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Claude and Kristin’s French-American wedding

Ok my lovely blog readers, get ready for the best “how they met” story, ever. Seriously, it is straight out of a movie…

Kristin accompanied her little brother on a trip to Europe. One night in Paris, the two siblings spent the night apart, each doing their own thing. Kristin ended up at a nearby bar, where the bartender introduced her to the charming Claude. The two hit it off right away and spent such an amazing evening together, that Claude offered to show them around Paris the next day. Well, they just could not get enough of each other, so Claude met up with Kristin and her brother in Amsterdam and finally at their last stop of the trip, in Prague. Kristin went home to California and Claude went back to Paris. When for the average person, that could have been the end of the story, don’t think for a second that 5000 miles and an ocean could keep these two apart. They simply could not be without each other, so Claude came to the U.S. to visit a couple times before Kristin decided she couldn’t be without him any longer. She packed her bags and moved to Paris to be with the man she loved. It’s all so terribly romantic. What is even better, is that Geoff and I were in Paris when Kristin emailed us about their wedding. We were actually staying just a couple blocks away from their apartment! We met in a cafe near the Place de Bastille and fell in love with their unbelievably romantic love story. So, I don’t really have to tell you how EXCITED we were about this wedding!

Claude and Kristin decided to have their wedding back in California, but wanted to have a fun destination for their guests, so the decided to get married near Lake Tahoe at the Sugar Bowl resort. It was so beautiful there! The wedding was really a coming together of friends and family from all over the world. There were people there from Norway, Holland, Sweden, France (of course), and Indonesia, just to name a few.

Kristin is such a sweet girl. She is so nice and happy and so very much in love with Claude.

Oooh, la, la!

TrГЁs magnifique! Talk about an amazing view!

Claude and Kristin’s ceremony was so sweet. It was performed in both French and English and getting to hear their story again was wonderful. It was full of many laughs and happy tears.

These of French gentlemen were definitely not used to, as they called it, the American smile, but they were such great sports for us photographers!

After the ceremony and some photos, we all headed back to the lodge for the ceremony.

How beautiful is this backdrop for celebrating? Love it!

Appropriately, all of the tables were named after some of Paris’ most famous monuments and attractions.

Honestly, the toasts are one of my favorite parts of the day and this wedding had some fantastic speeches. I think the highlight was Claude’s best man’s toast. So funny and heartwarming. His comedic timing was impeccable! Especially for english being his second language. He even mentioned how, in preparation for being Claude’s best man, he even practiced his American smile for the photographer. We think he did great!

For dessert, Claude and Kristin had a Croquembouche, the traditional french wedding cake. It is a cone shape, covered in profiteroles (cream puffs) and drizzled in sugary syrup. The inside even lit up!

Claude and Kristin, we feel beyond lucky that we got to meet you and capture your wedding day. You love story is completely amazing and so inspiring. We hope our future travels bring us back to Paris and we get to see you both again sometime! Congratulations!

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David and Jessica’s intimate Dillon Beach wedding

My gosh, there are so many wonderful things to say about David and Jessica. When these two New Yorkers contacted us about their wedding in Dillon Beach, CA we were more than a wee bit excited. When we finally got to meet them just a few days before the wedding we knew these two were something special. David and Jessica are elegant, sweet, and sophisticated and their wedding was simply perfect for them. The wedding was held at David’s grandfather’s house overlooking an incredible ocean view. David’s grandfather built the quaint beach house himself in the ’70s, so to say that the house is special is quite the understatement. The wedding itself was terribly sweet and intimate with less than 40 guests and we loved getting to know all of them.

Jessica looked amazing in her elegant wedding gown from Kleinfeld’s in New York. I loved the details of the back and shoulders.

While Jessica got ready at the house next door, David was at his grandfather’s where the wedding was getting set up.

David had to be one of the most stylish grooms we’d ever met. I’m not a guy, but I adore his shoes! Especially in combination with that awesome carpet, which I think was made to match the blog.

Then it was time for one of my favorite first looks ever. David set himself up on the bluff with the ocean breeze blowing, while Jessica approached.

Their priceless expressions of joy paired with the breathtaking coastal views were almost too much to handle. There was so much happiness between the two of them! This is why I adore getting to capture this moment.

The beach house, aptly named “The Sand Castle”, was a wonderful setting. It was simply decorated with bright flowers, which was all that was really needed. It was already so cute as is.

Jessica’s dog Sammy, made sure he was a part of the action. He sat at David and Jessica’s feet as they said their vows.

The FOOD was incredible. Cocktail hour featured some delicious barbecued oysters.

The beach house was transformed from ceremony to reception for the incredibly wholesome and delicious meal provided by Indian Peach Food Co. All local and organic ingredients prepared in creative ways made for some amazing cuisine.

This was the smallest wedding we’ve been to so far, and it was so wonderful how close everyone was and how easy it was to meet all of the guests.

Talk about a RING! Jessica’s favorite color is navy blue, so the sapphire ring that David got her was completely perfect.

Don’t you just love how the simplest things are the best? This cake was adorable.

THANK YOU so much, David and Jessica! We loved getting to know you and your amazing family and friends. Your wedding day will always be remembered as one of our favorites and we wish you so much happiness in your marriage together.

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