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real wedding: parisian chic, intimate mariage de luxe

How do you define “Parisian Chic”?  Stylishly refined?  Effortlessly sophisticated?  Romantically modern?  After you see these images of my gorgeous clients, you’ll define it like I do now: Parisian Chic is Lauren and Ben’s wedding. This Australian-American couple plan to live in Paris one day, so decided to host their wedding in the City that means so much to them both. With loved ones coming in from all four corners of the globe, they wanted a celebration that was fun and memorable for their guests and reflected their own tastes and styles.

After their sweet, traditional church ceremony, Lauren and Ben took off with photographer Jo to all of their favorite Parisian haunts, then rejoined their entourage at a hôtel particulier, a privately-owned 18th century mansion,  for dinner, drinks and dancing until the wee hours of the morning. Un mariage de luxe:

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all photos © photozhou

wedding design & coordination: kim petyt, parisian events. photography: photo zhou, hair & make-up: jms by james, florist: lieu-dit, cake: sugarplum cake shop

real (parisian) wedding wednesday: an art deco gatsby wedding

One of the best moments in designing and planning weddings is when you meet with new clients, and you suddenly realize that you are completely in tune with them. They’re describing their vision of their wedding to you, and it feels like someone has reached into your head and stolen your thoughts!  I’ve adored the Art Deco and Art Nouveau movements since I was a teeny-tiny girl, and I’ve been super excited that the ever-present “Vintage Wedding” craze has taken a turn towards the 1920’s lately.  I’d been playing around with some design ideas and creating inspiration boards around a Great Gatsby/Paris in the 20’s wedding, when Jessica and Scott contacted me about their celebration. They, also, are in love with the Art Deco era, and wanted an event that was both “period” and elegant, but also something a bit over-the-top - since their family and friends coming over from New York like to have a good time (comme on dit…).  What we ended up creating was a day that truly celebrated Paris in the roaring 20’s.

With help from make-up artist Sanni Sorma, and hair stylist Pia Paysant (both Swedish, Paris-based beauty babes)  Jessica and Scott got gorgeously “In the Mood for Love” in their Marais vacation rental apartment.  Then, with photographer David Bacher leading the way- they took to the streets for a whirlwind pre-ceremony photo session:

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Guests began to arrive just as the sun was setting, and Jessica and Scott’s intimate evening ceremony began:

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After the “I do’s” were complete-  and the food, champagne and music was freely flowing-  we set to work passing out props to the pampered guests, who were pleasantly surprised (to say the least), by the traditional flaming French croquembouche wedding cake that was brought out to the happy couple:paris-art-deco-speakeasy-wedding

But the biggest surprise of all were the professional dancers planted among the guests, who “spontaneously” burst into a wild Lindy Hop during the couple’s first dance. They were the icing on the cake for this speakeasy wedding- and kept the group entertained for the rest of the evening: paris-art-deco-speakeasy-great-gatsby-weddingWe helped Jessica and Scott to create a magical evening for their guests- a trip back in time to when Paris was the center of the artistic universe. Les annees folles- the crazy years! A time that’s been immortalized in books, paintings, music and films.  After their amazing 1920’s wedding, Jessica, Scott, and their family and friends now have another reason to call Paris A Moveable Feast.

photos © David Bacher

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.

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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

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