The happy couple, P and F chose the beautiful Chateau de Castelleras in the South of France as their wedding venue, which delivered a fantastic set of images of their wedding celebrations from start to finish.

The magic of candlelight

As my first time at this venue I couldn’t get over how truly enchanting it was – full of history, character and beauty at every turn. The couple declared their love in front of family and friends by candlelight in the 11th century chapel. With no natural light and only candles lighting the room, it created the perfect setting for such a romantic occasion and images full of warmth and emotion.

Candlelight aside, during the ceremony I was able to capture some absolutely stunning images of this beautiful couple, who were not only beautiful to look at (F is a world-famous model), but also the nicest couple to work with.

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The best laid plans

With meticulous planning gone into this special day, Jean and myself were welcomed with open arms and were privileged to be witness to such a special event that created some much-cherished memories of our own. Much of this was due to the people we were working with, as well as the freak storm that hit Nice on their wedding day. Unfortunately, this turned the wedding plans upside down, as well as causing extreme flooding and damage in Nice and sadly killing 17 people.

Despite the weather, the show went on – with the entire wedding itinerary being changed to accommodate the aggressive storm. The plans for olive green orchids and an outside dinner were relocated indoors by the incredibly professional and dutiful staff at the Chateau Castelleras, who worked tirelessly to completely change the plans and make sure everyone and everything was taken care of. Naturally, as wedding photographers we also had to adapt to the changes. Thanks to the support and attitude of everyone there, we were able to capture the true essence of love, family, friendship, fun and romance that is really what matters at a wedding and delivers those memorable moments.

An inspirational wedding

All in all, the chapel, the dress, the clouds and other small details created a wonderful backdrop for a beautiful and classic wedding, regardless of the weather and changes to proceedings. This was a fabulous and inspirational that overcame adversity with open hearts, love and great people. I am in no doubt that this wedding will hold so many fond memories for all who were there and be an inspiration for future brides too.