blog, Macarons: We Heart It, Dessert Bar: Pacific Weddings, Cheese Bar: Michael and Anna Costa via Style Me Pretty, Croquenbouche: Karen Mordechai via Grey Likes Weddings}