Why have a wedding day when you can have a wedding weekend? That’s what Nancy and Christian did. From Marseille to Grasse, this couple celebrated in style at two of the most popular French wedding locations.
As a lover of European landscapes and architecture, I can’t blame the couple for having their wedding against the backdrop of multiple of France’s breathtaking destinations. And I felt honoured to be by their side from Friday to Saturday, capturing this one-of-a-kind celebration.
Couple walking on their wedding day as bride turns to look at the groom while holding her bouquet
Wedding design & planning
It’s always a pleasure to reconnect with industry friends in pursuit of making and capturing a couple’s wedding celebration. My old friend, Laure Annerel of Alliance-Revee planned Nancy and Christians Marseille and Grasse union. As always, Laure brought together a host of French wedding vendors to elevate and assist over the weekend. And her traditional design fused with subtle modern touches was the greatest canvas I could have asked for.
Couple holding hands leaving their wedding ceremony in Chateau Saint George while a child blows bubbles from behind.
Nancy and Christian
Newlywed couple dance alone in a room at the Chateau Saint George in front of large windows.
A common regret European couples have is not having enough photographs of the two of them. Although photos of your loved one and surroundings are essential to portraying the reality of your day, there’s nothing like a meaningful snap of you both. We were able to capture several intimate moments of the couple from saying I do to dancing around a quiet room in Chateau Saint George– the perfect place to escape from the party for a few minutes.
Nancy’s traditional gown complemented the history of the Chateau Saint George and the Grasse cathedral while adding sequin details and her fur jacket brought a touch of modernity to the day. Similarly, Christian’s tailored suit attained a modern edge with its navy blue colouring.
From Chateau Saint George to Grasse Cathedral
A couple standing in front of their five tiered white wedding cake with raspberries and sparklers in the Chateau Saint George.
We started the celebration in Marseille on Friday before heading to the perfume capital, Grasse. The couple said their vows in the Grasse cathedra, a 12th-century roman catholic church before arriving back at the Chateau Saint Georges (where they both got ready for the day). The Chateau Saint George is a charming 19th-century castle hidden in the hills of Grasse and overlooking the French Riviera.
Despite its quaint nature, the Chateau is nicknamed ‘Le Petit Versailles’ (a mini Versailles) because of its ornate decor and lively parties. Nancy and Christian’s wedding is a perfect example of how the Chateau quickly transforms from awe-inspiring and historical to an elevated party setting.
Accompanying the couple through every chapter of their wedding experience meant I was able to document their entire wedding for them to return to in the years to come.
My methods don’t just focus on capturing photographs of you cutting the cake and smiling at guests, every detail matters. From the candlelight flickering to the icing glaze around your brother’s lips, I can capture everything.
Because only by documenting everything will you get the truest, most authentic, and most accessible version of your wedding day. And it’s these small details that will stir your brain and take you back to the exact moment and everything that comes with it.
Children and family members dancing at a wedding reception in the Chateau Saint George.
When you look at Nancy and Christian’s wedding photographs, you’ll notice nothing is left unanswered. Goofy dance floor giggles and meaningful vow exchanges are captured with the same level of detail, dedication, and skill because both are an equally important part of Nancy and Christian’s wedding day.
While I worked behind the scenes as a photojournalist, a magic mirror photo booth stood upfront, fulfilling guests’ desire to pose. Guests went up to the mirror to add a unique, fun photograph to the couple’s collection. I understand posing and taking selfies is a part of our modern culture, which is why I’ll always find ways to incorporate this into a couples day if they wish.
If you’re deciding between photojournalism and fine art, pose-focused wedding photography, this post (link to other post) will help you decide. And if you’re searching for unique photo elements to add to your day, you can learn more about photobooth and film photography services here.
Nancy and Christian’s European weekend wedding is an example of how a wedding can and should be whatever you want it to be. The couple’s focus on meaning, emotion, and detail fused perfectly with my photojournalist services to create a gallery of images that showcase their personalities and their one-of-a-kind wedding weekend.
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