We probably don’t need to convince you that Provence is magical. The region delivers sunny, blue skies, fabulous landscapes, delicious food and world-class wine. However, flawless weddings in Provence require experts who speak the language and can create magic. No matter how beautiful the bride and charming the groom, dream weddings do not happen on their own. With many moving parts (venue, food, guest lists, flowers, etc.), every wedding requires teamwork and planning. A destination wedding adds more layers of complexity and a real need to understand the region.
Are you considering a destination wedding in the South of France?
Here is our resource guide to perfect weddings in Provence. We have included photographers, florists, make-up artists, venues and talented wedding planners who manage the details. The companies and individuals listed below are familiar with the region and have not just “flown in for the weekend.” (Listings in alphabetical order.)
These folks are the quarterbacks who shoulder the burden of the details – they sweat the small stuff on your behalf. These wedding planners have lots of experience coordinating all the elements for your special day in Provence. This group has demonstrated planning skills and robust supplier networks. They also understand the nuances of the region and navigate easily in both French and English.
“Having an expert on your side with knowledge of trusted local contacts will save so much time in a destination like Provence. When the wedding day comes, you can relax knowing that your plan is in good hands. Because if you’re putting on the best party of your life, you want to be able to enjoy it!” ~ Rhiann Janak, Lucy Till French Weddings
CAZIMMO founder Caroline Thévenet has made the Luberon her home since 2009 after a 5-year working holiday assisting the owner of the Caribbean’s renowned Hotel Isle de France, St Bart’s premier destination hotel. After falling in love with the beauty and lifestyle of Provence, she has continued to hone her hospitality skills managing and scouting the most exquisite, unique properties in the Luberon for high-end travel agencies such as Red Savannah and Abercrombie & Kent, as well as private clients. Caroline is fully bilingual and will help you find the perfect location for a truly unique event. Whether a private chapel in a hilltop village with a dramatic backdrop or a lavender field with a 360° view, she coordinates with the best local vendors (Chefs, photographers, make-up artists, etc..) who know the lay of the land and will use the region’s natural beauty to help make your event an unforgettable occasion.
Caroline Alexis Thévenet
Telephone: +33 (0)6 89 299 639
Et Voila Weddings founder Anne-Laure Renaud splits her time between her home in Provence’s Luberon Valley and her London office. Anne-Laure’s background in event planning was the springboard for the launch of Et Voila Weddings in 2011. Originally from northern France, she is fully bilingual. Working closely with her clients and trusted vendors, Et Voila Weddings curates flawless, stylish weddings. Weddings are typically not a single event. Often other festivities such as welcome parties, send-off brunches, and bridal party celebrations all require planning.
Where is her favourite spot to get married in Provence? She says it’s too hard to choose. Although the area around Gordes, near Aix-en-Provence and Avignon, all get top marks.
Et Volià Weddings
Stylish French weddings planner
Telephone: +44 (0)75 2361 4450
The founders of Lavender & Rose, Jennifer Rocher & Kerry Bracken Lacquement, launched their wedding planning business in 2009. These two ladies leverage their complementary skills and list of trusted vendors to create magical settings for weddings. Working with clients from around the globe, the Lavender & Rose co-founders focus on a limited number of weddings per year, ensuring that each event is flawless and unforgettable.
Lavender and Rose
Kerry Bracken: +33 (0)6 86 62 91 71
Jennifer Rocher: +33 (0)6 18 26 45 42
Based in Cannes on the French Riviera
Since 2008, the team at l’Eveil des Papillles has been awakening taste buds at weddings and private functions in the South of France. The founders Angélique and Fabien Cancelier (chef) and sous-chef Nicolas bring their culinary experiences and award-winning cuisine to every event. Based in the heart of the Alpilles in St Remy de Provence, the company works with clients from the Côte d’Azur to the Gard. They typically manage 40 weddings a year, two per weekend through the summer months. Clients work directly with one person on the l’Eveil des Papillles team to ensure a seamless event. After a dozen years of experience, they are happy to suggest venues, photographers, and florists for your special day.
