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A romantic wedding inspired by the rolling vineyards, olive groves, pine forests, and lavender fields of Provence. This Wildflower Garden Bride is a francophile and enjoys lush landscapes, pastels, hand calligraphy, and lily of the valley.

The Location

Le Mas des Poiriers, an 18th century farmhouse in Provence, is located near the Medieval city of Avignon. With 65 acres of breathtaking gardens and romantic allées lined with boxwood topiaries and cypress trees, the wedding venue and hotelette borders a pear orchard on an island in the Rhône River.

The Bride

This Wildflower Garden Bride likes tradition, but loves to subvert it then and again with whimsical and romantic elements. At her wedding, her one traditional touch is through her wedding ensemble. Chantilly lace covers all but her back and a cathedral-length train drapes just past her.

The Bridesmaids

The Wildflower Garden Bride has a set of maids in blue, each donning a different silhouette and material than the other.

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The Flowers

The bride keeps to her traditional ensemble with a classic lily of the valley bouquet, while her maids carry garden roses of ivory, blush, and mauve. While not to outshine the venue’s landscape, come ceremony time there are large arrangements styled organically in garden urns that frame the couple (rather than a lush arch). Sprinkled down the dinner tables are an array of petite blooms in glass, etched bud vases.

The Accessories

Delicate and charming, the Wildflower Garden Bride’s accessories are a twist on tradition. Unpolished pearl drops adorned with gold florals, a pear-shaped diamond with trillion side stones, a french blue embroidered purse adorned in pearls, and a delicate ivory silk heel enclosed with lace and topped with a pearl.

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The Beauty

A very natural beauty, the Garden Wildflower Bride aims for a dewy and blushing bride beauty look. A traditionally French chignon du cou, rose-tinted eyes, lips, and cheeks for a faint flush, and topped with Charlotte Tillbury’s Flawless Filter – the easiest and most subtle way to add a perfectly dewy glow that doesn’t look perspiring.

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The Flower Girl and Ring Bearer

For this precious duo, a blue and white ensemble would be very fitting. An ivory taffeta silk dress for the lady, crowed with delicate buds and greenery, and tied altogether with a french blue silk ribbon bow. For the boy, a darling short set and peter pan collar to make for the sweetest outfit.

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The Mothers

Elegant and perfect for a garden setting, the two mothers’ looks share in the floral appliqué, but differ in hue and silhouette.

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The Groom and Groomsmen

A sharp navy blue tuxedo paired with a white silk bowtie for the groom. A similar navy blue hue but in suit form for the groomsmen, each with a taupe-colored silk tie.

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The Table Setting

Blue velvet linens, ivory lace dinnerware, a white hemstitch napkin wrapped in fresh floral, with a sprinkle of bud vases down the table.

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The Paper

Photo by KT Merry for Martha Stewart Weddings

Calligraphed invitations in the form of hand-written letters: a gentle hint of the intimate gathering soon to come.

The Registry

A curated selection of vintage mixed blue and white china, a french press coffee maker, embroidered kitchen linens, a ticking striped apron, and hand-painted teacups for their kitchen; cane-back dining chairs, an Indian block print tablecloth, a porcelain garden stool, a striped rug, and a faux lemon tree for their home décor, and French lavender seeds and a wicker picnic basket for their weekend hobbies.

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The Dessert

A simple vanilla wedding cake, adorned in fresh lily of the valley on each tier. For favors, guests receive custom sugar cookies with their personal initials spelled out in icing.

  1. Steven J Shepherd says:

    Nicely formatted article with amazing graphic integration and links to your products. Well done, Rebecca. Where do you find the time (seriously)? It would have taken me WEEKS to layout this content. Bravo!

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