Event planner and floral stylist Cassie Cherneski loves everything about the country of France and wanted to introduce her primarily American audience to the beauty and irresistible charm of this wedding destination. For this editorial concept, she chose a venue in sun-soaked Provence, the Abbaye Saint Eusebe, with its Mediterranean charm, tall cypress groves and lavender fields galore. For this shoot, she imagined an intimate elopement for a stylish couple that juxtaposed ancient, medieval architecture (the Abbaye Saint Eusebe dates back to the 11th century) with lush, glamourous details.

Our bride Cindy wore a sparkling two-piece sheath gown by Eddy K Italia and her look was completed with a cathedral length blush veil.
She carried a loose, textural bouquet filled with roses, sweet peas, queen anne’s lace, eucalyptus and foraged greenery. The bouquet’s colors included mauve, mustard, and touches of lavender, inspired by the colors of the region. Her groom Sacha looked debonair in a slim-fitting charcoal suit with a black tie.

The creative team styled an intimate ceremony inside the Abbaye, with Cindy and Sacha flanked by two stately trees and groupings of candles. The rough stone walls of the Abbaye were the perfect contrast to the lush greenery and romantic candlelight.

Cassie designed a welcoming, intimate table among the Abbaye’s cypress trees where couple could sit down with their nearest friends to celebrate after their ceremony. She draped the table in a mauve velvet linen and set each place with driftwood chargers and black flatware. Cassie filled an urn to overflowing with blooms, and placed it atop the table, and lit an assortment of taper candles placed in brass candlesticks so our couple could see as the sun sank below the hilltops. – Alexandra Vonk