I’m so thrilled to see this Valentine’s Day inspiration in Vogue Living Australia today.
These two lovely couple, Polina & Ramin had a vibrant destination wedding in Aix-en-Provence mixing their beautiful roots of Persian and Russian through their wedding ceremony surrounded by their closest families and friends. I also had the pleasure to photograph their family holiday in the French Riviera last year.. A beautiful mix of culture, minimalist decorations, and notable details such as their wedding ring made by a master jeweller in Kabul at Turquoise Mountain using rough cut emeralds from the Panshir Valler in Afghanistan. So in love with this wedding!
Venue: Chateau d’Alpheran Aix-en-Provence | H&MU: Louise Merlet | Bride’s gown: Christina Sfez | Floral Design: Laurent Hournon | Wedding Rings: Javid Noori | Groom’s attire: Hugo Boss | Band: Gala Swing Quartet
Summer is approaching so fast in the south of France particularly in the French Riviera. Now, here are some photographs I took in Nice while walking around the vieille ville and its famous market in Cours Saleya.
A few words from Sarah on their engagement:
3 years on we were holidaying in Crete, Waleed had hired a private boat to take us around some of the island, after some swimming we ended our lovely afternoon boat trip watching the sun setting over the Island and just as the sun was about to set Waleed pointed at something in the sea asking what it was, as I looked to see what he was pointing at I couldn’t see anything and turned back round to find him on one knee holding a beautiful engagement ring and with a huge smile on his face he asked me to marry him… Of course I said yes!
On the most memorable moment on their wedding day:
For me the most memorable parts of the day were walking down all those stairs to the alter and fighting back the tears, I was very emotional but also so excited to be marrying my rock, my best friend and my soul mate (I was also very relieved to make it down all those steps with out falling haha). I really loved all the speeches, they were so funny and light hearted, I know it’s not tradition but I’m so happy I asked my bridesmaid to make a speech, she was amazing, plus the clouds completely cleared and the sun came out which was the cherry on the cake! Another memorable moment was the fireworks; my husband had organised them with out me knowing – It was a fantastic surprise and just showed me what a great man I’d just married!
For Waleed his memorable moments were me coming down the stairs (he admitted he even teared up), he also said the fireworks too – He loved seeing my confused/surprised reaction when he started gathering everyone outside and then the fireworks began to go off!
Venue: Chateau La Gorce | Bride’s gown: Stella York | Bridesmaid dresses: Mark Lesley | Wedding Planner: Anna Holmes | Groom’s attire: French Connection
Charis and Mark is one of the sweetest couples I’ve photographed. I can still recall the fun memories that we had driving around the city of love in the adorable mint green Citroen 2CV at the peak of Parisian summer. It was indeed one of the warmest day of summer, but everything went great. They also picked a great location for the ceremony (Musee des Archives Nationales). It almost felt like it was their own secret Parisian garden wedding. It was a non-cliché place which made everything solemn. I’m so glad I can finally share these beautiful images which I’m honoured to have captured.
Here are a few words from them:
On how they met: We met in 2006 in a small country town of Albany in Western Australia. We traveled Europe and lived in Edinburgh. We moved back to Australia in late 2007. Mark proposed on the tidal flats in Dampier ( Western Australia) is was a warm evening and the sky was amazing shades of pink, blue and purple.
On why did you choose Paris: We felt a connection to Paris when we visited many years ago. We love the culture, style, history, architecture, gardens and the French people. Plus a love of Boulangeries and Flueristes, and Marks interest in Longchamp.
There is also a distant family connection to France.
On what inspired them: We both find joy in the small things, that amount to overwhelming senses of wellbeing, exhilaration and peacefulness. We wanted to celebrate our love in surroundings that we felt a deep connection to.
Ceremony Location: Musée des Archives Nationales | Bride’s gown: Jenny Packham | Headpiece: Jenny Packham | Bride’s shoes: Enrico Antinori | Hair & Make Up: Sanni Sorma | Wedding rings: Mark Blythe Fine Jewellery | Groom’s attire: Country Road | Groom’s shoes: Betts | Groom’s Accessories: Mrs. Bowtie | Bouquet: L’artisan Fleuriste Le Marais