19 Mar

We love surprises… and kate spade new york surprised us this week with a little pop-up wedding sale on their website! It’s no secret that we adore kate spade new york’s flirty, feminine style. And we only love it even more at up to 65 percent off. Here are just a few of the goodies we’re coveting from the surprise wedding sale…

Kate Spade bridal sample sale

Marry Me Book Clutch | Wedding Belles Gia | Monterey Bay Short Clamshell NecklaceBridesmaid Idiom Bangle | Gumdrop Studs | Crystal Gardens Tennis Bracelet

Kate Spade bridal sample sale

Sweet Nothing Small Square Studs |Wedding Belles Starla | Monterey Bay Seahorse Cuff | Crystal Gardens Chandelier Earrings | All Wrapped Up Small Bow Pendant

Looking for the perfect bridal shower dress? Maybe a gift idea for your maids? We highly recommend that you check out the sale at surprise.katespade.com. Whether you’re a bride-to-be, a bridesmaid, or just a romantic at heart, you’ll find everything you could ever want when it comes to clothing and accessories. But the sale ends tonight, so it’s time to get shopping asap. You can thank us later for the tip!

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18 Mar

Rustic Parisian wedding inspiration | Photo by Greg Finck Photographie | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=70013

Parisian inspired anything always gets our hearts a flutter, but this styled shoot was actually shot in Paris, in a private residence just a stones throw away from Le Louvre. It was also designed by La Marièe Aux Pieds Nus for Made in You, soooo it’s legit. The beautiful model’s name? Noèmie. And the natural floral arrangements were made by Madame Artisan Fleuriste… see what we’re doing here? Trying to drop as much French as possible, because we can. In all honesty, this is one of our favorite bridal looks. Minimal makeup, a delicate and simple gown, a flower crown (obvs), with decor to match. And let’s not forget the beautiful photos (all shot on film!), by Greg Finck!

Rustic Parisian wedding inspiration | Photo by Greg Finck Photographie | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=70013

Rustic Parisian wedding inspiration | Photo by Greg Finck Photographie | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=70013

This is the photo you’ll want to take to your makeup artist and say, I want this look, right? So pretty!

Rustic Parisian wedding inspiration | Photo by Greg Finck Photographie | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=70013

Rustic Parisian wedding inspiration | Photo by Greg Finck Photographie | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=70013

Floral garlands are everything, and add such a romantic touch to your wedding. Plus, you can use them in your ceremony, then transfer them over to your reception and use them as table runners.

Rustic Parisian wedding inspiration | Photo by Greg Finck Photographie | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=70013

Rustic Parisian wedding inspiration | Photo by Greg Finck Photographie | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=70013

Rustic Parisian wedding inspiration | Photo by Greg Finck Photographie | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=70013

The silhouette of that Elise Hameau gown, we die!

Rustic Parisian wedding inspiration | Photo by Greg Finck Photographie | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=70013

Rustic Parisian wedding inspiration | Photo by Greg Finck Photographie | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=70013

Rustic Parisian wedding inspiration | Photo by Greg Finck Photographie | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=70013

Rustic Parisian wedding inspiration | Photo by Greg Finck Photographie | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=70013

Oh anemones, we love you so. They add just a touch of drama while keeping an arrangement looking soft and romantic, don’t you think?

Rustic Parisian wedding inspiration | Photo by Greg Finck Photographie | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=70013

Rustic Parisian wedding inspiration | Photo by Greg Finck Photographie | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=70013

Rustic Parisian wedding inspiration | Photo by Greg Finck Photographie | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=70013

Simple, elegant, ethereal… j’adore!

Photographer: Greg Finck / Design & Styling: La Marièe Aux Pieds Nus for Made in You / Florals: Madame Artisan Fleuriste / Makeup: My Beauty Corner / Gowns: Elise Hameau / Rings: Paule à Bicyclette / Venue: Private apartment / Scans: Richard Photo Lab

 
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18 Mar

Provence olive grove wedding | Photos by Feather and Stone | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=70031

OK, so Tessa + Alex’s love story is pretty epic to say the least. You can stay tuned for the whole story in a bit, but let’s just say it spans continents, cultures, and reminds us that you never know when love is just around the corner waiting for you. But first, here’s a look at their wedding, photographed by Feather and Stone. Tessa + Alex were married in Provence, France, adjacent to the very same Olive Groves where they first met while working side-by-side during the harvest season. It’s humble, heartfelt, and bathed in warm Provence light.

Provence olive grove wedding | Photos by Feather and Stone | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=70031

That little peanut is Tessa + Alex’s one-year-old, Theo. Only the sweetest photo ever.

