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Rotonde Lenôtre : Luxury, calm and sumptuousness wedding on the French Riviera.

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Head to one of the most popular spots in the world, for inspiration and taste the subtle and refined luxury of the French art of living. With its idyllic landscapes, its elegant estates and its ideal location between sea and mountains, the French Riviera is an exceptional place worthy of the most sumptuous weddings. 

Timeless allure, powdered shades and fresh details make the wedding imagined here as an ode to the French Riviera, while reminiscent of the architecture of its Belle Epoque villas.

A prestigious wedding on the French Riviera

Bordered on one side by the Mediterranean Sea and on the other by mountains, the French Riviera seduces with its Provencal charm. Golden lights, crystal clear waters, fragrance of trees and flowers: you could not find a more enchanting place to celebrate an unforgettable wedding.

The Salons of the Rotonde Lenôtre: An Iconic wedding venue of the French Riviera

Nestled in the Bay of Beaulieu-sur-Mer, the Salons de la Rotonde Lenôtre offer the perfect setting for a chic and romantic wedding, with their late 19th century palace charm. Located in the heart of an exceptional area, the Rotunda is ideal for the most prestigious ceremonies. Immaculate whiteness, flooded with light, this magical place is worthy of fairy weddings. Its white marble terrace, overlooking the sea and palm-lined shores, is the ideal setting for unforgettable photoshoots.

A refined decoration for a wedding with timeless glamourous

The atmosphere here is timeless and romantic, enhanced by the beautiful details of the Salons de la Rotonde : sculpted moldings, majestic columns and luxurious chandeliers. decorated in powdery shades, the decorative elements combine with softness and elegance to this most beautiful place. The scenography of the table combines harmoniously mottled glass and porcelain dishes, and exceptional floral composition. The ensemble creates an intimate and refined atmosphere, revealing the french art of living.

A married couple with a fresh, trendy and elegant look

This painting is completed by a married man with a chic and glamorous look, not without being reminiscent of the most famous French icons of the French Riviera.

The bride is dressed in a powdery pink tulle dress, all in lightness and in perfect harmony with the elegance of the place. A pink make-up and romantic bun enhance its natural beauty. The bride’s bouquet brings a touch of freshness to the whole, with its branches of buds on the unstructured side. The groom wears a tailor-made tuxedo, for a chic and timeless look

A pleasure for a FINE ART wedding photographer

The light that surrounds the rotunda creates an idyllic atmosphere for a Fine Art photographer. It is rare to have such a bright interior in a refined and story filled setting.

Our Beautiful Team:

Photographer : Laura Gelfged       

Host: Christophe Serrano

Wedding Planner Laetitia Caroline

Wedding & Floral Designer Ricci Floral Creation

Filmmaker Weddintime Films

Assistant photographer Matt Kobi 

Venue Les Salons de la Rotonde

Decoration Pieces Uniques Location & Ricci Floral Creation

Creation Make up Amandine Poisson

Hair Julien Matha

Shoes Bella Belle Shoes

Couple Charlotte & Matthieu

Jewelry Atelier Sarah Aime

 

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Photo session : 10 tips for your best love session

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Share an unforgettable moment with your partner by preparing your photo session as well as possible thanks to these 10 tips from a professional photographer stylist.

1. Choose the right location for your photo session

Choosing the right place is always tricky. Here are 4 possible choices:

Have you ever turned down a romantic getaway?

Sometimes distance can be a drag. However, if the trip is your dream destination this is your chance! The price is often similar to a trip to Venice or another place in Europe.

Most couples don’t want to make too big a trip, but making a 2-hour drive or flight to go to an incredible and unusual setting can turn out to be a great experience.

You will be able to share an amazing moment during a romantic getaway with your sweetheart at the same time. In addition, you will be in great energy for your couple or engagement photo session!

Choose a place that makes sense to you !

Did you meet for the first time in a nice place? You are bound to take a completely different look at this place. The photographer will immerse himself in the place to tell your story and that of your meeting.

For example: you met your partner at a train station. If the station is beautiful, why not do part of the photo session at this specific place?

