La Maison Favart is a ridiculously beautiful boutique hotel in the heart of Paris,
a short stroll from Opéra, Place Vendôme, and Tuileries, named after
Charles-Simon Favart and Justine Duronceray.
Their romantic history starts thusly;
Favart was the director of the Comic Opéra and became captivated
by Duronceray during a stage performance of Les Fêtes Publiques.
They were married on the 12th of December that very same year.
And so began the incredible story of the most famous couple
in the history of Parisian theatre;
Monsier and Madame Favart.
Here's hoping some of their famous love story rubs off on us!
I was so pleased to be able to collaborate with the hotel on this illustration.
After photographing every nook and gorgeous cranny for inspiration,
I settled upon the Breakfast Room - my favourite!
Every morning began with a croissant and a hot cup of tea,
surrounded by sunshine and that glorious pink upholstery.
Sadly without the perfectly tousled Parisian tresses and cascading gown.
I could hardly do it justice, but I do hope you like it as much as I do.
P.S YES that is a bathtub in the floor. And, who doesn't love a bath in the floor?
DEFINITELY NOT THIS GUY, that's for sure.
Especially when paired with Champagne.
If you're fortunate enough to be traveling to Paris in the future,
visit La Maison Favart's website here for more information:
I don't usually post a lot about my personal life on my blog or social media,
which is a decision I made a long time ago, because I love to keep my feeds
all about my work and inspirations, with the occasional peek at what I get up to behind
the scenes. But in the case of my recent wedding I thought I would break my own rule!
Granted, I have included mostly details of our stunning flowers
(by the exceptional Kristy McDowell AKA Mrs. Florist)
and decorations, but when so many talented people are involved in making it such
a beautiful day it seems a waste not to share!
I don't even know where to begin on a post like this, as any bride knows just HOW MUCH is
involved in the planning and execution of a wedding - and just how many people there are to thank.
If I tried to include it all we'd both be here all day.
So I wanted to focus mainly on the details, the beautiful elements that bring everything together.
Firstly, these gorgeous photos are by one of the most incredible photographers I know,
Jonathan Wherrett. He not only has the sublime ability to used filtered light to absolute perfection,
but also a superb knowledge of SNL skits and can bust out a flawless Barry Gibb Talk Show impersonation with a bride in a field at any given moment.
Snaps for Jonathan!
Our wedding day was blustery to say the least.
Huge gusts of wind kept us channeling our inner Beyoncé-in-front-of-her-wind-machine, raking fingers through hair, forever trying to flick it back to its original place.
In the end though, you just have to give up and accept that you're
going to be a wind-swept bridal party.
The thing is, something is always going to go wrong. You can never have total control.
I spent a few back-breaking days dip-dying linen napkins an amazing
fuschia colour, only to throw them in the washing machine and see them all
turn the same shade of sugary pink.
We bought board games for those who don't like to dance or drink
- but ran out of time to set them up.
I bought about 40 Moroccan tea glasses at the very beginning of the planning stages,
only to leave them sitting in a cupboard, completely forgotten.
But on the day you just don't care.
Because you're surrounded by your new husband, all of your friends, and your family.
And everything looks beautiful.
One of my favourite things was our wedding cake.
Those of you who have followed me for a while on instagram may have seen that I have
a bit of a collection of vintage Disney figures - Bambi and Co. I call them.
My husband's favourite Disney movie growing up was Robin Hood.
So how lucky were we to discover this beautiful figure on eBay!
'CAKE TOPPER!' we exclaimed.
Beautiful prints spouting loving sentiments were used as decor,
the 'Forever' print above by my friends at Blacklist,
And then, of course, The Gown.
I feel like the gown can fill a blog post in itself.
I was so beyond lucky to work with the incomparable Jane Hill on my wedding dress,
an experience that will stay with me for the rest of my life.
Jane very sadly passed away last year, and I don't think there is a bride that worked with her
whose heart didn't break when they found out.
I was fortunate to work with her on a few collaborative projects in addition to my gown,
so I know just how passionate and creative she was behind the scenes
as well as in our more 'official' appointments.
When it came to my dress, she was pure genius.
I arrived armed with references I had collected along with millions of words I threw at her,
sitting excitedly on the pink-rugged floor of her Toorak studio -
'Blush! Tulle! Texture! Beading!'
- and she managed (with a giggle, some champagne, and a lot of enthusiasm)
to bring them all together into one perfect gown.
And I thank her from the bottom of my heart, along with the incredible team at Jane Hill Bridal;
Jen, for taking over my appointments and being so gorgeous and supportive,
and Sophie, for having the best hands in the business and bringing this little vision we had to life.
I don't have enough words to thank these beautiful women,
but hopefully the smile on my face above says it all!