Have you ever attended a wedding in a foreign country? There is something more romantic about it. I'm not sure if it was the happy couple or all the chocolate croissants, but there was a lot of love in the air for Lauren and Mourad's wedding. Their love story is basically from a storybook: girl travels the world, boy patiently waiting for a wife, their eyes meeting across the bar, a proposal on the Eiffel Tower, and a wedding in Paris surrounded by their friends and family. At the end of the story, you realize they traveled the globe to meet each other and that is possibly the most romantic thought ever.
Here are some pieces that I made for their wedding day!
For this international celebration, Lauren and Mourad opted for a simple invitation with an online RSVP. Guests were coming from all over the world, including the U.S., Canada, Algeria, and more. Instead of putting together an elaborate guide to attending their celebration, Lauren and Mourad helped each guest curate a perfect Parisian experience.
A wedding in Paris is one to be remembered! For the bride and bridesmaids, I made these customized hangers, adding each person's name along with the date and the bride and groom's name. These are the perfect keepsake!
Materials used: wooden hanger, Molotow paint pen
Place cards were put on a DIY frame at the entrance of the reception hall. Guests found their cards and seated themselves at their assigned table.
Materials used: Dr. Ph. Martin's Bleedproof White ink, paper provided by bride
Each table was outfitted with an ornate setting, completed by simplistic table numbers on a beautiful paper found in Paris. It's the small details that put together the big picture!
Materials used: Molotow paint pen, paper provided by bride
Mothers work hard to help their children with their wedding day, but I think making 400 individual desserts by hand for wedding favors takes the cake. Mourad's mother, Nadia, and her sisters made traditional Algerian desserts to put inside these ornate boxes. To honor her hard work, Lauren and Mourad asked for a customized stamp to add to each box. I designed this stamp and with the help of West Michigan Stamp and Seal, created a simple stamp to put on cardstock tags. The stamp reads Fait à la main avec amour par Madame Talbi et ses sœurs in French, translating to "Made with love by Mrs. Talbi and her sisters."
Materials used: Illustrator, self-inking stamp, cream cardstock
Each wedding is unique in its own right, and your requests for signs at your wedding are the same! For Lauren and Mourad's celebration, we made signs to honor loved ones who have passed and for the card table, photo booth, and bar.
Materials used: Molotow paint pens, Craftsmart chalk pens, signs provided by bride
Originally installed as a special decor piece for the bachelorette party, the coral, rose gold, and white balloon garland made a beautiful addition to the photos for the morning of the wedding. This was my first time making a balloon garland and I think it turned out great – especially considering that it was in an Airbnb in a foreign country! We brought all the necessary pieces with us.
Materials used: assorted balloons, wall hooks, fishing wire
Reception Venue: Le Pavillon du Lac
Dress: Renee Austin
Flowers: Atelier Floral
Invitations: Daltyn Terpstra, Mission Press (Chicago, Illinois)
Stamp: West Michigan Stamp and Seal
Photos by Emma Jane Browne.