Ouzouer-sur Trézée, France

Every wedding that I’ve been to has been pretty amazing, and uniquely representative of the couple.  But Janine and Christophe’s wedding in Ouzouer-sur Trézée, France was something spectacular.  I mean, it’s not every day that I have a friend get married in a château!  I took over 100 photos, but culled them down for their privacy.  I included a rare photo of me riding in the backseat of our car to the church!  (I like to sit in the middle so I can see out the front window, I know, it’s weird.)

J and C were married in a stunning church.  The ceremony was largely in French, and although I had no idea what was being said, my friend Emily translated.  I’m not sure how much she was adding lib, but she had me in tears–it was such a touching and beautiful ceremony.  Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, and dancing followed at a nearby château for the next 12 hours.  I felt like I was in a fairy tale, I can’t believe places like this exist.  True to J, everything was personalized and fun.  Instead of traditional place cards, she wrote letters to each guest!  Party favors included a deck of cards with instructions for Sh*thead–which is one of the best card games and a favorite to play with her, and everyone was given a J and C mad libs.

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© Sarah Milstein 2018

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Château de Fontainebleau, France

On the way to the wedding venue, which was a few hours south of Paris, we saw signs for Fontainebleau and decided to pull over to have a picnic.  We didn’t actually go inside the Château, but the gardens were beautiful and I saw my first peony growing in the ground!

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For more information about the Château, which was a “sovereign residence for eight centuries,” possibly built as early as 1137, you can read more here.

© Sarah Milstein 2018

Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen, Paris

I recently got back from a two-week trip to five cities, where I somehow managed to squeeze in what felt like five separate vacations and take over 500 photographs.  While in Paris, I went to the Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen with a few friends that I made at the wedding (which was the impetus for the trip).  Even though I still can’t pronounce the name of the flea market correctly, it did not disappoint.  For more information about the Puces, which covers seven hectares, check out their official website here.

I went specifically to find a rug for my apartment, and a rug I did find!  While I was trying on vintage couture clothing that I absolutely did not need (nor did I buy), I told the shopkeeper that I wanted a rug and she personally walked me over to a shop with the most beautiful rugs, and I immediately fell in love.  There’s something about the lighting in Paris, where everything just looks better.  It could be that I refuse to take off my rose colored glasses while there.

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© Sarah Milstein 2018