The spirit of magnificent Chateau Vaux le Vicomte is infectious. Setting foot within its expansive grounds, I was overwhelmed with emotion, overcome with the weight of history that I stood amongst. Known as the "Petit Versaillis," Chateau Vaux le Vicomte is one of the most incredible Chateaus in France. Built with incredible gardens in 1640, it was important to me to pay homage to the history of the location and all who lived here when designing the editorial.
At the cusp of Spring, I imagined the life of a young girl who might have lived in the Chateau. After the cold of winter, she longed for the day the buds would return to the trees, signaling the beginning to Spring and the rebirth of the garden. Overcome with the constraints of noble life as a young girl, the garden was her escape, and her place to imagine life beyond the Chateau walls.
At sight of the first bloom, she commissioned a gown made entirely of flowers and planned a party in the gardens to celebrate the arrival of Spring. As an homage to the garden, she chose a floral tapestry for the table and instructed the gardener to grow vines up the chairs; a true dream brought to life. After lunch in the gardens, a concert was set on the North side of the garden. A truly whimsical garden party in French fashion.
Photography: Greg Finck | Design & Styling: Joy Proctor | Hair & Makeup: Onorina | Floral: Myrtle et Olive | Stationery: Julie Ha | Gown: Jennifer Giffords | Location: Vaux le Vicomte