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French Elopement at Home that went XXL on Flowers

Astrid and Emilie chose their own home as their venue for their May elopement. Hiring L’Autre Saison des Fleurs, they went all out on the florals who added bright, colourful arrangements all over their home to create these photo shoot worthy images.

The couple met in school and became best friends, but it wasn’t until they were much older that Astrid confessed her feelings to Emilie. Luckily she felt the same and they began dating in 2013, “From friendship to love, we built our lives together”, they told us.

“While we were preparing the wedding, we thought all along that there were no coincidences in life, just some rendez-vous”, Emilie continued. “We learned that it was useless to plan our lives in every tiny detail because fate will always have the last say. So, for the wedding we decided to let the professionals around us show us what they were imagining for our day. All we wanted was to exchange our vows in intimacy. After all, at the beginning of it all, we never thought we could have a life together, but yet here we are!”

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Monochrome Montmartre Wedding

Shauna and Joe decided on the historic and beautiful Montmartre for their September 2019 wedding. The day was held at Hotel Particulier, the smallest hotel in Paris which has only five guest rooms. It meant they could take over the entire place with their 30 guests and hold their ceremony in the beautiful courtyard garden. The best part was that the distinctive dĂ©cor meant they didn’t need to add any extra decorations themselves.

Shauna wore a Suzanne Neville dress which she bought second hand from the charity Brides Do Good which she wore with Converse trainers, and a leather jacket in the evening. The bridesmaids and groomsmen were also all in black.

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Artsy & Informal French River Boat Wedding

Dwayne and Lili planned their wedding in just three months and for less than €10k. The ceremony was held on The Peniche Fargo, a river boat in Lyon. They skipped the formal reception and dinner set up, instead hiring one of their favourite local coffee shops to hang out with their loved ones post-ceremony.

They served mini veggie burgers, tiny sandwiches and homemade cocktails. They skipped pretty much all the decor in order to keep the costs low but the bride did buy second-hand chairs and benches and painted them in bright colours. Their invitations were homemade too.

Lili wore a two piece which she designed herself and had made by a friend and her bouquet was bought by her mum as a surprise on the day. Dwayne’s suit came from The Kooples. They opted not to have bridesmaids or groomsmen but their best friends all wore brightly coloured outfits in the bride’s favourite colours – yellow, pink and mint.

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Black and White Victoriana French Chateau Wedding

Cristina and David’s wedding was epic and elegant yet dark and gothic, with two ceremonies, a marching band and a gorgeous venue.

The venue Cristina and David chose was the Domaine de Courson, a beautiful stately home in the village of Courson-Monteloup. Not only is it a stunning, impressive building with rolling greenery and lakes surrounding it, but it has sentimental value too: it’s also in the village where they live, had their first apartment together, and where they just bought a house!

Their theme was black and white, which they chose as they felt it would go well with the venue, but also with their guests. “We had a lot of tattooed, non conventional friends at the wedding,” Cristina says, “which was very funny because we spent the all day in the Domaine de Courson, which is a very fancy place, where they’re not used to having people like us!” Their Victoriana-inspired day was the perfect marriage of the two.

After the civil ceremony inside, Cristina and David led their guests – accompanied by a marching brass band – to their beautiful outdoor ceremony which was laid out on the grass in front of the stately home. “The outdoor ceremony was led by Mathieu, our friend,” Cristina continues. “It was very emotional and all our close friends and family had a chance to say a word – we cried a lot. The day of the wedding was actually the 56th year wedding anniversary of my grandparents marriage. They both where there and were so lovely and helpful!”

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Bad Ass Sequinned French Elopement with a Lollipop Bouquet

I usually hate the word sexy but today’s elopement shoot is unapologetically sexy, and gloriously so. Concepted by photographer extraordinaire Buffet Froid, it’s dreamy elopement inspiration with two bad ass beauties who serve up true Rock n Roll Bride spirit.

In short, we love it!

“For me, elopements are ‘une ode Ă  l’amour’ as we say in French – an ode to love,” Buffet says. “I am totally crazy about them, because they can revolutionise the way we celebrate love and weddings – they allow you to be totally free. It’s completely up to you! As a photographer, these are really special, because you end up shooting a precious instance at every single moment. I wanted to showcase this in a new and exciting way, so chose to do a shoot inspired by my love of metal – I like the boldness, and the free and wild state of mind that this music allows for.’.

