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A Paris-Inspired Wedding: Part I

Classic wedding style

A Wedding with Parisian style in Brewster, Cape Cod

Wedding Gown: Monique Lhuillier     Bridal Shoes: Badgley Mischka

Bridal Boutique: L’élite    Hair Styling: Illusions    Makeup Artist: Kimberly Richard

Flowers: Fancy Flowers by Meredith    Wedding Trolley: Kenny’s Coach

Reception Venue: Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club

Photography: Angela Greenlaw Photography

A wedding is one of the most important events in your life, and no matter what kind of wedding you decide to have, I think that the most important thing in terms of style is that it represent who you are as a couple. Beyond that, the whole day is about celebrating your love and your marriage and sharing your joy with the people who are closest to you.

My husband and I got engaged in Paris (read all about that here), and were married on Cape Cod on a beautiful summer day in 2016. We did all of the planning ourselves, choosing to keep things simple, classic, elegant, and traditional.

Classic wedding bands

For our wedding invitations, we chose a classic cream paper with gold cursive lettering in a timeless style. I love that our invitations could have been sent out in either 1916 or 2016 and been equally well-received. For our reception venue, we chose the historical Ocean Edge Mansion for its old-world grandeur, classic ballroom, and stunning ocean views.

Classic wedding style

In this post, you’ll see my my bridal fashion details and get a glimpse of me getting styled with my bridesmaids! You’ll also see my husband and my classic wedding style and our first photograph as a married couple. You’ll even see how I dressed our two adorable English bulldogs, Jarves and Rosie, for the big day!

After getting engaged, one of the first things I started looking into was what kind of wedding dress I would wear! My mom and I booked an appointment at L’élite Bridal Boutique on Newbury Street in Boston. I let the ladies there know what I was looking for, and in no time I had decided upon a beautiful Monique Lhuillier strapless gown.

I loved the idea of a classic, French fairytale coming to Cape Cod for our summertime wedding. The Monique Lhuillier gown was just right with its sweetheart neckline, full skirt of light and ethereal tulle, and delicate Chantilly lace detailing.

I’ve also always loved ballet style, so the fact that my dress had a fitted bodice and full tulle skirt felt perfectly classic and Parisian ballet-inspired. I chose a long veil that blended into the material of the dress, which added romance and drama to my classic bridal style while bringing the whole look together.

For the bridesmaids, I picked a deep pink chiffon floor-length gown, and I gave them all gifts of simple drop pearl earrings that were very similar to the ones I found for myself on Etsy. I had in mind that the girls would all look like beautiful summer flowers! I found these adorable pink kimonos on The Knot Shop and had all their names embroidered on them. I also gave each of the girls a cute blue and white striped beach tote with her first initial, because we were on Cape Cod in the summer, after all!

Getting ready for my wedding with my lovely bridesmaids on that beautiful July day while looking out at ocean views was pretty phenomenal!

Bride and bridesmaid prep!

Of course we had to have a champagne toast with the bride and bridesmaids!

 

Champagne toast with bridesmaids

I found this vintage-style hair clip at L’élite in Boston and my longtime hairdresser and friend Caitlin did my hair in vintage waves. I found my earrings at Poetry Jewelry Bridal on Etsy and absolutely loved them!

Classic wedding style

When thinking about my bridal shoe, I went through a process. What style did I want? Classic. What type of heel did I want? Low. Would I be dancing a lot? YES. I researched and decided upon the “Petrina” by Badgley Mischka. I needed an open toe for the summer weather, and I wanted a little sparkle. These were just darling, exactly what I was looking for, as though I had dreamt them up. They made me feel like Cendrillon, or Cinderella en français.

Cinderalla wedding shoes

My bouquet that Meredith Fancy created was just perfect. I love this florist. She is so talented, so down-to-earth, and does beautiful work. She is a true gem in Orleans on Cape Cod. Below you can see my bridal bouquet. Across it lies my very special “Something Borrowed” for my wedding day. My aunt lent me a beautiful diamond bracelet that her daughter, my cousin, and her daughter-in-law, my other cousin’s wife, wore at their weddings. Wearing a family piece like this meant so much to me. Beyond that, the bracelet felt vintage to me, in an Art Deco style, and it just went perfectly. The next family member to wear it will be one of my aunt’s granddaughters, who were both adorable flower girls in our wedding!

Classic

Classic wedding style

For me, our wedding reminded me of the enormous importance of family. The emotions surrounding such a profound life event, the love and gratitude that you feel, are incredibly powerful. In addition to family, you think so much about those dear friends in your life who mean so much to you, and the wedding gives you an incredible opportunity to thank them, share with them, and celebrate with them.

