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parisian events in le style digital magazine

le-style-magazine-kim-petyt-french-wedding-expertLe Style is a gorgeous digital magazine out of Melbourne, Australia that showcases French style and news from around the world. Launched earlier this year, each quarterly issue features stunning photos and insightful content on French lifestyle, culture, travel and fashion trends. The latest issue is also  an interactive version-  smartphone and tablet friendly, accompanied by instant click-on videos and useful links.

I spoke with Sha Anderson, Director and Editor-in-Chief of Le Style Digital Magazine, about planning weddings in Paris, as well as my thoughts on what it is exactly that seems to attract brides from around the globe to the French wedding style. Here’s an excerpt:

sha anderson, le style: Our readers love French style and many would love to have a French-inspired wedding.  What do you think makes French weddings so special?

kim petyt, parisian events: I think the thing that sets French weddings apart is their inherently refined elegance. I’m American, and we Americans tend to like our weddings BIG:  tall centerpieces strung with Swarovsky crystals, layered table linens, gobos splashing our monogram around the room, etc. etc. Elegant, yes- but BIG.  French weddings are a lot more subtle, with the emphasis more on the guests around the table, rather than the drama on the table.  Keep in mind that a French wedding dinner can last upwards of 5 hours long.  So rather than draw the attention away from the guests with an over-the-top, elaborate table center, a French bride will typically choose centerpieces that can be talked over, made of tasteful, carefully selected floral compositions in a classic vase, for example.  As expected, more importance will be put on the meal itself – with attention to paring not just the wines, but also the cheese and even the bread with the meal.

In France, personalization isn’t just about custom name-tags on water bottles, it’s about choosing a venue that has a history with the couple or their families. Many wedding vendors in France are also often chosen this way.  For years, a family will have used the same stationer for all of their formal stationery needs- from birth announcements to calling cards. So when it’s time for her wedding, a bride will turn to a stationer that knows her family on a personal level, and maybe even choose an invitation design that was used for her parents or grandparents wedding. I think this attention to the finer details is what makes French weddings so special.  Fortunately, it’s something that can be brought to French-inspired celebrations anywhere, and for any budget.

For the rest of our interview, be sure to check out the current issue of Le Style Digital Magazine, released earlier this week and available for viewing at lestyle.org. And a big “MERCI” to Sha and the Le Style team for letting me share my love of Paris weddings with their readers.

vrai mariage du mercredi: an intimate paris wedding celebration

Blair and Judson contacted me last fall to help them plan their wedding ceremony here in Paris. They were coming over with an intimate group of their nearest and dearest, and wanted to celebrate everything that they loved about this City. Destination Wedding photographer Heidi Geldhauser from Our Labor of Love joined them on their Parisian adventure and shared these amazing images of their day: buy-wedding-dress-in-pariselope-in-paris2Blair, a consummate (and crafty!) francophile, added special touches to further personalize their day.  She always loved the Romani idea of sewing special things into a wedding dress for good luck– initials, special dates, spices to ward off evil spirits, etc.  So she chose to sew a cicada into her hemline in honor of Judson ( his band is called Tettix (ancient Greek for cicada.)  It was also her “something borrowed”, as a close friend who couldn’t make it to the wedding lent it to her).  Next to it, she sewed in a medallion she used to wear around her neck of Saint Geneviève– the Patron Saint of Paris.  She told me, “France has always been a special place to me, ever since I was a child, and eventually I lived in Paris for a year in college. Afterward, I always wore my Ste. Genevieve necklace as a reminder of where I wanted to someday return to– so sewing it into my hemline was a special tribute to the city that keeps summoning me back.”  french-wedding-traditionsparis-proposalintimate-wedding-in-parissmall-wedding-in-parisAfter their ceremony, Blair and Judson spent the morning running around Paris with their families and best friends, stopping to take pictures in all of their favorite places- including the Pont des Arts, where they added a Love Lock to the bridge, and tossed the key into the Seine. love-locks-bridge-pont-des-arts-parisget-married-in-parisparis-wedding-reception-locationAfter a champagne brunch at Angelina’s, the newlyweds headed  back to their apartment with Heidi in tow- down Bd St Michel past some quintessential French landmarks, and even braved a Metro station in their wedding gear to take pictures with the trains. Blair said some of her favorites are from the end of the day, when Heidi was able to snap some really cool pictures of them relaxing on very Parisian back streets without any of the traditional French landmarks in the background.

elope in Paris

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Félicitations again, Blair & Judson. I’m so glad that your time in Paris was everything that you’d hoped it would be!

april fools day in france: poisson d’ avril

On April 1st, all over France, people can be found walking around with paper fish taped to their backs, the unwitting victims of  apparently hilarious French humor.  In France,  April Fools Day equals Poisson d’Avril! After 10 years in France, I still don’t get the joke (why always a fish??).  I’ve decided to file it away under “Things I May Just Never Understand” and leave it at that .   Ah, well- Happy April 1st, comme même!

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