CATEGORY: Venue Stories

You Won’t Believe How Modern This 17th Century French Convent Is
Alyssa Brown
REPORT
No. 27005
VENUE:
Le Couvent des Minimes
LOCATION:
Forcalquier, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Styled Shoot
Elegant Modernism
French Countryside
REPORTER: Alyssa Brown

 

It’s not every day that we hear about an old French convent being turned into a luxury boutique hotel, so imagine our delight when we spotted this Relais & Chateaux stunner in The Luberon. Perched at the top of town, this 17th century stone structure is surrounded by hundreds of years old gardens, originally planted by monks who specialized in botany. Fast forward a few centuries and Couvent des Minimes is a family-run hotel that operates under the Relais & Chateaux brand. As all the hotels this group touches turn to gorgeous, Couvent des Minimes is modern and luxurious, with awesome amenities and even more awesome views.

Our friends over at Nomad Republic recently set up a gorgeous photoshoot in the South of France and showed off Couvent des Minimes in all its natural beauty. This team of wedding industry pros specialize in both European and US markets, so you can bet they chose this destination out of a bevvy of stunning venues. Here to give us the scoop on all things minimal, French, and modern, they’ve given us all the deets below.

Words by Stephanie of Nomad Republic | Photography by Greg Finck

 

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This Hotel in Edinburgh Is Getting All The Design Attention
Alyssa Brown
REPORT
No. 27211
VENUE:
Eden Locke
LOCATION:
Edinburgh
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Modern Hotel
Sophisticatedly Tropical
Tropical Palette
REPORTER: Alyssa Brown

 

With its own take on “sophisticatedly tropical” design inspiration, Edinburgh’s Eden Locke mixes fresh, modern interiors with an 18th century façade to create a hotel that’s design-forward with a dash of playfulness.

With its own café, purist bar and 72 apartment-style suites, this New Town boutique hotel is gaining all kinds of design traction for its thoughtful approach to interiors and hospitality.

Photography by Nicholas Worley

 

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This Colorful Modern Hotel in Chattanooga Was Featured On Chef's Table
Alyssa Brown
REPORT
No. 27192
VENUE:
The Dwell Hotel
LOCATION:
Chattanooga
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Birthday Bucketlist
Polychromatic Modern
The Dwell Hotel
REPORTER: Alyssa Brown



A boutique hotel located in the heart of Chattanooga’s Warehouse Row, the Dwell Hotel packs a whole lot of design punch into just 16 rooms. Each designed to have its own look and feel, these suites are as glossy as it gets.

As if a gorgeous set of rooms wasn’t enough to peak our interest, the gathering spots include a cocktail lounge known as The Rainbow Room, a restaurant with ultra-high ceilings and an all-day snack bar too.

 

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This Family Ranch Has Been Lovingly Tended to for Decades, and Now It’s a Beloved Wedding Venue
Jake Kilroy
REPORT
No. 27090
VENUE:
Historic Seven Sycamores
LOCATION:
Ivanhoe, California
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
History Lesson
Rustic Garden
Sycamore Ranch
REPORTER: Jake Kilroy



In 1927, seven sycamore trees were planted in Ivanhoe, California, and the rest is history. The story doesn’t end there—in fact, it only gets better. That’s because, decades later, the orchard and farmland would become one of Central Valley’ premiere wedding venues. We're of course talking about Historic Seven Sycamores Ranch.

See, long before there were pergolas, brick paths, and ivy-laden trellises, there sat a warm and inviting homestead. Settled in the shadows of sequoias and surrounded by orange trees, the homestead remains gorgeously surrounded by its 120-acre ranch. History has remained a key component of the property, with its World War II observation tower and the barn's vintage windows being taken from a local school. New life has been no stranger either. Everything from olives to camellia flowers have popped up over the years. What may be most magical, though, is that current ranch owner Bob McKellar was raised on the property. His parents planted those iconic sycamore trees.


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We Just Found The Vehicle You Should Be Driving When You Propose To Your Better Half
Alyssa Brown
REPORT
No. 27093
VENUE:
The Joshua Tree House
LOCATION:
Joshua Tree, California
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Mobile Fun
Desert Exploration
Joshua Tree
REPORTER: Alyssa Brown

 

One of our favorite hotel landing spots in Joshua Tree, the Joshua Tree House is now offering up their ahhh-mazing little vintage 1969 International Vintage Scout 800A for daily rentals. That’s right, you can use this man-candy vehicle to romp around the desert and arrive everywhere on your list in style. Oh, and by the way, it’s painted white and (drumroll, please) everyone’s favorite Pantone color of the 2017: Greenery.

“And what would I do with such a baller vehicle in the desert?” you ask. Plan a picnic on a dirt road that’s only accessible via four-wheel drive. Book a photo shoot with a handful of the best vendors you know. Arrive in style to your own wedding. Use it as a mobile DJ booth or bar backdrop for an epic desert party. Pop the question – yep, THAT one – to your soon-to-be-fiancé in the middle of the Cholla Cactus Gardens. Throw a mattress on top and go star-gazing in the park. The options are limitless, friends.

We recently connected with Richard Combs, owner of The Joshua Tree House and our favorite Scout to catch up about his crush-worthy SUV. Here’s what he has to say about taking Scout on the road.

Words by Richard Combs | Photography by the Joshua Tree House
 


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