Provence in Spring, fresh lavender and olive groves. A perfect location for a romantic destination wedding with guests coming from all over the world. Jamie & Moya planned a beautiful outdoor wedding at Bastide St Mathieu, a lovely 18th Century Provençal-style manor house in the South of France with a hectare of luscious gardens. We flew into Nice, then drove into the foothills of Grasse for this gorgeous wedding celebration.
There were a few reasons why Jamie and I choose to get married in the South of France. The idea of a destination wedding had always appealed to us, we love holidays with friends and as I am Australian and Jamie English it meant the world to have all our family and friends in one place for as long as possible. We went to the Cote d’Azur on our first holiday together and said at the time how wonderful it would be to bring loved ones back there if we ever got married – so just over two years later that’s exactly what we did! Moya
It was such a joy to photograph this gorgeous wedding and get to know Moya & Jamie. Here are some of my favourite images from this beautiful Provence wedding. Scroll down for full credits.
Moya & Jamie drew inspiration from the Bastide, creating an elegant style with herb & lavender pots on the tables and silver tea light holders. She wore a stunning Australian designer wedding dress by Gwendolynne with pretty boho tousled plaits and a bouquet of white peony roses with lambs ear details. Her bridesmaids wore grey dresses from Watters with bouquets of lavender & baby’s breath. Jamie looked dapper in a suit, tie & shoes from Ted Baker in London.
Ultimately, what made the day so special was making promises to each other in front of our friends and family, and it’s definitely important to keep sight of that as you’re planning. It was so special for us to have guests from all over the world together for at least the day – some we were able to spend the whole week with – an experience that we are unlikely to ever have again and we truly cherish. Enjoy every second! Moya
Jamie & Moya decided to have a ‘first look’ before their wedding ceremony. They were so excited to see each other having spent the morning getting ready in different parts of the house. Jamie waited in the garden & was blown away by how stunning Moya looked in her Gwendolynne gown. We took a stroll around the gardens to capture some natural couples portraits before all the guests arrived.
Being lovers of food, they hired a London based Chef to fly to France to cater the wedding and the food was spectacular. They also chose a tower of cheese for their wedding cake which doubled as a midnight snack for their guests.
We could not be happier with our choice of photographer and videographer. We knew as soon as we saw Miss Gen’s work that she was the kind of wedding photographer we wanted – she has an amazing eye for a beautiful shot and a way of capturing people and moments that have really brought our day to life afterwards. Irene Piera Film’s work is fabulous too, everyone we have shown our wedding video to says it really feels like you are back there, and we feel so lucky to have such a brilliant memento of the day – especially the speeches and ceremony which really flew by!! Moya
Planner: Natalie from Wedding Angels
Photographer: Genevieve of Miss Gen Photography
Wedding dress: Gwendolynne
Brides shoes: Pedro Garcia
Hairpiece: Richard Nylon Millinery & Bridal
Brides Hair: Jennyfer Hillyard Ducateau
Brides Makeup: Sophie Kilian
Grooms suit: Ted Baker London
Grooms shoes: Ted Baker London
Grooms watch: Breitling
Bridesmaid’s dresses: Watters Bridesmaids
Flowers: Wayne Riley Flowers
Wedding Cake / Cheese: La Fromagerie London
Chef: Ben Spalding
DJ: Ryan from Riviera Organisation
Videographer: Irene Piera Films
Processional: First Day of My Life – Bright Eyes
Recessional: You’ve Got the Love – Florence + the Machine
First Dance: Islands – The XX
I’m delighted to say that Moya & Jamie’s Provence destination wedding was featured on international wedding blog Style Me Pretty.
Genevieve from Miss Gen Photography is a London based photographer specialising in creative reportage wedding photography – documentary style photography that tells the story of your day and creative, natural couples portraits. Genevieve is available to shoot weddings, elopements, couples sessions and family sessions in London, throughout the UK, Europe, Australia and worldwide for destination sessions. To book me get in touch, I’d love to hear all about your plans.