Archive for 'Destination Weddings'
One reason I love destination weddings is that they always feel intimate and fun. You have a small group of close friends and family members spending a few days vacationing and celebrating together in a beautiful exotic location – what could be better? Most of the time, the couple hasn’t visited the venue or even the country beforehand. So everything to them is exciting AND they’re surrounded by their favorite people. Gillian+Josh’s wedding was just like that. They gathered their loved ones in Paris for a lovely, laid-back, intimate wedding. They had planned an outdoor ceremony in a little garden tucked away in Le Marais, but it poured pretty much the entire day. Thankfully they had the right attitude and the right planner, and no bad weather could put a damper on the festivities. The ceremony was moved to a beautiful apartment, and although we weren’t able to go to all our originally planned locations, sometimes the impromptu ones are the most fun. Congratulations Gillian+Josh!
Planning, Design & Florals: Mon Plus Beau Jour
Reception Location & Catering: Verjus
Stationery: Ruth Chan
Cake: Pierre Herme
Hair Stylist: Sebastien Poirier
Make-Up Artist: Renata de Thomasis
Bride’s Dress: Amanda Wakeley
Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Groom’s Tuxedo: Hugo Boss
Favors: Dyptique scented candles
I’m excited to share this lovely destination wedding in Corsica. Magali & Sebastien got married in the village of Santa Maria di Poggio on the Eastern coast of this gorgeous French island in the Med. Not only do they make a beautiful couple and loving parents, they are also very genuine. They celebrated their union over several days with their families & friends and their adorable baby boy, and I got to photograph two days of happy events.
Felicitations Magali+Sebastien! MERCI for bringing me to Corsica, for being so real and for making my heart beat.
And thanks to Gorete for her help!
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On Friday, the entire wedding party marched down to the marina in a joyful parade. After the civil ceremony at the local town hall, the crowd marched back to to the venue for a casual garden party.
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Saturday consisted of a beautiful celebration on the beach. After a few portraits up in a tiny mountain village, we headed down to the marina where a boat was waiting to bring them to the ceremony. Magali & Sebastien made the most epic and emotional entrance I ever got to capture. The short boat ride was at first relaxing and refreshing, offering a nice Mediterranean breeze and beautiful views of the island. As the boat got closer to the beach, it became very emotional. The shore was approaching quickly and we started seeing and hearing all their loved ones cheering on, clapping and singing as they arrived. I can only imagine what they were feeling in that moment and it’s already too much for my little heart. Their ceremony was incredibly moving and genuine. Then the beach party went on all night long (in case you didn’t know, the French know how to party!)
Wedding Planning: Oh Happy Day
Reception & Catering: Le Campoloro
Bride’s Dress: Elise Hameau
Besides being named one of 2014 Top Photographers, another exciting feature in the Spring issue of Martha Stewart Weddings is this oh-so-romantic and stylish destination wedding in St John, US Virgin Islands. After falling in love with this little Caribbean paradise, Samantha & Peter decided to have an intimate celebration with a few close friends and family members. Mary of Island Style Weddings helped them plan their wedding at a gorgeous private estate overlooking lush hills and pristine bays. Félicitations Sam & Peter!
Their wedding is also featured online at Martha Stewart Weddings website:
Location: Hawksview Estate
Event Planning & Design: Island Style Weddings
Catering: East West Catering
Flowers: Roses Too
Videography: Louis Lucas
Stationery: The Dandelion Patch
Cake: Creative Catering
Hair: Grapevine Salon
Groom’s attire: Noni Chullani of The Signature Collection
Julie+Alvaro are a French-Spanish couple from Barcelona. After hearing about their story, I understood that Formentera was not a random wedding destination for them. This island is part of their history and their heart. They met and spent summers together as kids/teenagers, and several years later, they reconnected in Barcelona. They keep returning to Formentera regularly, so that’s where they decided to have get married in an intimate, simple, meaningful celebration.
Now, let me tell you a little bit more about their special place… Formentera is Ibiza’s little sister, without the touristy resorts and giant parties. The tiny, quiet island started attracting artists and hippies in the 60’s and 70’s. Amazingly, it has kept a bohemian vibe and remains unspoiled, secluded and strictly environment-friendly. Only 3 villages over 12 miles, very few paved roads, no airport. I stayed in a house lost in the middle of pine trees and cactuses, with no internet connection, no cell phone reception and limited water supply… No better way to get immersed in nature and feel inspired by the island’s myriad of colors, textures and scents.
Julie & Alvaro wanted photographs that captured not just their wedding, but also the essence of Formentera – so it was an honor that they welcomed me onto their island to be a part of their special day.
Some portraits we shot in various locations around the island. Hopefully these give you a feel of Formentera.
When I first met Tomoko+Romain, a French-American couple from New York, they struck me as such elegant people. After getting to know them and shooting their engagement session in Central Park, I realized they were also incredibly sensitive and romantic souls. They got married at Chateau de Dangu, a beautiful estate in the countryside between Paris and Normandy. Knowing Tomoko, who is a beauty editor for a fashion magazine, and chatting about their wedding plans, I imagined their big day was going to look as lovely and stylish as she is. And it was! But what really touched me was how friendly and sensitive they both are, and how much they trusted me to capture their big day. All their international friends and families came together to celebrate, and as a French-American myself, it was fun and moving to capture this mix of cultures and traditions. During the cocktail hour, the entire wedding party – led by the French family – broke into a surprise choreographed dance… and the fun continued throughout the night!
If you follow me on instagram or Facebook, you perhaps saw that I was in Greece a few weeks go. Santorini is one of the most stunning location I’ve ever seen, and Julie + Romain could’ve not picked a better destination for their wedding. They gathered their closest family and friends for a beautiful celebration that felt emotional, elegant yet relaxed and fun. Felicitations Julie+Romain!
If you’d like to see more images from this trip, feel free to visit my other photography blog where I share my personal, editorial and commercial work.
A few more portraits of the newlyweds…
Wedding Planner: Santorini Glam Weddings
Cocktail location: Rocabella
Dinner location: Aghios Artemios
Bride’s Dress: J-Crew
Bride’s Shoes: Lanvin
Location: Chateau de Dangu
Calligraphy: Danica Cindell
Music: Arnaud Charpentier
Makeup: Akiko Sakamoto
Flowers: L’Atelier Fleuriste
I love these two… such fun, sweet, genuine people. I first got to photograph Shiva+Brian’s small wedding ceremony in California, at the beautiful City Hall of San Francisco. We met again in Paris, with their closest friends and family members. It was a gorgeous summer day to have an outdoor wedding by the Seine River. After getting ready in a beautiful apartment in Le Marais, they held a ceremony along the river banks, followed by a reception on a boat with beautiful views of the city. Marie-Emilie from Mon Plus Beau Jour helped them plan and design their Parisian celebration. Carrie of Pink Toast Ink created their lovely stationery and details. Duncan Wolfe worked his magic to create this amazing film. I love what happens when you put together a fun couple, a beautiful destination and a rad team of vendors. Enjoy!
Coming soon… a dreamy, intimate wedding on the magical island of St John, USVI.
It was a pleasure working with Island Style Weddings, and I can’t wait to share more from this beautiful destination wedding!