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Bride Coline attributes the uniqueness of her wedding day to Matthieu as stemming from “the marriage of two families from two very different cultures.” She’s from Guadeloupe, a French island in the Caribbean. He’s from Corsica, a French island in the Mediterranean and the couple’s intimate island nuptials are totally fitting. Coline wears a stunning two piece gown by Rime Arodaky and a chapel on the hills of Murato provides a breathtaking ceremony location. A relaxed, organic reception features florals by L’Orchidée Bastia and a traditional French cake by Maison Salge.  Magdalena Kernan was behind the lens capturing all the beautiful moments (including rehearsal portraits and the morning after beach brunch) and we guarantee you’ll be plotting your next world adventure after viewing them!

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What made your wedding special and unique?

What made our wedding unique was the marriage of two families from two very different cultures; that, mixed with all of our travels from different parts of the world. Whether it be through the food, decorations, cocktails or music we brought to our wedding a piece of our respective cultures and of each of our travels.

 

Also, we wanted to stick to our traditional cultures but also include our family in our wedding preparation and ceremony. Matthieu’s dad sang the traditional Corsican songs during our ceremony, and that was one of the most touching moments for us.

 

Apart from that, my favorite part of the wedding would have to be the brunch because it was a really fun day with zero stress. And I was able to really spend time with friends and family I hadn’t seen in a long time.

How did you meet?

We met on my home-island, Guadeloupe, while I was back for holidays and Matthieu was doing an internship. We were at a beach party, I had some friends from France over and Matthieu was with his colleagues. Guadeloupe is such a small island that I had already noticed their group because I didn’t know who they were and Matthieu was wearing his glasses, with sunglass clipons flipped on his forehead! A party was taking place the next weekend on another island and my friends and I were looking for a ride (on a boat). They came over and talked to us and invited us on their boat for the next weekend and that’s how it all started.

Photographer/Videographer: Magdalena Kernan // Wedding Planner/Stylist: the Couple // Flowers: L’Orchidée Bastia // Paper Goods: the Couple // Venue & Catering: Ferme Auberge Campo di Monte, Murato, Haute-Corse, France // Dress: Caplan and Pennington Separates by Rime Arodaky // Hair and Makeup: YK Coiffeur Créateur // Cake: Maison Salge // Shoes: Custom by Alix de la Forest // Earrings: So Hélo // Hair Accessory: DavieandChiyo // Ring box: LovelyPenelopeParis // Suit and Shirt: custom made suit by Maison Faubourg Saint Sulpice // Bow tie: J Crew // Groom’s Shoes: Bobbies // Rings: Gemmyo / Paulette à Bicylette // Groomsmen Suits: The Kooples // Papel Picado Decoration: Papel Picado ARTEMEX // Table Numbers: Funky Laser Ltd

 

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On the day Adam proposed to Courtney, he asked her to be his “forever friend” and the rest is history—and a beautiful day at Foxhall Resort planned by Chancey Charm Atlanta, of course. Romantic and feminine touches stand out in the details like the bride’s dream wedding gown(s) and stunning florals including a dramatic ceremony arch by Tulip. A subtle white and blush palette allows the venue to shine—along with the beautiful bright and sunny day—and it’s all captured by Morning Light by Michelle Landreau.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Every detail was thought out to truly engulf Adam’s and my personalities and embody our story. We had each of our high school and college friends stand by our sides but we also had our family there to support us 100% of the way. The pastor was a long time church pastor to me, who basically raised me in the church and it meant the world to us, to have him marry us.  My dress was something so special because I custom designed it to make my fairy-tale dream dress and most of all, my grandmother (whom I shared a birthday with) was able to see it before she passed away.

Tell us about the gown and where/how you found it!

The gown was from Bridal’s by Lori. However it was originally tailored to basically something nobody would have. I paired two dresses together to give me a dramatic ball gown look for the ceremony and then took another dress to create a mermaid look for the reception. To add my own “Courtney” niche, I added a silk bow to wrap around my waist, to complete the hourglass look.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

We had the word “forever friend” scripted into our notes we wrote for each other because this is what he asked me to be, when he proposed on November 12, 2016. We had our something borrowed, something blue, something old, something new. We decorated the aisle to make it feel like a flower petal dream. Also the aisle music that I walked down to was played by my father-in-law and one of my best guy friends.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

When we both saw each other for the first time. We didn’t do a first look and we made sure to keep each of our outfits/looks a secret so when the doors swung open and I saw him standing at the end of my aisle, we both got all choked up.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

