Wide-angle wedding photography, modern architecture, and extraordinary lighting are just some of the reasons why I adored Sandra and Max’s wedding at Palais Bulle. Their wedding day combines unconventional elements with the tradition of marriage to create an extraordinary experience with photographs to match.
I worked with the couple for their wedding photography and their Trash the dress a few days later– an experience I’ll never forget! Together, their photographs tell the story of their day.
I believe your wedding should reflect your personality and Sandra’s and Maxprove how magical this can be!
Couple wearing wedding attire standing by the pool at the Palais Bullies house overlooking the ocean.
Sandra & Max
The couple didn’t work with a wedding planner for their Palais Bulle wedding ceremony or reception, which means I worked with them one-on-one. As soon as they told me they were getting married at The Palais Bulles, I knew their day would be out of this world.
Sandra and Max found me via my website while searching for a European wedding photojournalist.
Having such an eccentric wedding venue meant they needed a photographer who understands the relationship between emotion, architecture, and light. And as a European wedding photojournalist, what I need is couples open to collaboration and with an appreciation for photographic storytelling– which is exactly what Sandra and Max are.
Black and white photograph of bride leaning on groom as they hold hands
Although I focus on candid photography and natural verbal prompts to capture the shoots I envisage, having a couple who enjoy being in front of the camera is always enjoyable. Sandra and Max didn’t shy away from the camera, and in the photographs of the two of them, they appear natural and comfortable in front of the lens.
For the wedding day, the pair opted for striped back designs and traditional clothing. Their attire provides an eye-catching juxtaposition against the modern architecture of The Palais Bulles bubble house.
Couple wearing wedding attire standing in front of one of the circular windows at The Palais Bulles house in Cannes
The Palais Bulles, Bubble house
Not many couples can say they wed in an iconic symbol of contemporary architecture. Sandra and Max knew a traditional European church wedding wasn’t the right choice for them. Instead, the couple wanted a distinctive wedding venue; a space unlike any other, inspired by exploration and innovation– which is without a doubt what The Palais Bulles provides.
One man helps another put on a tie for his wedding day. Photograph captured using a circular mirror
The Palais Bulles, Cannes, is a house (although it’s so much more than that) built by Hungarian architect Antti Lovag for Pierre Bernard. Today, it’s owned by fashion designer Pierre Cardin who uses it as his holiday home. Its nickname, ‘The Bubble House’, comes from the property’s large circular cutouts and protruding windows.
Antti Lovag expressed how in his dreams, everything would be round and smooth, allowing everything in life to flow freely. This sentiment perfectly encapsulates Sandra and Max, whose free-loving and easy-going nature resulted in a laid-back and enjoyable wedding experience.
Bride and groom hold hands and exchange vows as their wedding guests sit in seating stands behind them
I’ve been a European wedding photojournalist for many decades, which means it’s rare I’ll photograph a wedding that’s unlike anything I’ve ever encountered. Although every couple and wedding day has personalised touches, none are as individualist as this Cannes Palais Bulles wedding.
Sandra and Max share the same appreciation for art and architecture I do, which made exploring and experimenting with this property and having them as my muse, one of the highlights of the wedding season (if not my career as a whole).
Canne’s is a popular European wedding destination, and somewhere I’ve photographed several times. But the Palais Bulles venue was a new canvas for me and an opportunity to harness my skills as a photographer to create a selection of artistic, innovative photographs for my clients.
There are two instalments to Sandra and Max’s modern ocean-view wedding experience: the wedding day and the Trash the dress ceremony. For their wedding day, I focused on capturing true-to-life images of them and their guests, immersing themselves in the sentimentality of their union. Their Trash the dress was an opportunity for us to indulge in our creativity and make the most out of this extraordinary building and landscape.
Couple hold hands looking onwards at their marriage ceremony with their vicar and the ocean behind them.
You’ll notice their wedding day photographs hone in on the emotionality and interactions with those around them. Smiles, dances, and kisses flutter through this selection of images (as is popular for most wedding galleries). However, the Palais Bulles property’s circular windows and peepholes provide organic frames for photographs of the bride and groom getting ready and preparing for the ceremony.
As they had their Trash the dress ceremony at the same location, I continued this geometric theme and enhanced it through their couples photoshoot.
I’ll always have a soft spot for a couple who let loose and trashes the dress after their wedding. Sandra and Max were the perfect couple to indulge in a bit of mischief, let their hair down, and jump in the pool after the busyness of the wedding day was done.
Black and white photograph of a bride jumping into a pool with her wedding dress on for a Trash the dress ceremony.
The Lawrence Banahan wedding photography experience
Whether your wedding is ultra-modern or rooted in tradition, you want photographs that capture the atmosphere of your day. The Lawrence Banahan wedding photojournalism experience focuses on providing true-to-life mementoes of your most precious moments.
From saying I do in the same English Church as your family or jumping into a pool wearing your finary in Italy, you never want to forget the best day of your life. My focus on candid imagery, and realistic photography means your wedding gallery will tell every detail of your day so you can enjoy those thoughts, feelings, and memories forever.
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