- Ain-Ex-Provence is must do!
- Visit Isle-sur-la-Sorgues (Sundays) to discover its famous antiques market.
- The villages of Fontaine de Vaucluse, Gordes, Roussillon (Market on Thursday) and Lourmarin to discover their differences, traditional boutiques, landscapes, colours, nature and gastronomy.
- In the summertime, make a pit stop to the lavender fields of the Senanque Abbaye if Lavender fields are in bloom (June/July period).
- Goult was fabulous and not too touristy. We recommend you walk all the way to the top for the wind mill. It was great for antiques & shopping for rustic & very authentic French designs!
- Arles: discover its amphitheater and narrow streets just before going to the valley of the famous Pont du Gard, the impressive aqueduct of the prestigious and rich city of Nimes.
- The fortified city of Avignon: check out the famous Bridge close to the huge Popes’s Palace. There’s a little park up behind the palace where you can capture great views.
- Drive through Saint Remy and admire the Provence Vincent Van Gogh felt in love with. That was one of our favorites.
- Les Baux de Provence: you will capture the medieval atmosphere of one of the nicest perched villages in France.
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One of our team members had the pleasure of traveling to Santa Barbara for a wedding this summer. The result? A gorgeous, DIY vineyard wedding experience to remember! The warm weather, delicious wine and stunning views are just a few of the reasons why Santa Barbara is an excellent location for a wedding! There’s such a nice balance of city and greenery/landscapes, which gives couples a lot of diversity when deciding what kind of wedding they’d like to have and the fabulous pictures that will capture this beauty! We’re listing out some of the great reasons for wedding in downtown Santa Barbara AND going further north towards the wine region (e.g. Los Olivos, Solvang, Santa Ynez, etc.)
Downtown Santa Barbara
- Right next to the beach and steps from the Pacific Ocean
- Tons of fun bars/restaurants to have great meals and enjoy some of the wine and beer of the region
- Stunning views of the mountains
- Great paths for walking and exploring the city
Santa Barbara wine regions
- Gorgeous vineyards and landscapes
- Delicious wine
- Vast space to host a wedding
- Great built-in decorations, (wine barrels, wine bottles, barn-style reception)
- Fun day-time activities for guests (wine tastings, cute European-inspired towns with good food, shopping)
- Great trails for walking/jogging around the mountains
We highly recommend Santa Barbara; Whether it be for a long weekend getaway with your significant other, a bachelorette party with your girlfriends or to plan your wedding.. It’s a beautiful town with lots of scenic variety, a multitude of activities and at a bare minimum, a good place to wind down and get a glass of great wine at some of the wine shops downtown or take a bottle you bought at a vineyard and bring some glasses to the beach on E. Cabrillo Blvd.!
Here’s just a taste of the fabulous wedding we attended! We loved the barn style reception, small DIY personal touches (old family photos), and vintage lace, books and other decor for the guests’ tables! Contact us for more details about planning a destination wedding and/or California weddings in particular as well as other wineries, bars & restaurant recommendations. Make sure you also check out here and here to the unforgettable Aptos, CA wedding that we planned. This really was a wedding dream come true!
We’re so excited to finally share with you all the STUNNING wedding ceremony & reception that took place as the weekend progressed for Adrienne and Gaurav! Thanks to our friends at Third Element Studios for capturing the full essence of this wedding day.
When we spoke with the couple during the planning stages, there were a few main important details: being surrounded by nature, having DIY elements & incorporating both cultures into the festivities. The result was a wedding filled with bright colors, natural beauty and lots of love.
The day started as the bride got ready at Adrienne’s parents house, (and where the ceremony was later held in the backyard). Gaurav set the tone for tradition as he rode in style on a white horse for the Indian Baraat, surrounded by family & close friends. He was met by both sets of parents as they exchanged garlands during the Milni ceremony, which is the ultimate symbol of uniting the two families. Following this, the bride and groom said their vows under a handmade wooden mandap, (created by Adrienne’s father with tall Redwood trees). Beautiful orange saris draped the top of the mandap, along with orange and pink marigold flowers hanging down – decorated by both Adrienne and Gaurav’s mothers. The natural light through the Redwood trees made for the most gorgeous wedding backdrop!
The celebrations continued to the reception, where the party was filled with lots of singing & dancing. Centerpieces were simple, with low centerpieces and an array of flowers finished with a burlap lining.
This wedding was so amazing that our friends at Rustic Chic rated it one of their top weddings from 2014! We’re so happy we could be a part of this special day for an amazing couple – there’s so many pictures we love that we had such a hard time choosing for the slideshow below!
For more information on this wedding or any wedding/destination wedding planning, please contact us.
2015 is showing to be a unique and colorful year for stationery! For many, couples are tired of perusing the repetitive formal invitations that end up looking boring and expensive. Depending on your style and the type of wedding you’re having, there’s lots of options to explore. A general trend we’re seeing is a combination of “old meets new”, but we dive in a bit further with a few of our favorite looks!
Image via greenweddingshoes.com
- Illustrations- this is probably directed towards the more whimsical couple, but a fast growing trend! It shows a fun way of providing all the wedding details to your guests. We notice that there’s typically some reference to a pair: people, animals etc. to bring in the romantic element.
