Monthly Archive for August, 2010

french country inspired wedding design

Take a look at this beautiful French Country-inspired wedding design from Dallas-based photographer Catie Ranquillo in the current issue of Nonpareil magazine. A card-carrying Francophile, Catie tapped into her two biggest passions- France and sweets (!!)-  for her inspiration for this “South of France meets the South” shoot.

She and her Dallas-based entourage, including Erin of Red Sole Events (flower arrangements), Nicole of the Left Handed Calligrapher, Enjolik of Low Country Quisine (yummy Southern treats) and Jessica Goldfarb and Lucy Williams of The Gallery Events (additional styling) put together a lavender and rustic tablescape that will make you swoon- the perfect mix of sophisticated French champêtre and whimsical Southern charm.

One of the many things that I love about Nonpareil are the simple yet stylish DIY tips and downloads included in every issue. This months issue includes templates for the menu and placecards used in this shoot, as well as instructions on making the cute lavender and craft-paper favor boxes. Be sure to check out for even more images of this scrumptious photo shoot.

south of france celebration

south of france celebration

french wedding centerpiece

french country centerpiece

french country wedding

french country wedding favors

french theme wedding menu

french theme wedding menu

south of france meets the south wedding

south of france meets the south wedding details

stylishly chic wedding rings from paris

cartier trinity sauvage

cartier trinity sauvage

In honor of the public opening this summer of  Jean Cocteau’s country home in Milly-La-Forêt (30 miles south of Paris), luxury jewelery house Cartier has unveiled 2 new designs of their Trinity ring:  the Trinity La Belle and the Trinity Sauvage, created in celebration of France’s most beloved l’enfant terrible. The Trinity La Belle features six intertwined bands (Cocteau liked to wear two of the original Trinity rings stacked together on his pinky), with one band displaying Cocteau’s signature star stamp. The Trinity Sauvage features one leopard printed band (Cocteau’s walls sport a leopard and panther motif), one studded with diamonds, and one engraved with the Cartier insignia.

What better way to pay homage to Jean Cocteau’s penchant for the decadent than by taking a decadent little shopping trip to Paris to buy your wedding rings? Once here, it’s only fitting that you make a B-line to Cartier on Place Vendôme to test run a Trinity or two for yourself. While on the Place, pop into Bulgari, Boucheron and Van Cleef & Arpel- as well as Chanel, Dior, Mauboussin and Fred. And don’t be afraid to wander off the beaten path- around the corner and straight into Tiffany’s or Montblanc, that is!  .

wedding bands by paris luxury jewelers

all photos © G. Pascal for

L. to R. top row: B. Zero 1 by Bulgari, Perlée by Van Cleef & Arpels, Hammered by Paloma Picasso for Tiffany & Co., L. to R. middle: Parce que je l’aime by Mauboussin, Mini Success by Fred, Bois de Rose by Dior Joaillerie, L. to R. bottom row: Profil de Camélia and Camélia ajouré by Chanel Joaillerie, Entrelacés and Trinity XXS by Cartier, 4810 Carnaval des saisons by Montblanc

Winner of the 2010 Aisledash Wedding Blog Award

2010 Aisledash Wedding Blog Awards

2010 Aisledash Wedding Blog Awards

While I’m “officially” still on vacation, I just HAD to post the great news: parisian party has been chosen as the “Best International Blog” in the 2010 Aisledash Wedding Blog Awards. I KNOW!! I am so happy, and so humbled to have been included in this group of awesome wedding blogs-  AND to have been selected by some of my industry idols, contest judges Marcy Blum, Colin Cowie, Eric Hildebrand, Mark Ingram and Liene Stevens!   A huge MERCI to Aisle Dash’s editor, Anne Chertoff, to the panel of judges, and to all of you who have supported parisian party over the years.  Here’s  the complete list of the 2010 winners:

Best Blog for Wedding Inspiration: 100 Layer Cake

Best Blog for Wedding Planning Advice: Wedding Bee

Best Bridal Fashion Blog: The Cinderella Project

Best Community Blog: Wedding Bee

Best DIY Blog: iDiy

Best Groom Blog: Grooms Advice

Best International Blog: Parisian Party

Best Local Area Blog: The Vegas Wedding Planner

Best Magazine or Wedding Web Site’s Blog: What Junebug Loves!

Best Real Bride’s Blog: Thao & Robert

Best Retailer’s Blog: Truly Engaging

Best Service Vendor’s Blog: Studio 222

Best Wedding Blog: Merci New York