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real (parisian) wedding wednesday: paris in the 1950’s

From the beginning, Lindsay was crazy for an elegant, glamorous Chateau de Versailles look for her springtime Paris wedding. As we got to know each other over email and Skype, though,  I was completely inspired by her and her fiancé Josh’s fun, youthful energy. I was afraid that going full on, “High-Glitz” Marie-Antoinette would have been too heavy, and in the end, not really reflect their personalities. So, combining their youthfulness with their sophisticated side, I pulled together classic Christian Dior, vintage Bourjois magazine ads and images of debutante balls at the Hotel Crillon to create a “Paris in the 50’s” inspiration for their event.


On the day of their wedding, Lindsay almost eerily channeled the sweet sophistication of Grace Kelly on the cusp of becoming Her Serene Highness, Princess of Monaco,  while Josh stayed true to his playful, “Cary Grant-meets-a young JFK” nature - including partaking in a bit of pre-wedding spirits at a Parisian watering hole with his Chicago posse. For the intimate group of friends and family that were able to make the trip, Lindsay and Josh’s 1950’s-inspired Parisian wedding was truly inoubliable. Take a look:paris-wedding-make-up



all photos © ianholmes, event coordination & design by parisian events

a parisian winter wedding inspiration

The latest edition of the French wedding magazine Oui has just hit the newsstands, and this issue is dedicated to Les Noces d’Hiver - winter weddings. Flipping through it, I felt inspired to put together a few ideas of my own.  Now, if you’re in Paris this week and have been basking in this 80°F Indian Summer weather, you’re probably thinking, “Winter?? Say, WHAT??”- but let me tell you, the chill will be here before you know it, so you had better get your Parisian winter fabulous-ness in gear! I’m always hyping Paris in the winter to my  wedding clients because I think it’s one of the most underplayed tourist seasons.  A Parisian Destination Wedding can’t always be about sumptuous gardens and sunset cruises along the Seine, can it ? ;) Enjoy!

winter wedding in paris

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paris rooftops: french essence, heart snowball: kathrin zeigler, macaron cake: cake opera co.
fur & dress: delphine manivet, bouquet: style me pretty, paper chandelier: marth stewart weddings


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feather shoe: vouelle, blanc de perles makeup: bourjois, dress: pronuptia, flowergirl dress: lili gaufrette, bouquet: the knot, invitation: shine, cake: sugarplum cake shop

For more inspiration on planning a Parisian winter wedding, take a look here and here!

letterpress stationery in paris

image ©Brooklyn Bride

image ©Brooklyn Bride

I’ve always found it a little surprising that  letterpress stationery was so hard to come by in Paris.  While you can find options for good quality customizable wedding invitations in any number of papeteries around Paris, the hip and stylish contemporary letterpress suites that are de rigueur on today’s American bridal and social scene just haven’t been on the radar in France. Until now.

Enter Paper + Cup Design, a New York-based stationery and graphic design company headed by husband and wife team, Minhee and Thomas Cho.  Paper + Cup specializes in letterpress invitations, note cards, journals and gift tags, with products sold through their design studio, online shop,  as well as in over 250 stores across the U.S.  When their designer, Sarah, decided to move back to her native Paris, they jumped at the opportunity to go global- and had her bring the innovative, modern, vintage-esque designs of Paper + Cup with her.  Minhee says, “We get inquiries on a regular basis from International brides as well as for many destination weddings. Our brides shared with us that there were limited stationers with the aesthetic that they are wanting from where they live. So this idea to go abroad has been stewing in our hearts for a long time.  So when we met Sarah, it was as if fate had intervened.  She’s our authentic French touch and the reason why we are able to open up shop in Paris.”

With the launch of their new bilingual French/English blog, Paper+Cup Sketchbook, and their soon-to-be-launched Paris (and London!) online shops, European and  destination brides can now add fresh and fun letterpress stationery to their wedding planning wish lists.