Maria and Shaun’s stunning destination wedding in the South of France would be a fitting culmination to their equally dramatic courtship. It all began with a chance encounter during a study abroad program in Paris; Shaun by way of New York and Maria by way of Milan. A friendship that began in the most romantic city on the planet blossomed into love just days before the two were set to return home, leaving their future as uncertain as the first act of a big screen Bollywood romance. But the two stayed connected and endured a long distance relationship spanning two continents that eventually cemented their love. France would become a nostalgic centerpiece to their international love story, setting the stage not only for their first meeting but Shaun's eventual marriage proposal.
The Cote d’Azur, literally ‘blue coast,’ the picturesque Mediterranean coastline known as the French Riviera, would thus be the ideal wedding destination to bring together friends and family from across the US, India, Europe, Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong and the Middle East. Nestled in the quiet fishing village of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, the couple chose the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild to serve as the backdrop for their gorgeous wedding ceremony, a breathtaking seaside villa with sprawling gardens and fountains built in 1905. The weekend was kicked off with a stylish welcome reception at La Voile d’Or, a chic boutique hotel overlooking the luxurious yachts and sailboats dotting the azur waters. From a stroll through the medieval cobblestone walkways of the charming hilltop village Eze, Maria and Shaun couldn’t resist a jaunt along the rugged coastline as the French often do, on a Vespa, speeding between the cypress trees and limestone cliffs of the lush peninsula. Maria and Shaun also seized an opportunity to celebrate their love of Italian fashion, donning looks by Roberto Cavalli and Prada.
The five day solo shoot also spanned two continents, from New York to the South of France, and was another intense production in a series with only a single shooter. A thanks to the vendors who helped put together this stunning event:
Coordination: Monica Huszcz Delevaux, http://www.hautewedding.co.uk
Event Décor: Herve Frezal Fleuriste, http://frezal.com
Photography: Jay Seth, Jay Seth Photography, http://www.jaysethphoto.com
Venues: La Voile d’Or, http://www.lavoiledor.fr, Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, http://www.villa-ephrussi.com
Makeup & Styling: Susmita Patel, Style by Susmita, http://www.StylebySusmita.com
Special thanks to Rose Events, http://www.RoseEventsEntertainment.com, and Elegant Affairs, http://www.elegant-affairs.com, for their contributions in the USA.
Shot with Canon HDSLRs & EOS L-Series lenses
Additional gear furnished by http://www.KesslerCrane.com & http://www.Glidecam.com