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Lauren & Gilles: A Traditional Church Wedding in Philadelphia, PA

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Lauren and Gilles’ invitations introduced their guests to their subtly stylish theme. The navy blue ribbon trim matched the bridesmaid dresses perfectly.
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Lauren’s five bridesmaids wore strapless, navy blue, satin, tea-length dresses by Dessy. Since neither Lauren nor Gilles was crazy about tuxedos, they instead had their groomsmen wear navy suits with white shirts. They all wore sage and navy neckties by Michael Kors, the couple’s gift to their male attendants.
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Lauren’s hair was pulled into a loose, low bun adorned with a Malis-Henderson comb embellished with crystals and ivory feathers.
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Lauren carried a bouquet of pale green and blue hues that included roses, orchids, and hydrangeas.
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Lauren’s bridesmaids held pale green bouquets of orchids, roses, and hydrangeas that were a beautiful contrast to the deep blue of their dresses.
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Gilles and his groomsmen sported green orchids on their lapels.
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Lush, low centerpieces of pale green hydrangeas, orchids, roses, and daisies sat in silver bowls atop the reception tables.
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Instead of using numbers, Lauren and Gilles named their tables for cities in France that they had visited together or that were significant to the groom’s family.
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Lauren and Gilles’ guests enjoyed a three-tier ivory cake adorned with Swiss dots and an arrangement of fresh green flowers on the top tier.

Lauren & Gilles in Philadelphia, PA

Lauren and Gilles first met while Lauren was in college and studying abroad for a year in Gilles’ hometown of Avignon, France. “I always saw him in group situations and remember thinking he was really cute,” Lauren says. The Bride Lauren Peterson, 23, high school french teacher The Groom Gilles Arcusi, 26, student The Date August 3 After her friends went back to the States, Gilles called Lauren and asked her out. “I remember how nervous I was to be going out with him and being the only American,” she recalls. The two truly connected, and it was a painful goodbye when Lauren left for the States that spring. They stayed together long-distance for a year-and-a-half. “We loved each other so much that it was definitely worth it,” Lauren says. Just three days before one of Gilles’ visits ended, he proposed to Lauren with a ring made using her grandmother’s engagement diamond. A year later they were married twice, first in Philadelphia and then in France.
- Kate Wood

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