A Provence-Inspired Shoot
From the creative team...
For us, the design process always starts with a couple’s story, and inspiration shoots get the same attention to detail. In this story, we imagined Lauren (brunette) and Heather (strawberry blonde) as a couple who got engaged during a trip to Provence. With their shared love of travel, good food, and family traditions, that meant weaving together cherished heirlooms and the very essence of Provence to give Wilmington, NC’s Wrightsville Manor the feeling of a rustic French farmhouse.
For a look that was both romantic and a little bit earthy, we chose light coral, watermelon and rosé tones along with soft, dusty greens to accent the range of purples found naturally in lavender plants — from the palest heather through periwinkle, wisteria, amethyst, and violet. For Lauren — a lover of all things purple — we chose a bouquet consisting primarily of fresh lavender and silver dollar eucalyptus, while Heather's introduced more peach and coral tones with old-fashioned ranunculus, complemented by blush sweetheart roses and lavender stock. Boutonnieres for the dads had fresh rosemary and thyme sprigs along with lavender stems and a tiny peach ranunculus bloom. Buckets of coral geraniums and a garden trug with peach stock and deep purple delphinium for the bar brought their colors into every corner.
Both brides wore gowns that were simply constructed and perfectly suited to the French farmhouse look we wanted. Lauren's all-over lace A-line gown, floral crown, and mauve suede heels with cut-out detailing and leather-lace ties spoke to her romantic flair. Heather's loose side braid and silk dupioni gown with spaghetti straps and hidden pockets were a natural fit for her few-frills nature, while the lace popover jacket added a soft touch and her silk sash and ankle-strap pumps with sculpted, slightly chunky heels supplied the perfect pops of color.
Naturally, fresh lavender played a huge role in the overall décor, which featured potted lavender in wood buckets and crusty pots, as well as in the custom-designed stationery suite, the simple glass bottles marking the aisle, the delicate watercolor wash on the postcard-inspired cake, and the dried buds provided for the brides’ send-off. But there’s more to Provence than lavender fields, and we chose every detail to evoke that timeless setting: sun-bleached wood pieces, from the stripped antique doors, weathered farmhouse chairs and beautiful trestle tables to a vintage sideboard and a collection of wooden candlesticks; chunky earthenware paired with antique silver flatware; herbs at each place setting, in boutonnieres, and in mossy pots all around the venue; chipped enamel bowls and weather-worn buckets; tiny bottles of olive oil infused with fresh rosemary sprigs for favors; classic French charcuterie during cocktail hour; a bar stocked with Côtes de Provence rosé as well as herb-inspired signature cocktails; tables named for Provençal villages; and Impressionist postcards doing duty as a guest book alternative to celebrate the painters who called the region home a hundred years ago.
Family treasures were another essential part of the story, and included Grandma’s lace garter and ring box, a hand-painted china dish, an ivory crochet hook, bits of antique lace, plenty of family silver, and even Granddad’s vintage Absinthe fountain.
- Photography By 1 of 13 Photography
- Design, Planning & Styling By Honeysuckle Events
- Venue By Wrightsville Manor
- Florals By Eco Chic Blossoms
- Paper Goods & Calligraphy By Southern Bee Designs
- Catering By A Thyme Savor Catering & Market
- Baker By Pink Baking Co.
- Hair By Terry Tomb
- Makeup By Amy Kennison
- Rentals (chairs & linens) By L&L Tent & Party Rentals
- Rentals (table, bar, accent furniture, décor) By Relic Vintage Rentals
- Attire By The Wedding Dress Shoppe
- Jewelry By Albert F. Rhodes Jewelers