Un beau jour : Stephanie & Benjamin

Un beau jour : Stephanie & Benjamin

The woman proposing is something we don’t see very often here, and yet Stéphanie did just that, giving an engagement bracelet to her other half. Its such a pretty idea and I find it really sweet.

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“Everything was unconventional, and it started with the proposal. We were in Rome for the weekend and I was waiting for the perfect moment to ask him to marry me. We had planned a visit to the Colosseum at the beginning of the evening and I thought it was a very romantic location so I prepared myself to ask him in the Colosseum. In the end the location just wasn’t right due to too many people and no calm or isolated places. I therefore lowered my sights slightly to the restaurant where we were going to have dinner. Then, a French couple from the same city as us sat down next to us and we shared the dinner with them.

The evening went on and I still hadn’t proposed. So after the restaurant I proposed having a final drink in a square with a fountain. We bought the drinks (a beer and a little bottle of white wine) in a corner-shop and we sat down in front of the fountain. Finally, the magic moment arrived and it was as romantic as I had hoped. I made a speech about our relationship and then gave him an engagement bracelet (made of steel to represent stability), and I told him that I wanted to take his family name.

He said YES without any hesitation and ran to the toilets… the start of traveler’s diarrhea. It was in June 2012.”

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Noémie likes to capture authenticity, nature and the moment in all its simplicity, aspiring for a certain kind of perfection. For her, photography + weddings = love + joy + fun + lovely encounters.

Based in Alsace, her adventuring spirit and quest for experiences and discoveries always takes her further afield. Photography has become an amazing tool for speaking for those who don’t have a voice.

She sees life as an adventure and its convinced that beauty is everywhere.

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1 – Don’t worry: everything will go well, even if the party doesn’t play out exactly how you thought it would, no one will know.

2 – Enjoy yourself before and during the wedding. I personally loved making all the lanterns, putting the decorations in place and finding the people we employed for the day.

3 – Spend a bit more to have staff for the service, even if the spirit of the wedding is simple and friendly and there’s a buffet.

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Un beau jour : Pauline & Arnaud

Un beau jour : Pauline & Arnaud

Pauline & Arnaud took their time to organize their wedding: a year and a half! Some might think that’s excessive but you’ll see that preparations take up a lot more time then you’d think. And it’s also nice to go slowly…

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Floriane Caux is an international photographer and adventurer based in Toulouse. From England (Brighton/London) and France, Floriane captures the magic of beautiful moments in her box of smiles in order to tell your story. Passionate about mankind, she looks for all that’s beautiful in each of us in order to enhance it. Her photos, like nursery rhymes, mix dreams and reality to take looks to a fantasy world with a soft and feminine but punchy aesthetic. The picture album of a wedding isn’t just one story… each photo becomes its own story.

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1 – Only listen to yourself (and by yourself I mean both of you in the couple, so this includes your future husband…). You have every right to not want to place a huge importance on your wedding dress, and to focus all your attention on the exact colour of your save-the-date cards. Each to their own!

2 – Prepare your family and friends by explaining again and again how you want things to be – you’ll win them over if they can imagine what you want. Otherwise they might just be scared to dig their heels in. Share all your research, explain all the silliest things you want, and even the most traditional things should be included!

3 – Act according to your nature. Personally I like to know that I’ve done all I can right up to the last minute so I don’t have any regrets and can completely enjoy the moment when it comes. The week before our wedding I became “the dictator of a lovely army” which grew day by day with my “plan” finally coming to fruition and I was overjoyed to see that everything I had imagined 1000 times was finally becoming a reality! Those around me were worried that I wouldn’t be able to let go of the reigns on the big day, but the perfect organization beforehand allowed me to delegate everything and to be perfectly serene on the home stretch!

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> The location: Le Château du Croisillat, at Caraman

> Photography: Floriane Caux, assisted by Virginie Sénat

> The outfits:

Pauline: dress by Lambert création and Rozenn, cshoes by Mellow Yellow

Arnaud: suit by Smugler, bow tie by Monsieur Jean YvesLe slip français shoes

> The caterer : Jérôme Roussillon, from La Poêlée

> Florist: La fille aux fleurs

Singer: Carine

> Cake-maker: Pâtisserie Ninon

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The new BHLDN Collection

The new BHLDN Collection

We’ve often said that it can be tricky to buy your wedding dress on the Internet, and yet, we’ve seen quite a few brides on here who have fallen for a BHLDN design for their big day: CamilleÉlise and Kendra made the leap and with great success (I am still a huge fan of Camille’s dress).

So here’s the new BHLDN collection, for the more adventurous amongst you, shot with a real Cretan feel, because we’re all goddesses on our wedding day!