Depending on the season!

Depending on the season and the region, your photo session can be carried out in a field of wheat, lavender, poppies or tulips. These are great places to do a photoshoot. If you are snow lovers, do your session in winter, in a mountain chalet.

Discover more pictures of this love session here !

Feet in the water!

Why not do a couple or pregnancy photo shoot in the water? This brings another dimension to the photographs. In this case, going to a beach or by the sea will be the best option as soon as the weather is nice. If you want to be photographed in winter, you can book a bright villa with a heated pool.

RECOMMANDATION

Avoid the parks near your home. It’s often crowded and you’ll get pretty basic photos. Unless it’s a beautiful botanical garden or the gardens of Versailles, I generally do not recommend it.

2 - Get inspired by Pinterest and Instagram

Look at social networks! This will help you define the type of images you want and determine the location.

The professional photographer is not the only one who has to prepare his session.

Send him inspirations that you like or shots that you dream of doing. He will be happy to meet your expectations and will see with you what is feasible or not.

Be careful, I advise you to target 10 inspirations maximum. Thus, the session will not take place in « to do list » mode 😅 !

3 - The time of the session

For my part, I carry out all the couple sessions at the end of the day. This gives you time to prepare and I can enjoy a softer, less contrasting light: the light of the Golden Hour! It lasts between 20 minutes in winter and a few hours in summer.

4 - A comfortable outfit

Ladies, do not choose a short skirt in which you do not feel completely comfortable. You need to be able to sit, jump and breathe comfortably in your outfit.

5 - The accessories

For women, I recommend taking accessories such as a scarf, jewelry, a hat, a scarf and a nice bag that matches your outfit and that of your darling.

On the other hand, for men I recommend a beautiful watch, a beautiful belt and nice shoes. Accessories that look like you!

6 - Makeup

I invite you to make a makeup that looks like you.

If you are generally natural, accentuate the eyes a little and put on a little nude lipstick.

On the contrary, be careful not to overdo it when you like makeup. You might be disappointed with the result on the photos. I advise you  to not put eyeliner around your eyes because it will make small eyes in photos.

Two options: do your own makeup or hire a professional.

For the second option, ask your photographer for advice in advance. He works with makeup professionals and will guide you in the best way, according to your budget. Remember to plan a make-up budget.

9- No prints, no tiles and no lines. Plain clothes are the basis!

Prints, patterns, plaid shirts and lines are often mistakes of taste. Depending on the location of the couple photoshoot, you may not match aesthetically with the environment.

The only place where lines can be aesthetically pleasing is at the sea.

Choose clothes of solid colors! Here is a useful Pinterest board :

Wear a color that you like and that suits you! Think about your favorite color, you know the one that will go well with your skin tone?

Why not a gorgeous short or long dress?

For example: if you have blue eyes, white or blue are colors that make them stand out! For green eyes, it will be green!

For a session at the sea: wear pastel colors or in blue tones. Avoid bright red.

7 - THE HAIR

You can also synchronize the makeup session with the hairdresser session (and/or barber for men). Thus, you will not need to take care of your hair and you will be beautiful and ready for the session.

You are getting married? Do your hair and make-up tests on the same day. Be careful, to plan wide at the timing level. It always takes longer than expected.

8 - Match with your partner !

Ladies, ask your partner what he or she wants to wear for the photo shoot.

Since men’s wardrobes are often smaller, it is easier to match with their outfit.

Gentlemen, remember to put on a nice shirt, we avoid the simple t-shirt. Even better, put on your best costume! It will make all the difference

In summary: A comfortable outfit + accessories + outfits that match together.

10 - After reading these tips and having found the ideal outfit, get it validated by your photographer 1 week before the D-day to feel 100% ready For your photo shoot!

​In summary :

Take the time to choose a place that you like!

Match your outfits and put on comfortable clothes, which look like you and preferably, PLAIN. Don’t forget the little accessories that make all the difference.

Before making an appointment for the photo shoot, coordinate the appointment with the hairdresser and/or make-up artist.

Do you want to create memories with a couple photo sessions or an engagement session?

