One Francophile Couple's Provence-Inspired Brooklyn Affair

NY, NJ and CT, Real Weddings

We've heard about romances with the boss, but they're usually not this dreamy. When Evan hired Vanessa, they clicked right away, but they didn't start dating until he left their large company to start his own business — and she followed him, Jerry McGuire-style. Three months later, he was proposing in Provence, France. Could it get any more rom-com worthy? After an intimate wedding in the French countryside, the two Francophiles decamped back to New York for an 80-person reception that had the same French country feel. Check out Cozbi Jean's photos of their beautiful September 2013 affair below!

Vanessa and Evan both grew up in Long Island, New York. They're obsessed with all-things French, but they wanted to add some local flair to their Brooklyn reception, and these vintage postcards did the trick.

Vanessa loved her Reem Acra dress not just for its princess feel, but because she'd never seen another bride wear anything like it. Her dress shopping advice? "Go by yourself first, then bring your entourage once you have a few front-runners picked out," she says. Her eclectic bouquet included roses, dahlias, and a pincushion protea.

The couple served a French market-table dinner, family style, from Ici's country-style menu. Highlights included passed charcuterie, pork rillettes, hanger steak and panna cotta. For a signature cocktail, they updated a classic French 75 and called it a Brooklyn 75, in honor of their setting. And, of course, there was plenty of French champagne!

Vanessa and Evan were able to repurpose a lot of their décor from their French wedding, and they kept the flower scheme similar: muted colors with an elegant, whimsical variety of blooms. Each table was named after something the couple loved, like their dog Stella and their favorite restaurant. Custom flags, banners and a French-inspired photo booth added extra touches of personalization.

After digging into their salted caramel buttercream cake, Vanessa and Evan left in a sparkler exit. They mini-mooned in the south of France, of course, then jetted off to Hong Kong and Thailand in December.

Ceremony and Reception Venue: Ici Restaurant || Bride's Wedding Dress: Reem Acra || Shoes: Christian Louboutin || Hair and Makeup: Warren Tricomi at the Plaza Hotel || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale || Groom's Attire: Michael Andrews Bespoke || Florist and Cake: Rose Hip Social || Invitations: Kleinfeld Bridal || Catering: Ici Restaurant || Photography: Cozbi Jean Photography

Did you love the look of this romantic New York wedding? Then check out this early fall wedding at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens!

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