Les Miserables Inspired

I have a confession to make that isn’t going to be popular: I didn’t like Les Mis, the movie. Perhaps it’s because as a teenager, I had seen it on Broadway no fewer than 10 times… possibly 12 and I didn’t literally need to SEE the sewage Jean Valjean treks through in the final act, or perhaps I prefer my operas with opera level singing skills.. REGARDLESS, minus the poop filled sewer, it WAS a very pretty movie. So pretty in fact, I got to thinking what great inspiration it can offer. While no one might overtly think a movie with the title “The Wretched” could be much of a wedding inspiration, there is something a bit romantic about about young revolutionaries and decrepit convents on the outskirts of Paris. Whatever I may have thought of the movie (and, forgive me Shannon for not waiting for you to see it), I can’t help myself but find the tale of Mauritius and cloistered Cosette endearing! (Images via Vogue and USA today)

So, here’s what I would do for a Les Mis inspired wedding. For the venue, I’d do the closest thing I could find to a decaying, but romantic convent and turn to the stunning Alder Manor (this shot via Just About Married shot by Cappy Hotchkiss)

Cappy Hotchkiss at Alder Manor
Obviously, I would have romantic candles EVERYWHERE…. (I apologize b/c I should have pinned this image b/c now I can’t figure out where I got it from. If I sourced it from you, let me know and I’ll add the credit!)

In a nod to the Parisian Proletariat, how about everday items for decor? For your table, adore these vintage canister sets as containers and these rustic French runners. I adore these old house numbers for table numbers. All via

Vintage CannistersFrench RunnersTable Numbers
Obviously, for the Bride, something Angelic, like this stunning Monique Lhuillier via Chic Vintage Brides:

Why let Mauritius be the only one in a cravat? On Etsy (isn’t EVERYTHING on Etsy?)

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Of course, let’s not forget the Mother of the Bride! Sure, Fantine may have walked the streets and sold her hair and teeth for her daughter’s sake- but she sure was striking in that Red Dress! (via Indie Wire)

How about a Red Vera Wang for mom? This one is a steal on Ebay! Never worn.

Vera Wang for MOB
So, who is to say that out of something miserable, you can’t get something gorg!

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