L’Eveil des Papilles
7 rue des galets zone artisanale la Massane 2
13210 Saint Rémy de Provence
Telephone: +33 (0)4 32 62 84 64
In the last decade, Lucy Till French Weddings has organized roughly 150 weddings in Provence. Who would you want by your side on your special day than a team that includes an ex-cheerleader? The planning business started after a destination wedding in Provence presented some logistical challenges (solved by Lucy). Texan transplant Rhiann Janak is now assuming the reins at Lucy Till French Weddings, bringing her experience in makeup, theatre production and set production to create flawless weddings. As Janak says, “With weddings, it is always opening night.”
Why do you think that Provence is a magical place for “fairy tale” weddings?
It’s all about that magic hour, with a glass of local rosé in your hand, French manouche playing in the background as you gaze out on the sundrenched vineyards holding hands with the love of your life.
If you had to choose one place in Provence to say, “I do,” where would it be?
I love impressive entrances, great pools for recovery brunches, ruins, gardens, and a classic chateau façade. So, I’d say “I do” at Chateau Grimaldi, a slice of paradise just outside of Aix-en-Provence.
Lucy Till French Weddings
Aix-en-Provence, 13100, France
Telephone: +33 (0)6 41 41 37 12
You expect your wedding day to be memorable, and you want some lasting reminders of the moments. Choosing the right photographer is a critical decision. They must be talented, but they also need to be creative, fun and be able to create the right chemistry. Here are some wedding photographers who work in Provence.
Ashley Tinker was born and raised in Montreal, Canada. Drawn to the history, way of life and beauty of Europe, she studied art in Florence, Italy. After her studies, she moved to Provence in 2014 with her partner Robin. They are in search of the French joie de vivre, which they find at every turn in the local markets and natural beauty of Provence. Ashley is a successful, talented photographer. When it comes to wedding photography, she often works directly with her clients. However, Ashley is happy to work with your wedding planner. Most of Ashley’s clients are seeking an organic style with natural light and very few props. Her choice for romantic backdrops includes love nature settings such as fields of wildflowers and olive groves.
Ashley’s website is Photographer in Provence
She typically works on an hourly basis or day/half day
Based in the heart of Provence, renowned photographer, Claire Macintyre is known for her timeless, elegant, sentimental and iconic wedding, lifestyle and portrait photographic work. Her talent for storytelling, capturing the most delicate of emotions and her ability to connect with her subjects makes her work unmistakable.
Her unique style is full of romance, light and beauty, inspired by the mid-century modern glamour of the French Riviera, the magic and spirit of Provence and cinematic documentary style photography, making her a favourite with wedding and commercial clients worldwide.
British born Claire moved from London to the South of France for the light and the almost endless days of sunshine and is based in Provence, travelling across France and Europe working with clients from all over the world.
Claire has been recognized as one of the top wedding photographers in Europe and her work has appeared in Vogue, Style Me Pretty, Love My Dress, French Wedding Style and many more well-known publications.
Discover Claire’s wedding photography on her website.
American Raina Stinson calls Provence home. She is an award-winning photographer who no longer does wedding photography. However, as a portrait specialist, Raina does work with clients on elopements, engagements and small family gatherings. Perhaps not for your wedding, but it’s worth noting that this sought-after photographer does offer photo workshops in Provence.
Raina Stinson Photography
Telephone: +33 (0)6 24 94 18 24
“Creating beautiful and personalized memories of Provence.” ~ Raina Stinson
Where to Get Married?
Where you choose to hold your wedding depends on so many factors, not the least of which is the budget. Do you want a remote location? Are you looking for a 5-star experience? Or perhaps a garden wedding? These are a few venues we recommend for wedding parties of varying sizes.
Luxury: Château de Berne delivers a 5-star escape in the heart of the Var, and what bride wouldn’t want to get married in a real castle. The 500-hectare property, located in the rolling hills of the South of France, includes an award-winning vineyard and luxurious spa. Blessed with a magnificent setting and the highly trained team are ready to curate your magical wedding.
