For those of you who have been to France but not to the South of France, you really are missing out! It is a totally different experience to Paris and the north of France. Paris is beautiful it's own right and I love to photograph weddings in Paris but the South of France and the French Riviera is just a magical place of it's own.
Mountains, valleys, vineyards, the nature is second to none. With around 300 sunny days per year it's a good choice to have your wedding in the French Riviera. There is a much less chance of there being rain vs the north of the country.
I say this as someone who has actually lived in France and in the South of France and even in the winter time and was lucky enough to have lovely warm sunny days! Seriously, we're talking sunshine and usually not the cold you have in Northern France or England.
There is no lack of venues of every type. My favourites are the lovely Chateaus with extensive gardens and gorgeous sea view locations. Locations like these make it easy to be a wedding photographer in the French Riviera
The Provence is a vast area and reaches far and wide. Along the coast is the main area of the French Riviera and includes St Tropez, Cannes, Nice and more. Imagine a lovely beach wedding in Nice with a first hand sea view for your wedding day.
Palm trees, olive trees, pine trees, lavender fields. Really for a wedding photographer in the French Riviera there is no lack of locations for amazing portraits. It is unlike to most places in Europe. And the sunny days, warm weather, ideal for outdoor weddings.
The sunset is usually quite beautiful with shades of pink and orange to the sky. Artists for years have come to the region to create their art due to the beautiful scenery and amazing light. One visit and you will know why.
I personally am someone who loves a good sunset. It is ideal to time your couples photos in "golden hour" the time which is about 1 hour before to a bit after the sun sets. The light is just magical and can really make the different between a good and an amazing photograph!
Nice is one of the main cities and one of the largest in France. Working as a wedding photographer in Nice I have the city as my background. Ideal for making unique images for families to treasure. The venues here are beautiful but also I remind brides who are making the choice to have a destination wedding here to remember that transport links are very important for guests flying in from abroad. A town that is very well connected with TGV and near an airport is better than a town further afield if everyone is flying in.
St Tropez is another beautiful town I love to photograph in. Of course one huge advantage to a wedding in St Tropez is the sea and beach! A wedding photographer in Saint-Tropez will be able to use the sea as a lovely background for your portraits. A little more difficult to get to has helped keep the area more quiet and exclusive.
Cannes is well known for the film festival but has so much more going for it! It is quite small, well the main town is, but there is so much jam packed in the space. There are sandy beaches and various locations for photographs with the Mediterranean Sea in the background. Of course if you happen to be in town for your Engagement photography or Pre-wedding photography session the shopping is fabulous and the restaurants plentiful. There is always something about the sea that just makes my heart so happy.
Cannes and Nice are also popular options. The sea and mountains meet for a dramatic background and are well served by TGV and an international airport. Also there is no lack of amazing venues. Eze has a beautiful chateau on a sea cliff that is just breathtaking, and along the coast towards Monaco there are amazing venues. People often forget just how big and varied the French Riviera is! Being a wedding photographer in the French Riviera really is covering a big area with vineyards, the seaside and everything in-between. All lovely and unique places to hold your destination wedding. Being local I am happy to help in any way with plans for your big day and really understand how stressful it is to get married somewhere new and unfamiliar. But I can tell you it's really worth it and your day will be magical.
Please do get in touch today to I will get to planning your ideal wedding, engagement or pre-wedding session. I can’t wait to show you the beauty this part of the world has to offer.