WEDDING ON THE FRENCH RIVIERA

Maya Maréchal Photography

Maya Maréchal Photography

After over 18 months of planning, the big day had finally arrived! Throughout the entire planning process, this wonderful couple were a dream to work with. The bride and groom had a very specific vision in mind and trusted me to bring it to life. Working with very talented suppliers, it was truly special to see them deliver everything we wanted and more. A notable feature from this wedding was the stunning chuppah (pictured left) made of baby’s breath, on a crisp white carpet and lined with more baby’s breath. The ceremony space felt like a secret Eden with breath-taking views of the coast and stunning live music performed by the String Trio. Drawing on both Christian and Jewish traditions, the wedding was personalised to the couple as they marked the start of becoming one family.

The Parisian bride and English groom chose the iconic French Riviera for their destination wedding, and this became the central theme for the cocktail reception. Guests celebrated and enjoyed the champagne, delicious canapés and live cooking stations, whilst surrounded by lemon trees, lavender and olive branches. We also created traditional newspapers featuring the menu, stories and photos of the happy couple, and the lyrics to the bride’s favourite song that guests would all later sing at dinner.

The dinner setting was described as “magical” by the guests. The breath-taking view only got more and more incredible as the sun set and the sky changed from bright blue to pink. It was important that the ceremony, cocktail reception and dinner each had different design themes and ambiences. The tables had a mix of tall and low flower arrangements primarily consisting of white hydrangeas, cappuccino roses and eucalyptus. We added touches of gold glassware, flickering tealight candles and menus with hand-written calligraphy. With a background in music and performing arts, the bride wanted the party to begin from the very start of the dinner, therefore our outstanding 11-piece band Groove Empire performed almost throughout the entire dinner, pausing only for speeches and when the starters and mains were served. As with most Jewish weddings, things kicked off quickly and, as the wedding planner, I was slightly concerned when the groom fell off his chair during the horah. Luckily he was having too much fun to care!

I was very touched when the father of the bride, who I had met for the first time only a few days prior, took me aside to tell me how much my work and efforts have meant to him and his family. It was an absolute honour and pleasure to work on such a beautiful wedding creating very special memories for this loving family.

“YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW MUCH ALL OF YOUR WORK, THE LITTLE TOUCHES, THE LATE NIGHTS AND INCREDIBLE EFFORT HAS MEANT TO US.”

For more details and photos from this stunning wedding on the French Riviera, please click here.