Apr 2014

Maria Clara + Amance

French-Brazilian Wedding in Rio de Janeiro with a Pom Pom Aisle and a View on the Corcovado

Amongst all the cities I’ve visited, Rio de Janeiro is one of my favourites. It’s even on our top list if we ever decide to move to Brazil some day. Sure, as for any city, there are pros and cons… and maybe there are even a bit more cons than pros when it comes to Rio. But what can I say, who’s never fallen for the bad guy? Rio is a fantastic city, that mixes nature and urban landscapes in a strange and beautiful way. And of course, there’s the sea! Maria Clara and Amance got married in the neighbourhood of Santa Teresa, with a view on the Corcovado, the city and its surroundings. Needless to say I love their venue, but I also particularly love the pom pom aisle they created for their day! Photos by Fábio Moro.



The wedding took place on July 20th, in Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The venue was Recanto do Barão which it is a large house surrounded by a beautiful garden.
I don’t know if you know Rio, but from Santa Teresa you have a great view of the city: we could see the Sugar Loaf, the Corcovado, some beaches.. astonishing!
Amance and I met in Rio. He was here to study, on an internship program. He came from Lyon and, coincidently, I went to Lyon 2 weeks after meeting him, also to an internship program. When I came back, he was still around and we satyed together for a while. After he finished his studies here, we stayed 2 years making trips Rio – Lyon, Lyon – Rio. Then finally, we decided it wasn’t funny at all and Amance came to stay definitely in Rio :).
The entire wedding was planned in 3 months only, and it was crazy to do so many things on such a short time. My mother helped me a lot on this.


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Name one thing you regret…

My first wedding planner was very, very bad. I regret I lost time with her. But fortunately we found other great vendors afterwards. So, honestly, I don’t regret anything. Everything was so perfect! Maybe I could just  have arrived earlier; I had the make-up and hair done at the wedding venue and since I arrived late, we didn’t have much time to take much making of pictures.


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… And one thing you’re really happy about/ proud of.

I am very happy to have accepted the challenge of making an entire wedding in such a short time: venue, decoration, dress, invitation.. There are so much things to do, and I though it wasn’t possible to make it all in 3 months. I really wouldn’t be able to do it without my family’s support before and during the wedding planning: they encouraged me to do it and helped me a lot with vendors. I am very grateful to them for having encouraged and helped me on this, because a wedding reception is just awesome: you have all you friends and family there to see your new beginning with the one you love. Amance’s family and friends also came, and it was rewarding to see both families together. All the good energy around and the genuine best wishes from our friends and family made this day much more special than I could imagine. So, I would say to everyone who thinks about the cost and hard work to make a wedding: it’s really worth it!


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The word of the photographer.

From my point of view, it was a very romantic wedding, with the specificity that it united two persons from different countries. The attention was also drawn on the very delicate decoration, that reminded of the union between France and Brazil. The choice of the venue was fundamental because of the fantastic view on Rio de Janeiro. I can say that I had just what I needed to document a beautiful wedding story: love, delicate touches and a beautiful view!

Dec 2013

Jessica + Mark

Pop Colors, Balloons, Crepe Paper Flowers and Pom Poms for the Ceremony Exit

Jessica and Mark had a playful, colorful and fun wedding, full of DIY details and personal touches. They used crepe paper flowers and birds to create a nice ceremony setting, and their guests were throwing paper pom poms at them for the ceremony exit – what a great idea! I’m usually not a big fan of tents, but I have to say they did an amazing job decorating the place and the tables! And… there’s even a campfire! Well, I think you got it, I’m really excited to show you this wedding! Photography by Rhema Images Photography.



The wedding took place at the bride’s parents home in Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, on September 14, almost exactly three years after the couple’s first date.

Our first date was Sept 15th, 2010. We clicked instantly and were together from that day forward. Almost exactly three years later Mark and I were exchanging vows. I knew for sure we would marry and evidently everyone else did too. My mother began working on favors, centerpieces and even invitation ideas a year before mark actually proposed. Lucky she did because it took almost a year and a half to handcraft every aspect of this colorful and whimsical celebration. Two other things added to the magic of the wedding. It was an outdoor ceremony and the weather was overcast the entire day. Miraculously right before I started to walk down the isle, the sun appeared. And exiting the ceremony had its own magic, for the guests threw pom poms instead of rice, filling the sky with colorful balls. We wanted the feeling at our wedding to be exactly like our relationship, easy going, spontaneous, colorful and sweet. Our wedding was just that.

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Name one thing you regret… 
This is an interesting question because we feel like the one thing we regret could also be what ended up making our wedding such a blast for all of our guests. We had many activities going on outside of the wedding tent, games, a beautiful photo booth, and a cozy fire surrounded by haystacks. No one felt they were restricted to any one area. This was a lot of fun but it made it difficult to get everyone under the wedding tent for events such as cake cutting and bouquet/garter toss. What we were missing was someone who could be in charge of organizing the events of the night a little more smoothly, a coordinator of sorts. Everyone was so busy having fun, certain details were neglected.

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… And one thing you’re really happy about/ proud of.

 Our wedding was definitely a visual masterpiece, all heart and handcrafted by the people who love us.  We couldn’t have been prouder of how everything looked from the arbor, centerpieces, chandeliers, hundreds of crepe paper flowers and amazing homemade wedding cake! The fact that everyone had a part in creating this made it unforgettably beautiful. Mark and I added to this by writing our own vows to one another and performing a choreographed first dance for our guests. We had a blast taking dance lessons the week before our wedding and we still hear comments on how fun our dance was.

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