1 of 14
One of Jenny Bernheim's first memories from visiting Paris was walking through the gardens of Notre Dame, where an old man was playing a beautiful song on the accordion. It was a moment that brought the Margo and Me blogger to tears. Years later, when a destination wedding outside of the City of Light was in the works, she knew she wanted to welcome her friends and family, many of whom were visiting the European destination for the first time, with a similar experience. So in addition to sweeping views of the Seine River and classic landmarks including that famous cathedral, an accordionist was on board, playing jazz and classic French tunes.
It was a love boat indeed—going on a three-hour tour down the river, after the 60 guests boarded at Pont de Bercy, on July 23, 2015 to celebrate Jenny and her soon-to-be-husband Freddie Cipoletti. The crowd sailed around for nine miles of scenic views, revelry, and pre-wedding adventure on the warm summer night.
2 of 14
"We wanted the décor elements to complement the Parisian landscape that we were surrounded by," Jenny says. "Our planners, Bash Please, suggested a personalized life saver, which was a cute touch." Jenny and Freddie brought it home as a special keepsake of the celebration.
5 of 14
A metallic clutch by Jimmy Choo added a bit more sparkle to Jenny's look.
6 of 14
Flowerjugs arranged a mix of soft blush and white blooms—including lilies, hydrangeas, and garden roses that played off the colors of the evening's sunset.
Swipe here for next slide
7 of 14
Jenny and Freddie gave a welcome toast as the boat departed—thanking everyone for making the journey to celebrate the special occasion with them.
8 of 14
The boat sailed by the key landmarks: Notre Dame, The Louvre, Jardin des Tuileries, Musee D'Orsay, Grand Palais, Pont Alexandre, and Pont des Arts bridge.
9 of 14
On the Menu
Guests enjoyed bubbly and wine, including Touraine Sauvignon AOL Luc Poulain white wine, AOC Les Mercadières red wine, and Louis Constant Champagne.
The food flowed too—with small bites like scallop and chorizo skewers; cucumbers with riccota, tomato, and chervil; zucchini, black olive, and roasted duckling—filling the crowd up. Dessert included mini cakes, petite jars with other sweets, and of course, petits fours.
10 of 14
The Bridal Party
A portion of the bridal party paused for a group photo. After the river cruise, the bride, groom, and their attendants gathered at Le Café Marly, in the courtyard of The Louvre. "It was almost closing, but they let us sit," Jenny recalls. "It was like we had the entire museum to ourselves."
11 of 14
A Message in a Bottle
When Jenny and Freddie attached a lock to the Pont des Arts bridge during a previous trip to Paris, they tossed the key into the water. When a groomsman gifted them a kit for a message in the bottle, the couple penned their names and wedding date on the paper, packed it in the glass, and tossed it in the same spot as the boat passed under the bridge.
12 of 14
Fun For All
"The weekend started off with such a bang," Jenny recalls. "From the moment our friends and family arrived, we were in a permanent state of excitement and silliness. It was a surreal experience and we thoroughly enjoyed every single moment."
Swipe here for next slide
13 of 14
The Eiffel Tower
During the evening, the Eiffel Tower lights up on the hour, with millions of sparkling lights. Jenny finds it completely magical, and timed the cruise so that at exactly 10 p.m., everyone could experience an amazing view of the monument. It was a special treat to the guests—and to the couple, who shared one of the "wow moments" that made them fall in love with Paris in the first place. "One of our guests actually thought that we had coordinated the light show with the city of Paris," Freddie recalls of witnessing the group's excited reaction.
For all things #JenFredWed2015, follow along on Instagram @MargoandMe #margoandmeandmartha and check back for more inspiration, celebrations, and behind-the-scenes scoop from Jenny and Freddie's wedding, which will debut next week in our Winter 2016 issue.
14 of 14
Photography: Katie Mitchell Photography
Location and Catering: Come to Paris
Event Planning: Bash Please
Music: Ludovic Beier
Bride's Dress: Romona Keveza
Hair and Makeup: Nikki Deroest
Groom's Suit and Shirt: Gucci
Groom's Shoes: Jimmy Choo