We can't remember the last time we looked at a destination wedding dream and felt truly transported, because the world has been in pause for so long. Yet, this opportunistic shoot occasioned by Véronique Chesnel, and set between vineyards and olive trees, instantly takes us away. Famous all over the world for its timeless and unique architecture, refined red wine, and culinary conquests, the small village of Saint-Émilion provided a beautiful blueprint for wedding abroad-seeking brides. Véronique Chesnel captured the beauty during the second part of the "Fine Art Portfolio Workshop" she hosted last July in South West France, which essentially opens every two years to wedding photographers focused on building and elevating their painterly portfolios. Joined by planner and event extraordinaire Amélie Pichon, floral designer, Laetitia Ricci, and hair and makeup artist, Laura Cawte, Chesnel's creative direction prompted an all-inspiring venture. All of the images are in the full gallery, so be sure to click through and read along with more from Véronique Chesnel Photography.
Old stones, the beautiful and intimate Château Tour Saint Christophe with its unique vineyards, the historical beauty of the Cloitre des Cordeliers, the small and charming cobbled streets, the gorgeous romantic gown handmade by Made Bride by Antonéa... We even drew beautiful color cues from the belt into the model's bouquet and makeup. Everything together was enthralling, an obvious place for romance-minded brides to get married in an authentic, natural, and magical setting.
The design of this editorial was built both by the historical side of Saint-Émilion you can find everywhere, in each stone you walk on, in each narrow street you cross, and also by the model's ethereally dreamy dress. The look was designed by Made Bride by Antonéa, a bridal atelier based in Greece known for its insistence on details and handcrafted decorative elements that are placed by hand, piece by piece.
With Laetitia Ricci, the floral designer who came from the French Riviera and with Laura Cawte, the hair stylist and make up artist, we matched the belt with intense lipstick and blooms in the model's bouquet. All of the red inspiration, too, was reminiscent of the wine produced in the Château.
We aimed to honor an atmosphere touched by purity and solemnity, because in the middle ages, the venue used to be a place where monks lived and meditated. As such, we created a big bouquet of white flowers and used a beautiful pearled veil by Made Bride by Antonéa.