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My funny Valentine ♥

My funny Valentine ♥

The statistics are clear; the 14th February will be the day with the most marriage proposals this year (oh yes!!). I know that most of you don’t like this celebration that much, and I don’t either… I don’t like being told that I need a specific day to do thoughtful things, and I also think that many couples have their own special dates in the calendar.

Yes that’s the official version, but last year when my Valentine turned up at my house with a toffee apple and a little kiss on the doorstep, I melted. And we’re all the same… we all hate Valentine’s Day whilst secretly hoping to receive a single red rose.

So, if this is the case, here’s a selection of sweet little things stolen from Pinterest, a playlist to listen to with your Valentine and a link to a really sweet proposal.

We love all you couples out there ♥

Un beau jour : Delphine & Aymeric

Un beau jour : Delphine & Aymeric

Here you go, as promised, the next part (or, more accurately, the first part) of Delphine & Aymeric’s wedding. We don’t often receive photos from your civil ceremonies, even though it’s really worth doing.

Delphine’s dress is just absolutely divine, I can’t get enough of it (it made me think of this Catherine Deneuve dress).

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After growing up in Poitiers, Alice settled in Paris and then Lyon where she tried her hand at a number of artistic things. Finally she discovered that photography was the area of expression that suited her best.

At 23 years old, Alice focuses her work around the body, its movements and on portraits. Her soft and feminine touch has sparked an interest in fashion. Painting is the principal source of inspiration in her work.

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–       If you also see the civil ceremony as a formality then try not to listen to all the people around you who will say that it’s the only real wedding and the other ceremony counts for nothing.

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> The location: Paris

> Photography: Alice

> The outfits:

Delphine: “Even though I saved the real wedding dress for the secular ceremony, I still wanted a white, wedding-type dress. I was drooling over one which was completely out of our budget and as a compromise I eventually found one that looked like it on Etsy (sadly the shop is now closed). I made a few retouches at La Couturière de Montmartre (in the 18th arrondissement). My little veil is from January Rose on Etsy, my shoes are from Asos and my earrings are from French Connection. For the evening, I chose a Kling dress and Zara shoes.”

Aymeric: Hugo Boss suit, shoes from Atelier Privé and Kenzo shoes.

> The caterer: Maison Pou

Once upon a time: Delphine & Aymeric

Once upon a time: Delphine & Aymeric

Surely you’ve already heard us talking about Delphine and Aymeric’s wedding, with their scratch off save the date which has really done the rounds on Pinterest. It was such a cool idea from Delphine and it’s obviously really inspired you (we received so many messages!). And then I’ve also followed from afar some of Delphiné’s preparations that she’s sent me, which was also very cool.

She and Aymeric called upon the talents of  Julie Cerise, and you know much we love and admire her real talent for storytelling. Such a perfect wedding down to the smallest details ♥ (we’re coming back to them this week for the civil ceremony).

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“After six years of living together and a baby, we decided that it wouldn’t be such a bad idea to make it all official in the eyes of the law (and also because I was dying to).”

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Anaïs Kugel, Julie Cerise with her many names, is a dreamy photographer who usually works in the fashion industry or for magazines.

Inspired by those in love and their wonderful party plans, she found her way unexpectedly to wedding photography!

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1 – Too many ideas kill the idea. Obviously everything you see on the Internet is great and you’ll want everything to be the same. But unless you have 10 000 hectares, millions of dollars and 10 years to organise your wedding, that’s impossible. You have to make choices and in the end that’s better because we had so many compliments on the little details that we thought wouldn’t be noticed. If we had tried to do more, we would have been lost and we would never have had the time to do everything. It would definitely have been disorderly.

2 – Ask for advice but don’t let people impose things on you that don’t suit you. It’s such a common problem with weddings that the couple’s vision of the union doesn’t align completely with that of the respective families. After passing the stage of the secular ceremony without too much difficulty, we had to fight for our choices in terms of decorations, materials etc. This can go on and on but the most important thing is to remain faithful to your idea, but also carefully trying to avoid clashes. It’s delicate!

3 – Party , make the most of it, ask for help on the big day.

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Tote bags as a gift for guests

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> The location: La Fourtonie, at Lamonzie

> Photography: Julie Cerise

> The outfits:

Delphine: ‘Billy’ dress form Stéphanie Wolff, shoes from Asos, ballerinas from André, K is for Kani flower crowns/ For the brunch the next day: dress from Modcloth and André ballerinas

Aymeric: Sandro suit and shirt, bow tie from Colorfool and shoes from Hugo Boss

> The caterer:

Bergerac Traiteur and Wedding cake La Crique

> Decorations:

Candy bar Confiserie Foraine, stationary (envelopes, save the date paper etc …) on L’Art du Papier, tissue paper and bridesmaid bags from Comptoir de l’emballage, ribbons by Jane Craft, Instemporel, Modern Confetti, Mariage Original, Décorer le bonheur, disposible crockery from Dinovia and Mesadeco

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