Contact me for the session of your dreams, I will capture your love!

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Engagement Session on the beach of Saint-Jean Cap Ferrat

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French Riviera shooting !

For their engagement session, Chloé and Matthias start their day at the gates of Saint-Jean Cap Ferrat. The emblematic peninsula, the flower of Destination Wedding, the second dream haven for a wedding photographer whose place was once the refuge of artists. Nestled in the pine forest, it is distinguished by the presence of a plethora of sumptuous mansions. Thus crowned, it shows itself worthy of the splendor of the French Riviera and has nothing to envy to its close neighbor, the Principality of Monaco, a monument of pomp, located a stone’s throw away.

Engagement shoot at the foot of Villa Ephrussi

At the foot of the Villa Ephrussi takes place the interview of our lovers, the refinement of the Belle Époque is combined with an enchanting clarity. It is the dream setting for our bride-to-be whose delicate and sublime femininity, blooms in a bouquet of pastel shades. Chloe, in her vaporous dawn-colored dress, is reminiscent of those of ancient Greek goddesses. The undeniable presence of Monsieur is equal to the charm of his beloved. Ready to join her, Matthias has all the leisure to assert his elegance under my lens while waiting for his beauty.

A few moments later, Chloe nestled in the arms of her fiancé, smiles at his tender confidence. Eye to eye, they seem amazed, as if their passion has just been born. In the shade of the maritime pines, their complicity is a precious manifestation of the bond that unites them. As a professional wedding photographer, I capture the moment and I am the silent witness of their promises.

A couple sessions near the water...

Finally, the couple ventures to the water’s edge, where all the beauty of Cap Ferrat bursts with dazzling white beaches and the murmurs of the Mediterranean. In this azure and translucent water, the coves are dotted with marine criste.

Conquered, Chloe takes off her shoes to taste the warmth of the pristine sand. Barefoot, next to her future husband, her grace merges with the ethereal harmony of the place.

The bouquet

The bouquet made by Laetitia Ricci, floral artist, is a symbol of passion and commitment mixed, This exquisite composition of ivory, white and multiple shades of roses brings the ideal softness and refinement to the scene. Peach, powdery, dragee, fuchsia are revealed in a changing watercolor, allied to light. The whole thing is tied with a ribbon elegantly matched to Chloe’s dress.

When it is launched, the ruffles are lifted with lightness and take on a floral look. Peony, rose or lotus? Subtly wrapped in this tailor-made fabric by Marion Fera whose shades blend with her skin, Chloe seems to have been born by the Mediterranean.

Matthias, with his limpid eyes, wears a suit whose light color harmonizes with the marine limestone. In communion with the island of Cap Ferrat, he walks towards Chloé, joining her in silence, anchored and thoughtful. 

The last moments of this session...

This engagement session is coming to an end soon, as well as these hours suspended under the sun of the French Riviera.

While waiting to break the charm of this couple photo shoot, the lovers, all to their reveries, move away on the pier. This is how this beautiful summer evening ends.

Our beautiful team :

Photographer : Laura Gelfged

Host : Christophe Serrano

Wedding Planner : Laetitia Caroline

Wedding & Floral designer : Ricci Floral Creation 

Decoration Assistant : Pièces uniques location

Make-up : Amandine Poisson

Assistant Photographer : Matt Kobi

Fashion Designer : Marion Fera 

Suits:  Accord Parfait

Couple : Chloé & Matthias

Shoes : Bella belle shoes

Jewelry : Atelier Sarah aime & Shoko creation accessoires 

 

Would you like a photo shoot by the water on the shores of the French Riviera?

I will be happy to photograph you there! Contact-me here

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8 Tips To Succeed Your Wedding Preparation Pictures

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The best advices of a destination wedding photographer to obtain beautiful preparation pictures of your wedding ! Here are some tips to make sure your session goes smoothly.  

1- Plan enough time

Ladies, plan enough time for your preparation pictures! You don’t want to be in a hurry when doing your makeup and hair, especially if you are working with one or two providers who don’t know each other, and even more so if you are surrounded by your family and bridesmaids. It is better to be ready in advance than at the last minute. This will allow the photographer to take beautiful pictures of you surrounded by your bridesmaids and above all to have 10 minutes to take your portrait!

