Wedding Wednesday!

Thank you for the kindness on the last post- we tried to repaint this week but the rain wiped us out and we are going to have to wait a few weeks and start over. Anyway…onward!

And about the title of this post…I meant to publish yesterday. WhoopsieDaisies.

Pete and I have lived in a lot of different places in our nearly ten years together, and we feel extremely fortunate to have cultivated and maintained a few really special relationships from each stage that have endured over distance and time. The longest of these friendships we share is with Christina- the roommate I was assigned to my freshman year of college.

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Me and my beloved Stina Freshman year of college…

Those of you who have been reading here for awhile might remember Christina’s role in helping us start Biscuit. She is a huge light in my life, and we were thrilled to travel to Aix en Provence late last summer to celebrate her marriage to her love Paul (namesake of the Paul print).

I can’t believe we are rapidly approaching the one year anniversary- I was four months pregnant at the time and now I have a four month old HarryBear! Ohhhh time.

Anyway, the whole experience was truly unbelievable- and not just because it was in Fancy Francy. Although, as you will see from the pictures, it was stunning and so nice, at its core the whole wedding was about love and family. Christina’s family is from Provence, and she, Paul, and her incredible Mom planned every last detail. I meant to show pictures at the time, but my iPhone pics weren’t going to cut it, and it wasn’t until Stina shared the link to the Style Me Pretty feature that I remembered I never shared.

Here is what Stina had to say about it all:

“It’s hard to start with just the rehearsal dinner since it came from our overall vision for the whole experience – to bring our family and friends from all parts of our life together for a weekend that let them experience all our favorite things – art, music, culture in a place that means a lot to me and to Paul.

I have grown up visiting my family in Aix en Provence and traveling around the south of France and it was on a family trip there that Paul proposed to me in the summer of 2012. At that point coming back to France for our wedding seemed like a pipe dream but months later after exhaustive research on a variety of places that would allow us to transport our guests to a magical space AND allow for LATE night revelry, we decided to go for it.

It helps to have a bi-lingual and generally badass mother who was our fearless leader throughout the many months of creative and logistical planning. One of the many unbelievable contributions she made was to find the venue for our rehearsal dinner – Les Carrières des Lumières. It is a national culture site in the ancient mineral quarries of Les Baux de Provence which is itself a historic treasure – a medieval village perché. The geniuses of France have transformed the cavernous and cold walls of this mining site into an utterly breathtaking show of sound and light projecting animated works of art by the likes of Monet, Renoir and others on the walls, ceiling and floor.

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We never actually saw this until the actual event – we actually visited in the dead of January and wandered through what was basically a cold cave, one that required us to bus our guests an hour through winding Provencal roads to visit. This is one time in my life where my optimism was tested…but ultimately prevailed and fueled many late nights back at home mood boarding and figuring out how to make it amazing. 

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My vision was to create a living still life of Provence – something that would be like walking into a Cezanne painting. My flower choices were limited so I went with olive trees and bundles of lavender interspersed with silver candelabras and tumbling pedestals of fruit – pulled off with much flair by our wedding planner Sandrine. I also chose a funky collection of glasses in alternating colors to add more color and made escort cards from mini laser cut wooden palettes that I personally stained and calligraphed. LABOR OF LOVE! 

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When I think back on that night I am bowled over with joy – simply being there with everyone we love in one place and then listening to so many of our friends and family deliver heartfelt and hilarious speeches was above and beyond my wildest dreams. “
Stunnniinnggg, and that was just the rehearsal dinner. Here are a few more pics from the wedding day, but you can see it all and here more about it on SMP.
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And by the way…The party went on until sunrise (without my pregnant self who snuck off to bed around 2:00 am) and the Bride and Groom danced all night. So much love!

Comments

  1. Jillian May 29, 2014 at 6:37 am

    I remember your iPhone pics from this one! It doesn’t take a professional photog to see how spectacular this wedding was. What a pretty way to start the day and it’s a natural pick-me-up that you’re calling it Wednesday on a Thursday… one day closer to the weekend!

  2. Vanessa May 29, 2014 at 7:41 am

    Ok, her rehearsal dinner dress is AMAZING! (So is everything, obviously). Where is it from????

  3. Barbara May 29, 2014 at 10:13 am

    Perfect wedding – just stunning. And the best part is she wore my favorite shoes ever – Valentino rock studs – for her wedding!

  4. Lily May 29, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    Wowza, I have never seen anything quite like this — SO GLAM! the bride the the whole thing are STUNNING!

    x Lily
    http://whilemyboyfriendsaway.blogspot.com/

  5. ajc May 29, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    Jesus, how many people get to throw an elaborate, stunning wedding in the south of France?! Lucky girl.

  6. Jennipher May 30, 2014 at 10:42 am

    Okay, that is seriously AMAZING. What an incredible wedding. That rehearsal dinner puts my wedding to SHAME (and don’t get me wrong – mine was beautiful!). Thanks for sharing – a little eye candy was just what the dr. ordered today :)

  7. Ann May 30, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    STUNNINGLY Beautiful – from the bride to the centrepieces for both rehearsal wedding…..thank you for sharing-beyond pretty!

  8. smash May 30, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous! I love the cave…stunning. And those hand painted wood palettes…incredible.

  9. katerina@lexandliv May 31, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    That floral number Christina wore at the rehearsal dinner is absolutely sensational, and I’m not usually one for floral dresses. What a stunning bride. And why is it that none of my college friends married in exotic locales?

    http://www.lexandliv.com/

  10. Lianna@theresnoplacelikehomemke June 2, 2014 at 7:36 am

    that is amazing. What an enchanting evening! I can’t believe you went! gorgeous!

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