Ideally located in the heart of Provence, Le Domaine de la Baume is a stunning venue standing in a natural heaven. That’s where Sam&Joe – a sweet couple from London – decided to stay the week before their wedding. I will share their majestic wedding later in the week, but I first wanted to share their beautiful pre-wedding photo shoot. A perfect morning spent together, to get to know each other before the d-day, and a lot of fun !
Nicole and Jordan are a sweet couple from North-Carolina, who have been married for a couple of years. We immediately had a connection as I used to study in North-Carolina for my MBA 10 years ago, and I love that part of the US. During their trip to France, Jordan wanted to surprise Nicole with an anniversary session in the middle of Provence lavender fields. This was on Nicole’s bucket list, and Jordan contacted me some weeks before the shoot to set up a typical French picnic. I asked help to my dear friend Laetitia C. for the floral design, and we set up this nice surprise together.
This is the story of a friendship: Samar Seraqui de Buttafoco, owner of the fashion blog ‘Une Libanaise à Paris‘, and Rime Arodaky, bridal designer. Samar and Rime both heart fashion, life, and love. These common interests brought them together to create a heather gray cotton sweater, with the mention ‘Habibi‘: ‘My love‘ in Arabic.
I was lucky enough to shoot the Habibi campaign, and direct Samar, who wore the sweater along a day in Paris. Half of the sweater sales will be donated to Syria Charity, an organization helping Syrian children victims of the war. This first collaboration will lead to putting back in place windows and a heating system in a mixed grade school in Aleppo, so that children can start learning again in decent conditions.
The Amalfi Coast moves a lot of stuff in your imagination when you hear the name. I can’t start to describe the beauty of this region of Italy, so I’ll leave it to photographs. Heather&Sean are one of the kindest couple I’ve met since I’ve been shooting weddings. They are from San Francisco, and had organized a very intimate wedding – with just 30 guests – at wonderful Hotel Caruso, in Ravello.
This is Rime Arodaky‘s S/S016 campaign, shot in Paris a few weeks ago. These short dresses are designed for civil ceremonies, and vehicle a fresh and free-minded spirit. For the first time, Rime introduces color dresses (light pink) to enrich her collection. All designs were shot in collaboration with Luna Bea hair accessories, which appear on most of the photographs. You can find all models and shop online here.
I didn’t feel like blogging anything this week. It just feels wrong to be posting photographs of people in love, promoting one’s business, or even answering to clients’ inquiries, when families are mourning their lost ones just next door. And finally, I decided to take my keyboard. Anyways, there is just nothing else I can focus on right now. All I think about, is what just happened in my beloved city 3 days ago…
Orchidée de Soie is a French boutique company, which proposes luxury accessories and jewelry for the bride. Each piece of the collection is hand-crafted with love and noble materials: silk, French lace, and beautiful patterns of brass. Sandrine, the owner and art director, has been trusting me for two years now with her campaigns. We shot the brand’s 2016 campaign in the middle of Provence lavender fields, at amazing Les Domaines de Patras. Wonderful dresses are from Rime Arodaky, with in particular the stunning bespoke 23 dress. All other vendors who made that campaign possible are mentioned at the bottom of this post.
This is probably the most moving experience of this year to me. Lauren&Chase are a couple from New York, who decided to get married at wonderful Château de la Chèvre d’Or, on the French Riviera. The only thing is that Lauren&Chase had not warned their parents that they would be getting married that very day. Only the wedding planner, the floral designer, the videographer and myself the photographer, were in the confidence. That’s only at lunch time that they announced to their parents the big news. Discover their reaction in the amazing video by my friend Pascal Délé Filmaker, at the end of the post, and the images of that beautiful day.