{Travel Diary} Garden Party Style

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Marchesa dress (c/o) // BHLDN earrings (c/o) // Christian Louboutin heels (similar) // Zara clutch (similar here) // Colette Malouf ring (c/o)

photos by Shane LaVancher

When I thought of what to wear to a wedding event at a chateau, I immediately thought of the most romantic brand of dresses ever made and fit for an aristocratic lifestyle, Marchesa. Known for their beautiful red carpet and wedding gowns, Marchesa creates show-stopping dresses that I knew were perfect for such a luxurious event celebrating love.

It was fitting to wear not only because it’s the 10th anniversary of the brand, but also that the bride wore Marchesa for the ceremony. I was in the wedding party, so I of course wore a bridesmaid dress chosen by the bride (from BHLDN), but I had to outfit myself for all of the other planned festivities, including the most romantic of them all, a wine and cheese tasting in a cave under the castle.

When I walked out of the chateau in this garden party style dress towards the red-carpet-lined-moat (no joke!) leading to the wine cellar, I immediately was declared by a gaggle of guests that I officially was the “best dressed guest” of the wedding. I’ll take it, but really this dress was the most incredible piece I’ve ever wore. Not only is it totally on trend with the off-the-shoulder style, but the intricate floral applique design, a signature of Marchesa, felt like I was wearing a work of art, blending in with the garden landscape on my way to the event. I mixed high-end with a more affordable beaded clutch, which mimicked a trellis for the floral design.

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The cave was dreamy, filled with hundreds of candles illuminating the wine barrels, each representing a region of France, complete with wines and cheeses paired from each (my favorite being wine from Médoc and Époisses de Bourgogne cheese, in case you want to know) and the guests were all equally fabulously dressed, and might I add, careful to not spill any of the wine!

Stay tuned for more of my sartorial adventures in France…

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Dress For The Occasion

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ASOS dress // Nine West heels (selling them on Poshmark now) // vintage belt // Etro earring worn as a necklace // Tory Burch bag (similar style here) // E.Kammeyer bracelet

If you’ve been following me lately, you may have noticed that I was traveling abroad and spent some time in Paris. Paris was incredible and book-ended my trip, but the real reason I was in France—aside for eating my weight croissants—was to celebrate the wedding of my good friend Emily. It wasn’t an ordinary wedding, but  a 4-day trip filled with events and festivities at a chateau in Vallery, Burgundy just south of Paris.

Emily is a fashion and accessories designer and her now husband may be the most into fashion of any straight guy I know, so naturally each event had a suggested dress attire to it and of course I had to step up my game with so many fashionable people that attended.

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image courtesy of Château des Condé

The first night we arrived at the chateau there was a beautiful Moroccan dinner in a pavilion decorated with bright colors, lanterns, rugs, a fountain, poufs to sit on and tables low to the ground.

I’m not usually one to wear bright colors, especially neon pink, but this dress was not only my style silhouette (70’s style), but also perfect for the event theme. The people that dressed for the theme of event were happy they did because it was fitting and talked about among the guests. Some literally wore items from Morocco, while most opted for the inspiration with bright colors. The dress I wore was a big hit because it nodded to both the style and color of the culture, while also was unique.

It got me thinking about all of the weddings we dress for and how you really have to think about all of the elements: the couple, the guests, the location, time of day, etc. to figure out what to wear. The hubby and I are about to go to a beach wedding coming up and he was planning on wearing dark colors, while I was planning on wearing some beachy, summery colors, so it’s a good thing we talked about it beforehand. I prefer to dress for the particular occasion and even if I ever feel over-dressed, I feel good about it because the outfit is on point.

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