“Love is like the wind, you can’t see it but you can feel it.”

Nicholas Sparks

Tucked away in a small woodland valley on the outskirts of Paris, hides Château de Villette, a jewel box of a building nicknamed the Petit Versailles.

The château was built in the XVII century and was designed by Mansart, architect to King Louis XIV. The sprawling formal gardens were dreamt up by Le Notre, the official landscape architect of Versailles. So a lavish and ultra-feminine Marie Antoinette infused affair was the perfect fit for this wedding inspiration photo shoot, conjuring up old-world philosophies about romanticism, nature and enlightenment.

The bride’s dress by Carol Hannah, with its corseted bodice and layers of tulle was an interpretation of a stripped down Marie Antoinette. Maë Tirel gave our model an elegant look by styling her hair in a loose chignon, with soft volume around her face and minimal makeup in natural tones for a fresh and youthful appeal.

The theme was styled with attention to the smallest details by Leticia with Opaline Paris. Leticia has a background in fashion and her expertise and professionalism are clearly visible in this inspiration.

Fine Art wedding photographer, Anna, with Anna Grinets Photography, captured the elegant looks in a light and romantic style. Anna achieved this look by using a medium format film camera, which makes her work stand out and gives photos a beautiful softness. Her photography focuses on documenting emotions and creating stylish imagery in the highest quality.

The château, with its damask fabrics, silk tassels, gold gilding and marble mantels give this wedding inspirational photo shoot an authentic sense of place and informed the overall look and feel of the editorial. And then we ate cake.

– Anna Grinets

“Inspired by the court paintings of Le Brun, we used combinations of pinks and blues, from pastels to peach and topaz, as an homage to Marie Antoinette’s signature palette. The deckle edge stationery by Graphikkart, loose calligraphy and brush stroked cake by Synie’s also spoke to an artist’s sensibility.

The playful florals by La Maison Dautel were a break from the strict structure of the formal topiary. The bride’s bouquet was infused with romance and color and tied with antique silk ribbons. The luxury tabletop by Madame de la Maison was baroque and unapologetically rich, using period silver, vintage crystal, French porcelain and luxurious linens.”

Photography: Anna Grinets Photography
Planning & Styling: Opaline Paris
Venue: Château de Villette (Condécourt)
Video: Studio Artifice
Florals: La Maison Dautel
Rentals: Madame de la Maison
Rentals: Alix D Reynis
Cake: Synie’s
Hair and Makeup: Maë Tirel
Gown: Carol Hannah
Suit: Blandin & Delloye
Stationary: Graphikkart
Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Groom Model: Scott Bourne of Elite Models
Bride Model: Ekaterina Husliakova
Photo Lab: Richard Photo Lab

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