A Fall wedding in Paris

Clare and Richard celebrated their marriage with a fall wedding in Paris surrounded by nearly 300 guests. The October weather cooperated for the most part – the evening of their welcome dinner was rainy but there was lovely autumn weather for the wedding day.

Both the bride and groom have an international background: families from Hong Kong and China, childhoods in France/England and Canada, studies at Cambridge and Oxford, professional lives that had them work in different world capitals. And it was thanks to a mutual friend that they were brought together, fell in love, and decided to get married in Paris.

The weekend was full of festivities, starting the day before the wedding with a Chinese tea ceremony for the bride’s and groom’s families, and a welcome dinner at a stylish Paris restaurant. The couple started the wedding day with breakfast and traditional Chinese door games for the immediate family and wedding party. Then it was time for wedding prep to start: the bride wore a beautiful customized Oscar de la Renta bridal gown and the groom in a morning coat and vest.

The wedding ceremony took place at the historic American Cathedral in Paris and featured a full choir to sing the hymns selected by the bride and groom. After a petal toss at the end of the ceremony, the couple escaped for some photos around Paris and guests were transferred to the Cercle de l’Union Interalliée for the wedding reception.

The wedding was full of personal touches from the couple: welcome bags included nostalgic treats from the bride’s childhood in Paris and a custom city guide with favorite sights and restaurants; paintings of birds by a friend served as table names; a tropical themed photocall with a neon sign inspired by one of the couples favorite artists, Tracey Emin. The couple kicked off the dance party with a choreographed routine to “Hallelujah I Love Her So” by Ray Charles and then the stage curtains were drawn back to reveal a full live band that kept guests dancing into the wee hours.

Photo: Ian Holmes Photography | Video: BKT Films | Florals: Sol Y Flor | Hair & Makeup: Sanni Sorma | Calligraphy: Studio French Blue | Letterpress menus: Studio Pression | Wedding Band: Inspiration Music

Fairytale château wedding

Christina and Sam knew they wanted a French fairytale château wedding and part of the adventure was finding the place that was not too big, not too small, but just right for their celebration.

After a scouting trip where we visited several lovely wedding venues in the French countryside, the couple selected a beautiful Loire Valley castle for their wedding in France. Since the Loire Valley is an easy trip from Paris, the couple decided to organize a welcome event in Paris at the historic Au Pied de Cochon brasserie on the Thursday before the wedding, allowing guests to enjoy a day of sightseeing in Paris the next day. Bright and early on the wedding day the intimate group of guests met at the Paris Montparnasse train station for a quick 1-hour TGV ride to the Loire Valley. The wedding party had checked in to the château the previous night, and the bride and bridesmaids preparations were already underway when the excited guests arrived.

The skies were grey and there were definitely a few raindrops that fell during the day, but fortunately the weather held and the ceremony took place outside with the impressive castle facade as the backdrop. The couple even had a few lovely rays of sunshine as they took photos around the grounds after exchanging their vows.

The reception took place in the château’s grand hall with its elegant vaulted ceilings. The color palette featured pastels in pink, blue and lavender, which touches of silver and black to keep it sophisticated. A menu featuring French delicacies – foie gras, locally sourced poultry, a French-style croquembouche wedding cake – and lots of local Touraine wine.

Photography: Greg Finck | Florals: Sol y Flor | Hair & Makeup: Harold James | Wedding gown: Mark Zunino | Paper goods: The Silver Starfish | Design & Planning: Fête in France

An elegant Paris wedding

Timeless, sophisticated & chic. A few of the key words that pop to mind for this elegant Paris wedding which took place in an historic private mansion just steps from the Champs Elysées.

Kara & Alex, both natives of the Boston area, hosted a weekend of events for 100 of their closest family & friends. The festivities started the day before the wedding with a cocktail party cruise down the Seine. Guests enjoyed gourmet finger food, champagne and stunning views of the monuments of Paris.

The wedding day started off with preparations at La Reserve boutique hotel, with the bride being pampered by the talented Harold James. The bride chose a sophisticated Oscar de la Renta wedding gown with Valentino Rockstud heels. The couple opted for a pre-ceremony first look followed by a photo shoot in Paris, visiting the Palais Royal, the Louvre and the Pont des Arts, all the while trying to stay cool in the uncommonly hot Paris weather.

The non-traditional wedding ceremony took place on the grand staircase of the mansion and was performed by the groom’s twin cousins. Afterwards guests were treated to champagne & canapés in the courtyard with views of the Grand Palais.

The bride & groom decided on long tables which were decorated  with runners of white roses, hydrangeas and curly willow. Elegantly understated letterpress menus graced each guest’s seat along with personalized matchbooks in black & gold. Gourmet food and excellent wines were important to the couple and they even selected Château Boston, a French Bordeaux wine from the Margaux area, as a nod to their hometown. The ambiance of the formal, black tie affair was kept light and energetic thanks to the incredible musicians of Inspiration, who provided entertainment during the meal.

Guests were treated to a final surprise to cap off the evening – after dinner they were led downstairs to the mansion’s former Turkish baths which were transformed into a nightclub with sexy lighting, a live band and flowing champagne.

Photography: Le Secret d’Audrey | Florals: Sol y Flor | Hair & Makeup: Harold James | Wine: Madame Wine | Wedding gown: Oscar de la Renta | Paper goods: Ink Revival | Entertainment: Inspiration | Design & Planning: Fête in France

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A Paris ballroom wedding

Lovely couple Jacqueline and John celebrated their marriage with a Paris ballroom wedding. The ceremony and reception were held in the historic rooms at a luxury hotel in the center of the city. There wasn’t a dry eye in the crowd as the couple exchanged their vows surrounded by beautiful arrangements of blossoming cherry branches. The dinner took place in the exceptional Grand Salon ballroom with towering ceilings, enormous crystal chandeliers, and gilding all around – it’s almost like being at Versailles!

Beautiful centerpieces in a palette of soft and bold pinks graced the tables and a dessert buffet was set with miniature desserts as well as an elegant wedding cake decorated with fresh flowers and goldleaf. The couple took advantage of the incredible views from the hotel’s signature suite and popped upstairs for a few iconic photos with the Eiffel Tower.

After a sparkler sendoff that capped of the dinner, the festivities continued at a second location where they danced the night away. The original plan for the afterparty was aboard a riverboat but as luck would have it, Mother Nature had another idea. The week before the wedding, the Seine rose to historic levels, first limiting navigation to certain boats, then fully flooding the quais! A last-minute change of location was the only way to ensure that the party could carry on, and thanks to fantastic vendor partners and an understanding bride & groom, the evening ended on a high note.

Planning: Fête in France | Photo: Le Secret d’Audrey | Venue: Shangri-la Paris | Videographer: Lyly et Moi | Hair and Make Up: Modern Beauties | Brides Dress: Lela Rose | Florist: Sol Y Flor | Entertainment: Original Paris Swing | Entertainment: Firebirds | Cakes: Synie’s | Cakes: Ladurée | Calligraphy: Studio French Blue

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