WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY PROVENCE, BEAULIEU-SUR-MER
So I started my fun wedding guide to help you learn a bit more about Provence, France as you are dreaming or planning your wedding. Obviously, being a wedding photographer’s blog – I am going to offer lots of photographs for your wedding inspiration. But also, I’d like to share with you what an amazing part of the world Provence is.
And you know the best part? You can contribute to my guide as we are going through it. So, yes, please do GET IN TOUCH.
Beaulieu-sur-Mer is a small but really beautiful village between Nice and Monaco. Unlike many other villages on the French Riviera a lot of it’s buildings are little villas from the turn of 19th century. Many has been converted into apartments and are available to rent. It’s true that it’s known as nice place for retirement. However, it’s also an ideal central location for exploring Cote d’Azur. Plus it offers a lovely sheltered from the wind sandy beach. Most of the French Riviera east of Nice is a pebble beach. It’s only in Antibes and further west towards Saint-Tropez you can enjoy the gorgeous fine sand by the sea. Beaulieu-sur-Mer is an exception. From the sheltered beach you can enjoy breathtaking view of the Greek Villa Kérylos.
As the name suggests – this is a Greek villa. Although the house was inspired by the Ancient Greek style, it was actually built in early 1900s. It’s a stunning place, which makes you feel that you are in a real coastal Greek temple. It is know for hosting very exclusive weddings. Offering a terrace overlooking the sea as well as several luxurious rooms indoors, including the one with a marble columns and Greek frescos – this a very unique French Riviera wedding venue offering brilliant possibilities for your wedding photography Provence, Beaulieu-sur-Mer.
Villa Kerylos has inspired a creation of another beautiful place, which has become a much more celebrated attraction. It also happens to be a an exclusive wedding venue.
Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild
Villa Ephrussi de Rothchild is a truly special place to celebrate your wedding on the Cote d’Azur. The sophisticated pale pink villa is set in the magical gardens where fountains play to the rhythm of classical music. This is a first class choice for your wedding photography Provence, Beaulieu-sur-Mer.
La mariée in French, sposa in Italian, núvia in Catalan, 新娘 in Mandarin, bruid in Dutch, Braut in German, 신부in Korean, nuotaka in Lithuanian, panna młoda in Polish, nevesta in Russian, gelin in Turkish.
A woman who is just about to get married… With a multitude of cultural traditions each bride will choose how many of her country of origin’s traditions will be part of her and her love’s special day for her wedding in Provence. However, I am certain that any wedding in the South of France will have style, quite possibly a whiff of a lavender and most certainly great food and beaucoup de Provence rosé.
Talking about local traditions… The French don’t have bridesmaids or best men at their weddings. They have witnesses and there can be 1-2 witnesses for each bride and groom. Witnesses choose their own clothes for the wedding day, which doesn’t have to co-ordinate with the bride’s theme colours.
In other countries, in the UK for example, a bride will most certainly have at least one bridesmaid or a maid of honour. It’s customary that the bride will choose the colour if not the design of her bridesmaid’s dresses.
American weddings famously can have a large number of bridesmaids – all wearing co-ordinated gowns.
Whatever you call the ladies who are going to support their Bride on a wedding day…. they are the closest and dearest friends or relatives. Unquestionably, it’s an honour to be asked into this close circle.
The Bellini was invented sometime in the late 1930s by Giuseppe Cipriani, founder of Harry’s Barin Venice, Italy. Apparently, he named the drink Bellini because it’s characteristic pink colour reminded him of the toga of a saint by Venetian artist Giovanni Bellini.
To make at home:
- 500ml peach purée or peach nectar
- 1 bottle prosecco
Put the peach puree in a Champagne flute up to about 1/3 full and slowly top up with Prosecco.
France is an ideal place to enjoy your cycling whatever your style. Voies vertes (greenways) are ideal for a relaxed pedalling with a family. The route would normally avoid steep hills and often run along disused railway lines. If this is a bit too sedate for you, try a véloroute a combination of greenways and minor roads. The next step up would be a aurovélo – definitely more for serious cycling. If you are that kind of person, you don’t need any advice from me. I am more of a Voies vertes user 🙂
At any rate, you will notice plenty of cyclists in France. And sometimes, a beautifully carelessly, but still very chicly position bicycle, which just needs to be photographed!
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