Nestled deep in the rolling hills of Provence, past fields of waving grain, through olive groves, and down tree-lined boulevards, Mas de L’Oliviére is a 17th-century Provençal farmhouse which served as the backdrop for the most beautiful of affairs. Inspired by the sun-bleached elegance of its stone walls and the bounty of the French countryside, this Provence wedding editorial tells a story of a bride who has lovingly handcrafted the most precious of moments leading up to her wedding day – all captured on film by Provence wedding photographer Molly Carr.
Months before she and her beloved were to elope, she explored sleepy Provençal villages, stopping into tiny antique shops, and, piece by piece, collecting her blue and white wedding china, her silver flatware, and her brass candlesticks. Artist and visionary, Shasta Bell Calligraphy, worked with her to design the paperie that would be sent to her most intimate group of guests who would stand alongside as she and her groom exchanged their lovingly-written vows.
On the morning of her wedding day, she visited a local market to hand-source the wedding meal – a simple yet sophisticated Provençal spread of local fromage, cherries, fresh-picked apricots, honeycomb, and baguette. Upon returning to the stone farmhouse, she headed out on foot to forage for the flora and fauna that would adorn their table and her bouquet.
Her simple yet elegant bridal look was designed by Emily Kotarski, who hand-crafted the delicate gown with chantilly and baroque French Alencon lace. Keeping in line with the quiet ease of the day, she chose to style her hair and apply her makeup herself – a soft, romantic look with tousled locks and luminous skin. A golden crown from Bhldn was the perfect finishing touch to prepare her for the moment that she was to be wed.