• Natalia Langsdale

A Sicilian Style Love Story

Hidden away from the prying eyes in the rolling hills of cypress and olive trees of Grasse, in a converted monastery dating from the 18th century, lies a luxury renovated luxury villa.

Finally available again for rental since Coluche rented it in the swinging seventies, a property whose stone walls whisper secrets of famed faces who have stayed here. Each façade, each stone captivating, as captivating as our couple and their intimacy.

Miriam - our glamorous bride in her towering silver stilettos and baby blue sequinned 'Jessica Rabbit' style floor-length dress, custom-made for her petite figure, mesmerised her Italian groom, Alexis, with fluttering eyelashes, her dark locks perfectly coiffed, alluring airs and Bykovs diamond encrusted jewellery worthy of a princess. Yet her fate is one very different of that of a princess, married to a 'gangster'.

A 'gangster' who nevertheless, will shower his moll with priceless gifts including the beautiful incarnation of the natural perfect symmetry and life's evanescence; bespoke butterfly jewellery. Skilfully eternalised in the form of a charming ring encrusted with sapphires, diamonds and pink opal by Bykovs Jewellery.

As the couple were captured, they encapsulating the very essence of a Provence affair in the beautiful gardens of the sublime property. Nature awoke its Spring calling to release bird song and butterflies matching the jewellery taking flight from hidden nooks and crooks of the 100-year olive trees and cypresses that swayed in the light breeze.

A quiet moment of exchange captured as the loved couple admired the treasures adorning the delicate bride while seated under the olive trees by an abandoned fountain. Meanwhile, the groom dressed casually in a vintage look from the 20s, with a 'je ne sais quoi' attitude, reflective of his new found status as a husband to a wife whose every whim and need he look after. He would sacrifice himself for his bride. Even dressing down to elevate his treasured love for she is the star of the show. Their show.

Never-ending gardens with an air of forgotten times, vintage garden furniture, a boules patch and 360 degree views of the coast, hillside towns of Opio and Châteauneuf, foothills of Provence blossomed the passionate love affair that resulted in a secret elopement to celebrate a dangerous liaison, no expenses spared.

A peacock feathered fan playfully teased the camera from a behind the scenes bathroom scene with the bride surrounded by opulence and scents of perfume evocative of the 1920s Great Gatsby era. Perfumes that were made in the nearby historic factories of Fragonard or Galimard. A scene better kept hidden yet so precious and unveiled.

If Grasse's jasmine is just as iconic as the May Rose, it's because it's a key ingredient in one of the world's most famous perfumes: Chanel N°5, the scent filling each room that the bride would leave behind her as she evocatively glided through the 4090 sq. ft and made her presence felt. History awoke through the very steps taken by this lady of grace.

With history to match, the 3 acres of traditional provençal terraced gardens with over 100 olive trees and stunning views across the bays of Cannes and Antibes revealed a sense of magic.

Magic enhanced with the playing light on the bay window doors that opened up to reveal the swimming pool and a bride whose devilish purity played with the lens to unravel a beauty that would make hearts melt.

A captivating beauty that only her husband would allow the world to see, and one we were fortunate enough to indulge in.

It was the setting for the perfect mafia style styled wedding, awakening romance tinged with melancholy for the fate of those living on the edge is one never long-lived.

The indulgences and luxury evoked epitomised the ambience.

The golden light of the setting sun over the neighbouring Châteauneuf de Grasse sleepy hill-top village concluded a truly spectacular day with breathtaking scenes.

"Better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all" came to mind.

To arrange for a consultation to see what your dream wedding in the South of France or Provence should look like, email is at natalia@myrivieraweddings.com



Wedding photographer Bluepineapple Photo | Hair Kellee's Hair Design | Make up Agnès Doussot | Wedding dress Asos | Suit and groom accessories Cordonnerie du Vieux Nice | Jewellery Bykovs Jewellery | Flowers My Riviera Weddings | Wedding Planner My Riviera Weddings | Venue privately owned 18th century converted monastery villa for rent


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