2- Choose the right place

Choose a spacious and bright place so that the photos and videos look perfect. If the preparations are very important to you, I invite you to ask your photographer’s opinion, to ask him/her questions. Send him pictures of your interior to validate it. He will not hesitate to give you advice adapted to your space. And why not take your preparation pictures in your reception place or a nice hotel/airbnb? The advantage: you won’t have to take care of the cleaning.

3- Prepare the venue to be neat and tidy

Some of my brides and grooms have pushed and moved furniture the day before I arrive so that I can have the clearest space possible. Sometimes I waste time moving furniture to make room.

4. Prepare the accessories and the dress before the arrival of the photographer

Gather all your elements in advance : The dress, your bouquet, your wedding rings, your shoes, the accessories, the stationery, your perfume etc.

You will be stressed on the big day so gather all these elements beforehand for more serenity.

The preparations include pictures of all the details: your dress is still white, the bouquet of flowers and the boutonnieres are still splendid. 

For the bride’s preparations, you need: the dress, your bouquet, your wedding rings, your shoes, the accessories, the stationery, your perfume

For the groom’s preparations, you need: the suit, the shirt, the shoes, the bow tie, the cufflinks, the belt

 

5. Bring a nice satin or silk bathrobe

D-Day is your day! With a beautiful bathrobe, you will feel like a princess and your hair and makeup will be preserved.

6. Put the things that are not part of the preparations in a separate room

Ask your bridesmaids to be ready or close to be ready when the time’s photographer comes.

Little Bonus : Now that everything is organized, you can be yourself and enjoy your moment! To unwind, do not hesitate to bring out a bottle of Champagne or some beers for the gentlemen! 

Now, everything will be fine and you’ll have beautiful preparation pictures and you’re both ready to get married! Don’t worry, your photographer is also there to make you relax and smile. 

7. Inform your providers of the presence of your photographer

Tell your hairdresser and/or make-up artist that your photographer will be there to take pictures. If they are informed, they will usually be careful with their outfit because they too can be in the pictures. Also confirm with them that they don’t mind being photographed.

8. Manage your time well so that everything is ready when the photographer arrives

Ask your bridesmaids to be ready or close to be ready when the time’s photographer comes.

 

Little Bonus : Now that everything is organized, you can be yourself and enjoy your moment! To unwind, do not hesitate to bring out a bottle of Champagne or some beers for the gentlemen! 

Now, everything will be fine and you’ll have beautiful preparation pictures and you’re both ready to get married! Don’t worry, your photographer is also there to make you relax and smile. 

Our Beautiful Team :

Venue : Domaine De Bronromme

Photographer : Laura Gelfged       

Filmmaker : Joachim Courcelles

Event Manager : BEWE

Wedding Dresses : Charline Verbeken Bridal

Suits : Jaggs world

Jewelry : Laura pour Elle

Couple : Amber & Gianni

HMUA : Monica Jane Flower

Flowers : Monica Jane Beauty Boudoir 

Stationery : My crayons Design

Wedding Cake : Lyna Wedding Cake

Dried Flower Wedding Cake : Magic Flowers 

Tableware : Maisons du monde 

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Typh Barrow’s amazing and intimist performance in Binche

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A stunning Belgian artist !

Some pictures about the concert of Typh Barrow, a belgian singer. This concert was intimiste and so beautiful. She gives us a lot of emotions. She created a surprise guest because another singer and violinist came on the stage : Pavel Paul. These are some pictures about this beautiful evening in Binche !

Here are the most beautiful moments of the evening captured!

 
 

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Editorial Shoot in Brussels

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Pictures for Elle Magazine !

Some images of the editorial shoot realized for the Bridal Dream by Aloha. This editorial shoot is featured in the Elle Magazine. We did a shoot  for the new Bridal Shop with a beautiful bride place with makeup, Cymbeline dress,  a French wedding brand. All in 1 place for your future wedding.  You can see some of the shooting’s pictures.

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