Happy Valentine’s Day!!
We hope you have big plans for the day–whether that be going somewhere far away on a trip, going out for a romantic dinner, or eating a tub of ice cream alone while watching Netflix…all three are perfectly wonderful and suitable ways to spend Valentine’s Day. Confession–we’re doing the last one….just together instead of alone. But that’s not the point here.
We adore collaborating with other fantastic wedding vendors, and our circle of friends is completely full of them!! We wanted to do a wedding inspiration to showcase some of our favorite vendors from around France and beyond, so we called a few people and made this incredibleness (< that is not a word and we do. not. care.) happen.
The adorable village of Eguisheim was the perfect location for the shoot. We’re not sure if you’re aware, but Beauty and the Beast was based off of Alsatian villages. And you’ll likely see some striking resemblance between the movie and what’s in these photos.
Our first call was to Ailsa Munro over in the U.K. to get something extra fabulous for the shoot. She looked at photos of the village and said, “I’m working on a new dress that is the perfect fit!” So as we eagerly awaited to see her Beauty-and-the-Beast/French-village-inspired gown, we called another of our favorites…
Elise of Lettre à Élise in Strasbourg is one of the most talented florists we’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. And not only that–she’s one of the most kind and cute humans you’ll ever meet. She helped us collaborate our colors, flowers, and decor for the shoot. She even created two completely different bouquets so we could style our bride two ways to give brides an idea of how to change looks on a wedding day without changing dresses!
Next, we called Annette, the ever-so-delightful hair stylist from Toulouse to see if she would create something special with our bride for the session. She and her husband, Jason, flew in from Toulouse just for the shoot–and she worked magic with our lovely bride’s locks. She did TWO completely different styles on the same day, and what she created was absolute perfection.
Of course, we needed a bride, and we wanted a bride with just the right look for our session. So we got in touch with Romalea of the blog Chevelure Noire, and she happily agreed to come along and model (in absolutely FREEZING temperatures…seriously, this girl deserves a medal or something).
You can’t have a bride without an engagement and wedding ring. And for us, there’s really no other choice than Flore and Zephyr–our favorite ethically made jewelry by two of our favorite people. Seriously–if you’re looking for an engagement ring or wedding bands that are completely unique, handmade, and ethically sourced, your search can stop now!
Finally, we reached out to Sasha of Creations by Sasha over in the US, and she custom designed the most incredible stationary set using our colors. She is too talented for words, and we are still jumping for joy at what she created.
So without further ado, feast your eyes on this Valentine’s Day spectacular. We hope it will inspire all future brides to think outside the box 😉
Kari + Caleb