Provence olive grove wedding | Photos by Feather and Stone | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=70031

Provence olive grove wedding | Photos by Feather and Stone | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=70031

Provence olive grove wedding | Photos by Feather and Stone | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=70031

Provence olive grove wedding | Photos by Feather and Stone | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=70031

Provence olive grove wedding | Photos by Feather and Stone | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=70031

Provence olive grove wedding | Photos by Feather and Stone | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=70031

Provence olive grove wedding | Photos by Feather and Stone | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=70031

Provence olive grove wedding | Photos by Feather and Stone | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=70031

Provence olive grove wedding | Photos by Feather and Stone | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=70031

Provence olive grove wedding | Photos by Feather and Stone | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=70031

Provence olive grove wedding | Photos by Feather and Stone | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=70031

To save a little cash, T + A decided to do a “cocktail dinatoire” style dinner, as opposed to a sit down meal. They had amazing trays of food rotating the crowd all night, so people just grazed as they danced and talked. It was more affordable and less fussy.

Provence olive grove wedding | Photos by Feather and Stone | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=70031

Provence olive grove wedding | Photos by Feather and Stone | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=70031

Provence olive grove wedding | Photos by Feather and Stone | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=70031

Tessa says, My best advice for finding a photographer is to never settle. When you see photos that take your breath away—when you keep thinking about those images day after day—it’s a little form of falling in love again. I am indebted forever to them for capturing exactly what I see when I hold my little family in my arms: glowing, golden love.

Provence olive grove wedding | Photos by Feather and Stone | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=70031

Provence olive grove wedding | Photos by Feather and Stone | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=70031

Provence olive grove wedding | Photos by Feather and Stone | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=70031

We’re kind of obsessed with Tessa’s braided flower crown. Definitely pinning that one for later!

Provence olive grove wedding | Photos by Feather and Stone | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=70031

Provence olive grove wedding | Photos by Feather and Stone | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=70031

Their love story, told by Tessa:

I ended up in France by a bit of chance and kismet, I think. A couple years ago this week, I woke up in the morning in my apartment in California, alone and jobless and needing a big change. I had just gotten out of a relationship and lost my job at the same time (I am a baker/pastry cook). I had enough money to either pay rent or buy a plane ticket. I chose the plane ticket. I had always wanted to go to France but never had and felt like I needed the distance and space to breathe and begin again in my life. I bought the ticket and then starting investing ways to make it happen, ie places to work/stay and that’s when I heard of WWOOFing, which is an international organization of farming volunteers. You work on someone’s land in exchange for room and board and a cultural experience. This sounded perfect as I had done some farming growing up in Northern California and needed the manual labor to clear my head. I started emailing people in France, setting up various farms and houses to stay at during my ten-week stay.

Needless to say, my parents thought I was nuts, my friends thought it was like a movie and I thought it was the scariest, riskiest thing I’d ever done. At the airport my mom cried as she said, “You never know, you could meet the love of your life there and never come back!” I shook my head at her as this sounded crazy at the time, still wounded from my recent life explosion. I wanted solitude, quiet, clarity and a break from men in general.

I started in Aix because the weather was better than the north of France and I had had a great email conversation with a British woman who had a bed and breakfast here and needed help with the garden and olive trees. That sounded perfect to me. Two weeks there and then I’d travel to another farm, and so on. She picked me up at the train station and we drove to her home. She walked with me to drop my bags in the house and then we went to the garden so I could see where I’d be doing most of my work.

Alex was in the garden with a friend, trying to start a wood-chipping machine (and failing, much to the chagrin of his confidence). We stood there and stared at each other for a moment. This wasn’t what I was expecting. I was faced with the kindest eyes I’d ever seen, the most endearing smile, a British accent to make me swoon, and this crazy, childish hair that was full of leaves and wood chips. That was it for me.

Over the next couple weeks, we worked together, digging the new garden for spring and him teaching me the art behind pruning the olive trees. I knew I was in love with him when I saw his head poking out of the top of an olive tree while he worked and sang to himself, his crazy hair standing on end.

When my two weeks came to an end, I quietly went to the computer and emailed the other farms to say I wasn’t coming. Alex and I never spoke about that, it just was. I was to stay, we were both so smitten already. What followed was motorcycle rides in the Luberon, swimming in the warmest sea, and me slowly realizing I could never return to my life as it was before. Two weeks turned to ten, spring to summer and we never looked back.

We have had our tough moments, deciding to spend time in France versus California, the financial ache of an international relationship, missing family and friends in exchange for not missing each other.

That is Alex and I, faces in the sun and hands in the dirt. We fall asleep holding hands and wake up to the sounds of a happy child playing in his bed. I know now that that “crazy” moment of me buying my plane ticket to get away was actually just my heart telling me what I would need to do to find him, and to eventually find my baby son.

Photographer: Feather and Stone / Event Planning & Styling: Un Grand Oui / Venue: Groom’s family estate, Les Arnauds / Hair & Makeup: Camille Bonardi / Flowers: DIY by family & friends from the wholesale flower market in Marseille / Invitations: Big Fly Design / Macarons: Macarons de Caroline / Catering: Côté Jardin / Band: The Cotton Candies / Paper Decorations: Luna Bazaar & Save On Crafts / Bride’s Dress: Bride to Be in Carmichael, California / Jewelry: Givenchy / Groom’s Suit: I. Gilles / Bride’s Ring: Family Heirloom reworked by Stephanie Scheutz / Groom’s ring: Custom band by Lyle Poulain

 

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