Planning & Styling by Nomad Republic
Tara & Gabriel tied the knot on September 26th, 2021 at Chateau Saint Georges on the French Riviera. Their wedding had been postponed 3 times due to COVID and was supposed to happen at the end of summer 2022 when they decided they couldn’t wait any longer and wanted to seal their love in the fall of 2021.
They started their 3-day wedding festivities with a welcome party at Le Versailles, a restaurant terrace with sea views in scenic Villefranche-Sur-Mer. The weather forecasts for the next day, THE day, weren’t optimistic: heavy rains and thunderstorms so we had no choice but to switch to plan B and move their black-tie al fresco affair to indoors.
The bride’s gown was inspired by one of Elizabeth Taylor’s many wedding dresses and designed with Laurent Kapelski.
The couple’s Jewish ceremony, celebrated by Peter Madan, took place inside the Chateau Saint Georges‘ grand „Salon Napoleon”. Floraison Paris, their floral designer, used the French window walls offering spectacular views of the Grasse valley, as a backdrop for the celebration.
For the table designs, the bride had a clear vision of what she wanted to achieve. Their florist created lovely floral centerpieces in champagne and peachy colors to contrast with the soft blue touches brought by the candles and napkins. Mismatched French dish ware and velvet table numbers crafted by Tara’s mom added a vintage flair to the decor, and the bride’s touch – coral seashells with hand-tied silk ribbons in lieu of name tags as well as Greek busts embellished with seashell crowns – the whimsical and unique trait the bride was aiming for. The focal point of the reception designs was two floral clouds suspended over the head table.
Between each course, the couple and their guests would hit the dance floor for the hora and other traditional dances. Their dinner reception ended with a speech by the bride & groom who invited everyone to join them inside for cake cutting and their first dance, signaling them that the evening was segueing to PARTY mode.
Tara & Gabriel’s wedding weekend ended with a sunny brunch in the Chateau’s gardens.
KIND WORDS FROM THE BRIDE
Working with Nomad Republic was a dream. Stephanie put up with all my crazy ideas and all the crafting I did to make the decor exactly what I imagined. Even though the whole wedding was planned for outside and we ended up receiving the only day of rain in 30 days, she was able to make sure the space was so beautiful and intimate, that the wedding was still magical and special.