Would you have a destination wedding? This French countryside wedding will make your heart swell…


Here’s the amazing story, told by the bride Maria-Xuan (thanks to Once Wed Magazine for letting us share)…

One sunny afternoon in Provence, next to a swimming pool, Laurent (my soon to be “fiancé”) kneeled down in his bathing suit, grabbed a ring from behind a bush, and asked me to marry him…of course, that very same day we decided we would be married in that very same place. Everything in the Mas des Songes turned out to be perfect, from the elegant decoration, the incredible guitarist, the delicious French food, to the loving owners of the farmstead. We wanted our wedding to bring friends from all around the world together to celebrate for an entire weekend. It had to be simple yet special, which is why we concentrated on small personal touches, such as choosing a tiny old church, an unforgettable African priest, small gifts from Vietnam (where my father is from) for each guest, music throughout the entire evening, dancing before/during/after the dinner, a magician surprising us during the entire weekend with his simple yet extraordinary tricks, a very special photographer, favorite wines and spirits and a hot-dog and candy stand at 2am!

But behind the scenes, the hour before the ceremony was a roller coaster: A huge storm blew in, lighting struck a tree and the reception tent flooded. As we left for the church, we decided to announce to our guests that the dinner had to be canceled. But miraculously, upon saying our vows, the sky cleared, the sun came out, and we had the most incredible evening of our lives.

To celebrate our backgrounds, we served a French dinner with Asian touches (including fried dim sum, a veal filet, fish cooked with lime and lemongrass), followed by a traditional French Chou à la Crème instead of a wedding cake.

Congratulations to the happy couple, who, it turns out, are expecting a baby boy at the end of August! Wasn’t their wedding beautiful? I love how simple and heartfelt it was–and her wedding dress was stunning. xoxo

Credits: Photography: Tec Petaja, via Once Wed Magazine. Event production and catering: Les Mas des Songes, a special thank you to Margot and her family for their wonderful work. Church: Eglise Notre-Dame de Suzette. Venue: les Mas des Songes in Provence. Bride’s dress: Temperley London’s Jean Dress. Groom’s suit: Zegna. Dessert: La Maison Jouvaud. Music: Denis Diaz and DJ Vito. Bridesmaid dresses: Lanvin & Sessun. Bridesmaid accessories: Maria-Xuan. (I’m a jewelry designer, and I made them earrings and bags). Decor: Our best friends and relatives all helped with DIY decorations and details.

Thanks to Emily for letting me excerpt this beautiful wedding from the new Once Wed Magazine. The special-edition wedding magazine is the brainchild of Emily Newman and Joy Thigpen from the OnceWed wedding blog. (Copies available here.) Thank you so much, Emily, and huge congrats! xoxoxo