Hôtel Château de Berne
Chemin des Imberts
Telephone +33(0)4 94 60 43 60
Fit for a Duchess: Constructed in 1736, Domaine de Palerme was the Duke of Palerme’s country home. Minutes from the bustling market town of l’Îsle sur la Sorgue, the postcard-worthy image of a Duke’s country house in Provence awaits. As a backdrop for your wedding in Provence, Domaine de Palerme is a magical, intimate venue. Eric and Karin Gusman, the owners of Domaine de Palerme, leverage their hospitality industry experience to create the perfect event for up to 130 wedding guests.
Le Domaine de Palerme
725 Chemin de Palerme,
Telephone: +33 (0)6 09 90 80 90
Queen of the Castle: Book, a hamlet near Mont Ventoux for your wedding day. Hôtel Crillon le Brave offers the ultimate, 5-star experience for a wedding party, in the heart of the Vaucluse. This hotel delivers a bastion of luxury with 34 guest rooms, a full-service spa and gourmet food service.
Hôtel Crillon le Brave
Telephone: +33 (0)4 90 65 99 47
Open mid-April – December
Bookings require full privatization of the hotel and a two (2) night minimum.
Vineyard weddings: La Verrière is near Vaison la Romaine and the perched village of le Crestet. The 35-hectare (87 acres) Chêne Bleu vineyard sits in the heart of the Vaucluse (read more). The fully restored medieval priory is available for weddings of up to 120 guests. With views of Mont Ventoux, the onsite accommodation is fit for a princess bride and six other couples. The team at La Verrière is ready to work with your wedding planner to create magic for your special day.
La Verrière Weddings
Given all the other activities at the vineyard, there are weddings only four (4) per year.
The house is available from the beginning of April to the 3rd week in October.
Bouquets and Flowers:
Simple, elegant, seasonal, you want the flowers to be perfect on your special day.
Laetitia C. is back at home in her native France after working and living halfway around the world in New Zealand. Leveraging a degree in History of Art, Laetitia worked in museums and heritage conservation. She launched her floral workshop Laetitia C. Fleurs d’Atelier, in 2003 after returning to France. Working directly with clients on weddings, exclusive events and corporate orders, Laetitia creates floral magic. Given her attention to detail and hands-on approach, she limits her wedding bookings to 15 per year. Laetitia’s floral favourites are lily of the valley, frangipani and the tuberose. Fully bilingual (English and French), in her Luberon studio.
Laetitia C. Fleurs d’Atelier
84240 Ansouis in the Luberon
Fully bilingual (English and French)
By appointment only
Hair and Makeup:
These talented stylists will make you look like a million euros on your special day.
Carol Ray Bonnet is an experienced hairstylist from Portland, Oregon. In 2006, Carol and her French husband relocated to Provence, closer to his family. Carol has a full-service hair salon (for women and men) in her home in L’Isle sur la Sorgue. She specializes in wedding hair and makeup with a portfolio of 150 weddings over the past ten years.
Wedding Hair Provence
L’Isle sur la Sorgue
Carol speaks English and is mostly fluent in French
She will travel up to 250km each way (Travel fees calculated over 30 km).
Telephone: +33 (0)6 27 18 33 82
Ylva Langenskiold is a Swedish make-up artist and hairstylist based in the Luberon village of Maubec. Inspired by beauty and fashion, her clients include international wedding planners, stylists, fashion magazines and runway shows, and talented photographers. Tri-lingual (Swedish, French and English) Ylva uses only top-quality cosmetics in her work. Her goal, “My priority is to enhance each person’s natural beauty and to make them feel special.”
Make-up Artist in Provence
40, Quai des Entreprises
Telephone: +33 (0) 6 84 46 15 30
In 2018, Sunny Za relocated from Hamburg to the heart of the Luberon in Provence. After 30+ years of work as a hairstylist and make-up artist, she has worked with countless wedding parties. Located near Lourmarin, Atelier de Sunny is a charming salon with a beautiful view. Born in Tehran, Sunny speaks English, German, Farsi and some French. Her work has been featured by many photographers and recognized among the finalists of the Wella TrendVision awards.
Atelier de Sunny (Facebook Page)
19 Rue de la Grande Rive, 84160 Puyvert
Telephone: +33 (0)6 45 07 11 81