Windswept and Interesting wedding in Provence

A couple of months ago I shot this wedding in Provence, south of France, at the wonderful Crillon le Brave near Avignon. The food was great, the staff pampered us wonderfully and the setting was stunning. But it was the people that made for a fun weekend, we literally took over the place.

Hotel Crillon le Brave, wedding, south of France, Provence, destination wedding photographer, Mont Ventoux, Bedoin

Hotel Crillon le Brave, wedding, south of France, Provence, destination wedding photographer, Mont Ventoux, Bedoin

The Tour de France often passes close by and heads up the imposing Mont Ventoux in the background.

This has a tough reputation (an English cyclist died at the top) and at the peak I experienced first hand another infamous local – the Mistral wind. (See my shot from the peak on my other blogsite). It also created some great sunset cloud formations (see shots towards end of blog post).

The Mistral prevented us actually eating outdoors for the wedding dinner, but otherwise we enjoyed the great outdoor summer Provencal lifestyle. I quite liked the ‘windswept and interesting’ conditions, to quote Billy Connolly the well-known Scottish comedian and character. I thought this quite appropriate considering many of the guests were Scottish. Though having said that, the American contingent held their own – Bob’s parents were I think the first on the dance floor. This was an American-Scottish wedding in Provence!

I’d met many of them before at a previous family event I photographed for them, and this was the third time Bob & Jenn (the now married couple) have had me along to do photos for them and the boys. Needless to say, they always make me feel at home and it was a great laugh as you can see. Too many great characters to mention, but Rhoda the grandmother made a great impression on me (this the second time we met). She’s like the warm heart at the centre of this fun group of people. She speaks Highland Gaelic too, very cool in my book. 🙂

OK enough waxing lyrical from me, on to the photos!

Hotel Crillon le Brave, wedding, south of France, Provence, destination wedding photographer, Mont Ventoux, Bedoin

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