Anniversary Celebration of Love and French Culture



















From Carla Costamagna, the designer and wife: 

“I’ve been a francophile since I can remember. I have been to Paris several times but I had never explored the rest of the country. My husband and I spent part of our honeymoon in Paris so we decided to go back to celebrate our 10 years of marriage, this time taking our kids with us and taking the time to explore other towns and regions of France. I’ve been a wedding planner and floral designer for 13 years and I wanted to make this day special.

Another very special part of this celebration was that I would get to spend time with my half sister from Sweden. We only met each other 10 years ago (at my wedding) and hadn’t had a chance to get to know one another and spend quality time together. So she flew over with her family to celebrate with us and we spent a wonderful week exploring the little towns in Burgundy, trying local dishes and tasting some of the best wines in the world. But the most special place we encountered was the Bed and Breakfast we stayed at. The Old Cafe in Gigny. It was a typical Burgundian building surrounded by plants, vines, and beautiful flowers! We even had two Charolais cows as our neighbors. So it was only logical that we decided to celebrate our anniversary there, under a canopy of vines.

I wanted to pay homage to the region by creating a simple afternoon “Apéro” using local meats, cheeses, vegetables, fruits and of course… wine! Using my contacts from a photoshoot I did in Paris back in October, I was able to connect with Ajiri Aki, who has a vintage rental company called Madame de la Maison. She supplied linens, glassware, dishes, and gorgeous vintage flatware, I created the floral arrangements using all local flowers, greenery, and fruits from the property and surrounding areas and none of this would have been possible without the amazing talents of Marie Charlotte Guisset from Marie-Charlotte Photography who drove from Paris to capture this special day. It was a very emotional day filled with laughs and love that my family will never forget.”

Photography: Marie Charlotte Photographie | Venue: The Old Cafe | Wine: Domaine Boussard | Cheese: Guy de Tobiet Fromagerie | Tableware and Linens: Madame De La Maison | Planning, Design, Styling: Carla Costamagna |