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Steph & Mike gathered an intimate group for their microwedding in the South of France. There may have been a petit number of guests – and the bride and groom’s sweet dog Peanut – but the wedding featured all of the fabulous details of a grand celebration!

The Château Saint Georges is located up in the hills of Grasse and offers spectacular views from the grounds. The wedding took place in early September, which is an ideal time of year in the South of France – the peak vacation period of July and August is over but the weather is still fabulous. The perfectly named Temple of Love was the setting for the exchange of vows and the warm South of France summer climate made for a wonderful outdoor reception. The design of the event was carefully thought out, with beautiful florals from Miss Rose by Perrine, and featured a palette of pale tones of blush and pink. The pale, ethereal feel was carried through to the wedding cake design, with delicate ricepaper flowers adorning the 2-tier confection by Made In Cake. The bride was stunning in her Vera Wang gown, with hair & makeup expertly done by Trine Juel. And just because you have a small number of guests doesn’t mean you can’t party! Benjamin of Discotecnik helped create a festive post-dinner atmosphere.

We loved creating this beautiful and intimate celebration for Steph & Mike. Intimate weddings allow the bride and groom to have real quality time with their guests, and the added benefit is that we also get to know guests better. Need help planning your microwedding in the South of France, Provence or another region of France? We would love to hear from you!

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South of France château wedding planned by Fête in France

Château Saint Georges in Grasse, France

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Vaux-le-Vicomte is a XVIIth century château built by the architect of Louis the XIV, Louis Le Vau, with traditional French gardens designed by André Le Nôtre and interiors by Charles Le Brun. It was built for Louis XIV’s finance minister, Nicolas Fouquet and served as a model for the Château de Versailles. The main ballroom, as wide as it is high (18m or 60 feet high), is a unique oval shape, with a black and white tiled floor and a painting on the ceiling that depicts a beautiful blue sky with white clouds.

With all these elements together in a room, our inspiration was quickly found. Madame Artisan Fleuriste worked with a base of astilbes to create a textured romantic cloud, into which she incorporated roses in varying shades of pink. The floral arrangement was set atop modern see-through gold stands, as if it were floating above the table.

We layered different fabrics, mixing the colors and the texture of the linens to recreate the complexity of the sky painted above. Texture and color continued in the tableware selection, with scallopped charger plates and smoky blue cutlery for contrast. Gold accents kept the design elevated and château-worthy, and dashes of dark burgundy in the florals added a special dramatic touch. We brought in black and white medallion chairs and tall black taper candles to tie in the gorgeous flooring.

We used the same accent colors for the invitation suite: Crimson Letters pulled in a black envelope to contrast with her beautiful handtorn white paper inside. She drew gold leaf motifs and added strokes of light pink watercolor in the same shade as our roses.

Type A Society brought their A-game for the bridal styling. The most fashion-forward of the looks was a Said Kobeissy gown. The dress was the perfect mix of modern fashion and romance: the intricate design of flowers and sparkle fit so well with the ballgown skirt on top. The second look, by Chana Marelus, was beautiful and ethereal; our model bride looked like she could fly away with the light breeze coming through the château’s French windows. The third look, also by Chana Marelus, was a sparkly gown that reflected the light beautifully with a train worthy of a princess.

The talented Harold James ensured that our models were looking fresh and cool, despite the record-breaking heat wave.

 

Vendors :

Styling & Production: Fête in France & Fête Event Planning | Photo & Video: Mon Soleil (Marissa & Devin) | Hair & Makeup: Harold James | Venue: Vaux-le-Vicomte & @valerielafourcade_vlvevents | Wardrobe stylist: Type A Society | Florals: Madame Artisan Fleuriste | Rentals & tableware: Maison Options | Table linen: Nuage Designs | Table runner : Daucus Tinctura  | Paper goods : Crimson Letters | Tableware – bread plates: Canigueral Mesas con Esencia | Macarons: Ladurée | Ring boxes: Voeu du Cœur | Models: Lynn & Fred Via Mademoiselle Agency | Dresses 1: Said Kobeissy | Dress 2 & 3: Chana Marelus

 

          

We love to flex our creative muscles and collaborate with other wedding professionals from time to time. When the opportunity came up to design an editorial shoot at the beautiful Château de Villette we jumped at the chance. This spectacular property, nicknamed Le Petit Versailles, is located a short drive from Paris. It’s a château we have long-admired for its perfectly symmetrical 17th century proportions, stately décor, and formal jardin à la française designed by André Le Nôtre, the same landscape architect responsible for the gardens at Versailles.

With the talented team of the Komans behind the photo and video lenses we had our departure point for the shoot!

The interiors of the château are as impressive as you’d expect, but we decided to use the orangerie which had beautiful light during the day and offered a neutral canvas for our table set up. The orangerie was full of lemon trees being stored for the winter and those deep green leaves and citrus colors ultimately inspired our design.

With a backdrop of the clean stone we wanted to infuse a pop of color and warmer texture so we had a velvet tablecloth custom made of the event in a dark green to set off the soft citrus hues of yellows, oranges and pinks artfully arranged by Floraison. With then accented the table with fresh white linen napkins, blue Porto plates, and green and blue glassware provided by Maison Options. In lieu of traditional paper the talented Joy of Studio French Blue personalized alabaster coasters in gold calligraphy at each place setting.

Sweet Creations Cakes integrated the emerald green perfectly into the cake design with a stunning modern geode design.

Fresh colors were peppered throughout the design and we had fun styling all the brightly-hued ring boxes from Voeu du Coeur, the green stationery by Studio French and the accessories by Lindsay Marie Design.

We hope you enjoy this little tour of our emerald-hued fête recently featured on the Front Page of Style Me Pretty!

Photography and Cinematography: @thekomans | Styling and Planning: @feteinfrance | Hair & Makeup: @avabelleluxury | Florist: @floraisonparis | Venue: @chateau_de_villette | Bridal shop for Inbal Dror dress: @metal_flaque | Long-sleeve dress: @inbaldror | Paper goods & Calligraphy: @studiofrenchblue | Rentals: @maison_options | Ring boxes: @voeu_du_coeur | Cake: @sweet_creations_cakes | Scans: @richardphotolab | Accessories: @lindsaymariedesign | Dress: @galialahav | Dress: @musat.official

Chateau de Villette, France from Koman Studio on Vimeo.

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.

Featured on Style Me Pretty

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

Located near Tours, this château-hotel has all the grandeur you would expect of a classic French château. A perfect venue to privatize for a wedding, the château features an elegant grand salon for the wedding reception and several indoor and outdoor spaces perfect for the ceremony and cocktail.