A Stylish Elopement in the south of France during the COVID pandemic

as featured in French Wedding Stylefrenchweddingstyle

Photo Credit: Les Images de Tom

As a destination wedding planner in 2020, who had had 90% of her weddings postponed, and suddenly a lot of free time on her hands

I had spent some (probably too much) time watching Downton Abbey, Bridgerton, and other shows of a similar genre. And now looking at the visuals of the styled shoot,

I do believe that the binge-watching inspired the mood of this elopement inspiration series; so, I guess “Thank you, 2020…”.

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After months of postponing weddings this year and guiding my clients through this rather traumatic ordeal, I felt a need to create a space for them; the tired and bewildered couple who had just wanted the simple pleasure of getting married, surrounded by their near and dear ones. To start that new chapter in their lives - but were unable to do so. I wanted to design something that I believed was beautiful, timeless, yet still reflected the mood of the world in 2020. An elopement series just made a lot of sense with the restrictions that were (and still are) put into place the world over.

So, we started the process of creating a little bubble for two lovers, away from the uncertainty and stress. It was just two of them taking the time to celebrate their love and each other. I wanted this elopement series to capture an atmosphere that was filled with intimacy, the quiet joy of finding each other, and really seeing each other – a feeling that big weddings don't always allow. And all this in a beautiful French Château nestled amidst olive groves and vineyards.

The French château that was chosen as the venue was just the right size - big enough to give off that fancy-vibe of a castle, however not so big that it would take away from the intimacy of the shoot.

All the suppliers for this styled shoot are based in and around Montpellier, France. I was rather keen on focusing on local suppliers and products to help shine a little light on the lovely, local talent we have here in the south of France.

Thanks for taking the time to read until the end. Stay safe!

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