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our wedding circa 2004 . . .

We decided to get married in France.  We had never been to France together (I had been to Paris with my mum) but decided, over margaritas one night at our favorite Mexican joint (Lares), that France it would be!

I jumped on Google, googled "wedding coordinators destination wedding France" and found my petite monsieur, Miguel.  He was wonderful; he chose the quaint little town of Arles in the South of France for us to say "oui."  We planned everything in 6mths and before we knew it we were checking into our "Lune de miel" suite at the Hotel Jules Cesar  with 30 of our friends and family for our wedding weekend. 

I wanted to share photos of this hotel because it is such a unique gem.  The hotel is a 17th century convent in the heart of the old town. The nun's cells have been turned into big, indulgent bedrooms. The cloistered galleries include the Restaurant "Lou Marques", which has amazing Provencal cooking (we had our rehearsal dinner here.)  The heated swimming pool is surrounded by the beautiful lavender gardens that you can smell anywhere in the hotel. 

The outdoor terrace where I ate breakfast with my mum & sister the morning of our wedding


Part of the restaurant in the original convent building


The front of the hotel that you drive up to when you arrive!


The courtyard in the center of the hotel - we drank our first champagne together as "husband and wife" here


The pool and outdoor lounge area - love love love the original stonework on the hotel


We spent the next 3 weeks traveling around the South of France and the Cote de Azur but before we left Arles we spent 3 days at L'Hotel Particulier and O.M.G this hotel is absolutely IT!!!!! It is a small intimate boutique hotel that has been unmatched in my eyes.  I died when we checked in and I never wanted to leave.  Check out the website and read some reviews, it is just simply stunning.


This is the pool and part of the gardens - the white shuttered doors, in the background, were the doors from our room - YES all three sets; the room was huge !!!


Another view from the garden gates into the hotel grounds


One of the bedrooms


This was our room!!!!! It has a fireplace directly to the right and a stunning bathroom with a free standing claw-footed bathtub to the left.  The bathroom has its own white shuttered doors opening up to a separate patio - you can open the doors while you bathe and look out into the gorgeous gardens.  The ceilings were super high and the white gauzy curtains would billow in the evening breeze *heart fluttering*


The entrance to the hotel - down a small cobble stoned side-street


One of the bathrooms in a suite - love the rugs; they were all over the hotel


The newly renovated lobby (it was different when we were there but this is gorg!!)

Honestly, if you ever go to the South of France you MUST visit Arles.  It is one of the most magical places I have ever been and if people seem interested I can post some of our actual wedding photos (it was featured in Cosmo Bride (UK edition)). 

Images via hotel websites 

3 comments

  1. This is a place i'll keep in mind...can you believe ive never visited abroad??? I swear, if i wasnt so scared to fly , i would go tomorrow. Great place!

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  2. This looks STUNNING! What a gorgeous space for a wedding...I'll bet it was just unforgettable. I would like to transport there immediately!

    xo,
    joAnn

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  3. That sounds unreal!! How magical! It looks magnificent.

    So - in response to the raw hide at World Market - I looove it! It's one of my fave purchases, and it looks really rich. I definitely recommend it. Also - my dog loves it (which freaked me out at first) I try to not have him walk on it, but I've had the rug for about 6 months and you can't tell at all that he has ever even laid a paw on it. The picture is from about 2 weeks ago too!
    Hope this helps!
    xo,
    hallie

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