Many of you asked me what I did during my last trip in Paris, and although I shared a lot on my social media, I don't blame you for being curious!
So, here it is, I’ve chosen to give you a glimpse and of course many of my visits and experiences will be the topic of specific articles ...
To be honest, I never tire of talking and commenting on this magnificent French capital which amazes me every time.
Here’s a summary I made in Paris:
And yes, I wore a Chaumet tiara, well let's be more specific, a metal replica, it’s still magnificent and obviously I couldn’t resist the temptation to try on a few diamonds (Chaumet)… You know how much I love jewellery, reread My Wedding Ring.
For those who are familiar with the place, you recognised La Samaritaine in the background, after 15 years of closure and an incredible renovation, this department store has reopened its doors to the public and I had the immense privilege of discover it in a unique way. Of course, an article will be dedicated to it ...
Museums... Here are the ones I visited this time:
And also churches...
I also had the opportunity to see 2 magnificent exhibitions organised in collaboration with Van Cleef & Arpels:
In addition, I went to admire the incredible Van Cleef & Arpels Private Collection, Place Vendôme (photos not allowed).
I’d like to warmly thank Van Cleef & Arpels for their hospitality and kindness, and I look forward to seeing you again!
I also let myself go with the wind, walking through the streets and parks of Paris ...
Besides seeing my friends, I made many new ones.
Especially Thibaut, an incredible artist who did my portrait based on the photos of My Solo Wedding in Santorini!
Because Paris is all of that, luxury, art, architecture, history, beauty & new friendships ...
And also, some pleasure! 😊
It’s been a while since I last talked about my Solo Wedding in Santorini on the blog, yet I do talk about it every day and many of you are curious about everything ...
Today, I’ve chosen the venue, of course you’ve already seen many pictures and I’ve mentioned it in my article Wines of Santorini.
However, there are many details that I haven’t yet shared with you, especially you’ll discover a new excerpt from my book My Solo Wedding in Santorini, at the end of this article 😊
“It's penicillin that heals men, but it's the good wine that makes them happy.”
So, no wonder I chose a vineyard, especially since you know how much I appreciate wine.
To tell the truth, out of the dozen proposals given by our wedding planner, we had selected 2, and yes, it is rare that I mention it, but my fiancé had participated in this selection phase.
He had chosen an elegant villa on the cliffs, and I picked a vineyard.
We wanted the same location for the ceremony and the reception, with a view of the caldera of course.
In 2016, I set foot on this island then unknown to me, to visit and decide on the location of the ceremony.
When I discovered Venetsanos Winery in Megalochori, I knew it was the perfect place!
(These photos were taken in 2016 during my first visit 😊)
"Give me some coffee to change things that I can change. And wine to accept those that I cannot change. "
A year later, I had a lot to accept!
My fiancé had just abandoned me, our wedding was almost fully organised, I was excited to return to Santorini, I couldn't bring myself to lose that part of happiness.
The best decision of my life ...
And I have to say this venue was absolutely amazing for my Solo Wedding in Santorini, I couldn't have asked for better!
Excerpt from My Solo Wedding in Santorini or How he saved my life, by Laëtitia Nguyen
Already from the car park, I could not believe my eyes. The view of the caldera was breathtaking. A large stone staircase led to a magnificent terrace, the place for the ceremony, I imagined myself completely, holding my father’s arm to go down the stairs to join my future husband, with the sea as a witness. It was elegant and classic with these old stones everywhere, there was a big circle of seven metres in diameter, in pebbles drawn on the ground, perfect to determine the dance floor, and to suit any choreography.
Thanks again to all the providers of my Solo Wedding in Santorini:
Dress: Atelier Pronovias, Shop Brides of Brisbane - Brisbane City (Australia)
Alterations: PQ Fashions, Brisbane City (Australia)
Shoes: Edward Meller (Day), Christian Louboutin (Evening)
Ring: Antique Cameo, Shop Precious Stones Brisbane (Australia)
Jewellery: Cassandra Lynne (U.S)
Tiara: JJ's House
Clutch bag: Forever New
Jacket: Yves Salomon
Hairdressing, Makeup, Manicure: by myself
Wedding Planners: Divine Weddings Santorini, Maria Alexandrapoulos & Katerina Panagopoulou, Santorini (Greece)
Venue: Venetsanos Winery, Megalochori, Santorini (Greece)
Celebrant: John Kavallaris, Santorini (Greece)
Photographer: Alexander Hadji, Santorini (Greece)
Flowers: Betty Flowers, Santorini (Greece)
DJ & Light: Multimedia Events, Santorini (Greece)
Catering: Spicy Bites, Santorini (Greece)
Drinks: Wine from Venetsanos Winery, Champagne Cuvée Clovis (Maison Batillot & Fils, France)
Wedding cake: Petranart, Megalochori, Santorini (Greece)
Fireworks: Skylight Santorini Fireworks, Santorini (Greece)
Accommodation: Ampelonas Apartments, Imerovigli, Santorini (Greece)
More pictures in my article My Solo Ceremony.
Read all the articles of my Solo Wedding in Santorini: HERE.
More excerpts from my book: HERE.
Next Article: August 28!
Love & Joy,