Image via withtank.com
- Rope/burlap- for a rustic themed wedding, it’s a great way to tie in the authenticity. There’s lots of ways to do this including using recycled materials as paper, incorporating leaves, branches and/or other nature references.
Image via annrobin.com
- Handwritten calligraphy- there’s just something about calligraphy. What we love about it is that it almost jumps off the page and always does so in such a romantic way. When invitations have a mix of text and calligraphy, you know that the most important details are the ones handwritten. There’s a sincerity to it, which makes it appealing to couples.
Image via invitationcrush.com
- Watercolors- we love the DIY aspect this has as well as incorporating beautiful colors in a messy, yet beautiful way. This trend is perfect for the spring and summer seasons!
Be sure to check out our Wedding Stationery Pinterest board for some other fun, creative ideas with any wedding type: destination, rustic, nautical and more! For South Asian specific ideas, be sure to check this out along with some inspiration from our friends at 3 Bees Paperie!
Image via Society Bride
In anticipation for this weekend’s Belmont Stakes & possibly seeing California Chrome take the Grand Prix (!), we give you our list of must-haves for any derby/equestrian/rustic wedding!
Horses & horse-themed decor. Nothing says derby better than horses! Known as adventurous and high energy creatures, this theme suits beautifully for the couple that is full of life, vitality and free spirits! Horses are commonly integrated into many religious ceremonies but also serve as a beautiful sidekick for non-secular wedding ceremonies. Outside of the mammal itself, incorporating horse images and/horseshoes is a common wedding theme – including the wedding invitations, place card holders, coaster or centerpieces!
Barn and/or other rustic details. Horses need a place to stay. So does a beautiful wedding! Barns are a great way to create ‘understated beauty’ for a wedding reception.. It could be as minimalist or elaborate as one couple prefers, but we find a barn-type wedding makes for some of the most beautiful wedding photos! The ideas are endless: draping fabric along the barn roof, candelabras, mason jars and/or wooden/nature oriented centerpieces, sparse lighting by hanging floating lamps from the ceiling or buying mini LED lights and wiring them around the outer perimeter of the barn!
Hats. One cannot forget the hats. The hat plays an integral role in derby fashion, but can also be a fun addition to the derby-inspired wedding! Brides and bridesmaids – take note! Here’s your perfect bridal shower theme! Incorporate the hats into a fun shower game or have a photo booth with funky hats that people can wear in the photos. Also, get creative with the shower table centerpieces and desserts by adding a sugar hat on top!
More ideas? How about using TROPHIES for table decor/centerpieces to hold the floral arrangements! What about chalkboards to direct people through the venue or use mini chalkboards to write the table seating! For more visual inspiration, check out our Derby Wedding & Rustic Wedding Chic Pinterest boards!
For most of us, there is a void in our hearts and TV schedule as we anxiously await the next season of Game of Thrones. Pushing aside the violence and gore, we’ve taken a closer look at some of the show’s aesthetics to discover that there is some wonderful inspiration to be had for a wedding! Enjoy as we list out some of our favorite Game of Thrones treasures that could be incorporated into a beautiful wedding ceremony..
Wooden seating arrangements – Since we’re dating back centuries for Game of Thrones, it’s essential that seating arrangements be made of wood. We love the simplicity in the photos below – the dark and light shades of wood, the intricate handiwork on the outer rim of the chairs and wooden wall panels. And did you notice the notes on the back of the chair is written “My Lady” “My Lord” for the bride & groom? We love this!
Elaborate wedding attire – we love the elaborate corset ballgowns, intricate beading and sewing, the flow-y floor length skirts and floral hair accents for a bride. The men wear beautifully rich colored velvet attire and fur to keep them warm in the cold winter nights.
Sparse decorations – The simplicity of the time period calls for decor that may be minimalist, but rich in family traditions and creativity. Some great accessories are candles, maps for venue floor plans or wedding save the dates/invitations, sparse branches/flowers and leaves for the reception table decor.
Thanks to Green Wedding Shoes for their wonderful article we used as inspiration!
Below are some of our inspired snapshots from the series! Via HBO
Another summer is about to end, but we have photos to enjoy from some of the most lavish celebrity weddings! From big names in music, sports & film – here’s our top list of 2013 summer weddings & trends!
Men: the blue suit. The perfect summer color for a man – less formal than your standard tuxedo, but gives a crisp appearance for the groom! Below: Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul & Lauren Parsekian (L) and tattoo artist Scott Campbell & actress Lake Bell(R)
Women: black gowns. Opting out of the traditional white or ivory, these brides showed that even in the brightest of days, dark wedding gowns can make the strongest statement. Below: Avril Lavigne [in Monique L’hullier] & Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger (L) and 90210 actress Shenae Grimes [in Vera Wang] & Josh Beech (R) [Images via US Weekly]
Rustic/vineyard weddings – they never go out of style. Whether it be a Southern belle wedding or in the Northern California vineyards, celebrities flocked to have beautiful weddings with lots of trees, wooden chairs and candles. Below: John Rzeznik (of Goo Goo Dolls) with his wife Melina Gallo & their rustic Malibu, CA wedding. [Images via People]
The Chateau wedding – because what would a celebrity wedding be without some lavish international ceremony in a gorgeous palace to say “I Do”! Below: Top Chef Masters host Curtis Stone & actress Lindsay Price wedding in Spain [Images via People]