In the last few years, I’ve been lucky enough to shoot weddings all over France and I can easily say they are always the highlight of my working year. I travelled to France a lot during school and university but somehow managed to ignore it for most of my adult life! That was until I was booked for Kelly & Sam’s wedding at Chateau de la Bourlie in the Dordogne in 2012 and I haven’t looked back since. I now travel regularly to France for weddings and I can’t get enough of them. I’m a regular visitor to the South West of France and for me the scene is set perfectly every time I arrive at Bergerac airport. The first time I landed there I thought it resembled a shed in a disused field! It still does although it’s modernising (slowly) and this undoubtedly part of its charm and sets the tone for the friendly and laid back atmosphere that you’ll find in the Dordogne.

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As a France wedding photographer I arrive at least one day before so I make sure I’m there in good time. It’s also important for me to scout the venue and have a good look around so I know what’s happening where. I also look for locations for portraits and family shots so we don’t waste time on the day. It’s also a good opportunity for me to come and say hello and meet some of the family, being sociable is a big part of my wedding photography! I shoot in a friendly, but unfussy way always capturing the event that unfolds in front of me with no intervention or staged moments. My goal is to capture natural moments, naturally that will turn into memories for many years to come.

Since my first French wedding in 2012, I’ve shot weddings all over the Dordogne and some of my favourite venues in the region are Chateau d’Urval, Chateau la Durantie, Le Manoir du Bout du Pont, Chateau de Lacoste and  Chateau la Fourtonie. I’ve also shot weddings in Provence, Alpes-Maritimes and the Pyrenees. Marie-Lise & Tom’s wedding took place in Carla-Bayle which is a small commune with the mountains as a backdrop and is a predominately an artist’s community. It’s one of the most charming places I’ve had the pleasure of visiting and is well worth a trip, and you can see from the picture below what Marie-Lise and Marc thought of it!

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Over the years I’ve established relationships with some wonderful wedding planners and venue managers, so a quick shout out to some of the best! They all come highly recommended and do a fabulous job, so get in touch with any of them if you need some help.
Lucy Williams – Mise en Scéne Events
Anja Austin-Ellis – Oui Mon Couer
Kate Boujer – MarrymeinFrance
Louise Ham – Handmadevents

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So if it’s not obvious already, I’d love to hear from you if you’re getting married in France! Drop me a line via my contact page to check availability and arrange a time to talk through everything in detail. I’ve also started putting together a mini-site dedicated to weddings in France that you can check out here. And take a look below at some blog posts of a few of the weddings I’ve shot in France and particularly the Dordogne.

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