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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Fabulous Wedding Photo Shoot: Parisian Bridesmaid Luncheon

I am so excited about the Annual Backstage Bridal Pro Academy Scholarship Contest. Wedding Pros from across the United States submitted entries for a chance to win a full scholarship to Backstage Bridal Pro Academy this September at the number one resort in the nation, Pelican Hill Resort in Newport Beach, California where they will join other wedding professionals in elevating their wedding planning business at THE best educational experience around. (no passport required).

I love Paris, France and I love this shoot of a Parisian Inspired Bridesmaids Luncheon concept.  Ann Marie Leveille of Tres Beau Weddings and Special Events  in Birmingham, Alabama has a lifetime personal connection with France. She took French lessons when she was nine years old, she married a man with a French last name and she's taken two magical trips to Paris. Consider this a glimpse into Ann Marie's life. Be sure to leave your comments if you are in love with Ann Marie's entry. Your votes can help her get to Backstage Bridal Pro Academy!

Inspiration Board Credits (starting from top left):
Invitation - Photography by Patricia Kantzos | Personal Photo - Palace of Versailles, France |  Elizabeth Messina  |  Harwell Photography  |  Revel  
Ann Marie has a sweet story to share about her love for all things French and how she translated it into a Fabulous and Graceful design: "There's no other place on earth that embodies the ideas of "Graceful" and "Fabulous", better than Paris, France. And sparkle? Well, if you've ever seen the Eiffel Tower at night, you know it sparkles like a gem! Naturally, when naming my wedding business, I chose a French name; "tres beau" means "very beautiful", and that's what I strive for when working with each of my cli-ents. Every bride is tres beau, in her own way!"
"Paris, and more specifically, the Palace at Versailles, was my inspiration in my design for the Backstage Bridal Pro Scholarship contest. When we were there in January, we toured Versailles for the first time. It's very grand and beautiful, with almost every surface gilded. This is where several of France's kings lived, and probably most fa-mously, where Marie Antoinette lived and eventually lost her head."
"I chose to design a Bridesmaids' Brunch in Versailles Gardens. My palette of blush rose, Tiffany blue, turquoise, powder blue and gold were inspired by the beautifully painted and frescoed ceilings in the palace. My own antique, formal china, "Haviland" by Limoges, was used for the brunch plates and tea cups with saucers. The teal glass plates at each setting are also from my personal collection of depression glass. The pretty gold-rimmed champagne glasses were borrowed from my grandmere, Mimi, as well as the gold flatware. A nod to the famous and impressive Hall of Mirrors at Versailles, I used mirrors as chargers at each place. Each guest's name was inscribed in gold at the top of each charger, as well as a French sentiment, expressing the bride's thanks and love for her dear friends. A pintuck ivory tablecloth set the base for the placesettings."
"The tailored burlap runner and potted boxwood plants pay homage to Versailles' extensive formal gardens. The gardens at Versailles are now enjoyed by the French people and thousands of tourists every year, but were the personal playground of the French aristocracy when Marie Antoinette was living there. Marie was known, infa-mously, for her frivolity, so I wrapped the boxwood plants in luxurious lace accented with antique buttons. The roses and baby's breath overflowing from various containers give the tablescape a fragrant and feminine feel. The ribbons accenting the burlap runner help tie the color palette together and add a playful touch, while a sassy pink bird watches over the table from her perch on the candlestick. To give an indoor brunch a feel of the outdoors, I hung roses from ribbons and lace from the chandelier. That gives the illusion of dining in the midst of a rose garden!"
DIY Doily Food Labels:
Materials needed:
8-inch paper doilies
Pop sticks (available at craft stores or cake supply shops)
Ribbon
Decorative clips
Glue stick
Gold paint calligraphy pen
Sparkle scrapbook paper in aqua
"Fleur-de-lis" paper punch

Directions:
For the label on the apothecary jar, use one doily and write "Croissants" with the gold pen. Glue a fleur-de-lis that was punched from the aqua sparkle paper to accent. Tie a length of ribbon to the jar's lid, securing the doily label with a decorative clip or pin. Alternately, you can glue the doily to the end of the ribbon.

For the cheese label, fold one doily in half, "sandwich" the folded doily around one end of a pop stick, gluing the doily halves together securely. Write "Brie" with the gold pen, accenting this label with a paper-punched fleur-de-lis.

DIY “Merci” Banner
Materials needed:
7 8-inch paper doilies
1/8-inch ivory ribbon
Gold paint calligraphy pen
Sparkle scrapbook paper in aqua
Glue stick
"Fleur-de-lis" paper punch

Directions:
Fold each doily in half, creasing well. Take the first doily and put a few spots of glue on the inside, placing it over the ribbon at one end, so the ribbon is "sandwiched" by the folded doily. Be sure to leave 6 inches or so on the end to be able to hang the banner.
Leave a gap of 6-8 inches before placing the next doily in the same manner. For the following 4 doilies, place them only 1/2 inch or so apart on the ribbon. The last doily, place like the first one, 6-8 inches from the one be-fore it, to form the end of the banner. Again, leave ribbon at the end of 6 inches or so to be able to hang the banner.
On the middle 5 doilies, write one letter on each, to spell out "MERCI" with the gold pen. Punch 2 fleur-de-lis from the sparkle paper and glue to the 2 doilies at the ends of the banner.
You can tie your banner to tacks or hooks, or use decorative clips, like the ones I found on Etsy!
"The tailored burlap runner and potted boxwood plants pay homage to Versailles' extensive formal gardens. The gardens at Versailles are now enjoyed by the French people and thousands of tourists every year, but were the personal playground of the French aristocracy when Marie Antoinette was living there. Marie was known, infamously, for her frivolity, so I wrapped the boxwood plants in luxurious lace accented with antique buttons. The roses and baby's breath overflowing from various containers give the tablescape a fragrant and feminine feel. The ribbons accenting the burlap runner help tie the color palette together and add a playful touch, while a sassy pink bird watches over the table from her perch on the candlestick. To give an indoor brunch a feel of the outdoors, I hung roses from ribbons and lace from the chandelier. That gives the illusion of dining in the midst of a rose garden!"


The following resources contributed to Ann Marie's photo shoot:


Total shoot cost= $222.84


Are you loving Ann Marie's interpretation of Fabulous and Graceful with a bit of sparkle? If so, please be sure to leave a comment at Backstage Bridal HERE! Your comments may help her get to Backstage Bridal Pro Academy!

Until Next Time, Stay Fabulous!

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