Wedding Venue Gems: From Behind the Lens of Sarah Stefani
Updated: Apr 29
The venues dotted along the French Riviera and the beauty of Provence adjacent to it, merit their own account and especially though the lens of a local, recognised and accomplished fine art film photographer.
We invited the talented fine art film photographer, Sarah Stefani to paint a vivid picture of her favourite wedding venues making up the 'Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur' region of France, and describe the highlights of each to enhance the wedding sparks and beauty that her photography captures and ignites.
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BEHIND THE LENS - BIO
I am a photographer specialised in destination weddings. I combine the joy of living, the sweetness and the taste of refined and delicate things.
It was during my film studies that I fell in love with imagery and first invested in a camera. I started to photograph every moment spent with the people I love in order to never forget them. At 18, I began travelling alone in Europe, always accompanied by my camera. But it was during my year-long trip in Australia, that I realised that I wanted to become a photographer.
Attracted by reportage and its authentic and spontaneous nature, my mission is to transcribe the moments of life in the most beautiful way. What I want is to bring out the beauty in each moment, each object and each individual.
It was thus that I began to photograph weddings to offer the most beautiful memory of this unique day.
SARAH STEFANI'S FAVOURITES
Château Castellaras - founded on a historic site in the hills behind Cannes, in Mouans-Sartoux with a panoramic view of the sea and the Esterel.
I love this imposing castle with authentic stones. Its majestic columns and the greenery which surrounds it as well as the view of the castle on the Baie des Milliardaires. From a photographer's point of view the light is amazing. Offers clear results and great exposure.
LA MOUISSONE - LES JARDINS DE L'OLIVERAIE
La Mouissone - Les Jardins de l'Oliveraie The 'Oliveraie' of La Mouissone is spread over three hectares of the hill slopes below le Bois de la Marbière, to the east of Grasse.
A place full of charm. Stone house typical of the region. Beautiful statues crisscross the gardens. It is an unexpected and calm place. Ideal for intimate destination weddings. As a photographer, the ideal is that everything is photogenic there.
CHÂTEAU LA NAPOULE
The Château La Napoule is a restored French castle, located in Mandelieu-la-Napoule.
Truly breath-taking. It is a large authentic castle made with local stones, overlooks the sea and its gardens are magnificent. What I love there as a photographer are the wonderful outdoor spaces, ideal for outdoor ceremonies, cocktails and couples sessions.
CHÂTEAU SAINT GEORGES
The Château Saint Georges is a hidden gem to be found in the perfume capital of Grasse.
A magnificent white and gold castle which overlooks the French Riviera. I love the new infrastructure they have put in place outside. Everything is white and luminous intertwined with greenery. The interiors are also incredible which is an asset in bad weather. The esplanade and the rotunda are the ideal location for an outdoor ceremony. And from a photographer's point of view, the light is ideal.
LA CHEVRE D'OR
Château de la Chèvre d'Or is a luxury hotel in Eze. Luxury service and the Mediterranean are united at the Chèvre d'Or.
The highlight is undeniably the view of the Mediterranean Sea. Indeed, this venue is located on the edge of a cliff, it's impressive! But that's not all! It also has gigantic gardens with many statues, something that one would not think given the layout. There are many things to do there and the possibilities are endless as a photographer.
DOMAINE DE MONT LEUZE
The Domaine de Mont Leuze is a 13-hectare area of woodland, fully privatised, in the heart of the Golden Triangle, on the hills rising just above from Villefranche sur Mer and 10 minutes from Monaco and 5 minutes from Nice.
Its major asset is the terrace on which all the ceremonies take place. This terrace overlooks the jutting bit of land that is well known for its treasures, the Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat. It's just sublime. And the light at sunset is incredible in the gardens of the estate. I love to photograph couples sessions here!
GRAND HÔTEL CAP FERRAT
Grand Hôtel Cap Ferrat invites you to experience the classic glamour & timeless chic of the French Riviera & more at this five-star hotel on Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat.
This Hotel is part of the four Seasons Group. It is splendid. I love the bright hall for taking photos in the day when the light is too strong outside. The place is full of magnificent hidden spots for couples such as the gardens or the seaside path along the Mediterranean Sea. The sunsets are to die for.
BASTIDE DU ROY
The Bastide du Roy is rare gem right in the heart of the French Riviera in Antibes.
It is one of my favorite places! Already because the people who run it are adorable (Divina, Alban and Apolline). Then the history of the place is incredible, this place has housed many celebrities including the Rolling Stones. But as a photographer what I particularly like in this venue are the extraordinary gardens: one is French, one is Spanish, the music garden and the olive grove. It's wonderful to photograph a cockktail in the French garden and a couple session in the Spanish garden for example, it's so beautiful!
VILLA EPHRUSSI DE ROTSCHILD
The Villa Ephrussi de Rotschild is also called villa Île-de-France and is a French seaside villa located at Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat on the French Riviera. The villa was designed by the French architect Aaron Messiah, and constructed between 1905 and 1912 by Baroness Béatrice de Rothschild.
The praise of this venue is simply out of this world! Who does not recognise the emblematic rotunda of the villa, the pink so characteristic of its façade, its famous columns in Verronne marble? It is one of the most iconic places of the French Riviera. An absolutely huge venue on two floors with gardens covering several hectares. We go from a Japanese atmosphere, to a rose garden, while crossing alleys of cacti. The weddings that take place here are always impressive. And as a photographer I love all the photogenics of this place, both its exteriors and its interiors. Everything is so noble there.
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