Wedding Themes - French Inspiration

By Sarah Westcott on April 23rd, 2009

While trying to wrack my brain to come up with an idea for a wedding article to fit our “April in Paris” theme this month, I came across details of a recent wedding that used Paris as an inspiration point. So stunning was the design, I immediately contacted the event’s planner and photographer for permission to feature the wedding in Designer Monthly.

The planner and designer, Heather Balliet of Amorology Weddings in Carlsbad, California has been kind enough to give us a few words about the design of her event. All of the photos have been graciously provided by the talented Jamie Hammond of Jamie Hammond Photography.

So, without further adieu, I present Kristen and Chris’s wedding, taken from excerpts of Amorology's blog.

“Kristen’s time spent in Paris and a love for the movie Amelie, was the inspiration for this bright and bold colored palette. With a little bit of flirty and some vintage touches...we set out to bring some French flair and style to their wedding.”

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”Kristin's bouquet by Twigg Botanicals held garden roses, pink peonies, roses and wisps of feathers hand wrapped with French Toile. This bouquet smelled divine, like something right out of the garden!”

“The bridesmaids each carried vintage umbrellas and smaller bouquets of similar flowers. “

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“The bridesmaids also each wore a customized floral headpiece handmade by Tracy Green who did the brides hair and makeup as well. We knew it was all about the accessories when adding French flair!”

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“The boys all looked handsome in their navy suits with pink and navy ties.”

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“With the reception we wanted to give it a real "streets of Paris" feel and what better way to do that than with different French shops and bakeries. We built custom pink and white stripe backdrops and hung painted wood French signs to differentiate the food stations, bring in the color and tie the decor together. I was so happy with how it turned out! Here the bride and groom share a quiet moment in the "La Maison du Chocolat" or "House of Chocolate", where custom made white bakery cases were stocked with all types of delicious treats, tarts, and chocolate croissants. We also had a hot chocolate station here to keep guests warm in what we were anticipating to be a cold January day.”

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“Pink bakery boxes were adorned with various printed papers and tied with twine.”

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“The weather forecast showed a chance of rain... and with no option for a tent, there was some serious praying for sunshine going on. When the day finally came, it brought clear skies with it and a huge sigh of relief. We were lucky enough to be able use these umbrellas solely for decor! I loved the look of the upside down hanging umbrellas in all shades of pinks and blue.”

“Tables were set with a bold palette of pinks and navy. Massed roses, pink peonies and tulips were held in French transfer ware vases.”

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“The boulangerie....held baguettes, and cheese...lots of cheese...for Chris, the groom, who loves cheese!”

“Grilled chicken sandwiches and French onion soup were also on the menu.”

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“The cake was delicious and stenciled with light blue fleur de lis and bold stripes on the bottom tier, accented with blue hydrangea.”

“Oh, the delicious French Patisserie! This was a station complete with well, crepes of course!”

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“Petal cones in coordinating paper were fashioned with ribbon and hung on an old whitewashed board for guests to grab to toss as the couple exited.”

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“There was of course a flower market...what would the streets of Paris be without one? Tin buckets held hand tied bunches of flowers in shades of every pink imaginable for guests to take as favors on their way out.”

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Thanks so much to Heather Balliet and Jamie Hammond for sharing their amazing work!

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