I met my Maid of Honor, Courtney, as a twenty-year-old who had just arrived in Paris and was trying to figure it all out. We talked about French culture, religion, love, dreams, and danced in our cuisine in our appartement in the 4ème arrondissement in Paris. We still refer to that dance as “The Kitchen Dance,” and yes, we break it out from time to time. We also went out with friends and danced all night in Paris and once even walked home to the Marais from the Champs-Elysées with our dear friend and roommate Kettiane, because we couldn’t find a taxi (there was no Uber back then). And this Courtney was there by my side as I married the love of my life.

Below you can see her bouquet and both of our bouquets side-by-side! I wanted the girls to carry bright, feminine flowers.

Maid of Honor bouquetClassic wedding style

Here I am getting ready in the Bridal Lounge at Ocean Edge in front of an enormous vintage mirror with all of my beautiful fleurs around me!

Classic wedding style

Here I am with my beautiful Maman! She and I are so close and always have been. She was my “Something Blue” in her floor-length midnight blue gown! I learned from Martha Stewart that the Mother of the Bride wearing blue can be your “Something Blue!” If the Queen says it, it must be so!

Classic wedding style

My mom and I are always having fun together. We are each other’s sounding board, especially when it comes to style!

Classic wedding style

Classic wedding style

Et puis, c’était le temps pour Cendrillon de descendre l’escalier de la grande maison.

And then, it was time for Cinderella to descend the stairs of the great house.

Cinderella wedding style

And everyone entered not a carriage, but a white trolley!

White wedding trolley

Wedding trolley with the bride!

The trolley picked up me, my bridesmaids, and both my parents. Our trolley driver was so nice to all of us and played songs like “Going to the Chapel,” which we all sang along to as we drove to the nearby church.

Wedding trolley fun!

After our wedding ceremony, we had our first family photo taken. My husband and I have two adorable brother and sister English bulldogs named Jarves and Rosie. Jarves’ bowtie came from Pacific Pooch in California, and Rosie’s pink flower collar came from Cupid Collars, all the way in the U.K.! I found both of these amazing places through Etsy, and both shops rushed the orders for me so we could have them in time for the wedding!

Family wedding photo

Sending lots of love out to you, our readers! Stay tuned for Part II of the Paris-inspired wedding series! Parisian details really came in at the reception, and you’ll see and read all about it!

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Merci et à bientôt,

Lindsay Shores

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18 Comments

  • Reply
    Meredith
    February 5, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    Totally gorgeous! Love all the details.

    • Reply
      Lindsay Shores
      February 5, 2017 at 4:50 pm

      Thank you so much, Meredith! There’s more to come in the upcoming Part II, which focuses on the reception details!

  • Reply
    Jessica Sheppard
    February 6, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    What a lovely wedding! Every detail so beautiful from the rings to the flowers, dresses, venue, and your gown just stunning! Your pics are priceless, love seeing how others plan and fulfill their dreams for their special day. Gorgeous!

    • Reply
      Lindsay Shores
      February 6, 2017 at 10:47 pm

      Thank you, Jessica! You are so sweet! It was such a special day!

  • Reply
    Kat
    February 6, 2017 at 5:22 pm

    Beautiful wedding! What a cute idea to have the bridesmaids in those matching robes. The perfect pastel shades!

    • Reply
      Lindsay Shores
      February 6, 2017 at 10:48 pm

      Thanks so much, Kat! I’m so glad I found those adorable robes! They made getting ready that much more fun!

  • Reply
    Laina Turner
    February 6, 2017 at 8:23 pm

    This is oh, so romantic! Great idea for a wedding.

    • Reply
      Lindsay Shores
      February 6, 2017 at 10:50 pm

      Thank you so much, Laina! Romantic is the right word for the style, definitely!

  • Reply
    Ruthie Ridley
    February 6, 2017 at 9:58 pm

    What a stunning bride you were! I love every single image. You had an amazing photographer!

    • Reply
      Lindsay Shores
      February 6, 2017 at 10:51 pm

      Ruthie, that is so sweet of you. Merci! We LOVED our photographer, Angela Greenlaw. She is such a pro!

  • Reply
    Jackie {theseasidebaker}
    February 7, 2017 at 3:24 am

    What an incredible wedding! I love the pink bridesmaid dresses and the pink bouquet!

  • Reply
    Molly
    February 8, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    What a stunning wedding! And these pictures are absolutely gorgeous!

    Molly // Miss Molly Moon

  • Reply
    angelle marix
    February 8, 2017 at 3:49 pm

    OH MY!! Stunning photos. You look gorgeous. Congrats!!

    xoxo,
    Angelle
    http://www.dashingdarlin.com

  • Reply
    Sincerely Miss J
    February 10, 2017 at 9:55 pm

    This is SO beautiful, Lindsay! Love the inspiration and it looks like it went PERFECT!
    Congratulations!

    Sincerely Miss J
    http://www.sincerelymissj.com

    • Reply
      Lindsay Shores
      February 10, 2017 at 10:31 pm

      What a sweet note! Thank you so much, Miss J! More inspiration to come in Part II of the wedding post, which is going up on the blog very soon!

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