My romantic heart is utterly inspired by the Old World so when I have the chance to photograph a France-inspired wedding, you better believe I’m going to jump at the opportunity!
I’ve been to The Olana a few times and it never ceases to amaze me. It’s a beautiful, elegant, French-inspired estate in Dallas, TX with a few drawing rooms, several fireplaces, luxurious staircases, and lush hedges. Oh yeah, and it used to be someone’s actual home. Can you even imagine living in a place like that?
What makes this French-inspired wedding inspiration editorial particularly exciting for me is how Heather Benge plays off the architecture and colors typically found in a French château throughout her design.
And when you put a handsome groom in a vibrant bright navy suit from The Modern Groom, he can’t help but take center stage. Nordi, you looked amazing! And yes yes yes, Alexia, I’m not gonna leave you out – you looked radiant in your tiered, lace gown designed by Weddings By Debbie.
Another design element that made my heart flutter was the reception decor. The way Heather played with color, against the light cream facade of The Olana allowed all of the other decor details to have their moment in the spotlight. The combination felt very chic, which is exactly what you want when looking for French-inspired wedding inspiration!
If you’re looking for luxury linens for your wedding, you’ve got to check out Nuage Designs Inc. I first became aware of them last fall and every time I get to photograph their decor offerings, I’m astounded by their luxury look, affordable price, and how freaking well they photograph!
Host: Styled Shoots Across America
Concept & Planning: Heather Benge
Venue: The Olana
Photography: Lauren Baker Photography
Hair & Makeup: Sunkissed And Made Up
Stationery: Birdsong Bespoke
Floral Design: Justine’s Flowers
Cake: XO Cakery
Tabletop Rentals, Chairs & Decor: Royal Event Rentals
Vintage Rentals: Borrowed Treasures
Gown Salon: Weddings By Debbie
Men’s Wear: The Modern Groom
Linens: Nuage Designs Inc
Signage: Cora And Belle Studio
Shoes: Bella Belle Shoes
Earrings: All About Romance
Live Painter: Courtney Kibby Designs
How do we even start to say thank you for all the work and effort you put into our wedding day?
- Josie and Scott
Lauren played such a meaningful role in our wedding, capturing the day in photos that we'll look back on for the rest of our lives. She kept Scott and me calm and sane - Lauren is a miracle worker! She put in 100% effort and gave us her very best, and that means so much to me. Seeing our photographs makes me so excited and so happy that Lauren was with us on this journey.
Lauren made the process so easy and made us feel so comfortable!
- Amy and Luke
We just wanted to say thank you again so much for your amazing work. You were seriously incredible to work with and we loved the locations you suggested for both our engagement shoot and the spots in Stillwater. We were very worried about getting professional photos done since we had never done it before, but you made the process so easy and made us feel so comfortable. Thank you!
Working with Lauren was easy breezy and FUN! She gave us our most treasured photos ever!
- GRACE AND NICK
There was a chunk of time in our wedding planning when we thought we'd go without a professional photographer to save on cost (terrible idea!) but once we met with Lauren, we knew we'd be in good hands. She checked in often and asked questions that got us thinking about other parts of the wedding that we probably would've missed. Lauren captured exactly who we are as a couple!
Lauren's enthusiasm and passion make the photo-taking process so fun – she made me feel like a star!
- Alisa AND Adam
Lauren and her team are so much fun to work with! She made us feel so comfortable on the day of our wedding, providing both silly and helpful cues to help us relax and be ourselves in our photos. Lauren’s background in dance is super helpful in recognizing simple posture changes that make a big difference, too. Oh, and the photos we got are just stunning!
Lauren was pivotal in making our wedding day perfect!
- Emma AND Erik
My husband and I looked FOR MONTHS to find the perfect photographer and after meeting Lauren we knew was the best fit for us. She made our day so much fun and easy. She found little opportunities to make the perfect photo all with a calm ease that comes from someone who has an artistic eye along with experience in understanding the flow of a wedding.
Not only is Lauren an amazing human being, but she is an awesome photographer!
- Haley AND Erick
I've been in several weddings and have worked with a multitude of photographers and I never felt as confident as I did with Lauren. I love how professional she is. She helped with the timeline way in advance and we stuck to that timeline the day of. She was also able to professionally and firmly keep unruly family members settled and focused and navigated family drama beautifully!
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