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noel a paris, 2012

This time next week, we’ll all be lolling around in our new jammies, picking through the last of our Christmas chocolates and wondering what to do with ourselves for the last week of 2012. Before all of that, though, let’s take a few minutes to enjoy Noël à Paris, courtesy of Dior:

the paris wedding: coming spring 2013

As you, the faithful readers of this blog, know- I’ve been pretty lax in updating posts for the past few months. But I do have a very good reason for my absence… So, I’ve been planning weddings in Paris for over 7 years now, and sharing my adventures through this blog for over five- and now I’m bringing the Paris wedding love to the masses! I’ve written a book called The Paris Wedding, published by Gibbs-Smith, and it will be hitting the shelves in Spring, 2013.


I can’t tell you how excited I am about this project. The book is basically an insider’s peek into my “little black book” of wedding and party planning in Paris. I’ve included the “ugly” (like the nuts and bolts on navigating the legal red-tape of marrying in France as a foreigner) as well as the “pretty” (personal shopping tours to the best boutiques for wedding dresses, wedding cakes, gifts, favors, and even your honeymoon trousseau) and all of the stops in-between.

I’ve been very lucky in that Paris is quickly becoming one of the hottest European destination wedding locations for stylish couples looking for a unique experience.  But in today’s economy, a Parisian celebration is still out of reach for LOTS of couples. So, while this book is a sweet, handy, go-to guide for those planning a wedding or celebration IN Paris - it’s also an awesome look-book of ideas for brides wanting to bring that certain Frenchie  je ne sais quoi to their local celebrations.  With gorgeous photos of timeless scenery and stylish Real Parisian weddings, The Paris Wedding is filled with ideas and inspiration- each chapter overflowing with gorgeous photography and details to incorporate into any Parisian or Parisian-inspired wedding or event.



The book is available now for pre-order on Amazon.com and other online booksellers, and will be on bookshelves in the Spring. And while I have your ears, I want to offer a GINORMOUS thank you to all of the vendors, clients, family and friends who helped to make this dream possible. Next stop? Oprah, of course!

girl’s week-end in paris - jewelry atelier

Laurie from The Paris Blog was here in Paris this past spring, looking to add some French techniques to her jewelry-making skills. She was surprised to find that one-day workshops or short-duration jewelry making classes are pretty hard to come by- until she found her way to La Petite Manufacture in the 11th arrondissement.  I saw this and thought that this funky little atelier would make such a cool addition to a bachelorette weekend in Paris.  A great way to occupy the girls- at least until the sun goes down. Here’s an excerpt from Laurie’s post:

I finally landed on La Petite Manufacture, a jewelry boutique in the 11th arrondissement with a sizable studio in back. The owner, Marie, gives courses on Fridays and Saturdays when not tending to the store and making her own creations. A look around the place and you know you’re in capable hands: besides Marie’s own jewelry, which is whimsical and well made, there’s a kiln; a wall of drawers for materials from stamps to glues to silver metal paste; and, on the large wood workbench, jars of scissors, colored pencils, and dentist tools.

The 3-hour, one-off classes cost 45 to 60 euros and range in subject from beading to metal paste to Murano-style glass-making. Students are provided with all the materials they need, and can also select from the boutique in front. In yesterday’s beading course, for instance, I “shopped” for ribbon, clasps, beads, wire, and fancy embroidery thread.

The real value of the class is in Marie. Patient and encouraging, she leaves the students enough free range to find their own way after ample instruction. She speaks English, in case your French is a little shaky and you need a few words translated (“melaxer” means “squish,” I learned).

Check out the rest of Laurie’s post on The Paris Blog to find out more about this hidden Parisian treasure.