Category archives: destination weddings

Mel and Jan – Chateau Rigaud, France

Well, this was a good one…venue, guests, dress, flowers, food…all perfect, but most of all Mel and Jan are one of the loveliest couples we’ve met, and in fact I would like to say have now become friends (and we’ve enjoyed wine and good food together since they’ve come back from their honeymoon!). Mel and Jan chose to get married in France, at the gorgeous Chateau Rigaud, near Bordeaux, where they were joined by their friends and family who had travelled over from Australia and the UK.  Chateau Riguad is a wonderful venue, full of character, laid back and friendly staff, welcoming host, amazing food and surrounded by rolling hills and vineyards…good choice Mel and jan!

They had an outdoor ceremony on the lawn complete with ring bearing dog and the sunshine. Mel looked stunning in her lace and layered dress by Stewart Parvin, which floated and trailed through the long grass so prettily.  French photographer, a regular at the Chateau, Yves Samuel, was photographer on the day and a pleasure to work with. The staff at the Chateau made the barns for the reception look so pretty with the delicate flowers, abundance of candles and the beautiful evening light that streamed in through the windows during Speeches.

A local band and resident DJ took the party into the night and I hear that it was the very small hours of the next day that everyone finally went to bed…sign of a great wedding :) Thank you so, so much Mel and Jan, it was an absolute pleasure to film your wedding and am so, so glad you booked us, as it means we got to meet you both and now have two new, lovely, charming friends…what more could we ask for? X

Madel and Derick – Fregate Island, Seychelles

Well, where to start! We got an email from Madel asking if we (myself and great friend/wedding sidekick Beccy Goddard) were available to film and photograph their wedding…in the Seychelles. Once we’d picked ourselves up off the floor, googled Fregate Island, pinched ourselves a few times we of course said YES!  Then followed a few months of emails and finding out more about Madel and Derick and the plans they had for their dream wedding on Fregate Island, and the kind of wedding video they wanted. Madel and Derick are from South Africa and are incredibly well travelled, but I think it has to be said that Fregate was something special. It’s a tiny private island in the Indian Ocean with almost unbelievable beaches; there are no cars, just golf buggies. Dotted around the island are the beautiful villas where guests stay, complete with their own butler and private pool. But the thing that made this place so special was the unique and incredible wildlife that lives with you during your stay. The place is full of bats, tortoises, centipedes, birds, flowers and the most magical sight of turtles coming to lay their eggs in the sand on the beaches….which happened just before the ceremony took place…pretty mind blowing! A special mention  must also go to the staff who work there on the island looking after everyone, they are simply outstanding and made the week so very memorable for everyone.

Derick and Madel were joined by their close family and friends, who made the week so special for them. It was full of laughter, love and happiness, with some great adventures and sunsets. Madel’s good friend Riana helped plan the week and did a fantastic job styling the beach wedding. Derick and Madel welcomed Beccy and I into their lives for a week and we had the most amazing experience with them all, we wish you both all the luck and love for your future together and thank you so much for letting us be a part of your adventure. xx

Barbara and Wilco – Sardinia

Wow….what a wedding! This is the second wedding we did with Eva from Chic Weddings and it was a corker!! Barbara and Wilco are from Holland and came to Sardinia to get married as Barbara’s Swiss Dad now lives in Cagliari. They chose the truly breath taking venue of Capo Spartivento, which is a 150 year old lighthouse, perched on the cliffs on the South side of Sardinia. It has been converted into a luxury hotel and private venue, complete with infinity pool where you can gaze out to sea; and the chef happens to be Dolce and Gabana’s old private chef…so the food wasn’t bad either!

It’s quite difficult to convey the atmosphere of the place in writing, but it really is incredible and very unique. I think I might go and get married there myself one day…!

Barbara and Wilco are a very gentle couple, so very much in love and very laid back and relaxed…perfect. They chose to have an humanist ceremony conducted by the lovely Blessings from Italy, which took place on the cliffs overlooking the sea.

