On a warm summer’s eve in France, Samantha & Pierre were married in front of one-hundred of their nearest and dearest friends and family. Samantha, an American actress, and Pierre, a French art curator, met one fateful New Year’s Eve at a party in New York. From there, an international love-affair quickly formed – and the rest is history.
With the Aegean Sea as their witness, Nicole and Chris were wed on a golden summer evening in Greece. They chose the mythical island of Santorini to serve as the backdrop to their multi-day celebration, and it was my truest pleasure to join them for every step of their wedding adventure. Intimate weddings are so dear to my heart and I truly could not have been more thankful to be a part of their beautiful love story.
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On a misty autumn morning in Paris, Amanda and Chuck, celebrated their eternal commitment at the palatial Louvre and the beautiful Jardin des Tuileries. Amanda wore an exquisite custom Elizabeth Leese wedding gown, a breathtakingly whimsical creation covered with delicate petals that fluttered in the cool fall breeze. Her lightly tousled tresses paired with her gorgeous vintage-inspired wedding ring were the absolute epitome of that Parisian ‘je ne sais quoi.’
For Jenna & Cliff's beautiful day at Boone Hall Plantation in Charleston, South Carolina, the couple and their planner were inspired by timeless romance and classic southern garden parties. From the heirloom-quality linens to the hand-painted stationary to the Jenna's exquisite bespoke wedding gown designed by Emily Kotarski Bridal Design, love and intimacy were wrapped within every detail.
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On a sun-drenched October day, surrounded by California's rolling hills and rows upon rows of grapevines in every autumnal hue imaginable, Kimberly & Scott proclaimed their love and commitment to one another in front of 38 of their closest friends and family. The entire wedding day was personal and intimate. From Kimberly’s wedding shoes, passed down by her beloved Grandmother, to the handkerchief in Scott’s pocket with a imprinted with a photo of his mother, to the vows that Kimberly and Scott wrote for one another.
Nestled in the rolling hillsides of Burgundy, amongst ancient Medieval villages and world-famous vineyards, Château de Varennes is a truly stunning castle and one of the best destination wedding venues in France. On a foggy Autumn afternoon, we explored the enchanted château with our fairytale bride, cloaked in a cape and gown made of the palest pink silk.
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Villa di Geggiano is a beautiful Tuscan villa with a long and romantic history in the Bianchi Bandinelli family who have owned it since 1527. Awed by the incredible patinated beauty of the villa and its grounds, Fête in France and Isibeal Studio created a soiree of the most mythical proportion inspired by Siena's sense of magic and romanticism. With an almost otherworldly-quality, our bride and groom felt as though they had stepped into an Italian fresco.
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One of the most beautiful wedding venues on the East Coast, Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards, nestled in the rolling hills of Charlottesville, Virginia, is a fine art film photographer’s dream. Perched on top of a hill and surrounded by vineyards, we were able to admire the stunning Blue Ridge Mountains – made even more lovely by an ethereal blanket of clouds and fog. Gorgeous Bri wore not one but two exquisite gowns for her bridal portraits.
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Located in the heart of the uber chic 7th arrondissement, the stunning Musée Rodin, a former private mansion just steps from the Eiffel Tower, served as the perfect backdrop for Ophélie's bridal session. With beautiful handmade calligraphy, a simple yet sophisticated tablescape, and the most stunning couture gown, Ophélie's bridal session was truly the epitome of Parisian elegance.
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When a dream team of vendors comes together to create a wedding day inspired by the old-world romance of the English countryside for a Laurel Hall wedding, pure magic ensues. Laurel Hall, served as the enchanting backdrop for the beautiful day, which was made even more lovely thanks to the stunning florals, hand-calligraphed paper goods, and Sami's stunning couture gown. But the best part of the day? The inspiring love of the bride and groom.
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Inspired by the bride and groom's French heritage and the stunning similarities between the Champagne region of France and California's Central Coast wine region, Devin and Ryan's elopement could not have been more perfect. Everything from the tablescape, inspired by the elegant Palace of Versailles, to the invitation suite, featuring a hand-drawn map showcasing their journey from France to California, was chosen to evoke the elegance of French culture.
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With a setting like none other, Ruth's bridal portraits in Provence were simply magic. Months before her elopement, Ruth explored Provençal villages, stopping into antique shops, and collecting her wedding china, silver flatware, and candlesticks. On the morning of her wedding, she visited a local market to source the wedding meal – a simple yet sophisticated spread of local fromage, cherries, fresh-picked apricots, honeycomb, and baguette.
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Shasta Bell, the designer behind Shasta Bell Calligraphy, is one of the most brilliant artists who I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. She designed my wedding suite, and since then I have had the pleasure of photographing her exquisite calligraphy everywhere from Provence to Paso Robles. In September, I spent an afternoon with Shasta and her husband Chris exploring the beautiful Palais Royal in Paris, and I truly could not have had more of a wonderful time.
Nestled deep within the shady, moss-laden ancient avenue of oak trees, the historic Legare Waring House served as the backdrop to Emma's bridal boudoir photos. Inspired by the epic love stories and dark romance of the south, we spent the day exploring the property’s rambling gardens and storied halls. Emma, dressed first in French boudoir luxuries, quietly reflected on her marriage and the beautiful life that lay before her. As the sun began to wane, she transitioned into her gorgeous Emily Kotarski wedding gown for portraits in the rose garden.
Inspired by the twilight's winter light, bare tree branches, and footprints in a snowy forest, this wedding editorial, designed by Autumn Keller of Isibeal Studio and Tara Nicole Events, was truly exquisite. Autumn hand-painted a stunning backdrop which served as the foundation of the shoot. The model donned two beautiful Carol Hannah Bridal gowns, each one inspiring a uniquely sophisticated tablescape - one soft and romantic, the other dark and modern.
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Follow the winding British roads through charming stone villages and rolling hillsides and you will find the most beautiful English manor house. Surrounded by bucolic pastures dotted with sheep and golden maple trees, Charlotte & Jamie's enchanting autumn celebration was inspired by the moody romance of the season. With rich tones and textures, elegant linens, and hints of Baroque-style, their day was as sophisticated as the couple.
To celebrate their five-year anniversary, bon vivants Monica & Harrison decided to spend two weeks in their favorite city on Earth – Paris. Monica, a ballerina and designer, is the absolute essence of quintessential Parisian chic. The day before, her husband, Harrison, surprised Monica while strolling hand-in-hand down the Seine with a stunning vintage diamond and gold ring that adorned her finger during their session.
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On a misty Parisian morning, I met Cassy and Alex outside of their flat on the Champs-Élysées. As we sped through the French countryside, I got to know Alex and Cassy, and it quickly became apparent to me how unbelievably excited Alex was to ask her to spend the rest of her life with him. We arrived at our destination - Monet's famed gardens in Giverny, and after a few minutes of strolling Alex got down on one knee and asked Cassy to be his wife. Of course, Cassy said yes, and the small crowd of tourists that had gathered around to watch the proposal all broke into applause.
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Monica Francis is a sophisticated lifestyle and travel blogger, designer, and ballerina, and for her branding shoot we spent a day exploring the most photogenic cafés, gardens, and streets together in Paris. From the chicest scalloped Chloé heels to a swoon-worthy black Steamline trunk (gifted to her by her husband), everything about the day was impeccably curated by the lovely and talented Monica.