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“We’re absolutely thrilled! I don’t know how you were able to capture so many special moments, many of which I hadn’t seen on the day. Thank you! I told Sylvain I’d wait for him to get home from work today to look at the rest, but it’s really hard! I feel like a little kid wanting to peek at the presents under the Christmas tree!”
Every summer for the last three years I’ve shot weddings at Chateau de la Bourlie in the Dordogne and I can safely say that each one has been completely different. I look forward to returning to see how I can approach each wedding differently looking for new ways of shooting in the same location. Emily and Sylvain’s wedding was different in that it was my first wedding where both families were French so some of the traditions were a little different from what I’m used to. Apart from taking care of the legalities in la marie before the church service, the main difference seems to be that the dancing at French weddings goes on to the small hours of the morning with apparently as much as energy as when the day began. I’ll be returning to Chateau de la Bourlie again this year and can’t wait to photograph a new gathering of friends and family.
Frankie and Alex got married at Chateau La Fourtonie in the Dordogne. It’s a former vineyard in the heart of stunning natural woodland near Bergerac. The French countryside never seems to fail in providing me with stunning scenery as well as beautiful sunsets to work with, and Frankie and Alex’s wedding was no exception. Some of my favourite pictures from the day.
I’m going to be hard pressed to take another first dance shot that I’m as pleased with as this! I looked down at Agate’s flowing dress as she was flying around the dance floor and managed to capture her just between a sharp line of light and shadow cast by the band’s lights. Her dress creates an almost smoke like effect and the little is flower by her foot is just a bonus.
I’m delighted to have picked up my second award from Fearless Photographers for this image which was taken at Chateau de la Bourlie in the Dordogne. Every two months photographers are invited to submit images to the competition and less than 1 in 10 receive an award, so needless to say I’m chuffed to have this one win an award. You can see my previous award winning shot here.
If you’d like to see the rest of Agate and Greg’s wedding at Chateau de la Bourlie click through here.
Mekalie and Nick fell in love with Sarlat-la-Canéda while travelling through Europe from Australia a couple of years ago. It’s easy to see why, it’s a perfectly preserved 14th century medieval town in the Périgord region of the Dordogne which time seems to have passed by. They also fell in love with the region’s food and wine so choosing Restaurant La Meynardie with it’s Michelin star chef was a great choice. Planning a wedding from 12,000 miles away wasn’t easy, but I can safely say that their friends and family who made the long journey from Australia had an absolute blast, despite a couple of dance floor injuries. Destination weddings usually have a special atmosphere and because everyone had travelled so far it was only going to go one way! Mekalie and Nick radiate positive energy in abundance and yet again I feel honoured to have been asked to be a part of an amazing day. I’d like to think I’ve made two new friends, rather than just being the photographer for the day.
Some kind words that Mekalie and Nick wrote after the wedding:
“We are devouring every picture you took – thank you so much for capturing the day … it means so much to us to have these as most of the day is a complete blur to us thanks to the huge amount of french wine!
We just want to say again how wonderful it was having you on the wedding day in Sarlat , not only did you make everything super easy (with 2 camera shy people) but the pictures of the amazing surrounds, friends and family are exactly what we wanted. Thanks for everything, you’ve been so fantastic!”
Marissa and Carlos’s Tuscany wedding at the stunning Villa Dievole was an international gathering of friends and family making the trip to Italy from as far as Australia to this amazing location. Villa Dievole is a working vineyard in the hills near Siena producing chainti and olive oil and it certainly ticks all the boxes for the perfect Tuscan experience – olives groves, cypress trees, rolling hills, endless sunshine and, of course, chianti. It’s a stunner and is worth a visit if only to visit the vineyard and cellar.
Despite meeting in Florence, Marissa & Carlos chose the picture postcard Villa Dievole in Tuscany to marry at as it provided the idyllic setting for their outdoor ceremony and wedding breakfast as well as an open-air dance floor in the middle of the countryside that they used for the party long into the night. I’ve now seen the ‘zombie’ and lived to tell the tale, not to mention some awesome air guitar.
Here’s the story of their day and you can also check out more from their portraits in this blog post. If you’re interested in other work I’ve shot in Italy, check out this engagement shoot for Giorgio and Filippo that I photographed in Florence earlier in the summer.