bride and groom first kiss at their destination wedding ceremony in france with mountain views

A Destination Wedding in the French Alps

A Destination wedding with a difference. Hidden away in a tiny ski town in the middle of the Alps, you could say Hannah & Ryan took the route less travelled when choosing their wedding destination. Deciding to stay away from the typical beach-style locations couples often book for their big day, these two wanted their wedding to be all about meaningful connections. It was my honour to provide their destination wedding photography!

Hannah had essentially grown up holidaying in this quaint little town, as her parents had owned a chalet there for over 25 years. Ryan had also enjoyed many a ski trip there with Hannah’s family throughout their relationship, so they thought it would be the perfect place for their families to come together and celebrate their marriage. The family chalet was so special to them that they actually hosted their entire reception there, with the help of Ian & Faye at Wilder Weddings who sourced a beautiful stretch tent and all of the decor for them. If you’re thinking of a destination wedding in the french alps, I would definitely recommend these guys!

A Jewish Wedding in France

Both being of Jewish heritage, Hannah & Ryan had their legal Jewish ceremony at a synagogue in London exactly one week prior to their destination wedding – but they weren’t afraid to bring a few of their traditions with them to the Alps. From a modern take on the traditional chuppah made entirely of copper and adorned with the most beautiful florals, to ‘smashing the glass’ at the end of the ceremony, and their grand entrance into the tent for dinner – which led straight into 10 minutes of the most enthusiastic Jewish dancing I have ever seen!

Destination Wedding in the French Alps

The fact they had already completed the legal marriage meant they could have complete freedom with the ceremony at their destination wedding. The Wilder Weddings team found a stunning mountainside with the most incredible scenic views for them to say their vows, and the whole thing was led by the couple’s oldest friend and Ryan’s best man, Edan. Just the most beautiful way to say “I do”!

Being so high up in the mountains you can often expect to be amongst the clouds, and whilst the day may have started with a bit of a fog, it didn’t take long at all for the skies to clear and the sun to bless us with it’s presence in time for the outdoor ceremony. At the reception guests enjoyed many an aperol spritz, the couple’s drink of choice, before the evening party began. Certain French traditions also made their way into proceedings, such as the smashing of the croquembouche in lieu of a typical wedding cake. Everything about this wedding was just such fun!

Personal Touches Make All The Difference

As a wedding photographer I see a lot of weddings, and it’s not often I can genuinely describe one as ‘unique’ – but this one truly was. From the vintage red mini the couple drove in to the reception, to the mini cowbell favours for each guest (this touch was a personal favourite of mine and such a cute little nod to the location!) it’s clear the attention to detail and thought that went into every element of their day.

Are you searching for the perfect photographer for your destination wedding? Nowhere is too far, and there are still lots of places on my destination bucket list! Get in touch at the earliest opportunity for your own bespoke quotation.