Welcome to another wonderful week and I am starting off with a fun and lively wedding on Banks of River Seine in Paris. Planned by Mon Plus Beau Jour and captured by the super talented photographer Mademoiselle Fiona , Shiva and Brian planned their wedding in Paris, the city they fell in love with and the city that they also fell in love in.
I love the couples relaxed and effortlessly chic wedding celebrations and in particular Shiva’s stunning Oscar de la Renta wedding dress and Christian Louboutin sparkly wedding shoes.
Bride Shiva takes us through their magical day: “How do I describe our perfect day? The shade from a beautiful old tree created the perfect amount of relief from the sun as we exchanged our vows in front of our closest friends and family. It was perfect for us.
French Wedding Style – Photography © Mademoiselle Fiona, Videography © Duncan Wolfe
We spent a week in Paris leading up to the wedding in a beautiful apartment in the Marais. It was truly a mixed bag of emotions: excitement, nerves, laughs, occasional stress… but most of all a lot of love. It was very important to us to keep everything simple with a lot of personal touches – Paris does provide quite the scenic backdrop, after all.
Carrie Barker of Pink Toast Ink and Marie-Emilie of Mon Plus Beau Jour went above and beyond to create the perfect atmosphere for our big day. I truly believe that Carrie had a window into my thoughts when she created all of our paper details for the wedding. From the gold tins holding the amazing flower arrangements, the balloon table number cut outs to the beautiful lavender escort cards and the hand crafted menus – every inch of the ceremony and reception was a reflection of us and our collaboration with these two talented women.
Our incredible photographer, Mademoiselle Fiona, and our amazing videographer, Duncan Wolfe, were able to capture all the love, joy, and celebration through their beautiful work. I am still in disbelief that we were fortunate enough to work with these magnificent artists. What Duncan created for us leaves me speechless – the joy I feel every time I watch our video is indescribable. How Fiona was able to photograph all the love we felt on our wedding day is beyond me. Every picture is perfect. Our video and photographs are a way to relive this perfect day for lifetimes to come – I am so grateful.
I am in awe of everyone, Fiona, Duncan, Marie, and Carrie and their talents – our day wouldn’t have been the same without them.
Our very dear friend and Brian’s best man officiated our wedding; laughter and tears were a constant theme during the short but very personal ceremony. Lavender seeds were tossed, which were both beautiful and fragrant while Queen’s “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” wrapped it all up.
We all walked over the bridge and down the river 10 minutes to our beautiful reception site, where we dined, laughed, sang, and danced until 2:00am. At midnight we passed out mini bottles of champagne with straws that read “Merci!” and “Midnight in Paris” and had a midnight champagne toast with sparklers in the rain along the river.
We were both extremely emotional during the ceremony but the day was just so surreal. We kept telling each other over and over again – I can’t believe we get to celebrate our marriage in Paris – because it was so much more than a wedding – it was a celebration of our lives together.
If I were to pass along any advice to anyone planning their wedding it would be don’t stress the small stuff, and savor every single moment. It goes by SO quickly. People tell you that, but you won’t realize until you’re truly IN it”.
Photography: Mademoiselle Fiona
Videography: Duncan Wolfe
Wedding Dress: Oscar de la Renta
Bride’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Hair & Makeup: Lexi DeRock
Bouquet & Boutonniere: L’Artisan Fleuriste
Bridesmaids’ Gifts: Plum Pretty Sugar
Bridesmaids’ Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar
Dessert / Maracons: Ladurée
Groomsmen Gifts: Sunglasses from Warby Parker
Groom’s Suit: J Crew
Headpiece: Amanda Judge
Invitations, Stationary, Stamps, Bags, Guestbook: Pink Toast Ink
Planning, Design, Reception Florals: Mon Plus Beau Jour
Sash: Vera Wang
Tote Bags: Zazzle