How we met: Adam and I both went to UGA. Go Dawgs! Oddly enough we never really crossed paths until junior year. My girlfriends in my sorority and I decided for our spring break that year we would go to Key West. They kept talking about “Oooh the beta’s will be there!” and even though I didn’t really know them I was still super pumped. The two groups were planning to go out the first night but before we did, we met at the hotel rooftop to meet up with the boys. I started talking to this guy named Adam, right before we all went out and I’ll be honest, I don’t remember the conversation at all because I thought he was so cute. All night long we kept looking at each other out of the corner of our eyes but both shy to really make the move. We were standing at this outside bar and I saw Adam just sitting against the porch railing talking to his friends. A guy came up to offer me a drink and I took it, looked at Adam and he was looking right at me, so I threw the drink away because I didn’t want him to think I was dating someone. Cheesy? Yes. Did I really waste that drink? Unfortunately. Are my cheeks bright red admitting this? Like a fresh red strawberry. The night goes on and Adam and I finally got a chance to just stand around a high top table and chit chat. My smile was bigger than ever and he of course was coming up with some silly puns to say just to make me laugh. It got pretty late, so my girlfriends and I needed to head back to the hotel. (I 100% didn’t want our conversation to end) Luckily for me, Adam said “you should text me sometime”, I just looked at him with a raised eyebrow and was like “Alright? Not sure how I’ll do that without your number?”Adam: “Check your phone.” Walks away. Boom. He thinks he’s sly. The next day I was lying on the beach (and I think he’d kill me for saying this but hey it worked in his favor) with my girlfriends and he walks by with his guys and says “You bronzing?” and then walks away. Might be the lamest, weirdest pick up link but it worked!

Our engagement: Adam and I love surprising each other and I’m a huge birthday person, so of course one of the biggest time to do surprises is on mine and his birthday. Surprisingly enough, we started dating and realized we were 10 days apart. November 3rd and 13th. Well after he took me to the rooftop of Ponce City Market for my birthday I wanted to do something extra special. He used to bar tend in college and we love trying new places/things, so I thought what’s more perfect than surprising him at a brewery or a winery that he’s never been to? Well I started talking with his sister trying to get ideas of where we should go (little did I know she was just feeding me ideas…you’ll see soon) and she said “what about Chateau Elan? He’s never been there!”

Well fast forward, me, Adam, Rachael (his sister), Bobby (her husband, Adam’s brother in law), and our friend Ryan all met at Rachael’s house so we could ride together for Adam’s surprise. He was a little quiet so I was nervous he was tired or something but really he was just freaking out about the proposal. The whole way there I’m snap chatting Adam “birthday boy doesn’t know where we’re going!” But really the joke was on me. We get a bottle of wine, and while drinking it outside, we finish the bottle and Ryan had to “go to the bathroom” and Rachael and Bobby went to go “get the next bottle”. Rachael told us to go check out the little vineyard since we’d never been there. We walked towards the vineyard and all of a sudden, Adam begins to ask me to be his forever friend. I was in complete shock and was over the moon excited! I said yes and he turned me around to look up at the balcony of Chateau Elan, and there was my whole family and my closest girlfriends watching the whole thing and cheering for us. We went inside (I looked like a mess with tears and hands shaking) and we had our own little private room to drink and hang out. My mom and dad made the day so special by getting everyone bottles of wine and little appetizers for everyone to eat and just hang out!

Adam and Courtney’s Wedding from Talmond Media on Vimeo.

Photographer: Morning Light by Michelle Landreau // Planner: Brie Owens for Chancey Charm Atlanta // Florist: Tulip // Venue: Foxhall Resort // Cake: Pastry Shells // Catering: Simply Catering // Entertainment: Judah Press Entertainment // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box

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cake @pastryshells // catering @simplycater // entertainment @jesse_michael // ring box @the_mrs_box

Blue tulle gets us every time, so its no surprise that our hearts skipped a beat when Lucy Myers Events shared Rhea + Travis’ Ontario vow renewal with us. Rhea’s dusty blue tulle skirt is prominently featured amongst coastal-inspired and textured design elements, creating a luxurious and romantic vow renewal in an organic beach setting. Flowers are by Jane Marshall Flowers, the cake is by Cakey Bakey Boutique and it’s all captured beautifully by Evelyn Barkey Photography.

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from the planner: Rhea + Travis started out the morning sipping champagne on the dock while preparing for the day. We asked Rhea to think about what she wanted to say to Travis, speaking honestly and from the heart. Travis arrived with a beautifully wrapped gift in one of our bamboo boxes from the Rented Gatherings decor collection, and inside the box was a swoon-worthy bracelet from Blair Nadeau.

When it came time to head to the ceremony location for their vow renewal, Rhea changed into a stunning floor length satin gown from Darling Bridal styled with a dusty-blue tulle skirt and a stunning statement piece from the Blair Nadeau collection.

