Hi! I'm Nicole!

I bring more than 10 years of experience to my wedding planning business, and love to share free advice in the form of this blog. Grab a cup of coffee (or café, as we say in French), and take a look around!


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Check out our rebrand for our French wedding planning business! The Story Behind Our Rebrand We are so excited to announce our rebrand from Pure Expression Events to Pétillante Weddings! Pétillante Weddings is still your go-to wedding planner in France – we specialize in planning beautiful chateau weddings in France.  We started our rebrand in […]

Pétillante Weddings

Still Your Wedding Planner in France: Pétillante Weddings

Logo Design for Pétillante Weddings, a wedding planner in France

January 26, 2023

‘Tis the season to get engaged!! Exciting right? Marriage proposals are exciting; especially when you get that “feeling” that your significant other is going to pop the question.  Sometimes you see it coming, sometimes you don’t.  But if you’ve been together for a while, it’s not uncommon to be on the look-out for signs that your guy […]

Wedding Tips


December 14, 2020

Dreaming of an intimate photo session with your soon-to-be in France? Excited at the idea of creating gorgeous pre-wedding photos to share on your wedding website?  What better way to give your guests a glimpse of what’s in store for them at your French wedding than with an engagement photo shoot in France.  I always […]

Wedding Photographers in France, Wedding Tips

How to Nail Your Engagement Photoshoot in France

engagement shoot in France. Photography by Stephen Linberge

November 17, 2020

Choosing your wedding venue will undoubtedly be one of the biggest wedding planning decisions you’ll make.  The venue you pick will set the tone for the wedding.  It will determine the location and type of tailored French experience you wish to offer guests and it will stand out in your guests memories for years to come.   You’ll need […]


Choosing Your French Wedding Venue

November 3, 2020

The “B” word.  Every wedding couple’s nightmare.  You’ve heard the horror stories… Couples spending 2,3,4 times more than they initially budgeted…..   Seems inevitable right? Well it’s not. In this article, we are going to go over simple strategies to ensure that you actually stick to your wedding budget while getting everything you deserve!       As […]

Wedding Tips


piggy bank dedicated to a wedding budget

October 20, 2020

It’s Wednesday!  For those of you who aren’t aware, Wednesdays are Kids Day here in France.  Children don’t have school and most parents take the day off to run their children back and forth to their different activities.  I myself currently handle the Parent Association, music lessons and soccer practice on Wednesdays…a light load! So what […]


What should we do about the kids?

May 13, 2020

In honor of my sister-in-law’s birthday, I wanted to share some of her wedding pictures to remind her and my brother what a wonderful day their wedding was.  A rainy September day filled with lots of emotion and laughter (see kissing picture) where family and friends danced the day away. A beautiful bride that looked as […]

Weddings in France

Wonderful Family Wedding

March 10, 2013

The Pure Expression Events Blog is finally up and running!  After many tedious hours of trying to figure out how maneuver around in the blog world, I have finally figured out the basics! My name is Nicole and I am a Wedding Planner in Bordeaux, France who happens to be American.  And yes I am trying to participate […]

Pétillante Weddings

Tales of an American Wedding Planner in France

January 16, 2013

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