Because I just couldn’t resist another sneaky share to quench the Sunday afternoon lull…
Isn’t that giant yellow paper flower amaze? It was sitting in a vase in the corner of our Paris apartment and I couldn’t resist nabbing it for a few quick shots. This trip really was made of magic and dreams.
Well I’m finally back at my desk after two weeks of non-stop craziness with The Blogcademy gang. And although I’m missing my girls like crazy, I have to say it’s pretty damn good to be home. My head is spinning with everything that’s happened over the past fortnight. In fact it’s whirring so much that I’m struggling to even form sentences…
From epic London adventures to two sold out Blogcademys and a talk at Farm Week…. From a whirlwind Parisian jaunt to shooting with the incredible Brooke Davis, the adorable Juliane Berry, the supreme Lisa Devlinand the vivacious and infectiously upbeat Shell De Mar (sheesh what a bunch of posers!) I am SPENT. Completely and utterly beat.
Stéphanie & Wendy were married in Paris, on a bateau-mouche (an open top excursion boat) on the river Seine. Stéphanie 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 Stéphanie 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.”
If you’re anything like me, on a Friday you’re tired and ready for the weekend so I thought I’d ease you into your last working day of the week with a bit of fairytale magic…
I know how much you all loved the ‘baby bunny’ photo shoot that I blogged last week, but are you all ready for part two…shot in PARIS!? This is fairytale escapism on a whole other level. If the bunny shoot made you squeal, I think you’re just about gonna die when you see this…
“I believe in fairytales,” writes photographer/videographer genuis David of Axioo. “Not like the ones we used to hear when we were kids. Disney has its share of planting the seeds of fairytale, but as we grow older, we know those only exist in storybooks and Disneyland. As we meet couples who share with us how their love began, what sparks their relationship, we believe there’s a magical power that brought them together.”
Jeff & Cecil flew to Paris from Indonesia for their pre-wedding shoot and brought Axioo with them. Wow.
This stunning shoot was set up to promote the launch of Stephanie Wolff newest range of wedding dresses and Tinker Field Mouse‘s newest jewellery designs in Paris. Quite apart from swooning my ass off over these gowns, I’m pretty much smitten with photographer Anissa Rahail‘s unusual but perfectly placed use of colour.
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!”