Elegant French Inspired Elopement Ideas

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BETHANY ERIN was inspired to create this gorgeous shoot when she came across The Gibraltar Hotel in Paris, Texas. Built in the 1940s, it has a lot of original details like the tiny hexagonal tiles on the floors, chandeliers, plaster walls and other architectural details that give it plenty of character and made it the perfect backdrop for this elopement shoot. The models – real couple Cassidi & Noah – were clients of Bethany’s earlier in the year so she knew that they would portray the sincere chemistry she was after. Beautiful floral designs were provided by Dianne of FLEURS DE FRANCE in Dallas, calligraphy by Betty of SCRIBBLES & SWIRLS, bridal gown from THE BLUSHING BRIDE BOUTIQUE in Frisco, furniture rentals by GOLD DUST VINTAGE RENTALS, and hair and make-up was provided by Tiffany of SMOKIN’ HOT MAKE-UP.

Bethany tells us; “The owners intention is to preserve the charm of the building while turning it into a wedding venue. I was immediately in love with the high ceilings, crumbling plaster and exposed brick walls, so I started planning my own shoot there. One of my goals was to show how beautiful detail and getting ready photos can be in a beautiful location with great light. I wanted it to have the beauty and femininity of a boudoir session, but to provide inspiration for the wedding day.

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Photographer BETHANY ERIN PHOTOGRAPHYVenue THE GIBRALTAR HOTEL, PARIS, TEXAS / Floral design FLEURS DE FRANCE / Calligraphy SCRIBBLES & SWIRLS / Bridal gown THE BLUSHING BRIDE BOUTIQUE / Furniture rentals GOLD DUST VINTAGE RENTALS / Hair & make-up SMOKIN’ HOT MAKE-UP BY TIFFANY PUSATERIEngagement ring MAYTAL HANNAH 
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We’re switching things up today with a return to some vibrant colour in this pretty California wedding by SYLVIE GIL PHOTOGRAPHY. Taking place at CAMPOVIDA – a boutique family run winery in Northern California – the couple took cue from their home’s aesthetic, a kind of “Anthropologie boho meets San Franpsycho urban”, as they put it. That included loose arrangements of flowers with pops of bright colour, décor that let the natural beauty of their venue shine through, and a relaxed ceremony performed by Laura’s cousin. For happy hour, Jason (who now runs the bar at Alta CA), whipped up some personalised signature cocktails: ‘Boody’s Barrel-aged Boulevardier’ for Jason, ‘Bitty’s Dark and Stormy’ for Laura, and ‘Poppa’s Gin and Tonic’ for her father. The wedding may have taken place in summer sun rather than winter snow, but just like Christmas, it was merry and bright as these beautiful images by SYLVIE GIL. This wedding also featured in Issue 12 of the MAGAZINE

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Laura Beaudrow must have been at the top of Santa’s nice list the year she met her best friend for lunch in San Francisco’s financial district on Christmas Eve – their waiter turned out to be her future husband! Growing up Jewish, Laura had always been a little jealous of friends’ Christmas trees, so a few years later, on their anniversary, she and Jason spent a night exchanging gifts in front of her very first tree. Laura gave him a coffee grinder; Jason gave her a ring – and when she said yes, both their Christmas wishes came true.

The couple were engaged beneath a tree (albeit a Christmas one), and they chose to be wed beneath one too – this time outdoors at, Campovida, a boutique winery in Northern California. As they point out: “Not a lot of décor is needed when you’re getting married under a hundred-foot-tall oak tree!

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Photographer SYLVIE GIL PHOTOGRAPHY / Florist & planner ALICIA K DESIGNS / Venue CAMPOVIDA / Bride’s gown MONIQUE LHUILLIER from BRIDAL GALLERIABride’s shoes LOEFFLER RANDALL / Bride & mothers’ hair & make-up SHERRIE LONG ARTISTS / Bridesmaids’ hair & make-up BRUSH SALON / Groom’s attire HUGO BOSS, COLE HANN / Stationery PRINTABLE WISDOM / Caterer PARK AVE CATERING / Music D JUSTIN EDWARD / Band BAND OF FOG (BRIDE’S FATHER’S BAND)
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Holy smokes we’re in love with this coastal shoot by PORTLAND BASED WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER DONNY ZAVALA – one of our fabulous vendors. The moody tones, the stunning florals by THE BLOOMERY COMPANY and that gown – oh that gown – by one of our faves ELIZABETH DYE. Truly stunning work and one of the many reasons we love to recommend our vendors when they produce art like this!

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Photography DONNY ZAVALA / Dress ELIZABETH DYE / Florals THE BLOOMERY COMPANY / Model NATALIE PAPOVA / Location BODEGA BAY, CALIFORNIA
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