Alison and Piere’s classically romantic Château de Montremy wedding was everything we love about French weddings and then some. With the help of Un Chouette Event, the couple celebrated their love for one another in a gorgeous classical church before partying the evening away in the French countryside. The day looked like scenes from a movie with a reception full of greenery, white roses arranged by Atelier Bonjour Amour, and twinkle lights galore.
We were looking for an old reception venue with charm that was close to nature and in the region of Champagne where Pierre and his family are from. When we visited the Château de Montremy, we fell in love with it immediately! The charm of its age, the history of the place, the large gardens that surround the castle–it was love at first sight.
COVID-19 Couldn’t Ruin Their Special Day
Despite the smiles hidden behind the masks and the frustration of not being able to hug or kiss our loved ones, the Covid-19 health crisis did not get the better of our marriage nor our enthusiasm. Everything was absolutely perfect!
The Importance Of Good Vendors
It was really important to us that we had all the vendors I wanted. It took me quite some time to carefully select them. I used Instagram, Pinterest, and blogs like Junebug Weddings for inspiration. For example, we hired Romain–our photographer, and Junebug member–more than one year ahead.
Every wild and free-spirited fiance needs to see Sanddy and Simon’s boho wedding at Les Domaines de Patras! Their French wedding–put together by Daylove Events–has everything from dramatic floral arrangements put together by Menthe Sauvage to vintage rugs and colored smoke bombs. We’re obsessed with Sanddy’s custom-made Elise Martimort gown that she paired with another customized piece—an incredible leather jacket for the end of the night.
See Free People meets the French countryside below with the gorgeous photos that Les Bandits captured.
I wanted to feel like myself, so I chose a simple dress without lace or embroidery. The dress was very airy, and it suited my style (plunging neckline, slit up the leg, wide openings under the arms). My inspiration was the dress worn by Edita Vilkeviciute during her wedding in Italy. So I decided to have a custom dress made. After giving her an idea of what I wanted, Élise Martimort–the designer–gave me a sketch in 3 minutes during our first meeting. I knew it was my dress. It was completely unique! I wore it until the end of the night. I didn’t want to change my outfit! You only wear your wedding dress once, so I wanted to make the most of it.
Bohemian Wedding Day Vibes
For the decorations and style of our wedding, Simon gave me carte blanche. He trusted me completely and knew how much I wanted to plan it. I wanted a kinfolk/boho style for the decor–with fresh and dried flowers, lots of plants, and wood. Refined and modern style was the focus.
Why Les Domaines de Patras
We live in Paris, and we were looking for a venue in the south of France. Thanks to our wedding planner–Daylove Event–we found the perfect place, Les Domaines de Patras. From the first time we saw it, we knew. The place is magic! The owners, Kety and Eric–so adorable–make the place feel so warm. The barn–our reception location–matched the style of our wedding perfectly. It didn’t require much decoration. It was perfect for dining and partying. We wanted the majority of our guests to stay at the wedding venue, which was possible thanks to Les Domaines de Patras’ guest rooms.
The Wedding Favors
We had a hangover kit prepared for each guest. For a three-day long wedding, this kit was handy. On the dinner table, women received a small vial of olive oil, and men got a small jar of honey. For my wedding party and our mothers, we had a glass bell made with various dried flowers inside.
Trips to Paris are always a good idea. Any destination wedding as gorgeous as Piper and Tarek’s has us pulling out maps and packing bags to escape to faraway places. With the glowing Eiffel Tower as a backdrop and the dark burgundy color palette, this Parisian autumn wedding at Cercle Suédois will make you fall in love.
The most important thing to us was keeping the wedding very “us.” We didn’t want to follow too many rules, guidelines, or keep anything too traditional. Any opportunity to highlight our personalities—through decor, outfits, music, and details—we took. We even invited everyone to the dance floor after one minute of our first dance. What better way to celebrate our new union by inviting everyone we love to do the first dance with us? Our best friend, Jean, was the officiant and he read the ceremony and translated the vows in both English and Lebanese.
Two Cultures Came Together At Cercle Suédois
Since Tarek and I met in Paris, but are from opposite sides of the world, we really wanted to blend all of the cultures together. We blended French, Lebanese, and American ideas and traditions into the whole day. The most memorable part of the evening was seeing both sides of the family—who had just met—dancing together. Seeing both sides of the family having a fantastic time with both American and Lebanese music was so much fun. Having guests from many corners of the Earth celebrate with us is something we will never forget.
