With summer’s fade to fall, weddings amongst the golden leaves are officially on the horizon. And with that comes rows of candles, woven blankets, mugs of cider, and a million other details that speak to this cozy time of year. Still deciding if a fall wedding is for you? We’re about to count down 15 reasons that’ll easily sway your decision…without a pumpkin or gourd in sight.
The true essence of Provence can be found in this collection of images captured by Aneta Mak. Beautiful scenery is a given but added to that is an open air celebration with an ease and elegance that can only be found in France. Planned by Autour D’Une Histoire, with flowers draped at every turn by Sabine Flowers, see this dream wedding weekend in its entirety right here.
From The Bride…When planning our wedding, it was important that the event was a reflection of us. We wanted it to be elegant and intimate, with an element of romance and rustic charm. With guests travelling from all corners of the earth, it was important for us to create a weekend that would make everyone feel at home.
The vision for the wedding came together when we fell in love with the venue, Le Manoir at Domain des Oliviers de l’Esterel. Having dated for over 8 years, we spent many summers visiting the groom’s grandparents in the South of France, where we immediately fell in love with the Provençal countryside. Travel and food are a big part of our lives, and we were sold on the venue when we saw the olive groves and lavender rows which evoked memories of countless road trips we and had shared together in the local hills.
We tried to tie these memories together through the décor and food at the wedding. The chuppah and floral arrangements were meant to feel as though they had always been there, with flowers grown wild in the nearby fields. Lenôtre worked with us to translate our memories into a menu that felt reflective of our relationship. They created an olive bar featuring flavors of Provence, prepared a version of the groom’s grandmother Charolotte’s famous apricot meringue pie for dessert, sourced locally line-caught sea-bass for the entrée, and a presented a selection of our favorite cheese from Herve Mons (a local affineur we discovered while dining at Maison Troisgros). Even our wedding cake was based off of Pierre Hermé’s Ispahan macaron, reflecting a small piece of the bride’s Persian heritage.
More than anything, what made the evening so special was having all of our friends and family there to celebrate with us. Nearly every guest, from the very young to the very old, was out on the dance floor, partying late into the early morning hours. It was incredibly memorable to see all of our friends and family gathered together in a celebration of our love.
Photography: Aneta Mak | Wedding Planner: Autour D'Une Histoire | Flowers: Sabine Flowers | Invitations: Crane & Co. | Bride Dress Designer: Ines Di Santo | Bride Headpiece: Jenny Packham | Bride Jewellery: Gumuchian | Bride Shoes: Valentino | Catering & Wedding Cake: Lenotre | Dress Boutique: Bridal Reflections | Groom Bow Tie: Tom Ford | Groom Cufflinks: Hermes | Groom Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo | Groom Tuxedo & Shirt: Lanvin | Live Music: The Gypsy Kings | Music: Alex Shahabi, Style Events | Wedding Venue: Domaine Des Oliviers De L'Esterel
Today’s modern couple is smart, design-savvy and knows exactly what they want — especially when it comes to registering for their big day! Thanks to Zola, brides + grooms can now create a wish list with endless options, that’s as easy to create as it is to manage. Registering has honestly never been so much fun.
With Zola, couples can customize their registry page with photos, notes and collections to organize gifts! Whether you’re needing some tried + true basics from classic brands such as KitchenAid, Le Creuset or Vitamix or trying to up your cool factor with pieces from up and coming designers such as Billy Cotton and Nine Space, couples can curate their very own mix of gifts, experiences and cash funds and add products from anywhere on the web. The best part? Guests can choose anything they want from your wish list and purchase it all with a single checkout on Zola. There’s even an option for group gifting so you don’t have to feel price-conscious about adding some bigger-ticket items.
To top off the amazingness that is Zola, they make it incredibly easy to manage and edit your registry on the web or on the go with the Zola iPhone app. They also offer a Registry Planner which helps couples figure out how many gifts you need to add to your registry depending on the number of invited guests. Hello, incredible! You can also use their Gift Tracker which alerts you when a gift is purchased, and you can choose to hold, ship or convert it to credits!
Ready to get your very own Zola Wedding Registry? Now’s the time, because Zola is offering SMP readers $25 in Zola credits when they sign up for their registry! New registries must be started (but not necessarily published) between September 16, 2014 and December 16, 2014. Credits will be placed into the couple’s Zola account 4 weeks after a couple’s registry is published live. Head over here to get started. xo
Gather ’round, SMPers, because we’re about to dive head first into a sea of watercolor goodness like you’ve never seen before. From the stationery and design by The Romance Between, to the flawless coordination by LVL Weddings & Events, to the drool-worthy florals from Fleuretica, it’s layer upon layer of quiet hillside romance, and Kurt Boomer beautifully told the story from start to finish.
From the Bride…Jason and I wanted our wedding to be romantic, intimate and fun. In a sense, we really wanted to whisk our guests away from their busy lives and simply allow them to enjoy good food amongst great company. We must have researched hundreds of venues but we had an instant connection with Bella Collina and the quaint city of San Clemente. Mixing the natural beauty of the venue and collaborating with Euri from Fleuretica, our vision resulted in an array of gorgeous spring colors nestled in a Tuscany-like hillside.
The Romance Between, an event design, planning and paper goods company founded by one of my bridesmaids and I, is slated to launch in January 2015. The company was birthed while designing, lettering and creating things for the wedding. A test trial so to speak. From the welcome baskets, the invitations, calligraphy on the invitations, dessert bar, menu, place cards and the welcome signage, it was all a beautiful process. We incorporated watercolor and brush calligraphy into the invitation suite and tied it with Froufrou Chic’s organic ribbons to emanate romance. I can confidently say that a paper goods vendor has the capability to create the entire mood of a wedding. It essentially is the first “gift” guests receive prior to attending the wedding and I am so ecstatic that we were able to find utter joy in doing our own.
We were incredibly lucky to work with the most amazing vendors. The wedding day was a lot windier than we had imagined but Kurt captured the wedding flawlessly. He used the wind to deliver some of the most ethereal images we’ve ever seen. Euri and her team from Fleuretica created the arch of my dreams and even waited around until the end of the ceremony to ensure that the arch stayed intact through the wind. Kelly and her team from Kelly Zhang Makeup made me and my girls feel beautiful and comfortable in our own skin. Arielle from LVL Events guided us with all of the logistics of the day and did it flawlessly. Allen and Young from Shine Entertainment made our guests laugh and cry all at the same time. Karen, Executive Chef Paul and the team at Bella Collina offered us food and service that our family and friends still rave about to this day. And last but not least, Greg and his team from Fiske Film rolled their cameras all day long to ensure our perfect day was recorded on film. We are so grateful to have found these vendors and thank them daily for allowing our vision to come alive through their talents.
It was an absolutely perfect night and a perfect start to our life together.
Photography: Kurt Boomer Photography | Cinematography: Fiske Film | Event Design: The Romance Between | Floral Design: Fleuretica | Cake: Heidelberg Pastry Shop | Hair And Makeup: Kelly Zhang Makeup Team | DJ: Shine Entertainment | Ceremony Music: Ocdamia Strings | Bride & Bridesmaid Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar | Coordination: LVL Weddings & Events | Desserts: Sweet & Saucy | Korean Paebaek Ceremony: Angel Catering | Location: Bella Collina Towne & Golf Club | Paper Goods: The Romance Between | Wedding Ceremony + Reception Dress: Custom Design By Kara Wedding