Destination wedding photographer – France, UK, Italy
Whoever said that destination wedding photographer’s work is easy must think twice. As I saw it somewhere in the big dark well called the internet, we, wedding photographers, rank among TOP 10 most stressful professions of all. Wedding photography is not only about pushing the buttons and changing lenses in front of the bride, but there’s also a lot more going on behind those magical wedding photos. This time I’d love to share one of my favourite stories behind those photographs and it’s my road trip through Europe last July.
All photos were taken either with Nikon D850, Nikon Coolpix A or Nikon AW110 for underwater photos.
Destination Wedding photographer’s adventure
Being bored on my trips between destination weddings through Europe, I decided to take my girls (my wife and my daughter) with me on my tour in July. We spent a full month on the road, me shooting weddings, them getting most out of the trip. Being tired and bored of all the flights I usually take, we decided to give our car a chance to run wild. Yeah, I understand that in this day in age taking the train is considered to be the eco-friendly option, but go figure out the French train strikes, no thank you.
Wedding photographer in Reims, France
As I had to shoot a wedding in Châlons en Champagne at Chateau de Mairy, the first stop was Reims – the home of Champagne. Reims used to be the traditional site of the coronation of the kings of France. My biggest discovery was the Cathedral of Reims (Notre-Dame de Reims) where the royal anointing was performed. And even more surprising was that Axial stained glass windows were designed by Mark Chagall (I was told). All I saw was the incredible detail of the building. Amazing.
Whenever I travel through France, I always come to the conclusion that France is full of places that take my breath away. Everyone is excited about Paris, but I suggest to check out Reims or Lille. They are less crowded, less dangerous and more laid back than Paris. Some parts of architecture are quite similar. Now that one is black it’s easy to distinguish between Notre – Dame de Reims and Notre – Dame de Paris, both of them are exceptionally beautiful, a piece of art, a miracle of human creation.
After three days spent in Reims, we headed towards Paris. A photoshoot for me so not much to tell about it, business as usual 🙂 Paris treated us kind with Gilet Jaunes (Yellow vests) doing their nonsense a day after we left.
After a night spent in Versailles, we went for a 4-hour drive to Clermont-Ferrand to meet a good friend of mine Leonard, a local wedding photographer in France.
And then we drove to Italy.
Wedding photographer in Lake Como, Italy
After a short drive of 7hrs and some jaw-dropping sceneries of the French Alps, we made it to Lake Como. The lake was glowing in the sunshine. The scent of lavender, the aroma of thyme and oregano from local pizzerias filled our lungs. We were in Italy.
We enjoyed a beautiful evening by the lake Como and stayed at a B&B in Tremezzo. There was a cool outdoor cinema session that night. By the way, did you know that some Star War’s scenes were shot (filmed) there? I didn’t, I knew that Benito Mussolini was shot there (a random local taxi driver knowledge)
A cool thing is that you can take a ferry from Tremezzo and in 10-20 minutes get to some popular towns such as Bellagio and Varenna. The following morning I had a refreshing swim in the lake and was off to a wedding. A couple from Australia came over to have their wedding at Lake Como
I’d say our time spent in Italy was way too short, I hope to shoot a wedding there this summer as well. Our Italian adventure ended right after two days and off we went back to France.
Wedding photographer in the Loire Valley
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This could be the first thing that comes into mind when you first see Chateau de Challain. Since I saw it first, I’ve been coming here for the past 10 years. it is by far my favorite wedding venue in France and I highly recommend it as such. This time I shot a wedding of Carrie and Frank, a couple from the USA, they had an amazing week-long wedding over there. I was booked for two of those days, will share the story on this with you later.
Wedding photographer in Scotland
The day after the wedding we hit the road again. Heading north towards the channel, yes, we were going to UK, Scotland to be precise. It took us roughly 15 hrs to get to Edinburgh. Even the persistent rain couldn’t mess up the beauty of the Scottish coastline. After another long drive, we still found strength in us to stroll up and down the streets of Edinburgh. It was Olivia’s first time there, I hear she loved it.
The following morning sun came out just as I had to go for a wedding in St Andrews.
On our way back near Beachy Head, England.
Wedding photographer Angouleme
And believe it or not, in three days we were back in France for a wedding At Chateau de la Couronne in Charente. We stayed at a B&B near Angouleme with a very welcoming French couple. While it was literary my this year’s hottest wedding, my girls were enjoying the day by the pool as it was the only thing they could possibly do in +40 C.
And yes, I had my swim pants with me for the wedding, there are many things you can do while people enjoy their dinner, well, I had a quick swim in Chateau’s swimming pool. No photos to show though.
The heat brought a proper thunderstorm on our way back to Chateau de Challain. The final wedding of the tour.
I quite enjoy that “job done” feeling, so after this we still had to go down south for a week to celebrate our hard work and have a proper vacation. There’s a secret place we go every now and then, called Le Plan de la Tour. We had our holidays at Les Maisons de Micha for the 4th time. I’m not sure if our dog remembers his days there, it was ages ago. See some photos below.
Whenever we are in this part of France we take the opportunity and go to St Tropez and try to imagine how it was back in the days when it was just a fisherman’s village. Joking. I like St Tropez because of the late afternoons when the light is incredible. You don’t need to try hard to get awesome photos. This light is every photographer’s dream, and it never seems to fail.
And our lazy days in France passed with the last stop at Gorge du Verdon – a river canyon. The colour of the water is unbelievable at the lake Sainte Croix du Verdon. It was like a big bath full of boats, where you can play and swim for hours.