French Wedding Inspiration

Photography by Lauren Moffett

Last summer, I was asked to style a wedding for Sarah who I met a few years ago, and her husband Andrew. They're the sweetest couple. Sarah is a photographer colleague I've worked with for several of my events, and has work that can be found on my blog too. It was the first wedding I've styled, and I jumped at the opportunity to do the project for her.

Andrew and Sarah decided on Le San Michele as the location for their event. The venue is gorgeous and exudes a French country inspired feel. Between the antique double doors, architectural details, and exterior decor already set at the location, Sarah and I decided emphasizing those features would be the best decision. We used the same deep blue hue all over, with accents of yellow, primarily with fresh lemons, to also give a summer vibe.

 French country wedding inspiration venue location in Texas.
 French country wedding inspiration venue location in Texas. Blue door and accents.
 French country wedding inspiration venue location in Texas, Le San Michele.
 Vintage chair with French flair, decorated with floral, greenery, and lemons.

I styled five areas throughout the venue. Sarah loves vintage chic decor, so I certainly made sure to get it right for her big day.

The first area that greeted guests when they arrived was the seating chart and guestbook area. I used vintage furniture pieces that I absolutely love, including a vintage buffet placed at the entrance, accented with various vintage decor pieces like blue glassware, fresh greenery, and lace. The beautifully hand-lettered chalkboard signs were created by Texas Soul Lettering, and I just added some greenery to the stand to tie them into the rest of the decor. 

 French country wedding inspiration furniture, guestbook, seating chart chalkboard.
 Chalkboard seating chart, lemons, greenery.
 French country wedding inspiration, lace, vintage decor, blue glass. Vintage buffet furniture.
 French country wedding inspiration seating chart, vintage furniture, guest book, entrance.
 French country wedding inspiration, peaches, vintage book, candles, greenery.
 French country wedding inspiration Paris book, lace.

The guestbook wasn't quite a book, but was totally adorable. Guests were encouraged to sign around a custom illustration of the couple, which will be a piece the couple will continue to treasure as a reminder of their special day.

 French country wedding inspiration guestbook, illustration.

To direct guests to their seats for the ceremony, I placed a chalkboard "Ceremony" sign next to an antique chair. Such a great vintage piece adorned with moss, flowers, and lemons arranged on the seat, create a simple, yet really effective way to bring some style to an area. 

 French country wedding inspiration ceremony sign, chalkboard, vintage chair, lemons, style.

The ceremony location was magical. Between the symmetric trees on either side of a fountain, and the beautiful wildflowers accented by a floral and greenery arch, it was the perfect backdrop for which to get married. The blue metal chairs were a unique and unexpected touch that tied in to the color palette nicely. 

The floral arrangements were done by HEB Blooms, and couldn't have fit better.

 French country wedding inspiration ceremony, outdoors, blue metal chairs, fountain, floral arch. 
 French country wedding inspiration blue metal chairs for ceremony.
 Floral and greenery wedding ceremony arch for French country wedding inspiration. 

Near the ceremony entrance, I placed French desk with programs and fans for the guests to pick up and use to stay cool in the Texas heat. Here, I brought in vintage suitcases, a galvanized metal pitcher and basket, and a few other antique finds to accent the desk, which was displayed in front of, and emphaized by, a large Aloe plant. It's fun to play with the unexpected, bringing the indoors outside.

 French country wedding inspiration vintage desk with antique suitcases, fans, and ceremony programs.
 French country wedding inspiration vintage desk with antique suitcases, fans, ceremony programs, lemons, and peaches, with decor.
 French country wedding inspiration vintage desk with fans.
 French country wedding inspiration vintage desk with paper fans.
 French country wedding inspiration vintage desk with antique suitcases, fans, and ceremony programs.
 French antique decor with fresh peaches on an antique desk.
 Fresh lemons with French antique decor.

Speaking of Texas heat, the guests stayed cool and hydrated with plenty of beverages. I styled the beverage area simply with greenery, flowers, and chalkboard signs. I also used a vintage wooden box to not only give height to the water pitcher, but for texture as well. The blue theme made it here with blue umbrellas, vases, and even matching trashcans! No detail was left out.

 French country wedding inspiration at beverage table with greenery.
 French country wedding inspiration around bar and drink tables.

No seating feels more French than little metal bistro tables and chairs. It's no exception that these were the blue hue too, and accented with simple yet beautiful flowers on a glass top. Hung above in the tree branches were blue lanterns and large chandeliers, along with white Christmas lights to shine as the sun went down. 

As you can tell, one of the many lovely features of this venue, is just how open and spacious it was. 

 French country wedding inspiration reception area with dark blue bistro tables outdoors. 
 French country wedding inspiration blue bistro tables with flowers on glass tops.
 French country wedding inspiration glass table tops with table numbers and flowers.
 French country wedding inspiration with Mrs chair sign.
 French country wedding inspiration with Mr chair sign.
 French country wedding inspiration outdoors with blue bistro tables and chairs under chandeliers, and outdoor lanterns.
 French country wedding inspiration outdoor lanterns hanging from tree branches.
 French country wedding inspiration blue glass lanterns hanging from the tree branches.

For food, the couple hired local Austin food truck Gourdough's to cater the event. Gourdough's serves both sweet and savory donut dishes out of their beautiful 1967 Airstream trailer. 

 The couple hired Gourdough's food truck to cater their wedding. 
 The couple hired Gourdough's food truck to cater their wedding. 
 Savory donut dishes were catered by Gourdough's food truck.

Later into the evening, guests were able to enjoy a table complete with neon glow sticks, surrounding a sign "Let Love Glow", for the reception and party-portion of the evening. Props are one of the best ways for friends and family to enjoy dancing the night away. 

 French country wedding inspiration styled table with glow sticks and props.
 French country wedding inspiration table styled with glow sticks and props for the dance floor. 

Although the wedding itself was beautiful, the bride was the star of the day. Breaking from tradition, the bride opted for a blush pink gown instead of white or cream. It was such a subtle but cute and unexpected detail that I love. 

 French country wedding inspiration floral bouquet with pink wedding dress.
 French country wedding inspiration gray grooms suit with boutonniere
 French Parisian wedding inspiration bride and groom, pink wedding dress. 

I absolutely loved styling this chic vintage wedding. I can't thank Sarah and Andrew enough for asking me, and I only wish the best to this lovely couple!

 French Country wedding inspiration bride and groom kiss.
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