The 5 Best Destination Wedding Venues in the French Riviera
The French Riviera is one of the world’s most popular locations for destination weddings. With a legendary sweeping coastline, rolling countryside, ancient architecture, and outstanding food, the South of France has long been synonymous with romance, mysticism, elegance, and glamour.
Whether you are looking for a whimsical bohemian destination wedding or one gilded with old Hollywood glamour and elegance, the South of France will live forever in your memory and your soul. It’s important that you find a destination wedding photographer who can capture your story, your way.
Your destination wedding photographer should capture every moment so vividly that the photographs come alive whenever you look at them.
Lawrence Banahan is a wedding photojournalist whose work moves to the rhythm of love. He captures the honesty of your wedding day as it unfolds and shoots candid pictures of the bride and groom and of your loved ones that are illuminating, transparent, and elegant.
Wander through dreamy fields of lavender and shady olive groves as your destination wedding photographer honours your love story as it’s told in pictures. Or dance the evening away under sparkling chandeliers and let Lawrence illuminate the romance and enchantment of the day.
Lawrence Banahan is a wedding photojournalist whose fly on the wall style captures every important emotion of your big day. He knows destination weddings and has shot extensively in the South of France and has put together a list of great venues to help you choose the destination wedding of your dreams.
Chateau de Castellaras
Nestled high in the hilltops above Cannes, the Chateau de Castellaras offers sweeping, panoramic views of the sea and the Esterel. The pale blue hues of the med and violet shadows of distant hilltops provide a dreamy watercolour backdrop for your big day.
Built in 1927 to reflect the mediaeval Chateau of the 12th and 15th centuries, Castellaras is also sprinkled with 1920s glamour. Art Deco archways frame the courtyard to the West of the Chateau. The evening festivities are illuminated by hundreds of little string lights that sparkle above.
The Chateau, parklands and sweeping views are the perfect backdrop for your wedding photographs. As a destination wedding photojournalist, Lawrence knows how to frame the emotion within the beautiful backdrops of the location.
The Chateau is part of a bigger complex with 80 onsite villas for guests to sleep off the festivities. An elegant 1920’s style pool to ease the hangover the following day, and tennis courts for the more adventurous.
Set on a historic site, the Chateau boasts an authentic 11th-century chapel for your big day.
The world-famous Carlton hotel lies at the centre of the Bay of Cannes on the Boulevard de la Croisette (crescent). The hotel is a perfect example of the European Golden age of the early 20th Century.
Used as the backdrop to Hitchcock’s To Catch a Thief, The Carlton was the star of the movie. The imposing facade and grandeur scream Grace Kelly glamour from every corner. It is the jewel in the crown of the South of France. The Carlton has hosted many celebrities over the years and was pivotal in helping Cannes become established as an international cultural hub.
A wedding at the Carlton is befitting a movie star. Cocktails and Gala’s are the order of the day. The Intercontinental Carlton has recently undergone extensive renovations with the style philosophy of light, transparency, elegance, and modernity.
Lawrence Banahan keeps to this style philosophy when capturing your big day. His photojournalism style makes him the perfect destination wedding photojournalist for a wedding at the Carlton in Cannes. Set to reopen in 2023, a wedding at the Intercontinental
Château Sainte Roseline
Set among rolling countryside and row upon row of beautiful vineyards, Chateau Sainte Roseline is perfect for a quintessentially French rustic wedding. Located in the middle of Provence, close to St Tropez, the Chateau is one of the best Rose vineyards in The South of France.
This magical venue is bursting with rustic elegance. Dine in the 12th-century open-air cloister complete with romanesque arches as the scent of wild roses rises up to meet you. Or hold your wedding al fresco under the arches of the tree-lined avenue, or dance the night away under a high glass roof and views of the stars in the barrel room. Whichever setting you choose Lawrence will be there to ensure that every precious moment of your big day is captured as only he knows how.
The Chateau offers daydreamy elegance, a pool, and romantic woodland walks. Perfect for intimate gatherings or a grand destination wedding.
The White House Cannes
Located in the heart of Cannes with views out across the bay, the White House is simply dreamy. Dipped in alabaster white with intricate architectural detailing, this standout venue is a wonderful pick for any couple after a romantic yet glamorous and one-of-a-kind venue.
With something to look at with every turn, your guests will feel so lucky to have been invited to such a special place. The White House boasts a large ornate pool to the rear of the property and views across the bay.
The venue offers photo opportunities and moments of wonder aplenty. Lawrence Banahan has worked with brides and grooms who hosted their destination wedding at the White House. His fly-on-the-wall style always takes advantage of every opportunity. Giving your big day the attention it deserves and capturing your destination wedding memories for all time.
Floor-to-ceiling windows allow for views of burnt orange sunsets offset by cobalt blue waters. Authentic luxury is the order of the day at The White House.
Hotel Byblos St Tropez
The Byblos is less of a hotel and more of an experience. The legendary palace hotel sits in the heart of the village of St Tropez. Close to the world-famous beach of Pampelonee, the Byblos really does have everything you need for a destination wedding in the South of France.
Luxury, chic, yet casual and lively, this hotel packs a punch. The venue can be hired for exclusive use for your wedding. Dine by the sea in the beachside restaurant and dance the night away on the beach itself, or host your wedding in the quaint little courtyard where fairy lights twinkle in the trees.
The Byblos is a mythical and timeless hotel frequented by celebrities throughout the years, from Brigitte Bardot to Jack Nicholson and Cher. It prides itself on not giving in to trends, so you can be sure your destination wedding in the South of France will be timeless, magical, and magnificent.
As a destination wedding photojournalist, Lawrence Banahan captures every moment of your big day, your way. Your memories will come alive and be reignited every time you look at your wedding photographs.
A destination wedding in the South of France really does have it all. Mediterranean sunshine 300 days a year, 19th-century romance, 20th-century Hollywood glamour, authentic luxury and grandeur, and rustic, bohemian elegance. From the magnificent views to the beautiful architecture and world-renowned food, it’s no surprise that the South of France is still a top-rated destination wedding location. Lawrence Banahan is the best destination wedding photojournalist to capture every authentic moment of your big day.