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Fancy French Circus Wedding

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Lauren and Cory’s whimsical French circus wedding theme came from the bride’s imagination. She wanted their wedding to be quirky and fun, yet timeless and elegant. “I wanted to keep everything as organic and simple as possible but with a slight nod to the oh-so-quirky”, Lauren explained. “I used gold animals that I DIY’d for the escort cards and table number holders which added a bit of whimsy and playfulness to the whole aesthetic. Our theme was Whimsical French Safari!”

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“It was a pretty perfect and wonderful day but we had a few little hiccups right before the ceremony”, she continued. “It turns out that there was a wildfire along the freeway and the traffic was pretty bad. In the end, everyone arrived safely and we only started a tad bit late. It was just so bazaar to hear all the whispers but no one wanted to let me in on what was happening!”

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Hip French Nightclub Wedding: Elisabeth & Benjamin

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After a city hall ceremony, Elisabeth and Benjamin’s beautiful French wedding was held at Bizz’Art Club in Paris, They wanted a cosy day that was comfortable and enjoyable for all their guests.

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“We tried to do something cosy and friendly with a bit of retro decorations and a lot of good music.” wrote Benjamin. “We started the reception with the concert of our friends and family! During an hour they played together our favourites rock and pop songs. They created a band just for the occasion! It was awesome and was probably what most defined our wedding – both side of friends and family had a great time together like one unique family!”

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A Wedding on the River Seine: Stéphanie & Wendy

StĂ©phanie & Wendy were married in Paris, on a bateau-mouche (an open top excursion boat) on the river Seine. StĂ©phanie is French & Wendy is American. They live in San Francisco together but wanted to return to Paris for the wedding…and what could be more romantic that a boat ride around the city?!

Newlywed StĂ©phanie told me about their day, “Our magical day started with a smile and a ray of sun while having breakfast on a Parisian terrase. Then make up, hair spray, corset and dress made us even more impatient. A beautiful stroll in the Tuileries garden gave us the pleasure of admiring stormy clouds and gentle light while on our way to the boat. We cruised away on the lovely Seine, telling each other that it will be beautiful and forever in front of our friends and family. This was magical and even more….We walked home hand in hand looking at the City of Light, smiling and happy.”

The couple booked Pimprunelle Photography to shoot their nuptials as they loved her Holga photography.

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A Rustic-Glam French Wedding: Daniel & Caroline

Daniel & Caroline were married in Chateau Puits es Pratx in Ginestas, in the south-west of France. The gorgeous surroundings provided the perfect backdrop to their rustic wedding.

“The Chateau is only a few miles from Dan’s dad’s house in a nearby town, so it is an area of France we have visited often and know well,” the bride told me. “We knew from the off that we wanted our friends to help us celebrate our wedding in this beautiful place and the Chateau fitted our requirements perfectly – cottages on site, and a self-contained venue for a long weekend of fun! We wanted the weekend to feel like a party in a stunning venue, with good company, great food and endless wine. Simple!”

“I worked closely with the team at the Chateau to organise the day. We met her twice, but most of the planning was done my email – the food, the flowers, the decor, everything. My theme was French rustic-glam and I sent her mood boards of my inspiration, details of what I was making and collecting, and she used her talents to pull it all together. As it was a celebration for our friends and family as much as ourselves, we wanted them to be part of weekend as much as possible. Our friend Hilary is a broadcast journalist and acted as the celebrant, which was very special. Other friends did readings and we made everyone sing a rendition of Stand By Me.”

“Our only near-disaster was the wedding tree, which formed the central part of the ceremony. I’d had it printed in England before we left, but didn’t realise it had been damaged until about three hours before the ceremony. Luckily our coordinator has a degree in Fine Art, immediately picked up her pencils and drew the most beautiful tree as a replacement. I was very, very touched. The tree was framed and placed on an easel for the ceremony, pencils attached with lace. We put our thumbprints on the tree during the ceremony, as did our parents, with the guests adding theirs during the course of the day.”

It was important to the couple that their friends and family were as involved as possible with their day. “My mum stitched a swag of fabric for the arch we married under, which was fastened with bunches of flowers and a chandelier I bought on eBay,” Caroline continued. “Vintage paper parasols – again, sourced on eBay and flea markets – were provided for the guests. I drew the chandelier for the Order of Service cards which were designed and printed by my twin sister, Kelly.”

“When I walked into the courtyard for the wedding meal I was blown away by how beautiful it looked. The team at the Chateau had made it look incredible. Jugs and glass bottles filled with flowers sat on each table, and the lighting was stunning. There were candelabras hanging from the trees, fairy lights woven through the branches and Chinese lanterns strung high above the tables. I drew a lot of my inspiration for the table decor from the local area, and I was keen to use mini-blackboards, like in the markets. I found some pretty fabric-trimmed ones from Gisela Graham which were placed on mini-easels for the table numbers. Ironically, the French soap favours were bought at my favourite shop, RE in Corbridge, and not at the local market in France as planned! They too perfect to resist.”

