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Lani & François’s Destination Wedding

I’ve been traveling quite a bit this past month and have lots to blog in the next few weeks. First up – France!

It was amazing – Jayse and I spent some time in Paris where we did some sightseeing, a couple trash the dress shoots and my own boudoir photo-shoot at our fab hotel (all of which I can’t wait to share). But the big highlight (and main purpose) of our trip to France was a wedding of Lani & Francois in a quaint little town called Lille. Here’s the sneak peak!

Jayse and I have a special place in our hearts for these two. After they cooked for us at ther house here in town and we met their dog, Bobo we knew we’d become awesome friends – and sure enough – we did! What we didn’t expet was to find their entire family to be so welcoming and inviting. The day we got into Lille we were welcomed by Lani’s mom Nanda, her sweet cousins Michelle and Jared & their mom Tante, and Lani’s brother Kyle & his fiancé Brittany. François’s parents were also there to greet us for a welcome reception at their home and although they didn’t speak any English they communicated their warmth perfectly – and their hospitality was amazing. We felt like we had gained a new family. :-)

On the wedding day, we started the day getting ready at the Olivarius Hotel, and for the first sight we snuck away to a secluded terrace where we made Lani & François wait in anticipation to see each other.

The ceremony took place in a beautiful 500 year old cathedral, L’eglise Saint Philippe, the church François grew up in. Can you imagine growing up in this church?? Fantastic!

For the getaway they drove off to the reception in a vintage BMW!

Now for the totally fabulous wedding party! From right to left is Brittany, David, our lovely bride & groom, Yannick & Michelle. You guys rock!

Lani looked amazing…We also incorporated a windmill into some of their photos to pay tribute to Lani’s Dutch heritage. 

As the sun set at a nearby park – we were thrilled to hear the loud ‘hhhhhhhsssshhhhsssshhhh’ sound of balloons firing off. One went directly over us! We made a mad dash over to the waterline to setup and grab this ending shot just before the sun went down!

L&F: Thanks so much for bringing us on this journey with you! The full set of these will be online soon! We love you guys and are so happy for you two & for all that’s to come as you start your life together. :-)

UPDATE: Lani & François’s wedding was featured on Destination Inspirations! Big thanks goes to Jess McCann! Click here to see her post, including lots more images from Lani & FX’s wedding!

  • October 25, 2010 - 10:39 am

    lani - I can’t even BEGIN to tell you how much I LOVE LOVE LOVE these! We were so lucky to have you be a part of this….and when I say we….I mean our whole family, because they share your sentiments exactly! It could not have been better experience. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!! So excited to see the rest soon. xoxo

  • October 25, 2010 - 11:17 am

    Elena Menz - Wow – beautiful work Chelsea – beautiful couple, beautiful location – you rocked it girl! I would love to assist you one day just to see how you work your magic. :-)

  • October 25, 2010 - 11:35 am

    Roxanne - Wow!!  What an AMAZING  ‘ending shot’ – Chelsea, your magic strikes again.

  • October 25, 2010 - 11:44 am

    Ashley Bartoletti - So beautiful Chels!! My favorites are the car shot and the last shot with the hot air balloons.

  • October 25, 2010 - 12:31 pm

    Kat Forsyth - Gorgeous as always! Love the light, and the hot air balloon one is a stunner!

  • October 25, 2010 - 2:37 pm

    Monty Jessop - Love these images Chelsea, Those balloons in the background are awesome!!!

  • October 25, 2010 - 3:56 pm

    Amy Arrington - Absolutely Gorgeous photos as always.

  • October 25, 2010 - 4:10 pm

    Johnny Deis - Oh my God!
    That very last picture really takes my breath away ..so magic!

  • October 25, 2010 - 6:04 pm

    EN - These are stunning Chelsea. You truly bring out the magic wherever you go!

  • October 25, 2010 - 11:09 pm

    Rowena - I agree! The last picture absolutely takes your breath away! Great pictures! They look happy!

  • October 31, 2010 - 5:43 pm

    Dennise - I gotta say, I agree with everyone here with that last picture with the hot air balloons…everything is beautiful in that picture!  Even the grass is awesome in this pic! =oD

  • November 1, 2010 - 9:01 pm

    miriam holmes - I love these pictures! What an awesome shot with the hot air balloons!!! So beautiful!

  • November 1, 2010 - 10:14 pm

    matt Musgrove - AMAZING!!! You guys look incredible and so happy!!! Great photography!

  • November 2, 2010 - 9:57 am

    Kerri Cunningham - such beautiful photos.  WOW

  • November 2, 2010 - 12:22 pm

    Lisa Curtin - Gorgeous pictures…. Love you both so much :)

  • November 2, 2010 - 12:23 pm

    Freddie Dutrieux - Such beautiful pictures.. SO happy for you both.. :)

  • November 2, 2010 - 9:16 pm

    Nanda Dutrieux-Price - Chels~  Vous etes magnifique !!!  I love them all !!! The one of my Lani Lee is beautiful!!!
    You really captured their love & happiness.  Your’e the BEST!!!

  • November 2, 2010 - 9:35 pm

    FX - Those photo shoots were so fun! And the pics are even better than I ever expected. You guys rock!

  • November 2, 2010 - 10:07 pm

    Charity Sherman - Amazing pics! Love all of them. Congrats you guys.

  • November 5, 2010 - 12:45 am

    Michelle Musgrove - Chelsea: These photos are simply brilliant. You and Jayse really really do take magic wherever you go. The last one especially is so dream like. I feel lucky to have witnessed your genius in France! xo Michelle

  • November 5, 2010 - 12:02 pm

    Elena Brokaw - Absolutely beautiful pictures!  The one with the hot air balloons was my favorite. What a great couple!

  • November 19, 2010 - 2:39 pm

    Priscilla - WOW, that last shot is PERFECT.  Lovely work!

  • November 25, 2010 - 7:52 pm

    Sabre Pendleton - I loved all of these !! Such a good photographer to capture the moment….. and what a moment :)

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