The evening was capped with a dinner party on the beach. Our handsome mahogany harvest table and hand carved pergola were anchored in the middle of the sand, with a stunning waterfront backdrop. The table was lined with grey draping, adding a romantic softness that was then complimented by lush greenery filled with neutral blooms, and in the center hung a shell chandelier that provided a soothing chime in the wind throughout the evening. The grey settee, set with throw pillows and an oversized cable-knit throw blanket, added a coziness to the table that allowed the couple to snuggle up beside one another and feel comfortable. Sea shells with guest names were places atop beautiful dinnerware from Plate Occasions, and the couple toasted to many more years of happiness together with stunning crystal glassware.

After dinner the couple enjoyed an array of sweets from Cakey Bakey Boutique on a sweets table that was submersed in the water surrounded by floating petals and tulle.

Planning + Design + Stationery: Lucy Myers Events // Photography: Evelyn Barkey Photography // Florals: Jane Marshall Flowers // Videography: Wild + Free Films // Decor Rentals: Rented Gatherings // Hair + Makeup: The Hudson Hair Salon // Nails + Eyelash Extensions: Muskoka Aesthetics // Bridal Dress + Tulle Skirt: Darling Bridal // Ring: The Hunt House // Jewelry: Blair Nadeau Millinery // Cake + Sweets: Cakey Bakey Boutique // Place Settings: Plate Occasions

 

 

Anh and Jeff have a special relationship with France—they became engaged at Versailles—and the decision to invite their dearest family and friends to share in the celebration of their wedding in France was a natural one. The event was planned by Label Emotion Provence  and held at Château de Tourreau which the couple rented out for a full week for family and friends to enjoy the French countryside. Florals are by Canopea Design, Anh wears a stunning Berta gown and the day and it’s stunning backdrop was captured beautifully by Gert Huygaerts.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

It was special because I studied abroad in Paris and we got engaged in Versailles so I have a lot of happy memories in France. We knew we wanted to do a destination wedding so it made sense to do it there and add another special memory! Most of our guests had never been to Europe so we wanted to do something special for them too. We rented out the Chateau de Tourreau for about a week so that our closest friends and family could relax and enjoy what the french countryside had to offer. Being able to celebrate our special day in a country that we love and sharing it with the ones we love is what made it special and unique.

Tell us about the gown and where/how you found it!

I knew I wanted something unique and intricate but with a simple silhouette and Berta was the perfect designer for that! The gown is from the Fall 2016 Berta Bridal Collection. I found this designer through a bridal dress blog on Instagram. Unfortunately, the only store in New York that carried Berta did not have this style but after having tried on her other designs, I knew the fit would be on point. That was the biggest purchase I had ever made sight unseen but it worked out perfectly!

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

Our entire wedding team made the wedding personal for us. We were able have our two dogs walk down the aisle with us so that very special!

What was the most memorable part of the day?

The entire day was memorable! We hired a harpist and violinist who played everything from beautiful classical music to Sublime and Queen! Honestly, everything happened so fast that we may have forgotten a thing or two but just having our friends and family there (including our two dogs) in a beautiful chateau was more than we could ever have asked for.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met on a dating website when I first moved to New York. For our first date, we met for drinks at a bar that turned out to be a disaster in the most adorable and endearing way; he was sweating profusely and I had a bad case of the hiccups! I had a girlfriend call me during the date in case things didn’t go well but despite everything, I liked him. So we got in a cab to meet my friends but was then told that it was a girls night out so he had to find another cab home alone. We became engaged during a trip to France where we drove around the beautiful countryside after enjoying an entire day at Versailles. The day was perfect for the weather so we skipped the line and went biking around the park behind the chateau. After a long ride and finding a quiet place to rest, he proposed and I said yes.

Photography: Gert Huygaerts // Planning and Design: Label Emotion Provence // Florals: Canopea Design // Venue: Château de Tourreau // Gown: Berta // Makeup: Smahane Maquilleuse // Traiteur: Helen Traiteur // Video: Groovy Baby // Officiant: Peter Madan Weddings // DJ:  DJ MS-Evenement // Band: Botticelli’s // Rentals: Options // Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Placeholders: Nice Plume

 

Sarrah and Jamie of Imoni Events set out to create a spring themed bridal shoot with feminine and romantic elements. Utilizing shades of pink and purple, loose, organic flowers by Sarah’s Garden and a statement gown with a long train and incredible applique flowers to achieve this. Pink details continue into invitations by Foil and Ink, cake by Ruze Cakehouse and a perfectly pink ring box by The Mrs. Box. Lucky for us, Mary Claire Photography was on hand to capture all the details in these lovely images.

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Photography: Mary Claire Photography // Planning: Sarrah and Jamie of Imoni Events // Florals: Sarah’s Garden // Calligraphy: Foil and Ink // Venue: Arizona Biltmore // Dress: Mariee Bridal // Hair: Hair by Emily Hughes // Makeup: Artistry by Azure // Cake: Ruze Cakehouse // Model: Jessica Edmunds // Drinks: Couple of Bartenders // Linen: La Tavola Linen // Rentals: Event Rents AZ // Rentals/Tableware: The Confetti Studio // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box