Food and wine was a big part of the weekend so the couple decided to provide two meals on the wedding day. “The first was a pre-wedding picnic which was held in the garden at the Chateau. We brought charity-shop sourced blankets from the UK and bought picnic baskets from the local market in Olonzac which were filled with home-made quiche, cheese muffins and salads, served with wine spritzers and jugs of beer. The parasols were put to good use by lounging guests as it was very hot in the midday sun. Other guests played boules and splashed in the pool. It was everything we had imagined – good friends having a good time together.”

“The wedding meal was a buffet spread of suckling pig followed by a ‘buffet of desserts’ presented on vintage cake stands and mini blackboards I bought from a little shop in Seahouses, Northumberland.”

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Barbie & Ken Finally Get Married

When this photo shoot landed in my inbox with the description “Barbie and Ken’s wedding” I thought oh Christ…what’s this?! However I’ve got to say that as soon as I saw the photographs my initial scepticism and preconceptions were totally eradicated. I laughed as I looked at each photo, set up to show Barbie and Ken getting married and photographed in the way an actual wedding might be. The quality of the photos is totally brilliant – and there lies the hilarity.

French photographer BĂ©atrice de GuignĂ© has set up each shot and photographed it like it would be with a real life couple. There are certain photo set-ups that you see all over wedding photography (the shoe shot, the dress shot, the bridal portraits just after she’s got ready, the groom getting ready with his boys etc…) and the whole set just made me laugh!

Maybe I’m going a bit mental from looking at so many wedding photographs every day!? This may well be funnier to wedding photographers and bloggers who do look at weddings all day long (the ‘portraits’ are particularly accurate!) but I hope you all get a little chuckle out of these…

“Barbie and Ken were married at Faraway Castle, in Plasticity,” BĂ©atrice told me. “The bride bought her dress from The Fairy Godmother shop and her shoes from the Cinderella Store. The groom wore a suit from The Prince Charming Emporium. The couple met more than 50 years ago (yes I know they look young). Barbie was tired of waiting so she asked Ken to get married.”

I did however want to ask BĂ©atrice a semi-serious question to see where she got her idea for this ‘shoot’ from. “I don’t know why I wanted to do this but I did!” she told me. “Everything started last year when one day I wanted to make some boudoir shots I had in my mind, but nobody to pose for me except Barbie. So I photographed her and published the photos on my blog. Everybody laughed about it and found it was a nice idea. After that, everytime I wanted to test some ideas, I took Barbie as my model.”

“One day she said to me ‘Hey BĂ©atrice, now that I have my boudoir, can you be my wedding photographer?’ LOL. So I started this crazy adventure! More seriously it was weeks and weeks of preparation, three days to shoot everything, a lot of sweat and finally a wedding day! I’m laughing alone looking these photos, so I hope it’s the same for people looking at them! Or I think I’m totally crazy!”

Well I’m laughing with you lady. I love them! Pretty genius I say.

What does everyone else think?

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Pierre & Christine’s Circus Themed, French Wedding

Part two of today’s continental invasion comes from French photographer Davidone who sent over Pierre & Christine’s Circus themed wedding just last week. Christine is a famous illustrator and Pierre is a photographer himself, so needless to say their wedding was going to be super creative and beautiful captured.

Christine wore a Pronuptia dress while Pierre wore Vivienne Westwood. Their fun and quirky nature really does come though in all these images, especially the fun portrait session. As photographer David explained,

“… Alice in Wonderland ….this is the first feeling that came when I began to view images from the photo shoot of Christine and Pierre. A colourful session, with energy, humour, a touch of poetry … and above all a great morning of “laughter”.  The shoot tool place on the morning of their wedding day, but Christine and Pierre were as motivated as ever. In a word, I would call this morning: TOP!”

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Candice & Dave’s Budget-Friendly, Parisian-Themed Wedding

I’m coming over all Français today, with not one but two real wedding features with a French flavour. The first, Candice & Dave’s, took place in South Africa but had a distinctive Parisian infusion.

Photographer Jacki Bruniquel explained, “They were on a tight budget and really made the best of what they had and made their wedding ‘their own’. They had a Parisian theme running through the day as this is where they got engaged, but through in a bit of local flavour too. Friends pulled in to help and Candice made many of the details herself.”

