The Ladies of Luxe 2017

Most of us know the 12 Days of Christmas because of the classic carol - partridges, golden rings & even “pipers piping.” Our way to celebrate this Christmas & an amazing 2017 season was to do an Instagram campaign featuring one bride on each of the 12 days leading up to Christmas- named #LadiesofLuxe. This year, our calendar was filled with 20 events ranging from intimate elopements with just bride & groom to weddings with guest lists well over 100. While some of our clients prefer their privacy we got the green light from these 12 leading ladies to make it happen.

The year brought plenty of joy, not only to our clients, but to us too - we feel so grateful to have discovered a ton of new venues from the borders of Switzerland to deep in the Loire Valley. We made great connections along the canals of Venice & under the Sardinian sun. This time last year, our sights were set on expanding into new markets & the hard work is paying off & sure to make 2018 even better! We have our passports ready & cant wait to show you what we have in store. In the meantime, here are 12 of our #luxebrides !

You’ll Never Forget the First Time

There are only a few things that might be as nerve-wracking as your first performance- whether your singing in front of thousands of people, a ballerina, actor or… wedding planner, celebrant & florist. As Whitney and I have been conceptualizing exactly how to get this blog started we realized that going back in time 48 weddings and nearly four years to our very first was the way to go- start at the beginning!

Our first couple, Bridget & Brian, came to us not long after Style me Pretty featured our first photo shoot in Paris and through Le Secret D’Audrey who was shooting their elopement. They were at the beginning of their process with not much more than the idea that Audrey would capture it all. The South Carolina couple wanted something that was romantic, focused on them and no frills- or maybe just a few. and that gorgeous Amsale wedding dress was just the ticket! The main focus was on the ceremony location of which we examined many options- we went back and fourth before eventually deciding on my personal favorite- the sculpture “jardin” of the Musee Rodin. It is an enchanting setting in the middle of the 7th Arrondissement. The garden was of paramount inspiration to the sculptor and the chateau-style museum on the property was once in-fact his home. It is a prime example of old world elegance and a huge part of Paris’ history- the couple didn’t have the “think” twice.

After the ceremony which included a few “groom-tears” (which we LOVE) the couple hopped in an adorable vintage mint green drop-top CV2 for their portrait session around the city. They were followed by their videographer Duncan Wolfe who recently captured the last year of Obama’s presidency- go Duncan! To end the evening the newlyweds returned to a Haussmann-styled apartment they rented through us for a multi-course tasting menu prepared & served by a private chef. 

A few Words from the couple: “Words can not express our gratitude for Billy and Luxe Paris Events. Our wedding was everything we dreamed of and more. As you can imagine the logistics of planning a wedding even an elopement over seas is bound to come with some complications. Thanks to Billy we experienced none of that. He coordinated every detail and helped us with things that weren’t even on our radar- He even shipped my dress back to the U.S. for me!!! Who does that!?. The entire experience from start to finish was so seamless and an absolute pleasure. My husband and I are going on our fourth year of marriage and we still reminisce about that day, and our experience with Luxe Paris Events. If you are looking for a planner with impeccable taste and the highest degree of professionalism (who is also really fun) look no further!”

Can’t get enough? See more of Bridget & Brian’s feature on Style me Pretty!

The Man With A Plan

Almost two years ago, I worked with a couple from San Francisco, who dubbed me the #manwithaplan.

When I moved to Paris nearly 5 years ago, I wouldn’t say that was the case - there was a general plan, but I was focused on moving to a place I had only visited for a week, leaving my life in the States, my new relationship, a new language, a new culture… well, you get the point. The move was exciting & the reason for it was even more so (falling in love with a dress designer; his work featured below). I spent the first six months exploring France and other European destinations but as the celebrations started to fade and real life kicked in, it hit me - “What do I do now?” 

I had planned events and weddings in New York & Los Angeles so that seemed like the natural path but doing so in foreign place was a whole different ball game (kind of like football in France)!

Since we all know how much a picture is worth I decided that a photo shoot was in order - it would provide me with the “thousand words” I needed to show my strengths in floral design and event planning. After multiple sessions of social network stalking and Google searching, I sat down with Audrey Neracoulis of Le Secret D’Audrey. I instantly fell in love with her work. Not only was her talent clear, but she knows a thing or two about Parisian life and work. Her insight was valuable but her willingness to work with me on my first ever Paris-based photoshoot really set things in motion. 

Nearly a year after “leavin’ on a jet plane,” Audrey sent me an email - ”Style Me Pretty loves the shoot and will feature it on their blog!” So thats where this story begins…

This, of course, is the abridged version that omits the fact that not everyone who lives in Paris wears Chanel or carries an Hermes Birkin Bag - harsh, right? It also fast forwards through the trials & tribulations (including the literal blood, sweat and tears). Rather than share these stories, my focus here will be to share with you what we do now (yes “we” have a team now) and what I have spent nearly 4 years building.  Almost 50 weddings later we are creating specially crafted & customized once-in-a-lifetime memories for brides and grooms from around the globe and all over the globe. 

Welcome to my adventures as a luxury destination event planner and florist reporting live from Paris (and anywhere else our clients wish to throw a fab party)! 

With Love & Gratitude,

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