They then all retreated to canapaes overlooking the pool and the sea, while the sun gave off the most glorious golden light before setting over the sea…dreamy doesn’t really do it justice. As alway Eva was a delight to work with and kept the day running smoothly, but in her wonderful laid back, relaxed way. All the details and hints of Morocco set the venue off perfectly. They had Sara Letschart photograph their wedding, who travelled from Holland. She was brilliant, and a lovely, gentle lady full of laughter…hope we meet again :)

Barbara and Wilco were a joy to film, they were funny, friendly and happy, as were their lovely family and friends. Thank you so much for having us over there to film your wedding, it was incredibly special xx

Flora and Terris – Tuscany

This is the first of two weddings we are blogging today where we got to work with the fabulous, creative and lovely Eva from Chic Weddings. She has beautiful taste and we love her for it :)

Flora and Terris, who currently live in Hong Kong, chose to get married in the rolling Tuscan hills, at Castello di Vicarello, which is simply quite breath taking. It has incredible views and is such a romantic and elegant place to be married. The rooms are stuffed full of antiques and gorgeous furniture, the courtyard is festooned with vines and grapes and the lawns in the gardens have the perfect backdrop for evening dancing and twinkly lights.

Flora had a beautiful Valentino dress (yes, it was rather lovely!) set off with her Mothers antique jewellery and Terris looked handsome in white dinner jacket and black tie.Their guests were bubbly and lots of fun, live music in the evening played on the lawns with much dancing, delicious food and cake, huge amounts of wine…it was a top wedding! Eva and her team made the day run perfectly and the table styling was so pretty (pheasant feathers, crackled glass and candles everywhere). The photographer was Lisa Poggi, a regular in the area, who was a pleasure to work with.

It’s such an honour to be able to travel to these beautiful places for weddings, we thank Flora and Terris for letting us be part of their amazing day, and look forward to returning to Tuscany again this year.

An incredible journey…

This is just a little post to help me digest and reflect on the incredible month we had in October which involved 16 plane flights, 3 islands, 3 weddings, a (much needed) family holiday and the making and meeting of some incredible new friends and people. It really has been a most exhausting but exhilarating time, and reason once again to just pinch myself that I have been so lucky to be able to do all this in the name of work :)

We started (we for half the month was myself and Beccy) off in the beautiful Tuscan Hills for a wedding at Castello Vicarello, which has views and food to die for. There we spent the day with a couple from Hong Kong (I’m blogging their clip shortly) who had chosen Tuscany to get married…and I can see why, it was so elegant and pretty. We were lucky to work with the lovely Eva from Chic weddings who’s eye for detail is perfect, she certainly knows how to make things look pretty!  We then had a couple of days to explore Florence and Pisa in a whistle stop Tuscan tour.

Five days later we arrived in Sardinia at one of the most incredible, romantic venues I’ve filmed; Capo Spartivento. Amazing weather, amazing views, amazing couple and D&G’s ex personal chef cooking our tea!…and another love affair started with a new city, Cagliari, with it’s old town, tiny alleys, rusty iron balconies and faded paint. (oh, and pretty good food too :)) I’m planning  a return visit as there is so much to see on the island and we only touched the surface.

A family holiday in Cyprus was next (filming weddings means holidays are tricky and tend to be at odd times of the year…this was such a wonderful week of relaxing, spending time with my children, teaching them to swim, eating huge Prawns and not having any email!) The place we stayed was magical with the most perfect view of the sea and sunsets….and best of all, you could hear the waves as you lay in bed at night…dreamy.

The final trip was the most epic…and mind blowing…Beccy and myself were lucky enough to go to Fregate in the Seychelles for a week to film and photograph a wedding and celebrations for a lovely couple from South Africa. I’ve travelled to a few exotic places but Fregate was something else…for a start it’s a private island, there are no cars (just your own golf buggy!) and the whole place just happens to be a nature reserve, so is bursting to the seams with rare insects, giant Banyan Trees, exotic fish and endangered turtles (who come ashore to lay their eggs…which we witnessed at sunset…on a deserted beach…with tears in our eyes!) The place is magical and definitely puts a spell on you, I think it will draw me back forever and I hope to return one day soon to take it all in again.

I’ll be posting all the clips for these weddings soon, but before that here are a few iphone snaps taken on our journeys last month(apart from the turtle, which was taken by Beccy!)…it’s been quite a ride this year and we’ve travelled a long way on so many levels. Life is good, and love has been behind it which makes it all so much more special.