Real Weddings- Justine and Kurt

January 2, 2009 | editorial team

La Vie photography, vintage french wedding

If you’ve been reading this blog over the past few months, you are sure to remember Justine, the amazingly lovely bride in today’s Real Wedding! While I was away in Africa, Justine filled us in all all her creative wedding plans for her vintage French themed wedding, and in early September it went off without a hitch! She and Kurt were married in Port Gamble Washington in a celebration that was full of whimsy, romance and personal sentiment. It was photographed by Kim and Adam Bamberg of La Vie Photography (and Junebug Weddings!) and I can’t get enough of how beautiful the photos are!

La Vie photography, vintage french wedding

The wedding took place on Kurt’s grandmother’s 99th birthday, Justine wore her grandmother’s wedding veil, their nieces, nephew and dog Jazz were all part of the ceremony and family and friends were the focus of the day. To bring a bit of their French theme into the ceremony, their officiant was a good friend and Justine’s former French teacher, and there was a reading from the book, The Little Prince by Antoine de St. Exupery. Everyone wept with joy as Justine entered the church, saw Kurt waiting for her, and burst into tears herself.

La Vie photography, vintage french wedding pink, lavender and peach wedding color palette

The pink, lavender and peach details made the church and reception tent into it’s own special wonderland. Justine wanted the decor to be, “gorgeous, but without being fussy or overdone.” Their wedding cake was made with French madeleines, and a table filled with French sweets delighted the guests. Pretty paper extras like place cards, favors and rose petal cups were ordered frominvitation designer, the Folios of M. Thomas from Stuhlbergs, and lovingly designed and assembled by Justine’s mom, Irene.

La Vie photography, vintage french wedding custom photo booth

During the reception a special photo booth was set up in front of a custom painted Parisian themed backdrop created by painter and family friend Judy Wise. Extra props like fans, wigs and boas got all the guests in on the action and made for some fantastic photo opportunities! Even photographers Kim and Adam are in there, 10 points if you can pick them out!

La Vie photography, vintage french wedding

Justine’s dress was by Vera Wang, and being the creative woman she is, she redesigned it slightly, taking the belt made of fabric flowers and moving it up to the bust line.”I wanted to highlight my best feature!” says Justine. Smart! At the end of the day the happy couple sped off in Kurt’s uncle’s car, a 1953 yellow Plymouth and had an impromptu party with loved ones on the ferry ride home to Seattle. 

Justine and Kurt truly succeeded in creating a day that was timeless, heartfelt, romantic, and joyful for everyone involved. Thank you for sharing it with us you two! For all the info on Kurt and Justine’s wedding and wedding professionals, check out our Real Weddings section


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  1. Oh goodness, this is one completely fabulous wedding! Justine thought of everything! A few of my favorites… the ring shot on the little prince book (awww), her gorgeous bouquet, and those amazing invitations. Thanks for sharing, this is a huge inspiration!

  2. Wow! What and eyeful! I loved that. There are so many great ideas and images I loved I don’t even know if I can pick one. I love the image of the two of them in black and white closer up under the umbrella and the one of the nephew with the dog walking down the aisle. Wow. I love the color palette and how well it was pulled off. I think my favorite is the photo booth, what a brilliant idea and so so cute. I think there was even a photo with a little boy wearing a fake mustache which is so funny. Great pick Junebug!

  3. I have a crush on this wedding. The details, the color, the freshness, the personality… nothing cookie-cutter at all. Just perfection.

  4. I love love love the bride’s shoes… can you tell me where they are from?

  5. Great information.

  6. i need to know where the bride’s shoes are from.. they are fabulous!

  7. Such a strikingly beautiful wedding! I love the cake, and the Parisian photo backdrop is genius!

  8. The shoes are from Prada. They were purchased at Mario’s in downtown Seattle.

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  9. I love everything about this wedding. The details are absolutely amazing!

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  11. I absolutely adore the bridal cake. What a perfect way to honor her French theme by having the traditional French cookie – the Madeleine – surround the tiers! Thank you for sharing this beautiful wedding! Kristy Remember Something Blue http://remembersomethingblue.blogspot.com

  12. Super cute!!! I love all the great details of this wedding!

  13. Beautiful images…they really seemed to capture everything is such a terrific way!

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  14. Crazy about the bright pink flower wreathes! Oh, and Justine truly makes a beautiful bride.

  15. What an amazing wedding! So unique!! The cake looks scrumptious and I am totally jealous of not only what seems to have been a gorgeous wedding, but the photography as well!

  16. Truly a beautiful wedding and a gorgeous couple! Love the church and all the details!

  17. I love everything about this wedding! Now i know it said the wedding was at the Port Gamble but where exactly was the reception held?

  18. The reception was held in a large tent on the lawn of the church at Port Gamble. No extra reception site needed!

  19. This is everything I want in a wedding! Everything and everyone was gorgeous! Could you tell me where they got the cake topper? Thanks!

  20. From Justine’s Mom, Irene… “Justine and Kurt’s cake topper was purchased at a wonderful home design store in Cannon Beach called Sesame and Lilies. I’m not sure of the brand of that crown, but I think I saw them someplace else. The number of the store is 503-436-2027. Ask for Vange! The crowns come in three sizes. We used the smallest size for the 6-inch top of that cake. It was perfect!”

  21. Completely and absolutely love this!

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