Wedding Fashion In Paris Is A Must
Since it was almost winter, I wanted to wear a long-sleeved dress and I found the perfect one at Bridal Boutique in Lewisville, Texas. For my overall look, I wanted a slightly smokey makeup look and retro waves. The jewelry was a mix of old and new pieces. My earrings were a gift from Tarek years ago. The other pieces included an antique necklace from my grandmother, my mother’s garter, and my late father’s bow tie—which was wrapped around my bouquet. Tarek had a custom burgundy suit made at Massimo Dutti. He is very fashionable, so a regular black suit wouldn’t cut it. His outfit included a smoking jacket with black satin details and slim-cut pants. The groomsmen wore black suits with matching burgundy bow ties and pocket squares. My bridesmaids wore any full-length dress they liked, and they coordinated colors by pairs—two green, two black, and two burgundy.
Wedding Advice From The Bride
Definitely hire a planner for day-of coordination! Having a team handle the details of setting up and coordination really took the burden off of Tarek, me, and our family and friends. We could then enjoy every moment of the day at Cercle Suédois without worrying about if things were going as planned or not—we just had to make sure we were on time!
Date and location of wedding: (Four Seasons Hotel George V, the Eiffel tower, Alexander III bridge, and the Louvre in Paris, France — August 24, 2019
Our offbeat wedding at a glance: It was love at first sight at the supermarket in 1991 in the Netherlands. We got married on August 24, 1994. 25 years later we decided to celebrate our silver wedding anniversary in Paris for a few reasons…
Firstly, being grateful for 25 years of married life. In 2018, my husband had a brain hemorrhage and we are grateful for his second chance in life. We wanted to celebrate this important date. And we were extremely happy to invite our best friends forever who were our bridesmaids and groomsmen at our wedding 25 years ago to celebrate it with us in the most romantic city in the world — Paris.
Secondly, Paris is my favorite city in the world. It is so lovely and romantic. And my childhood BFF Jean from New Zealand dreamed to travel someday together to Paris. So we were very happy she joined our celebration with her husband Dave, as well as my other BFF Ellen from Netherlands with her husband, Robert. So it seemed an obvious choice to hold our romantic celebration in Paris.
On a previous trip to Paris I met a passionate Parisian photographer, Daria Lorman, at the Louvre Pyramid during her photo session with a bride and groom. I immediately asked her card and one year later I emailed her to be our photographer. I was following her work and dreaming about the day she will take our photos in Paris.
Tell us about the ceremony: We didn’t have a ceremony, but we had a photo session, a High Tea, a lunch at the George V Four Seasons Restaurant, and a dinner in Le Café Marly all together.
Tell us about the reception: I wanted to surprise my husband with a vintage styled High Tea at the famous Alexander III bridge, which was perfectly executed by WOW Factory — a company recommended to us by our photographer. As my husband couldn’t tackle many hours of photography after his accident, this gave him comfort and made the photo session experience more easy and enjoyable.
It also made it more spectacular and fun. And we really enjoyed spectators around the area who congratulated us and wanted to take pictures with us.
What was the most important lesson you learned from your wedding? If you have an injury or a disability, it doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate love and dress up, look beautiful, and enjoy every single moment of your life. You just need to stay positive and find a trusted team of vendors, who can help you on the day and give advice and support.
Don’t mind us, we’ll be blasting Taylor Swift’s “Invisible String” while we cry over these photos. Ismaëlla and Aurelie’s kinfolk-inspired wedding at Ferme Gerquesalle in France is oh so dreamy and we can’t get enough. Between Ismaella’s Manon Gontero long-sleeved gown with lace appliques in all the right places to Aurélie’s Flora Houche sexy yet delicate jumpsuit to the neutral colors, pampas grass, and macrame backdrop, Vanessa Madec perfectly captured the essence of the ethereal day. So grab a hot cup of tea, throw on some Folklore, and enjoy this seriously heartwarming day with us.
I wanted a wedding dress in two different parts that I would be able to wear again another day. I wanted to be a bride who was glamourous but also assertive. It was the young designer Manon Gontero who created it for me in the style of glam/rock I wanted. It took 9 months for me to get my dress done. For my make up I wanted to have a beautiful red lipstick—a must for a glamourous touch.
Wedding Day Vibe
For our wedding, we dreamt of a glam yet very relaxed day with a kinfolk theme. We really like atypical and boho vibes, that’s why we choose to get married in a ferme with a little river and a moulin nearby. Our venue is a mix of industrial style and boho with nature all around.
Aurelie’s Flora Houche Jumpsuit
For my outfit, I wanted something sexy, delicate, but simple. I chose a jumpsuit from the designer Flora Houche. Because I am a simple person, I asked for natural and light makeup to highlight my green-blue eyes. Our make up artist was brilliant.
The Favorite Photo of the Day
We really love the picture of us kissing with the sunset in the background. This picture is so romantic. So powerful but delicate, sensual, and soft at the same time.