French Inspired Wedding with Jewel Tones and Fresh Fruit

From amazing antiques and centuries-old architecture to cities brimming with style, the country of France provides endless inspiration for elegant weddings. Today, we’re excited to share with you images from an inspirational editorial photographed at a local castle in Provence, recently restored. The rich palette of jewel tones creates an unreliable sense of luxury, while the incorporation of fresh fruit into the design brings depth that echoes the elegant feel of the castle in a tangible way.

Read on for more from the event designer:

“With a Provencal Chateau backdrop, we decided to keep the details refined and elegant. The colors were inspired by the season, especially the navy blue for the grapes and figs, with a little bordeaux and peach touch in the flowers. We added gold elements for the Chateau atmosphere: all the gold vases and chandeliers were furnishings from the castle, and we tied in the little name tags with gold lettering, the fern on the plate, and the cutlery.

To fit with the navy blue fruits elements, we chose navy blue plates and candles.”

Photographer Sylvie Gil tells about this unique property in France:

“When I reached out to Laeticia and asked her for a venue idea, she told me about this Chateau in her own village. Chateau d’Anssouis had recently been purchased by a family from Provence. The story says they won the bid against designer Pierre Cardin who has been buying a lot of properties around the area. The negotiation to buy the property was what we call “a candle fight.” They lit a candle and kept passing it to one another…the party who was left holding the candle when it went out won the Chateau. After years of antique market shopping and love, Mr and Mrs Rousset-Rouvière have brought the Chateau back to its glory!

The chateau is surrounded by a gorgeous countryside on the top of a rock since the 10th century offers a majestic 360 degree view of the beautiful Vallée de L’Aygues. Originally Ansouis was a military fortress built to protect the entrance of the of Provence region in the South. Ansouis is called the Pearl of Luberon because of its beautiful terraces, the warm color of the walls, and its imposing presence. It is a magical and unique site.”

Venue: Chateau d’Ansouis | Photography: Sylvie Gil | Floral Design: Laetitia C. Fleurs D’atelier | Details Design: Majenia Design | Gowns: Claire Pettibone | Makeup: Ylva Langenskiold | Female Model: Carole Brana | Male Model: Sylvain Barbez | Invitation Suite: Little Miss Press |Cake: Made in Cake

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05.27.16 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Elegant Blue and White Wedding Inspiration

Taking inspiration for your wedding from your surroundings is a sure way to create a beautifully cohesive event design, and today’s inspirational editorial in shades of blue and white is the perfect example of how to do that. Keeping your eyes open on a simple walk around your venue will show you options for your color palette (for example, the detailed blue and white murals and painted tile throughout this private estate are an obvious choice), as well as dictate the formality of the event. This garden setting is beautifully echoed through lush, botanical-inspired floral designs.

Read on for more from the creative team:
“Hidden away in the foothills off Lawrence Canyon in Southern California, sits a private estate which we used to draw inspiration from for tones and design elements.

Beautiful nooks featuring intricately painted blue and white murals served as natural backdrops and lent itself to the clean palette of colors for our florals. The design was traditional yet fresh, with a nod to more modern details such as the stunning Alexandra Grecco gown with a deep V-front & back, and delicate material which flowed and moved with every turn our bride, Miss California, made.  Our groom’s attire was also modern with a trendy blue jacket, and fitted slacks complete with an old-school pocket watch as nod to signs of an era long past. Grooms oftentimes have heirlooms pieces passed down from generation to generation, and something borrowed isn’t always reserved just for the bride.

Our table scape was traditional, and used beautiful pieces from the designer’s private collection, such as blue scalloped lace chargers, bone handled flatware, and crystal stemware, along with the floral centerpieces he created, which were a lush green & white in palette.

The look was completed by soft shades of silk runners sitting atop natural linen runners for a layered look, with off white tapered candles. It spoke of a quiet, yet sophisticated elegance.

Most Weddings these days also offer little sweets in addition to the traditional cake, and our custom made little oreo-gems with our blue/grey tones in a marbled watercolor effect were the perfect touch! Imagine little pieces of chocolate heaven with colors that compliment your own, for your special day. We think it’s a beautiful way to incorporate an extra little touch of class.”

Photography: Luna de Mare | Venue: Rancho Las Lomas | Event Design, Styling & Florals: Kaleb Norman James | Rentals: Archive Rentals | Gown: Alexandra Grecco | Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Calligraphy: Libby Tipton | HMUA: Beauty by Melina | Men’s Suit: Noose & Monkey | Shoes: Louis Vuitton | Chocolatier: Elise Cakes | Runner: Silk & Willow | Rings: Nadri | Boxes: The Mrs Box | Model: Nadia Mejia via NewMark Models (Newly crowned Miss California 2016) | Model: Kevin Clough via Osbrink Models | Lab: Photovision Prints

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05.26.16 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

A Fairytale Flower Workshop

The amazing team at Amy Osaba Events never ceases to amaze us. Their work is incredible, and they give so generously to those lucky enough to attend their workshops. This year was no exception.

“Each year, when we plan our workshop, we focus on creating a unique and special experience for our attendees. We not only want to teach them our bouquet, arrangement, and large-scale installation technique, but also want to reward and inspire them. We want to create an environment in which they can relax and let their artistic nature thrive. Luckily, we’re welcomed into Dunaway Gardens each year to roam their enchanting gardens to gather inspiration before we curate a fairy tale dinner for our attendees under the stars. We hope that each person who comes to the AO Flower workshop leaves with more vision, drive, and a new sense of community that they didn’t have before. We love these women with our whole hearts and are so proud of everything they created with us!”


Bouquet/bout 1: Amy Osaba

Flower Crown: The Southern Table

Bouquet 2: Sloan Chouest

Bout 2: Ivory and Beau Weddings

Bout 3: Sloan Chouest

Bouquet 3: Ivory and Beau Weddings


Photography: Lauren Balingit | Workshop: Amy Osaba Events Flower Workshop | Studio: Amy Osaba Events | Venue: Dunaway Gardens | Hair and Makeup: Claudia Mejerle | Paper Goods: Signora e Mare | Catering: Low Country Catering | Rentals: Blue Eyed Yonder | Flowers: Florabundance Inc. and Southerly Flower Farm

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05.25.16 / Featured, Reception Tables Blog, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Mid-Century Inspired Engagement Photos in Miami

How many times have we all heard the phrase, “location, location, location?” When planning their engagement photos with photographer Ozzy Garcia, Alex and Johanna knew that they both a mid-century and botanical setting, so they chose The Standard Hotel in South Beach, Miami Beach. The location definitely doesn’t disappoint, and it’s amazing how well a great setting pulls together something simple like an engagement shoot. We can’t get enough of the incredible varieties of palm trees and other assorted fauna, and combined with the couple’s chic attire? Engagement photo perfection.

Photographer: Ozzy Garcia | Location: The Standard Hotel South Beach

05.24.16 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog