Julia & Tom’s breathtaking four-day-long wedding took place on the coast of Provence, France. The lovely couple organised a wine party at one of the most beautiful vineyards, a rehearsal dinner on the beach overlooking the sunset, a wedding on an Island and a brunch near the pool. Not to mention that the beautiful bride wore a unique princess style Daalarna Couture dress on the big day. How amazing!
Julia and Tom met through a mutual friend after college when they both moved back to New York City, where they grew up. It took about a year after meeting for Tom to finally ask Julia out on a proper date. Three and half years later, he proposed in that same spot.
“His parents have an apartment in the South in a town called Bandol, where we visited early on in our relationship. Right off the coast, there’s a little island owned by a famous French family with links to wine and alcohol production. There are no cars allowed and the main attraction is a boutique hotel that overlooks the water with amazing views of one of the most famous wine-producing regions in all of France. Tom and I visited one night on our vacation and were awestruck at the views, the foliage, the beauty, and serenity of this secluded island. We said to each other over dinner, if we ever wound up getting married, this would be the place” gorgeous bride Julia told the Magnolia Rouge blog.
The ceremony was set at the top of the island in the Garden of Neptune, which was fitting for its views. „Our mothers officiated our ceremony which created a very comfortable and loving space to establish our union. The ceremony included parts both in French and English to pay tribute to our different heritages and be inclusive to our multilingual family and friends. We decided to write our vows together ahead of the wedding as we wanted our promises to be a united demonstration of our love. Reflecting back we both felt a sense of calmness and togetherness.”
After the ceremony, they had a cocktail hour on the hotel patio overlooking the ocean. They then held dinner on the other side of the hotel overlooking the island’s small marina and had a beautiful view of the sunset. “The food was incredible and we had an amazing wine selection from the region. Some of which came from the winery where we held our welcome event the night before. Both of our fathers gave speeches as well as Toms best man Andrew and my sister and maid of honour. We also topped off the evening with a quick speech thanking all of our guests for travelling from far and wide to be with us on our special day.”
„I chose my Dalaarna gown because I wanted to emulate the naturally romantic surroundings and also make a strong fashion statement. All I knew going into it was that I wanted an A-line silhouette. Once I tried on my dress I immediately felt very connected to it since the tulle appliqué on the skirt reminded me of ocean waves. When I saw that combined with the floral lace appliqué on the bodice I knew this dress was a perfect match. I paired it with pearl shoes to tie in the ocean theme and dainty jewellery to let the dress shine. My diamond earrings were an important aspect of the outfit as they were made from stones taken from my mom’s engagement ring from my dad. Tom gifted me a diamond tennis bracelet on the day to match.”
Tom wore a white tux jacket with black tux pants and black smoking slippers. He made sure he and his groomsmen were in theme by creating custom pocket squares with the lavender motif drawn on our invitations. They each were also gifted a pocket watch engraved with their initials.
Read more about the lovely couple’s favourite moments of their wedding in Provence at magnoliarouge.com.
Photographer: BUBBLEROCK | Wedding planner: LOLI EVENTS | Florals: BIG DAY DESIGN | VenueIle de Bendor| Wedding gown: DAALARNA COUTURE | Hair & make-up: CAMILLE BONARDI | Stationery: PAPER SOURCE | Rentals: BELOUNGE | Sound & Lighting: AU COP | Party Band & DJ: FORTUNE BAND | Rehearsal Event Venue: O PETIT MONDE | Welcome Event Caterer: CITRON PAVOT | Welcome Event Rentals: MAISON OPTIONS