French Countryside Wedding

We were over the moon when we saw that one of our favorite London-based film photographers, Aneta Mak Photography, sent us this breathtaking destination wedding that she recently shot in Provence, France. Her work is always inspiring and each image has a fairytale-like quality, and this wedding was no exception- filled with incredible light and warmth.

Aneta took advantage of the soft natural light from this French countryside to capture truly amazing images of this lovely couple on their wedding day. From Aneta: “And the light, oh the beautiful golden light – these are the occasions that are made for good old-fashioned film photography – full of rich detail, the soft pastel colours, the ethereal moments.” We agree with Aneta, these photographs simply glow.

This enchanting wedding was held at Christian Dior’s old summer home in the South of France, Chateau de la Colle Noire. The Chateau is just a drive away from the sweet mountaintop villages of Semillons and Fayence. This fabulous Chateau in Provence looks like an absolute dream or something out of a movie. We love the stunning shots of the rolling hills, lush gardens, and vast vineyard. Chateau de la Colle Noir simply looks like an absolutely ideal place to get married, and this lucky couple picked the perfect photographer to capture their wedding day.

Photography: Aneta Mak | Flowers: Tiggy Johnson

07.26.13 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Natural Brow Beauty Tutorial


Getting the perfect natural eyebrow shape is one of the most difficult beauty tricks to master. Luckily, we have Amy Clarke in our corner to show us how to effortlessly shape your brows and use make-up to enhance their natural shape!


We Used:

-Tweezerman Slant Tweezers

-Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz Eyebrow Pencil in “Carmel”

-Spoolie Brush

-Angled Liner Brush

-Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo in “Medium Brown”

-Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Duality in “Camille/Sand”

-Senna Concealer Brush #12

-Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel

Step by Step:

1. + 2. Brush eyebrow hairs up to expose the natural brow line.

3. Using a tweezer, remove any unwanted hairs from below and above the brow line.

4. Using an eyebrow pencil one or two shades lighter than the hair color, follow the natural brow line underneath, from one end to the other.

5. Apply the pencil liner on top of the eyebrow, starting from the center, and then working your way back to the ends of the eyebrows, meeting the line that you created on the bottom. This would be an appropriate time to create a slight arch on top of the brow.

6. Using a spoolie brush (The Brow Wiz pencil has one built in), brush the liner up into the brows, blending any harsh lines.

7. Apply brow powder, or a matte eye shadow, with an angled brush to fill in the brow and set the color.

8. Apply a cream concealer or highlighter, just under the entire brow and on the top outer edge of the brow. Blend using a concealer brush.

9. Add a coat of clear brow gel, to secure any unruly hairs.

Photography: Bryce Covey | Hair + Makeup: Amy Clarke 

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07.25.13 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured

Elegant Garnet Wedding Ideas

I went to Prague in February and was really inspired by the colour of my garnet ring that I brought back as a souvenir (showcased in the shoot as the engagement ring). The color is so rich that it dictated the mood of the shoot: understated and luxurious.

Because the colour palette is so rich, we wanted to bring a few lighter tones into the flowers to keep them from becoming too deep. Soft tones of pink and plenty of mixed shades of green brought a lighter feel to the arrangements.

Due to the lush outdoor setting and the ethereal quality of the dresses, the florals couldn’t be too perfect. Academy Florist opted for a more garden shape in the oversized bouquet that lent a much more romantic feel to our bride. Hand-died silk ribbon by FrouFrou Chic was brought in from France in the perfect tones of garnet and cranberry to tie off the stems.

The lush floral centrepiece is paired with 2 large bowls of fruit to add some natural colour to the table and has a dual purpose of acting as a part of the wedding appetizer (fresh fruit and assorted cheese plate). Hand dyed napkins, custom calligraphy menus and brass and silver accents all work together to create a sophisticated tablescape.

Styling and Art Direction: Ashley Nicole | Photography: Lani Elias Fine Art Photography | Flowers: Academy Florist | Dessert:Jenna Rae Cakes | MUA: Makeup Expressions by Rimpal | Hair: Holly from Berns and Black | Ribbon: Frou Frou Chic | Model: Panache Model Management | Calligrapher: Julie Doan | Dresses: Sarah Janks Briana and Ines Di Santo Cameo

07.24.13 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Whimsical Coastal Big Sur Wedding

From the bride:

I’ve always felt like my soul belongs somewhere in the ocean. Everything about the vast expanse of sea is beautiful to me; the depths, the mystery, the way I feel so small beside it. In perfect juxtaposition, meeting my husband felt so much like standing in the middle of a Redwood grove; breathtaking, the thickest feeling of peace, that overwhelming feeling of being lost somewhere so much bigger than you. For so many reasons, as shallow as the shoreline and as deep as dark waters, we couldn’t imagine a more perfect place for us to get married than Big Sur, California.

When the day arrived, I remember waking up feeling whimsy and clarity all at once. The sacredness felt tangible. Fewer than thirty of us gathered on that mountain, with the scent of Eucalyptus sweeping down the hillside to our left, through the groves of Redwoods and over the ocean waves rising and falling below us. Making our promises to each other and rejoicing with our dearest family and friends was just how we hoped it would be, and even today I look back in awe of what a dreamy time it was.

After the ceremony, I remember gazing out at the ocean, and back again at all of our family and friends sitting around that long wooden table on soft purple and white sand, trying to freeze the image in my mind forever. Under a romantic blanket of fog, I remember thinking that this must be what feasting in Heaven is kind of like. Our hearts are still so full from the warmth of our family and friends extending their support and love for the entirety of our lives. We are so thankful to have such treasured memories of a day spent celebrating rich community, beauty, and covenantal love!

From Joy:

Loving my kids might be the fastest way to my heart. Tiffany is our au pair; she has had my heart for quite some time now. When she and Matt got engaged we were so excited and so happy to help make her dream wedding happen. She had never been the girl dreaming of how her wedding would be so we got to start from scratch. She knew it would have to be somewhere ruggedly beautiful and it would have to be simple–that’s their style. She didn’t have a huge budget but she used it very well. (Take heart (and notes!) all of you who have “smaller” wedding budgets–your wedding can still be epically beautiful!) She didn’t want a lot of flowers or fuss. I brought one bucket of flowers and gathered the rest from the sides of the roads. Cheryl made her a wisp of a dress that was so light I swear it would have floated away on the wind if given the chance. We tied little seashells into her mermaid hair with tiny fishtail braids. And in the thick fog that day, it felt like nothing else existed while we celebrated on the edge of the world.

Creative direction + Styling: Joy Thigpen  // Photography: Erich McVey  //  Ceremony location: The overlook at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park  //  Reception location: Pfeiffer Beach in Big Sur  //  Dress: Cheryl Taylor  // Catering: Yam & Bean  //  Rentals: Classic Party Rentals  //  Officiant: Tyler Thigpen

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07.22.13 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog