Photographer Natasha Lamalle's favorite Washington DC wedding venues

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The St. Regis Washington, D.C.

There are a lot of beautiful venue in the Capital’s nation, but St Regis has this little “je ne sais quoi” that I love. The Astor Ballroom is the most sought after venue for weddings and social galas. Soaring Palladian windows, handcrafted ceilings and dramatic Louis XVI crystal chandeliers create a magical atmosphere that is both majestic and intimate. The lobby, restaurant, bar, and exterior have been beautifully designed and furnished to create an exquisite and welcome environment.

The St. Regis Washington D.C. : 923 16th and K Streets, N.W., Washington, DC (202) 879-6940.

Elite Yacht Charters

If you desire an intimate, classy, and enchanted environment to exchange vows with the love of your life, the National Elite is the place for you. If you want a unique ceremony, this is the perfect way to host a truly distinguished event on the water.

Elite Yacht Charters : Pier 4, Washington, DC (888) 809-7109

Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC

If you are looking for an elegant event, a convenient location for your out-of-town guests, and reliable services, this is the place for you.

Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC: 2800 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Washington, DC(202) 944-2014

Mandarin Oriental, Washington DC


Mandarin Oriental, Washington DC : 1330 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC(202) 787-6178



A sweet engagement session at Eastern Market in Washington DC

Our two love birds are really confortable in front of the camera!

Our two love birds are really confortable in front of the camera!

Couple’s photos at Eastern market

Michael and Christianne chose to go with Eastern Market for their engagement session. The prime goal of the session was to get a picture for their “Save the Date” cards to announce their wedding in Hawaii! Christianne is from one of the Island and they cannot wait to be there with their friends !

We started by the famous mural on the west side of Eastern Market. We played games to ease the process (it’s never really easy to be all lovey dovey in front of the camera right?).

To see more engagement photos, take a look here or if you like what you see, contact me here.

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How to plan a destination wedding in Burgundy, France

France is a beautiful place to set your wedding. Burgundy especially, has some beautiful landscapes. If you are a wine lover, search no more, you found your region in France!

I am from Burgundy, born and raised. I have been a wedding photographer in Washington DC for the past 4 years now. About one year ago, I’ve started to book weddings in Burgundy for English-speaking couples who wanted a bilingual photographer.

This article aimed to help you to organize a destination wedding in France, and in particular Burgundy.

If you are interested in more, here is my Destination Wedding information. You can shoot me an email at natasha.lamalle@gmail.com

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Burgundy is the best destination wedding location for wine lovers

Burgundy is a famous wine region located in the East of France. It is home to some of the greatest appellations like Romanée Conti, Beaune, Gevrey-Chambertin or Chablis to name a few. These renowned vineyards were also recently granted Unesco World Heritage status.

Burgundy is littered with beautiful Renaissance Chateaux, medieval abbeys, fortified villages and networks of canals (canal de Bourgogne) each giving you an insight into the wonderful history of this region.

A great example of this is the region capital of Dijon, this amazing city was created by the old dukes of Burgundy who spent fortunes making their capital a beautiful city to show off their wealth and power, which to this day still remains one of the region’s greatest draws.


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Where to get married in Burgundy ?

Since I have been photographing weddings in the United States, I realized one thing: there is no castle. We get married in hotels, in wineries, or in a restaurant.

In Burgundy, we are lucky to have the most beautiful castles in the world. So why deprive yourself, especially during an event as fabulous as a wedding! In addition, the castles often have dozens of beds for your guests, a great advantage compared to a small venue in the US!

Here is a list of the most beautiful castles of Burgundy (which included the department of Côte d'Or, Nièvre, Saone-et-Loire, Yonne), from the most expensive to the most affordable. Once you have your venue, choosing your “traiteur” (catering company), band or DJ, florist, hair dresser, etc… will be a piece of cake! I also have a list of vendors that I would happily share with you.

The Château de Vallery in the Yonne

It must be said that this historical monument is located just 1 hour south of Paris. The building, from the Renaissance, is composed of four large rooms, a forest, a park, 28 rooms and suites, enough to accommodate 70 couples. The atmosphere is fabulous which makes this reception room by far my favorite for a wedding in Burgundy.

Pierreclos Castle in Saone et Loire

This time, my other favorite is in the South of Burgundy, in the heart of the vineyard. This emblematic Burgundy castle is a place that exists only in your dream: bright, several terraces, an idyllic setting. From the high terraces, you will admire the magnificent view overlooking the hills and the vineyards.

Barbirey Castle in Côte d'Or

The Côte-d'orien castle offers the bride and groom a superb backdrop with this park and its home from the nineteenth century. And when you rent, you have access to the entire domain.

The Château du Clos Vougeot in Côte d'Or

How not to dream of getting married in the middle of the Grands Crus de Bourgogne. Available for an intimate wedding of 50 seats in Renaissance salons as for an incredible dinner with 500 guests, the castle of Clos de Vougeot is an extraordinary setting, full of 900 years of history of Burgundy and its wines. The receptions are part of the great tradition of Burgundy conviviality.

The Château de Chassagne-Montrachet in Côte d'Or

The villages are better known for their great white wines than for this castle which is simply sublime. In the heart of the Grands Crus of Burgundy, this house has a rare authenticity, between vineyards and prestigious cellars. A photo shoot in front of the prestigious Montrachet hill? A thousand times yes, please! The reception room is a 14th century vault.

Santenay Castle in Côte d'Or

I spent a fabulous night in this castle built in the ninth, twelfth and sixteenth century. The castle team is great and the space is even greater. The exposed stone walls and the beams of the ceiling of the reception room create the charm of this sublime room.

The Château des Broyers in Saône et Loire

The Château des Broyers is ideally located 45 minutes from Lyon and 15 minutes from Mâcon. You receive your guests in the heart of the park, at the foot of the vineyards where there is a beautiful fountain dating back over 100 years.

The Château de Rully in Saône et Loire

This castle nestled in the heart of the vineyard is the ideal theater for a wedding without restraint. The large room is a unique place to accommodate 170 guests. I do not hide that this is one of my favorite places in the Saone-et-Loire, having grown up not very far from this house of the XIV and XV century.

French wedding traditions are the best, seriously

Okay, maybe I am saying that because I am a bit homesick. But still, some of our traditions are fun. And SO french.

La jarretière

The tradition of the garter (jarretière in French) is always really fun! It is from the old tradition of having the guests helping financially the groom and the bride. Nowadays, the goal is the same but the new tradition added a little game. The bride put her dress at the level of her knees. When a man at the wedding gives money to the wedding jar, the bride has to ride up her dress, in the direction of the garter. When it's a woman, she can put it down. It is always a good entertainment during the wedding. 

From the brand  Nouchig

From the brand Nouchig

Les Dragées

They are on all tables. The draguée are basically almonds cover with sugar. They can be any colors and have any shapes. It is a very old tradition from the 16e century when the dragée were in every King's pockets. They are the symbol of eternal love and fertility. In today's wedding, people usually take the dragée back home as a souvenir or can also be sent to the guests who could not make it to your special day. 

 Le Lancer de riz

This is happening when the bride and the groom get out of the church or the city hall. Their guests are already outside, waiting for them to throw rice at them. This is the "lancer de riz". Another symbol of fertility. Nowadays, rice tends to be remplace with confetti and petals.

 

Le Pot de chambre

This is the disgusting part of the wedding for the groom and the bride as they are usually getting wake up by a bowl of food and drinks. The recipe is traditionally a mix of chocolate, banana and champagne. But now, the guests are just mixing up anything they would find on the table. Although it is very fun for the guests, I am not sure the bride and the groom are really enjoying that part. 

Honk away in the crow

It's another tradition from the middle-age. Every time the groom and the bride take the car to go somewhere else (the church, the city hall and then the venue), a cortege of cars follow them and make a lot of noise, as much as then can! Just to be sure that everyone knows what is going on!

La soupe à l'oignon

This is one of the most famous French meal. And a tradition for every French weddings or big parties. During the night, after the whole meal and hours of dance, the guests always love having a little meal to continue the party!

Which one is your favorite ?

10 French love songs you have to dance on for your wedding day

Yes, French people don't have Madonna or Michael Jackson to make the crow dance. But when it comes to love, we aren't bad at all. For your wedding playlist, here's 10 songs you should have !

1. La vie en rose, Edith Piaf

"Happy, happy to die of love" says Edith in her song. Her voice is the most beautiful one and the song is all about the butterfly you feel when you are in love. 

2. Je t'aime...moi non plus, Gainsbourg & Birkin

They were one of the most famous couple for a while. Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin sing together about love. Translated by "I love you... neither am I", the song is very sensual, even sexual as Gainsbourg talks a lot about hip thrust and go/ back between her kidneys. Bad news, parents might not like it. Good new, it's in French, nobody will understand.

 

3. Je l'aime à mourir

What makes this song so great ? The lyrics. They are just so beautiful. "I love her so much I could die, She’s erased the numbers On the clocks around here, She’s made of my life Paper hens And roars of laughter". Who would not fall for that? 

 

4. Et si tu n'existais pas, Joe Dassin

Ok, it is a little bit cheesy. But isn't it the typical French love song ? Come on, you can give it a try! Listen and read the English lyrics, I bet you are going to fall in love with the kitsch side of it.

 

5. Le Tourbillon, Jeanne Moreau

This song was used in one of my favorite French movie LOVE ME IF YOU DARE (a must-see by the way). 

 

6. T'es belle, Volo

"You are pretty when..." and the music goes on. They are telling you that you are pretty anytime anywhere! Isn't it great?

 

7. Quand on n'a que l'amour, Jacques Brel

This song is beautiful. "When we only have love" was first sang in 1956 by Jacques Brel. Since then, a numerous amount of singers made their own version of it. 

 

8. Les mots d'amour, Debout sur le zinc

The band is very active since 1995. Their song "the word of love" is about how the singer wants to be able to write love songs with a lot of love. The music is a mix of yiddish, rock and tziganes sounds. 

 

9. La vie ne vaut rien, Alain Souchon

"Life worth nothing" is the title. I know what're you thinking. "Here we go French sleen". Not at all. The song has a twist. "Life worth nothing... but we I hold the two small boobs of my friend, I say nothing." Basically, the singer is saying life is nothing if you don't love a special someone. 

 

10. Mon idylle, Vanessa Paradis

Vanessa Paradis... Yes you know her. She was Johnny Deep's love for a long time, until he went to get a younger version. Whatever. Her song is about the man she loves and desires. The perfect man.