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French Countryside Destination Wedding

Rustic Weddings

Anything in the French countryside is bound to exude effortless charm, and this destination wedding shot by W Scott Chester defines it quite perfectly. Melanie and Matt’s wedding is proof that rainy days can be just as beautiful too!

Cannes France destination wedding by Scott Chester photography

We wanted a venue where our family and friends could spend some quality time together. Some had travelled from Australia and Canada so it was amazing to have a holiday with everyone there (and all their help too!). We were the first wedding the venue had had.

Cannes France destination wedding by Scott Chester photography
Cannes France destination wedding by Scott Chester photography

I have an artsy background so I knew early on I would definitely be doing some DIY. I made Matt’s ring, made of honour necklace, my bracelet and hair slide, ring pillow, flowergirl baskets, lace bunting, lace candle holders, hanging fabric balls, willow heart, all the stationary and pouches, fans (it was meant to be hot!) and seating plan. I really enjoyed making everything – so much so I am in the process of starting up a little business Belle Pom Pom where things can be made to order or hired. The spoon table markers were by Etsy seller, hammermann.

Cannes France destination wedding by Scott Chester photography
Cannes France destination wedding by Scott Chester photography
Cannes France destination wedding by Scott Chester photography

We wanted a soft rustic background so people could bring the colour. The surrounding area is full of vines, olives and lavender (my favourite flower) so we wanted to echo that. I’m a bit lace obsessed (used to make it as a kid) and I’ve been collecting doilies for years so it was great to get them all on show!

Cannes France destination wedding by Scott Chester photography
Cannes France destination wedding by Scott Chester photography


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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Have fun and try not to stress about things. We travelled to the south of France to find sun and they had the worst weather in 100 years! We did not expect it to rain but you can’t cry; you just have to laugh. If you are diy-ing, start early and enjoy ticking things off the list. You’ll want the day all over again so relive it through amazing photos.

Wedding Vendors:

Ceremony and reception locations: Owner’s Direct / Wedding planner: “The guardians of the villa were extremely helpful, kind and full of local knowledge. We used an English wedding coordinator to overcome the language barrier”. / Florist: Blandine / Photographer: W Scott Chester / Wedding Dress: Claire Pettibone – Yolanda, bought second hand from Pre Loved / Makeup: friend / Wedding Shoes: Wallis / Hair accessory: bride’s grandmother’s brooch converted into a hair slide / Bridesmaid Dresses: Flowergirl dresses from Monsoon ; Maid of Honour from Debenhams / Groom’s suit: Debenhams / Officiant: Peter Madan is English and based in Cannes, he was an amazing celebrant and provided us with the dJ’s. (petermadan@wanadoo.fr) Quatour Saint Jean / Caterer: La Ferme du Pezet / Wedding dessert: croquembouche / Wedding invitations: handmade Bride’s friend Nicole drew the map (nmhharris@gmail.com)

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Floral Ombre for Fall

Wedding Design

We’ve been patiently waiting for Fall to share this post by Sarah Winward of Honey of a Thousand Flowers. If you’re in love with the ombre trend – that dreamy gradient of soft colors – as much as we are, you will love these floral arrangements that Sarah designed. In a season where nature changes colors almost overnight, ombre comes as an organic inspiration. Thank you Erin Kate Photography for the images.

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From Sarah Winward: The transition to fall is my favorite. On one tree or in one bunch of flowers, there can be a wide range of colors. I think mimicking the changes in nature for a wedding is gorgeous, and using an ombre theme for a fall wedding seems like a perfect way to do that.

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These arrangements span a huge color palette. You could select a couple of colors from this range and focus on the transition between those two or three-or go crazy and do all of them. The play on warm and cool colors here is what makes this color palette interesting to me. If you want to narrow it down a bit, the spectrum of colors between peach and orange is an excellent choice for a fall ombre wedding. There is a certain sweet and sour element to this palette that is really appealing to me.

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If you have one element that is ombre in your wedding, I think it is nice to let it make the statement and keep the other things consistent. I used different containers for the arrangements here, but they are all a similar type. The bouquets are different colors, but the ribbon is all the same. Or – keep the flowers the same and do ombre ribbon!

Flowers used in these arrangements:

Red arrangement: Viburnum berry, scabiosa, wild grasses, ranunculus
Peach arrangement: rose, berries and leaves
White arrangement: snowberry eucalyptus, spray rose, elephant ear plant

Inspiration board photo credits, clockwise: wheat field via Fivvvve; Italy landscape via Pinterest; wood gradient via Pinterest, candlelight in mason jars via A Well Traveled Woman via Pinterest; red-haired bride by Love Me Do Photography from this wedding.

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Turn of The Century Session in Germany

Engagement Sessions

I haven’t posted a bridal shoot in a long long while, but this turn of the century inspired session shot by Maria Hibbs of Squareville Studios in a bucolic town in Germany makes me want to book a trip to Europe stat. Maria is based out of Texas, but travels to Germany often to visit her family.

Germany wedding engagement session
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From Maria: While on vacation in Germany this past August I had the opportunity to shoot this bride & groom session with Ricarda & Matthias. They both live in a small town near Berlin and knew the perfect location for our session that was inspired by the look of old Victorian wedding photos you find in antique stores. The vintage dress, the peeled off wall paint and the random props we found in the attic made the entire shoot come together perfectly. We finished our session right before sunset in a nearby field and shot some images with Matthias’ vintage German scooter.

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Germany wedding engagement session
Germany wedding engagement session

Location: Schuetzenhaus Finsterwalde, Germany / Photographer: Maria Hibbs of Squareville Studios / Hair: Janine Pankowski / Make up: Maria Hibbs of Squareville Studios / Dress: vintage purchased on Etsy

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