Fair warning, you might have to pick your jaw up off the floor after perusing this gallery from Greg Finck and La Fabrique à Rêves. I sure did. And then I stuck around for a while to soak it all in... the breathtaking Provence landscape, the florals tucked in every corner, Julie Song Ink's whimsical lettering. It's all tucked into this gallery that we can't get enough of.
From the height of a rocky spur overlooking the scrublands and vineyards of the Luberon, the citadel and chateau of Ménerbes keep watch over their treasure. Celebrated as one of the most beautiful villages of the Luberon, it has stone ramparts, frontons marked with dates and vaulted cellars that you enter like Ali Baba caves… The little paved streets lead the way to the rich historic heritage of the town, taking you to the doors of old residences and the 17th century bell tower rising over the square. This genuine place full of character has triumphantly stood the test of time and preserved the authentic Provencal spirit.
Countless artists have responded to the call of this generous territory, fired by an inspiration renewed by so much beauty and unspoiled countryside. Nicolas de Staël and Picasso both owned houses at Ménerbes. They were joined by a large number of creative figures, with musicians, actors and writers all finding a haven in one of the beautiful farms scattered around the village.
It wasn’t difficult for us to choose Ménerbes as home for our workshop.
Between Gordes and Ménerbes, there is an elegant 18th century residence: a typical country farm restored with respect for the pure tradition of the Provencal "mas". Nestling among 23 hectares of vines, La Bastide de Marie shines out with a splendour rooted in authenticity. A driveway bordered by cyprus trees, century-old olive trees and enchantingly scented lavender bushes leads up to the house. Naturally we chose La Bastide de Marie and its emblematic surroundings where everything seems to whisper that here as our muse for our workshop.
Lying in Ménerbes, La Bastide de Marie provides a setting ideal for the perfect life under an Epicurean sun… Indeed it is surroundings of exceptional beauty; in the very heart of vineyards in an intimate atmosphere of peaceful quiet and sensuous ease.
The entire design was directly inspired by the elegance of the Bastide de Marie and its surrounding area.
To highlight the delicate juxtaposition of natural beauty and the true artisan talent reflected in architecture and art, we chose a palate of light & strong flowery pink, yellow cream and a touch of green to express a Bohemian Spirit & a Spring touch.
Our beautiful model Inès wore an exquisite gown from Claire Pettibone named after Florentine, which were perfectly paired with the delicate wreath of flowers by l’Art qui Pousse. The incredible calligraphy stationary done by Julie Song Ink with natural pink & green watercolor painted on a very pretty paper gave this atmosphere its final touch.
We chose the terrace in front of the vineyards as the backdrop for our dinner table with an antique wooden table turned into a bohemian spirit adorned with flowers and candlelight. We decorated the Wedding Cake with a crown of flowers.
Very special thanks and acknowledgment go to Gabriel Menassier from mg-image for his incredible video, and to Greg Finck Photography for his remarkable talent capturing moments.