Wedding in Sunny Provence

by Grace Bonney

As we head into the last month of summer, I’m a bit dismayed to find myself already a few steps ahead, impatiently tapping my fingers for fall to arrive. I’m thankful for things like this sun-drenched summer wedding, reminders that I should enjoy the present, and soak in every last drop of late season sun. These gorgeous photographs were taken by Kat Braman at Karen and Howard’s wedding in Provence, France. With a backdrop of incredible flower fields and rustic buildings, the couple wisely decided to keep the details simple and handmade. Kat had shared her favorites with us, and I’ve included a ton of photos after the jump as well. I hope you enjoy this vicarious jaunt in the French countryside as much I did. Thanks for sharing, Kat! —Kate

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Karen is from Holland and Howard is Cuban but grew up in California.  They met while they were both living in Texas. Karen’s parents have had a home in the town of Valaurie for about 10 years and the first time Karen took Howard there, they decided that if they both agreed that’s where they wanted to get married.  They chose the date based on when the lavender and sunflower fields would be in bloom and used those as color inspirations for their wedding day.
This was my first time in southern France and I fell in love with it instantly.  The people were incredibly kind and charming, it smelled incredible everywhere, the food was even better than I expected, and the scenery was like something out of a movie.  It was truly magical. Kat Braman

Wedding Planning & Design: Nathalie Gros-Bonnivard from Majenia Marriage
Stationary: Nathalie Carrigan from 120 Water Street
Flowers: Jean Louis Amice
Catering: Comme une Abeille
Wedding cake: Escobar Gourmandises
Reception venue: Domaine de Grangeneuve
Accomodation guests: Mas Bella Cortis they also did our rehearsal dinner. The other one was Les Esplanes
Wedding dress: Cymbeline
Bride Shoes: Manolo Blahnik
Groom: suit from J Crew, shirt and tie from Boss
Bridal children: J Crew
Wedding rings: Ring Finger Studio

Purchased Props/Decor:
Burlap banners with text
Butterflies that were on the fireplace at Maison de la Tour
Hanger for wedding dress: Zara Home
Clocks at the ceremony:  Passion Cadeaux and ebay
Bakertwine used for many things was Divine Twine in Lemon

DIY Projects:
Lavender cones: kraft paper and this tape
Menus for the rehearsal dinner: again kraft with the same tape as the cones
Jam Favors: Nathalie bought the jars, jam and yellow vichy fabric that she used to cover the lid, and added twine ribbon
Escord tags/nametags: handcut from kraft paper
Wineleaves for table setting: handcut from kraft paper
Wooden signs: cut/sawed by Nathalie’s dad and messages written by hand
Ring bearer pillows: linen filled with lavender and fabric hearts in provence colors
Candleholders: yoghurt pots that Nathalie collected for months before the wedding
Vases and pots for flowers on the table were recycled as well and customized with twine
Wooden boxed for the menu were recycled
Table numbers, favor tags and sign for the “message on a bottle” : made by 120waterstreet, as were the invitations, weekend “welcome brochure”, and tags on welcome bag.

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