By the Pink Sea: A Celestial-Inspired Elopement in the South of France

the Pink Sea elopement

In 2018, it seems like everyone is shooting for the moon — and in the best way possible! We’re seeing so many stars aligning, and by that, we mean a ton of celestial-inspired weddings + editorials! Uber talented photographer, Lilly Red Creative, took these celestial aspirations with her to the South of France, to a place so beautiful, we can hardly believe it’s real! The Saline de Giraud in the Camargue region of France is also known as the pink sea. It’s surrounded by salinas (aka saltworks), flamingoes, white horses, and that glorious pink color.

Kicking it off with one seriously sexy Rue de Seine dress (from the Moonlight Collection — so fitting!), Lilly, Benevent Planner, and florist Christine Cater took a little trip to the South of France (we’re not jealous or anything). From a crescent moon backdrop constructed out of pampas grass, to moon earrings and more, we’re pretty darn *starry-eyed* over this entire editorial!

Let’s wander to this salty sea and discover all of its beauty, shall we?


To complement the surrounding nature, as well as the pink tones of the sea — the team created a palette of soft mauve + lavender, gray, and playful pops of pink.

the Pink Sea elopement

big blush bouquet

Talk about a BOUQUET! An explosion of protea and flowers in shades of pink, with subtle star elements; Christine Cater Floral & Event Design is known for creating incredible floral bouquets + backdrops, and this editorial is nothing less than EXTRAORDINARY. I mean, take a look below at the crescent moon backdrop created out of pampas grass… too cool!

pampas grass

the Pink Sea elopement

If you’re curious about the cause of the color (as we were), Michael Danson from Bath University states that, “the color is the product of a ‘salt-loving organism called Dunaliella salina… They produce a red pigment that absorbs an uses the energy of sunlight to create more energy, turning the water pink.

the Pink Sea elopement

Dinner was set with the most romantic view of the pink sea. The setup was made of rugs, vintage poufs, black suede fringe table runners and napkins with tassels, that are supposed to bring good luck. 

the Pink Sea elopement

the Pink Sea elopement

star dress

Last, but certainly not least — that dress covered in stars. Pure magic, right? This delight is from Rue de Seine’s Moonlight Collection, and we have a feeling we’ll be seeing it pop up a whole lot more…

A huge thank you to the talented team for sharing this editorial + gorgeous location with us! Who else is dreaming about the South of France now? Yep, us too.

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photography: Lilly Red Creative // planning: Benevent Planner // florals: Christine Cater Floral & Event Design // wedding dress: Rue de Seine // hairpiece: guinevere vines // groom attire: Linneo Archivable Clothing // art director: Raffy Redaelli