Eurobrides vs. US Brides: Wedding Dress Trends on observer.com

French wedding gowns from Delphine Manivet

European and American women have some pretty profound style differences. It’s often said that Europeans make investments when they shop for their wardrobes, while Americans look for what’s most current. But does that extend to what a woman wears when she chooses a wedding dress? The recent European bridal fashion shows revealed some intriguing trends. […] Read more »

Romantic new (13th Century) destination wedding hideaway in France

Couer de Lion seen through village arch

  Even in France, it might be hard to imagine a more romantic setting for a small destination wedding than Coeur de Lion (Lion Heart), a newly renovated 13th century stone house that sits above a river in St. Cirq Lapopie, a medieval village whose streets are too narrow for cars. The cliff-top village, in […] Read more »

Destination wedding plans set? How about a destination bachelorette party?

Barcelona fountains

  We call them bachelorettes; the girls across the pond call them Hen Parties. But beyond a name, there are some other major differences between pre-wedding girl gatherings in the States and in Europe. For starters, locations. We may have alcohol-fueled party buses, but they’ve got Barcelona. Or Amsterdam. Or Ibiza. We asked Sabrina Mable […] Read more »

New luxury destination wedding hotel opens in Provence

Gardens of Domanine de la Baume

  If sand between your toes mostly just irritates you, about the only thing better than a garden wedding may be a garden wedding in the South of France. And wow, does the Domaine de la Baume, a newly opened boutique hotel near the Provencal village of Tourtour, have a garden. Sharing the 99-acre property […] Read more »

6 Secrets to planning a wedding in Paris, from Kim Petyt

Our new favorite book: The Paris Wedding, by Kimberly Petyt

After planning her own destination wedding in Paris from San Francisco—3,000 miles away!—Kimberley Petyt learned a thing or two about merging her vision of “I do” with the romance and elegance of the City of Lights. In 2006, Petyt founded Parisian Events, a wedding and event-planning agency in Paris, to help English-speaking Francophiles stylishly tie […] Read more »

Courtesy of Brangelina, ideas for a Provence-inspired wedding idea

Unlike Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, you may not own an estate in the South of France in which to hold the wedding (rumors have been circulating for months that they’ll eventually marry at their huge Chateau Miraval), but your celebration can taste just as divine. We’re talking about serving Pink Floyd Cotês de Provence, a […] Read more »