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Montmartre Wedding Inspiration

I love this fun and colorful inspiration shoot Jenn of Bow Tie & Bustle is sharing with us today. The inspiration all came from an extended stay she experienced in Paris last fall, where she fell deeply in love with Montmartre. I ‘ll let Jenn share her inspirations, “Montmartre is known best for the infamous and sexy Moulin Rouge (“red mill”), or as the backdrop for the adorable movie Amelie, Montmartre is full of dark, whimsical charm. It was also the home and inspirational foreground for some of histories best known and beloved artists: Van Gogh, Manet, Degas, Renoir and Picasso (just to name a few), making art ooze from every nook and cranny of the area, and putting it at the heart of my design.”

“My vision for the design of this shoot came wholeheartedly from my time in Montmartre. Red, green, yellow and black instantly took front stage in the design, as these colors are key players in this area of Paris. I used varying shades of colorful and patterned cardstock to handcraft the 500+ paper pinwheel backdrop. The pinwheels were incorporated throughout the shoot as a means to pay tribute to the massive and stunningly beautiful windmills throughout the hills of Montmartre.”

pinwheel table

“I used a vintage green hutch to create a dessert “table” which was layered with the most mouth-watering French pastries one could imagine and mini jars of French jelly to complement the almond croissants. As a means to represent the many stunning balconies in Paris, the dessert table was highlighted with an antique window frame and red ranunculus hanging overhead.”

pinwheel table


“While I was in Paris dreaming up this inspiration shoot, I could not get a big black bow out of my head, so I hand tied a tulle bow atop our model’s head the morning of the shoot. It paired brilliantly with the tea length Priscilla of Boston gown, which I chose because the silhouette reminded me of the many carousels throughout Paris.”

pinwheel wall

The guest “book” concept derived from the art influences scattered throughout Montmartre and came to fruition with the help of Teressa from Cashmere Floral Design. A vintage umbrella was attached to an easel and a canvas was placed on the easel to allow for each guest to “make their mark”.

jam as favor

“A distressed vintage picnic table was covered with pops of vibrant color, including jars of Bonne Maman jelly which were tied off with burlap and chalkboard tags as favors. Chalkboard detailing was included in many aspects of the shoot, including the dessert table banner, various signage and the paper goods, since this form of marketing is used all over Paris in the floral and food markets. French bistro chairs, textured pillows, a vintage clock, dominos, empty wine bottles and tiny glass vases filled with vibrant flowers completed the table design.

Montmartre is bursting at the seams with color, vibrancy and flair. Intricately decorated carousels spin round and round, enticing even the biggest of kids to take a spin, while the Love Wall in Square Jehan Rictus tugs on your heartstrings with over 100 expressions of “I love you.” Montmartre is sexy; daring; mysterious; enchanting; eclectic; exotic and most of all totally whimsical. Montmartre to me is one of those magical places where dreams are realized, bellies are made full and happy, art comes to life, and love (of course LOVE!) is rejuvenated.”

Thanks so much to these vendors for sharing their talents with us today!

Event Design, Styling and Coordination: Bow Tie & Bustle //  Photography: Mo Hines Photography
Floral Design: Cashmere Floral Design //  Desserts: Tallant House //  Makeup: Glamour Cris
Hair: Bartlett Bridal // Dress: Pricilla of Boston courtesy of Calla Bridal //  Umbrellas: Bella Umbrella
Venue: Chalk Studios //  Hair accessories and veil: bow tie & bustle //  Paper Goods: bow tie & bustle

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Bohemian Beach Wedding Ideas

You may have seen some photos from this gorgeous Bohemian wedding shoot earlier in the week on 100 Layer Cake, but I just had to share some here also! And thanks to Katie Neal Photo she had plenty of different photos for me to share. :) I have fallen in love with the bohemian beach ideas that Sitting in a Tree and Sweet Emilia Jane dreamt up. I love the idea of an intimate beach wedding – and the ceremony structure is great inspiration for any beach wedding! Hope you enjoy too …

Wouldn’t this be the perfect ceremony set-up for a beach wedding? Love the different hanging lanterns.


Who wouldn’t love this picnic on the beach? :)

From Sitting in a Tree, “We sourced clothing and jewelry from a boutique in SD called Hunt & Gather, pulled from our own closets and Noa’s (Feather Love) and I found the bride’s dress at Shareen Vintage in LA and loved that it was sheer and we could layer it with some black lace lingerie to make her a little more rock and roll.  We wanted to use natural elements- horns, antlers, furs and skin and aged imperfect things like the brass.  The table is an old grate that came from an architectural salvage and we wrapped it in spray painted chicken wire and then loaded it with finds from flea markets and items from all our houses to create a really mismatched appearance.

And love this fun video from Austin Hendrix Productions of the day –

Photo: Katie Neal Photo //  Styling & Design:  Sweet Emilia JaneSitting in a Tree
Florals:  The Floral Lab //  Videography: Austin Hendrix Productions //  Brides Dress: Shareen Vintage
Hair & Makeup: Ten.Eleven Makeup //  Hair Accessory: Lo Boheme //  Paper goods:  Pitbulls and Posies
Rentals:  Pow Wow Vintage Rentals //  Clothing:  Hunt & Gather and personal collections

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Aubrey Joy Photography

Finding the perfect photographer is one of the most important things for your wedding. You want photos that you can look back on and smile when you see them – photos you’ll be excited to share with your kids one day. It’s also important to find a photographer that meshes with your personalities – they will be by your side the entire day! So, today I want to introduce you to the work of Aubrey Joy Photography. Aubrey works out of Southern Cali and the Pacific Northwest, but loves shooting weddings anywhere. Check out some of her work below…

Be sure to check out more of her work here on her website. **And as a special to GWS readers, if you book Aubrey and mention you found her on GWS, you will receive a complimentary hard cover photo album with whichever package you choose! Such a great bonus. Thanks Aubrey for sharing your photos with us today.

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