“Candice and Dave live in Umhlanga, a seaside village near Durban South Africa, so they had their creative shoot and reception in their home town and included the icon of Umhlanga – the big red and white lighthouse. The boys all surf so we started the day with some surfing pics.  On the actual day this crazy storm came up and instead of getting into a sulky panic we just embraced it and let the wind take them away! Who says an Armageddon like storm is all bad on your wedding day?”

The wedding was held at The Breakers Resort at Umhlanga Rocks. The tight budget meant that the wedding was full of fantastic DIY elements, as Candice explained, “We did a lot of DIY! It was a good opportunity for all the bridesmaids to get together and hang out a bit. We made the: 1. hand fans, adding lace and tassels  2. the candy apples 3. the ring pillow 4. the aisle runner – This was so easy! We just bought a long piece of white fabric, stitched the edges and stenciled a pattern along the sides using fabric paint. We saved a lot of money and had fun in the process! The best part was creating the table centerpieces to look like Parisian street lamps. We sourced a whole lot of lanterns and had “lamp post” stands made for them. We then named each table after a street in Paris and had the street names hanging from the arms of the lamp post – It looked awesome, and each street was one that we had actually visited when engaged in Paris!”

“Because we were working to a budget, we had to decide what we couldn’t skimp on and what we could – priorities! One thing on top of the list was that we wanted all of our friends there to celebrate with us, as that is what this day is all about! So we needed a big venue, and our numbers were quite high. We managed to find a great venue that looked beautiful and had a great menu, but was really reasonably priced. Also we knew that the one thing you keep after your wedding day are the photos! We knew that a brilliant and talented photographer was the only way forward – Thanks to Jacki Bruniquel (Who is the best in our opinion), we now have the most beautiful memories to last a lifetime, capturing our characters so brilliantly and truthfully – wow. There were other things we could save costs on, hence all the DIY elements! But the result was that we got to have a wedding within our budget that was everything we wanted it to be!”

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Jodie & Virginien’s Fashion & French Inspired Wedding

A bride in lace gloves and two bulldogs dressed up for the occasion? Oh yes, Jodie & Virginien’s wedding makes my heart sing! Photographer Britt said she wasn’t 100% sure I’d think their wedding was Rock n Roll enough for a feature when she sent it over, however I had to disagree straight away. I am loving the cute, quirky touches through out in this day – it’s not all about tattoos and pink hair on this blog!

The wedding was held at Overnewton Castle in Keilor, Australia. “Our inspiration was what we love and who we love!” explained the bride. “We wanted everything to be exactly as we imagined which meant having to make most things our self. We wanted things to be different, unique, but still whimsical and fairytale like. We love Alannah Hill, Disney (yes I know its Corny..but we’re obsessed), diy tutorials, The House of Frankie Stuart fabric shop, Ralph Lauren, and all things French.”

“Virginien and I met at a party in Australia after Virginien arrived for a working holiday only 5 days prior”,  Jodie continued. “We instantly feel in love…Virginien didnt  speak English..but that didnt matter, he still managed to woo me with his French accent…that was two years ago. We were separated for a total of 4 months when Virginien had to go back to France to get a visa to marry me…that was really hard…but we made it through in the end. 20 of Virignien’s family and friends were able to travel to Australia to share in our marriage. Thank you we love them all!! Virginien proposed to me one year ago. I came home opened my room and there were like three big Alannah Hill bags and boxes and flowers. I was so overwhelmed. He had brought me an entire outfit, right down to matching stockings and a hat from my absolute favorite store! I opened the card and it said be ready in your new clothes in one hour. A limo arrived and took us a beautiful restaurant where he later proposed to me with my ring on our soufflĂ©! It was a big surprise!”

“Our gorgeous little animal friends are our beloved pets who we wanted to have a share in our special day. My burmese kitty cat is called ‘Neelix’ and the American bulldogs are ‘Bicardi’ (girl) and ‘Texas’ (boy). My sister and I made their little outfits.”

To match their stylish pets, the couple went all out with their wedding day attire. The bride wore a Swarovski crystal encrusted gown from Bernadette Pimenta Bridal Couture which she altered herself to make it perfect for her. “I made the corset and underskirt – I pulled it apart changed the dress, added tulle, lace, Swarovski crystals, redesigned the skirt and upper bust and all the rosettes the week before the wedding. I changed the dress because  the dress didnt turn out as I had imagined it and it was the wrong colour (fabric stores mistake.) I changed it to make it bigger and lace-ier and make me happier! All the lace and flash tulle was from Tylers Fabrics and The House of Frankie Stuart – these fabric shops are simply amazing!”

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